Thursday, June 9, 2022

Healthy Meal Plan

Over the years I have tried and canceled many meal plan services. Sometimes the ingredients would arrive but because of my schedule I didn't end up cooking it until a few days later when some fresh ingredients were no longer... fresh. And sometimes they would send me produce that was already turning. For the price of those meals, I never felt the convince was worth the cost.

Last week, I signed up for a free trial of eMeals and so far I really like it. If I end up keeping it, which I highly believe I will, it is $9.99 per month or $60 for the year ($5/month). They also have add-ons for additional fees if you want to add a breakfast and/or lunch menu to create a full meal plan.

Citrus Cod with
Mashed Cauliflower
So what's the difference between eMeals and those other programs? eMeals doesn't send you the ingredients. Instead, you look at the weekly menu and mark which meals you want to cook. It generates the shopping list for you and bookmarks the recipes for easy access. You then can either go to the grocery store yourself or eMeals can send your shopping list directly to tons of popular grocery delivery sites like Instacart, Amazon, and others. They have multiple menus to select but you can switch between them for more flexibility.

Screenshot of app
The first meal I tried was Citrus Cod with Mashed Cauliflower. This was a 30-minute meal and so the shopping list said "frozen mashed cauliflower" which was fine for me and it was super easy to prepare the cod. The longest part of prep was pre-heating the oven. Seriously, the fish was ready before the oven was at the correct temperature. 

With grocery prices continue to rise, this also will let you select meals based on weekly grocery sales as well to help you eat well while saving money.

On the website you can see all the menu options and there's an option to download PDFs but I think the app is where it's at. You have your shopping list right there and you can check things off as you go. You can also add additional items to the shopping list so everything is in one place. 

This post is not sponsored by eMeals but they do have a referral program. If you sign-up for eMeals from my link, we will both get $10 towards our meal plans.