Anyone who knows our family knows that both Natalie and I work full-time, fairly time-consuming jobs. As her time commitment ramps up, I have found my self in the kitchen more and more. While I am not completely useless in the kitchen (I took Home Economics 1 and 2 in high school), I am rather limited in my knowledge of food science. I can make one hell of a classic breakfast mix and a few things on the grill, but the majority of my limited repertoire is not appropriate for the kids.
Our biggest problem is not the ability to cook, or shopping for the food, it is taking time to come up with a menu that is healthy for us, non-repetitive, and easily put together. I’ve spent time in the past picking through the vast recipe collection over at AllRecipes.com which is great for when you know exactly what you want, and that worked for a while, until we started repeating.
Earlier this year we found EMeals.com (referral link). EMeals has a simple sign-up process where you indicate how big your family is, what type of menu you want, and if applicable, your favorite supermarket. Once they have all that, and you give them a few bucks (search for a coupon, they tend to have some out often), you are all done.
What do you get for your $5 a month? Every Wednesday I get a PDF mailed to me that has seven Clean Eating recipes. Each recipe has a main meal and a side item. On the last page of the PDF you have a simple 1 page shopping list, organized for your supermarket by section. Normally Nat and I will go through the list of recipes and remove items we don’t like and comprise a list of 4-5 meals for the week. I will warn that the clean eating plan will have you buying a lot of fresh veggies, meats and other items that will drive up the cost of your grocery trip, but so far has all been worth it.
We selected the family plan, which they indicate will feed 3-6 adults. Since both of our kids are young, they don’t eat a full portion and I often have a full meal to take for lunch the next day. Left overs are actually what prompted this post today, as I had left over slow cooker ribs, which were possibly better today than they were last night.
If you are a family on the go, or someone who struggles with the monotony of the same menu over and over, I highly recommend checking out EMeals. **Disclaimer – All the links to Emails.com in this post are referrals to Emeals, so hopefully some of you buy so I can get a discount on next year.