I received a subscription to emeals.com in exchange for my honest review.
I have seen people talk about emeals for a while now and at first I thought it was a diet plan. As time went on I finally figured out that it is a meal planning program. Bah, I didn’t need to do that. I could come up with my own meal plans.
More time went by and I never got around to starting my own meal plan even though every few weeks I kept telling The Husband that we needed to start doing it. Okay, fine, I give up! Maybe I do need a meal planning program after all. I bit the bullet and signed up for a yearly subscription of emeals.
What do you get with an emeals subscription?
Every Wednesday I get an email with a weekly menu plan. The menu includes seven main dishes and side dishes along with a written recipe and shopping list at the bottom. There are fifteen plans to choose from including Natural & Organic, Paleo, Vegetarian, Kid-Friendly, Mediterranean, and more. I chose the Low Carb plan because it seemed to include the least amount of red meat options.
In addition to dinner plans you can also sign up for an extra dinner, breakfast, lunch, and dessert plan for an additional fee.
One thing that I was worried about was the recipes being bland. My family loves a lot of flavor and spices. Our spice cabinet is a full-sized lazy Susan corner cabinet and we use them all. Much to our very pleasant surprise the recipes have been quite good! There was only one that we probably won’t repeat.
One of the meals on our meal plan was Greek Tilapia with Broccoli Slaw and the whole family really enjoyed it! I simply coated the tilapia filets with salt, pepper, and some Penzey’s Greek Seasoning which has coarse salt, garlic, lemon, black pepper, Turkish oregano, and marjoram.
Then in a pan I sautéed some onion, garlic, orange bell pepper, green bell pepper, fresh tomato, a little more Greek seasoning, salt and pepper. The original recipe also included Kalamata olives but I don’t do olives and left them out.
Once the onions were translucent I put it on top of the fish in baked in the oven for 30 minutes on 350.
The broccoli slaw couldn’t have been more simple and delicious. We used two bags of broccoli slaw from the grocery store and added some mayonnaise, some apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, a little white sugar, salt and pepper.
I have really enjoyed having the structure and dinner ideas that have come with emeals. It has saved us time and money at the grocery store as well as stress in the evening when neither one of us has a clue of what to make for dinner. The recipes are easy enough to substitute items to suit our personal tastes as well. For instance, I don’t eat red meat so for those recipes I either replace them entirely with one of my own recipes or replace it with chicken, shrimp, or ground turkey.
So yes, I do think that the yearly subscription of emeals is definitely worth it if you’re too busy or keep forgetting to plan your meals, spend too much money at the grocery store due to poor planning, or just have a hard time thinking of what to make for dinner each night. I am all of those things so for me, emeals is perfect.
Do you plan your meals ahead of time or fly by the seat of your pants? Have you ever tried a meal planning site before?