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Sunday, February 10, 2013

eMeals - Meal Planning Made Simple AND an Extra Special Valentine's Dinner Recipe

I had never heard of eMeals until I happened upon it one day while drooling over this recipe for Paleo Cookie Dough Bars on Making the World Cuter.  A blog post caught my eye with the headline “Save a Thousand Dollars a Year on Groceries and a Healthy Chicken Stew Recipe”. 

Our grocery bill gets a little out of control with my pregnancy and Kevin being a 6’7’’ triathlete so any opportunity to save a bit at the grocery store is going to get my attention (and the chicken stew is just a bonus). As I read more, I learned that eMeals is a monthly membership site that provides you with weekly recipes and detailed grocery lists based on your eating style, family size and even your favorite grocery store. I was quite surprised to find that they recently added a Paleo option so I decided to check it out.

eMeals offers the following Meal Plans:
  • Classic Meals
  • Clean Eating
  • Simple Gourmet
  • Paleo (yea!)
  • Low Carb
  • Low Fat
  • Portion Control
  • Natural and Organic
  • Gluten Free

The basic package includes seven dinners per week. There are even options to include healthy breakfasts and weekday lunches to your meal plan. I have, and often use myself, the meal planner and grocery list that I created for What I Gather, but as my commitments have been piling up (school, writing, growing a human, etc.) I’ve had less and less time to plan out our meals for the week. This saddens me because I actually really love sitting down on the weekend and browsing through/concocting recipes to prepare for the following week and then making a list and even doing some prep work to make those weeknight meals even quicker. I’ve been totally slacking in that area, though…all the more reason to give eMeals a chance.

I chose the Paleo Dinner Subscription for Two and received my first weekly meal plan within minutes of signing up. I have to say, the recipes looked delicious, the instructions seem easy to follow and I LOVE that each ingredient on the grocery list has a coinciding meal number next to it. This way, if we have already some of the ingredients on hand, or if we choose to go out to eat one night or if I feel like cooking up something of my own creation, I can cross the appropriate items off the grocery list and won't have to worry about extra food sitting in my refrigerator.

And all this for only $5 a month! No scrambling at the last minute to figure out what's for dinner. No fruits and vegetables spoiling in the back of the refrigerator. No last minute trips to the grocery store for that one ingredient you forgot to pick up.

We are making our first trip to the grocery store today with our eMeals grocery list in hand and I'll be back next week to update you on how we like it. You can sign up for eMeals by clicking the link below and answering a few simple questions.

Right now, they are even featuring special Valentine's menus along with your monthly subscription. There are a lot of cookies and cakes, but they aren't leaving us Paleo folks out of the fun. Check out this recipe for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Garlic Oil!

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Garlic Oil

18 slices of bacon, halved
36 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon water
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons sliced garlic

-Cook bacon in a pan until it is cooked but still soft and pliable.
-Combine honey and water in a large bowl. Add shrimp, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pepper.
-Wrap one piece of bacon around each shrimp. Divide shrimp evenly among 6 skewers.
-Preheat broiler. Place skewers on a baking sheet; broil 3 minutes per side or until done.
-Combine oil and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook 4 minutes, or until garlic begins to brown.
-Drizzle over cooked shrimp, and serve additional oil alongside shrimp for dipping.

eMeals is showing even more Valentine's Day love with their Love Story Contest. Submit your favorite recipe, the best meal you have ever had, the moment you look forward to every year, or anything else that causes to you pause and reflect on how much you love it for a chance to win a FREE six month eMeals membership and other great prizes! Click the image below to enter.

If you are ready to sign up for eMeals now, be sure to enter the code "HEART" at checkout for a 10% discount in the month of February.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated by eMeals for this post, but did receive a complimentary one-year membership as a part of their Blogger Network. All opinions are 100% my own and I would never share a product or service with you that I haven't purchased or used myself. eMeals links are affiliate links.

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