I’m one week into eMeals and so far I really like it! We don’t use it exactly the way it was intended (that would just be too easy!), but the eMeals format makes it really simple to pick and choose from the seven dinner options they send to my email each week.
When I received my first weekly meal plan, which consisted of seven dinner recipes and a corresponding grocery shopping list, I knew we probably wouldn’t cook seven meals straight from the eMeals plan. I try to have dinner with my mom and sister once a week and Kevin and I usually go out to dinner once or twice a week. On top of that, most weeks I like to get a little creative in the kitchen at least once a week and work on fun recipes for the blog. So instead of cooking and shopping straight from my eMeals plan, I chose four recipes that I would prepare that week. I went through the grocery list and marked out all of the items I didn’t need. Super simple.
As much as I love cooking, I have to say it was so nice to come home from work after a long day and not have to think even once about what to make for dinner. I had my eMeals plan stuck to the fridge and each night Kevin and I would look it over and choose what we wanted to make. Because we stuck to the shopping list, we knew we had all of the ingredients already on hand. My favorites were the Chicken Curry Stew and the Italian Quiche. The quiche was so good, I think I will make it a part of our regular rotation, which is something else I like about eMeals.
You can print off the recipes each week and save them in a binder or recipe folder (which is what I have…a Christmas gift from my sister) so you can come back to your favorites.
I put my own little spin on most of the recipes, too. You couldn’t expect me to just blindly follow a recipe and not take it into my own hands just a little, right? For example, one night we made Mini Meatloaves with a “ketchup” made from tomato paste and red wine vinegar. I decided to make it a chipotle ketchup and added some chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I know most pregnant women are turned off by spicy foods (read: major heartburn), but I can’t get enough spice lately. Go figure. I also added green onions to the Chicken Curry Stew and the Flank Steak Burritos because we had some that were starting to look kind of sad.
I have already received my second week of recipes and it was exciting to open the email and see what eMeals had in store for me this week. I am looking forward to the Basil Chicken Alfredo and the Spicy Tilapia. I think we will be endlessly thankful for this service once the new baby gets here and we can barely remember our own names.
Don’t forget about the fun Valentine’s Day promotions eMeals has going on for the month of February!
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