E Meals - Dinner success is within palm's reach!

E-meals is a great way to have healthy meals every night!  This subscription based service allows one to choose a meal plan right for any family.  They offer plans for clean eating, vegetarian, paleo, gluten free, slow cooker and more.  We have done both the clean eating and gluten free options and love both.   Meal plans can also be customized to the size of your family.

Clockwise from top left.  1.  Chicken with balsamic pan sauce
and rice-corn salad  2.  Skirt steak with parsley sauce,
creamy mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli
3.  Brown rice primavera and romaine with olives and oranges
4.  Mediterranean pasta salad with shrimp and honey blackberry fruit salad
Each week, a new menu comes to the subscriber through email or your downloaded app.  The weekly meal plan contains:  menu complete with recipe instructions and coordinating shopping list.  The app allows you to skip meals and check off ingredient items as you shop.  Skipped meals will automatically adjust the shopping list in the app.  It doesn't get any easier than this!

Weekly, I go through the menu list and select the meals we want to prepare.  I skip ones based on preference or our schedule when we are not going to be home.  Next, I go through the shopping list and check off items that I already have to keep me from doubling up on items.  While at the store, I check off the items I need from my list.  Once at home, I'm ready to go!  Healthy eating, here we come!

This week, we had the following:
  1. Chicken cutlets with balsamic pan sauce and rice-corn salad
  2. Skirt steak with parsley garlic sauce and creamy mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli
  3. Mediterranean pasta salad with shrimp and honey blackberry fruit salad
  4. Brown rice primavera and romaine with oranges and olives
These meals are all from the gluten free plan.  I'm trying this because of my thyroid.  We loved every single meal this week.  It would be hard to choose a favorite from these four.  And each night, we had leftovers for lunch the next day.  This means we are eating healthier for lunch and dinner.  Everyone's a winner!

Besides being healthy this has been a great way to go for us for several reasons:
  • Each meal can be prepared in about 30 minutes.
  • The meal directions are easy to follow and my husband or I can prepare the meals using our phone app depending on who is on duty that night.
  • Because both of us have the meal app, we also have the same shopping lists and information.  This allows either of us to shop without having to figure out the logistics of meals each week.  Its done for us!
  • We have a variety of recipes each week that are delicious with lots of flavor.  It keeps us from being in a food rut!
  • If you don't have a smart phone, or just would rather use paper, you can print the meal plan and shopping list and hand it to dear hubby or hand on the fridge.  Anyone can do this!  It isn't just for the techie person!
If you are finding yourself driving through and picking up fast food or eating frozen meals quite a bit, this is a good plan.  And, even if you already cook, this simplifies meal times on a level that takes all the guess work out of it!  The cost is about $7 a month.  So worth it!