Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Easy Eating with eMeals

I know, I am super late to the meal planning party. I have so many people map out their weekly (sometimes monthly) meal and just stared in awe at the organization. I love to cook and create new recipes, but it just seemed like so much more time and effort than I was willing to spend. I had seen some meal planning services, but the options were always far too limited. I have been a vegetarian for 18 years, but my family is not. I needed meals that would happily feed us all. 

Then I heard about eMeals from a fellow blogger. They offer 13 different dinner meal plans for 3, 6, or twelve month subscriptions. You can also add in Breakfast, Lunch, and Dessert meal planning, it that's something you'd like. I couldn't decide which to choose, I was torn between Clean Eating, Natural Organic, Low Calorie, and Vegetarian. After browsing some of the menus, I opted for Vegetarian. It just seemed easier to ensure I could eat a complete meal. I can always add in meat for The Captain and The First Mate. It would be nice it they offered the option to combine plans. I would love a vegetarian, clean eating, low cal, organic plan. That would be ideal.

Disclosure: I was provided a year subscription to eMeals in exchange for writing an honest review about my experience. As with all of my reviews, all opinions are completely my own. I am also a member of the eMeals affiliate program and receive a small commission if you sign up through my links. Your cost will be the same, but you will be helping support my blog. 

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with honeydew melon, eMeal Vegetarian Plan

After nearly a week of a new dinner every night, we have yet to be disappointed. In fact, we made one meal again for lunch the next day, the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. It was really easy to make and packed full of flavor. Even The First Mate ate all of his dinner. Each meal has been something different than what I normally cook and is inspiring me in the kitchen again. The vegetarian plan has been satisfying enough for us all, even without the meal, too. 

I am loving how the vegetarian meals are helping me eat enough protein. I usually rely far too much on pastas and processed packaged foods. That is something I am really trying to get away from. I will occasionally make some tweaks to the recipes to cut out processed food, but I haven't had to make many changes yet. 

eMeals Meal Plans

Each week of recipes comes with a shopping list as well. It was easy enough for The Captain to handle on his own, so that's impressive. We use the eMeals app for our grocery list. I wish checked off items on the shopping list would stay saved. If I did some of the shopping, this wasn't reflected on The Captain's phone and it made things a bit more difficult. It was nothing a few texts couldn't fix though. The shopping lists can be customized by preferred store and take into account sales an promotions. This is a great feature to save some money on your meals.

The eMeals meal plan has worked in well with my diet too. Even though my plan isn't the low calorie selection, each dinner has been under 700 calories, including side dishes. Most meals have been below 500 though. I just plan my breakfast and dinners around the days with a heavier calorie dinner. It's important for me to stay on my track with my weight loss, so I'm glad eMeals has been a good fit. There is even a under 400 calorie plan with meals also under $4!

If you've been thinking about starting a new diet plan or just looking to ease your nightly dinner scramble, eMeals is a great option. Right now you can sign up and save 15% Off Your Order at eMeals.com with Bonus Comfort Foods Brochure! Use code Dinner15It's the perfect way to set yourself up for success in with your 2014 goals.

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