Monday Menu – Meal Planning

I’ll be honest with you… I suck at meal planning on a regular basis. I’m really terrible at it for some reason, but when I do sit down and come up with a meal plan for the week it’s amazing. I go to the store with a complete list of everything that we need for the week, coupons (if I find the right ones), and I usually stick with my list and don’t over spend.

Something else that I noticed when I do meal planning is that I tend to make fewer trips to the store throughout the week, I spend less money, and we eat a little a healthier. Oh… and my husbands favorite result of meal planning… no leftovers. He’s not the biggest fan of them and will usually do what he can to avoid them.

So in an effort to help me with this meal planning, saving money, and no leftover thing I joined the eMeals Blogger program. I have to say that’s it’s pretty awesome too.

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!
Here are few of the dinners from the most recent plan that they sent me.

  • Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice Salad
  • Tomato Lentil Soup with a Baby Salad Greens with Apples, Goat Cheese and Pecans
  • Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Black Bean and Corn Salad

It seems that every week there is also salmon in my meal plan but I skip that and substitute chicken or something because it’s one fish that I don’t like at all. For lack of bette words… it’s too fishy.

When I signed up I selected the clean eating plan but there are several other choices you can choose from such as; classic, natural & organic, paleo, gluten free, and simple gourmet. In addition to the type of meal plan you also select your family size and in some cases the store you would shop at. Once you have that done (it’s super simple really) you get your weekly meal plan emailed to you along with the recipes and the complete shopping list. Meal planning made easy!

You can change the meal plan that you get if you decide to try something new or if you don’t like the one you’ve been trying. There are plans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (the one I currently get) that you can subscribe to as well as the ability to add multiple dinner plans. You can also check out some of their sample meal plans before you make your final decision which one you want. I’m sure that you’ll join after looking at all of them too because eMeals makes it so easy to figure out what’s for dinner and helps you stick with your plan.

Slowly… ever so slowly I’m doing better at meal planning and making sure that what we have as leftovers are things that heat up well or can be used in other ways.

Make Time For Family - eMeals Blog

If you are interested in joining the Blogger Network, use my blog name, With Just a Bit of Magic, in the “How did you hear about us” field.

Disclosure: I am a part of the eMeals Blogger Network. This is not a compensated post, though there are affiliate links included.

10 Responses to Monday Menu – Meal Planning
  1. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    February 25, 2013 | 8:36 am

    I TOTALLY agree that if you meal plan, you eat healthier for the week. I’ve tried so many times to do it and I stink though. I’m a very last minute meal prepper.

  2. Andrea
    February 25, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Not only do I tend to eat healthier, but I think I spend (waste) less on groceries and never have to face the “What’s for dinner?” question.

    I have heard of e-meals and will have to check them out. Sounds like a great product and we all draw a blank from time to time.

  3. Sara @ Mom Endeavors
    February 25, 2013 | 9:50 am

    LOVE emeals! Whether you use them or just meal plan on your own, it is definitely a great idea!

  4. Ashley
    February 25, 2013 | 3:13 pm

    Those meals sounded delish. I’ve noticed my family not only eats much healthier when we menu blah, we spend less, and dinner prep goes more smoothly.

  5. Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired
    February 25, 2013 | 7:27 pm

    I’m terrible at meal planning too. But you are right when I do it, it makes life so much easier. I’m inspired now to start meal planning again and not to stare into our cupboards and fridge for 10 minutes trying to figure out what to make for dinner every night.

  6. Deb
    February 25, 2013 | 9:19 pm

    Love the idea of an e meal plan. i’m awful at planning dinners.

  7. Bridget A
    February 25, 2013 | 9:52 pm

    Meal planning is a great way to keep your family’s meals (and budget) on track!

  8. Maureen | Scoops of Joy
    February 25, 2013 | 11:40 pm

    Oh I’m struggling with this too. With Sunday being the only day off I got from work, I really have to drag myself to the kitchen and do meal planning.

    Yours sounds delicious and will have to check out the e-meal planning. Thank you for sharing this Jackie :) On my way to check it out.

  9. Hanan
    February 26, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    I’ve been using emeals for a couple of years now. It’s nice having those meals already planned already!

  10. Emmy
    February 27, 2013 | 5:30 pm

    Oh that sounds pretty awesome! Though now we are starting soccer season and soccer practice is definitely dictating what I can make on different days.

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