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Frugal Meal Planning with eMeals

My husband and I are huge meal planners. We have found it saves us tons of time and money when we plan ahead our meals. Plus, we eat healthier too. Weeks where we do not plan ahead we end up spending more money on eating out or picking up quick, fattening processed “food” at the grocery store. 
We try our best to eat Paleo, and one of the most challenging parts of eating clean is meal planning. We get stuck in ruts of recipes we make over and over again. I have been wanting to try eMeals for a while. I love the idea of having delicious Paleo recipes delivered right to my inbox every week. 
I was thrilled when I was asked to try out eMeals. eMeals is the leader of online meal plans. When I logged onto eMeals, I was really impressed by how easy it was to enroll. For only $58/ year you can have recipes delivered straight to your email. That is way cheaper than cookbooks. They also offer 3 months and 6 month plans. Then you simply pick your family size and food style. We chose Paleo, but there are tons of other options such as clean eating, gluten free, low carb, or vegetarian (and many more).
Within minutes I was emailed my Paleo plan. Wow- I loved the format! One simple sheet showed my meal plan for November 27th-December 3rd. Some of the delicious recipes featured were Maple-Balsamic Skirt Steak, Fennel-Garlic Pulled Pork, and Cumin Garlic Roasted Chicken. It included the recipe and ingredients in an easy to follow manner. My favorite part was the shopping list that eMeals automatically generates. It lists out all the grocery items to purchase, and even separates the foods by department! Amazing! It also has a column which divides out the “necessary staples” for each meal, such as olive oil or garlic. 
What I love most is that you can simply print out your plan for the week and head to the store. No more searching Pinterest for ideas. eMeals not only gives you meal recipes for the week based on a couple meal plan for 2 people, or a family meal plan for 4+, but eMeals is also designed to ensure that you do not have food waste. This means no wasted money, no wasted food storage, and more money in your pockets.This is so much easier and I know my husband and I will love the convenience. I am excited to see how much money we save by planning ahead and am really excited to have variety with our Paleo plan. 
eMeals saves consumers on average $1,000/year because of the smart meal planning, no waste, and store sales coordination! eMeals also tries to utilize the same items a few times a week to save money on ingredients. Last, they even try to incorporate local grocery store sales into the plan. Very cool.
If you sign up for eMeals now you can get 35%. To sign up use code: Cyber35! By planning ahead you can utilize the savings during the holidays (and get a jump start on healthier eating).
Anyways, enough about how much I love eMeals and onto the first recipe I tried. I decided to make Pumpkin Pancakes with Pecan Syrup from the Healthy Breakfast Plan. I added cranberries to the syrup since my daughter loves cranberries. They turned out really yummy! The recipe was really easy to use and follow. Plus, there are some really delicious sounding ones I cannot wait to try! Here are some pictures:

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  • Reply mamaboot

    I need to try this! I SO struggle at meal planning!


    December 5, 2013 at 4:34 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Me too! Your not the only one. I hope you like it if you try it! 🙂

      December 5, 2013 at 4:48 am
  • Reply Jenny

    I’ve been wanting to do more meal planing and I never quite know where to start. this sounds really easy and I like the variety it offers. I so know that feeling of not eating healthy without a meal plan.
    question – with a toddler did you sign up as a family of 2 or 4? I like to have some leftovers so to not have to cook every day but I don’t want tons! 🙂 Thanks for sharing – I will be checking this out for sure!

    December 5, 2013 at 11:55 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Hi Jenny! I signed up for the family of 4, but my recipe turned out a little big. I ended up putting half in a tupperware and we reheated it this morning, which I am fine with! We tend to make big batches of a recipe and store the rest, but none of us mind eating the same thing a few days in a row.

      December 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Galaxia, a Nail Care Enthusiast ♥

    I’m trying to eat better, too, so this seems great!

    December 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm
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