Every year I say the same thing: "This whole family is going to eat better this year." Fast forward to 2 weeks later, and we're all eating endless amounts of pizza.
This year, I really want to make an effort to cook more meals at home.
I had an eye-opening realization a couple of weeks ago when I was looking at my spending habits over the last year. The amount of money I wasted on feeding my kids junk food is truly shocking!
So I'm on a mission to improve my cooking skills, spend less money, and have the whole family eat better overall in 2020. Seems like a doable resolution, right?
The problem is –I have no idea where to start. A couple of moms I know use meal kits, but they're kinda pricey, and the portions are pretty small.
I've got 2 kids and I'm always on the go, so the last few times I've gone grocery shopping, most of the produce goes unused because I have no idea what to do with it and no time to research recipes. We always end up just ordering a pizza to save time –such a waste.
My husband wants to cut our spending and eat more meals at home, so we figured we'd be a lot more successful if we hold each other accountable. His co-worker told him about how eMeals, a recipe planning service, had helped her make dinnertime less stressful and save money. We checked it out, but I figured it would be expensive.
After looking at the eMeals site, I liked how many different meal plans they offered - everything from gluten-free to keto and kid-friendly options. At the start of every week, eMeals sends you 7 recipes, so there's no thinking or planning required on your end.
I wasn't convinced that having recipes planned out for me would help, I'd still have to cook, but then I saw that they also create a grocery list for you. It's got all of the ingredients you need to make all 7 meals for the week, and they'll even transfer the grocery list to one of their online shopping partners, like Shipt or Walmart, so you can have all of the ingredients delivered right to your door.
It sounded great, but I'd never ordered groceries online before, so I was a little nervous about that. But eMeals gives you the option to get just the recipes and grocery list so that you can shop locally yourself.
They also offer a free 14-day trial so that you can try our recipes, so we figured we had nothing to lose. My kids eating habits can be so unpredictable! We decided to commit ourselves to the 12 month Budget Friendly plan, which, if we liked it, would work out at only $5 a month! After inputting our billing and shipping information, we were excited to start our 14 day free trial. My husband convinced me that I needed to stop living in the dark ages, so we had all of our groceries delivered from Walmart, too.
I have to admit, having recipes clearly planned out as well as all of the ingredients we needed delivered right to our doorstep made dinner time so much easier.
I was nervous that recipes would be really simple and not filling, but they were all really delicious, satisfying, and didn't take too long to cook. The kids cleaned their plates!
With eMeals, we get to enjoy all of the fun parts of cooking and bypass all of the boring planning and shopping. I love how flexible the service is, too. Their app is easy to use and makes editing your grocery list so simple.
Sometimes we have leftover seasonings for vegetables, so we can easily go in and remove the items we already have. Some weeks we chose to go grocery shopping ourselves, so being able to have the option to just get recipes and the grocery list is awesome.
eMeals has helped out family make a positive change in the new year – we're spending so much less money and more nights at home. All of the recipes we've tried have been so yummy and not too hard to make.
If you want to cook more meals at home and save money, go with eMeals. It's the most convenient and affordable way to actually stick to your resolution in 2020.
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