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November 8, 2012

Special Weekday Giveaway | eMeals Subscription

GIVEAWAY | One person will receive a 3-month subscription to eMeals. To be entered into this giveaway please leave a comment below answering this question: if you tried eMeals, what plan would you try?

I like simple. I like healthy. I like routine. Any time I can find a combination of those three things I get really excited.

eMeals recently contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in testing out their monthly meal planning service.

Figuring out what to eat and feed my family has always been my responsibility. I’ve written in the past about the challenges we’ve faced with Simon’s eating habits (super picky, texture aversions, etc). Often times it has just been easier to feed him his preferred foods vs. planning something that leads to a ton of resistance. So much of that depends on my own personal mental health and patience level – because, you know what, sometimes it’s just really hard. I’m also well aware, through years of experience now, that encouraging both my kids to try new foods is a good thing (and usually worth the time we sit at the table) and that by continuing to introduce new foods it is actually widening the things they eat.

Simon’s been doing pretty darn good these days trying new foods and/or eating non-preferred foods (especially compared to a few years ago). I want to keep encouraging him and modeling good healthy eating habits. Having a favorite treat at the end of the meal as something to work towards doesn’t hurt either.

All of that lead me to saying yes to eMeals.

I chose the Natural & Organic Family Plan and each week I get an email that includes 7 dinners (main dish + side) with ingredients and instructions, and a grocery shopping list. I’m loving having a list of pre-planned options each week and I love that someone is doing the work for me. I don’t always stick exactly with the meals on the list but I love having it there as a jumping off point. So far it’s been relatively successful – I’ve been picking a couple meals a week to try and having other nights be some of the Simon’s preferred meals (grilled cheese, bean & cheese burritos, cheese pizza, baked potato, etc). The meals are simple and healthy and don’t involve a ton of work or prep and I love knowing what we are eating before 5pm.

I’m still using the weekly menu plan I designed so Simon can read what’s on the menu each night – you can download the PDF for free here.

eMeals is definitely helping me to expand our meal choices and simplifythe process by taking care of the planning and grocery list.

I think this would make a great gift for someone (at least it’s the kind of gift I’d love to receive – something that keeps on giving throughout the year). 3 months is $21, 6 months is $35, or 12 months is $58.

Here’s how it works:

  • Pick Your Plan | To start getting eMeals, just choose a meal plan based on your eating style, your family size and even your favorite grocery store.
  • Get Great Recipes | Every week, your meal plan arrives in your inbox —complete with seven simple, creative, family–friendly dinner recipes. Each includes an entrée and side dishes.
  • Shop and Save | Along with the meal plan, you’ll receive a detailed grocery list organized by section and coordinated with the weekly sales at selected stores.
  • Relax and Enjoy | We take care of the meal planning, the grocery list and the budgeting — while you take credit for making healthy, home–cooked meals that your whole family will love.

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TO BE ENTERED into this giveaway please leave a comment below answering this question: if you tried eMeals, what plan would you try? If you are reading this post on Facebook please come to my blog to leave a comment). Comments will be closed at 8pm Pacific on Sunday evening. The winners will be posted shortly after. Please be sure to check back or subscribe (click here to get posts delivered to your email box) to see if you are receiving one of the items.


  • 1.
    KristineS said…

    I would be torn between classic and simple gourmet…..

  • 2.
    Grisel Blanco said…

    Wow, whoever invented this is a GENIUS!!! How cool!! If I subscribed to eMeals I would go with either the Low Fat, the Portion Control or the Vegetarian plans… I honestly can’t decide between those three!! Thanks for sharing this info!!! (:

  • 3.
    sonya said…

    I’m intrigued by the Paleo plan. My husband eats Paleo now so this would be a way for my daughter and I to eat the same food as he does.

  • 4.
    Crystal said…

    I’m vegetarian, so it’s an easy choice for me :)

  • 5.
    Theresa Grdina said…

    Ali: This is amazing! I would try either clean and simple or portion control. Since becoming empty nesters, I have not enjoyed cooking for 2 as much as I enjoyed cooking for 5. This might be the answer I have been looking for….Thanks for the opportunity to give it a try!

  • 6.
    Anso said…

    What a great idea! I’d be very tempted to try the Simple Gourmet. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun :)

  • 7.
    Shawna said…

    Low carb, low fat, or organic…all fab plans…thanks for the chance and for sharing this super cool website…

  • 8.
    Susan A said…

    What a great site. I’m torn between organic and natural and portion control. I can’t wait to start using this – will make my life so much simpler…thanks!

  • 9.
    Carla said…

    I think I would try the Simple Gourmet. Sounds like a great website, and just what I need!

  • 10.
    robin corman said…

    I would love to try the vegetarian, but then I’m not sure what my husband would eat…

  • 11.
    Amy Clayburn said…

    I would select Classic Meals

  • 12.
    ScrappyBarb said…

    Looks like Clean Eating would work for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 13.
    kelly libby said…

    Wow! What a great idea. I would choose gluten free as I am struggling to create simple meals that don’t make me sick; literally. Instead, I spend TONS of money at natural food stores buying frozen gluten free meals. ewww. Thanks, Ali!!

  • 14.
    Corene said…

    I would choose natural/organic, I think

  • 15.
    Melyssa said…

    we’ve been wanting to try the paleo diet. I would choose that:) thank you:)

  • 16.
    jen in pa said…

    this looks great! i would pick the classic plan.

  • 17.

    Thanks for the heads up to this site Ali! It would be hard to pick from natural/organic and low-carb and low-fat. They all look really good!! I am always looking for new ways to use all the yummy fresh produce I get from our farm co-op! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • 18.
    Adele said…

    I would go with Clean Eating or vegetatarian.

  • 19.
    Liz N. said…

    These are all so wonderful! I’m totally a fan of the simple gourmet, but I think the clean eating is the one we’d pick!

  • 20.
    Elisa L said…

    I would probably chose low carb or clean eating to help with my diabetes.

  • 21.
    louann said…

    Love this idea. I would try gluten free, but so many of the sample recipes from other groups looked good too. Thanks

  • 22.
    Cynde said…

    I would choose the Portion Control Plan!

  • 23.
    sherry said…

    Classic would be the easiest, I’d challange Emeals to find a plan for my family. I have 3 kids, #1 is strictly meat and potatoes and does not like chicken or pork. #2 is a vegetarian, #3 has aspbergers, is very picky and has texture issues. I’m not sure Emeals could help us.

  • 24.
    Juliann said…

    I would choose gluten free since that is my life :) it would be cool to have meals I didn’t have to adapt!

  • 25.
    Jacenda G. said…

    So hard to choose, they all look yummy! Love their new choices for meal plans. I would choose clean eating. Thanks Ali and eMeals!

  • 26.
    Terri said…


  • 27.
    Lisa W. said…

    Mmmmmm probably classic meal plan, but would be willing to try anything:)

  • 28.
    Sue said…

    I would probably choose the Classic Meals. I think I may have found a good gift for a couple of my children and their families for Christmas!

  • 29.
    Diana said…

    I would love to try this! I’ve been thinking about it!

  • 30.
    Stephanie said…

    I would try simple gourmet b/c I am a foodie at heart and I love to cook :) . The sample menu looks great!

  • 31.
    wendy said…

    I think I would try the classic although the gluten free is also appealing. Love the idea of meal planning coming straight to your inbox. the sample plans have great details – takes the guess work out – thanks for the chance to win!

  • 32.
    lydia said…

    i’d definitely try the simple gourmet, but think the clean eating would also be nice to try.

  • 33.
    Donelle said…

    Interesting I am torn between Paleo,Natural Organic and Vegetarian.

  • 34.
    bse said…

    I’d probably try the low carb or clean eating, although the other options also look intriguing.

  • 35.
    pammie~k said…

    I have always been intrigued by emeals. I would likely start with the lowfat option – but I have to admit, that a few of the other options are catching my eye.

  • 36.
    Jessica Navarro said…

    I would love to try the natural organic as well!

  • 37.
    Rachel R said…

    I would like to try clean eating.

  • 38.
    Keianna said…

    I love meal panning services. I would probably subscribe to the clean eating or low carb version. Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

  • 39.
    Kim S (nerdgrl) said…

    Simple gourmet…not necessarily for me but for the Mr. I like plain, low carb but he’s gotta have something “special.” So, simple gourmet it is.

  • 40.
    Theresa said…

    I think low fat but simple gourmet sounds good too….

  • 41.
    Sandi said…

    I would try the Clean Eating meal plan. I need gluten free meals but I since I have been cooking gluten free for 8 years I can make the necessary changes to recipes. The natural organic looks good too.

  • 42.
    Graviela said…

    Love the giveaway!

  • 43.
    Sarah Jane said…

    Wondering if you could swap to a different plan each month until you could decide which one you liked the best? My mom raised my twin brother and I to like EVERYTHING so, making food choices is something I have ALWAYS struggled with because I haven’t found much of anything that I don’t like. Classic, simple gourmet, or Clean eating would likely be my first selections to try.
    The fact that your customized shopping list will check local sale prices… now THAT is amazing!

  • 44.
    Beth said…

    I would go with classic meals. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 45.
    Karen said…

    No muss, no fuss…that’s what I’m talking about!

  • 46.
    pearl said…

    vegetarian is the way I would go. wish they had a vegan plan. thanx for the change to win!

  • 47.
    Marsaille said…

    I like the simple gourmet. This would be a fun gift!!

  • 48.
    TheresaMP said…

    I would go for the natural and organic with a touch of simple gourmet through in once in a while. thanks as always for sharing.

  • 49.
    ginny said…

    This is fantastic! I would choose Frugal Gourmet for 2. I love to cook but hate meal planning. It’s so hard learning to cook for 2 after feeding a family for so long.

  • 50.
    Susan C said…

    Cool idea, I too struggle with getting a picky eater on board for meals, but he is making progress. My other kid will eat anything!
    I would choose the Classic Meals to start, I think my kids would eat most of the meals.
    Thanks Ali for another cool giveaway.