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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.


  • 51.
    L Squared said…

    Looks so delicious! Love it!
    I’d go with the Simple Gourmet. Yummy. Thanks for sharing this source.

  • 52.
    dina said…

    Probably I would choose simple gourmet because I love eating :-)

  • 53.
    Cheryl said…

    Natural and organic. Looks wonderful.

  • 54.
    Kristine V said…

    What a wonderful prize…I really enjoyed reading your endorsement as well! If I won, I would choose the Gluten Free option since my family is wheat-free. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • 55.
    Denise said…

    This sounds wonderful. i would chose natural and organic.
    thanks for a chance to win

  • 56.
    Laurie Rentschler said…

    Definitely Simple Gourmet.

  • 57.
    LoriAnde said…

    It would be either low carb or simple gourmet. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • 58.
    patty said…

    low carb or natural & organic… or …
    this would make a great gift!

  • 59.
    Megan said…

    wow what a great idea! how could you choose just one plan to try?! Simple Gourmet sounds awesome, but so does Natural & Organic, Portion Control, and Vegetarian. oh my!

  • 60.
    Jen R. said…

    I would want to try Simple Gourmet or Classic Meals…I’m terrible about planning meals!!

  • 61.
    Laura Dassance said…

    would like to try either classics or simple gourmet! Thanks so much for the chance!

  • 62.
    Maya said…

    Sounds interesting! My kids became super picky eaters so making dinner became very unpleasant.
    I would like to try the Paleo plan, at least for me. I think that would be very helpful.

  • 63.
    Kate said…

    Low carb. It would be great to be able to switch every so often to try them all!

  • 64.
    kelsey said…

    I would choose Classic meals or Clean Eating. This is such a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 65.
    Shannon said…

    I would love to try this, never seen this before sound excellent.

  • 66.
    Tara B said…

    Great idea! I would love to try this. With two young kids, meal planning and dinner-time is always a challenge at our house. Fortunately, both of my kids are good eaters. I would try the simple gourmet.

  • 67.
    Sarah Cannon said…

    I would try the the clean eating diet or the paleo diet.

  • 68.
    Miriam said…

    I would go with the vegetarian option since we eat so little meat. What a nice way to save some time, especially over the holidays!

  • 69.
    Roberta said…

    I would love to try the Vegetarian plan. This would save a lot of work! Great idea.

  • 70.
    Sue Pinkowski said…

    I would have a tough time deciding between classic and low fat. Both look great, and what is better is that you can change up the menu plan once a month! That add’s flexiblity to the planning. Thanks for sharing Ali.

  • 71.
    Amy said…

    I would choose the vegetarian meal plan. Would love to try this since I make all of our meals at home each week!

  • 72.
    Theresa said…

    I have two picky eaters in my house. Dinner is not something I look forward to…always a struggle. This actually might work! At least I’ll know what’s for dinner for my husband and I!!
    I’m off to check it out now….Thanks.

  • 73.
    Cheri said…

    I have been searching for dietary answers to some medical problems (fibromyalgia and high blood pressure) along with dealing with picky teen eaters. Having read “It Starts with Food” and “Wheat Belly” I have wondered if a wheat-free diet would help me, but since pasta is a staple in this household, I’ve been lost about where to begin. I would love to try the Paleo plan to see if that would help me!

  • 74.
    Kim Early said…

    I like the simple gourmet.I used this service before during busy times when I needed the structure. It’s great.

  • 75.
    Lisa said…

    Simple gourmet for my family! Fun give-away!

  • 76.
    Audrey Davis said…

    I have already been looking at the emeals website last week and been considering subscribing. I would choose the healthy and organic plan if I won. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 77.
    stacy m said…

    I have no idea which plan I would choose. What a great idea. I love to cook but I can’t stand to write out a grocery list. Problem solved. Yes.

  • 78.
    Jeanne M said…

    How unique! I think I would choose the Clean Eating plan. Very cool.

  • 79.

    I would try the Classic Meals. My husband is a “meat and potatoes” man so that would be ideal.

  • 80.
    Samantha Langer said…

    I would go for low fat or portion control. Thanks for the chance! It’s a great giveaway!

  • 81.
    Susan said…

    Great idea! I would like to do Simple Gourmet for 2, please. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • 82.
    Angie said…

    I would either do the simple gourmet or the classic. This is a great giveaway!

  • 83.
    Lindsay said…

    Awesome! I have seen this around and have always considered it. I would definitely try the classic meals.

  • 84.
    Stacy said…

    As a newly diagnosed “celiac” (been diagnosed x1month) I’d have to choose the gluten free! After struggling with symptoms for years, it has helped tremendously, and I feel SO MUCH BETTER! That said, it’s a learning curve and trying to find and learn new recipes is part of that! Emeals sounds awesome!

  • 85.
    JenniferS said…

    Sounds like a good idea! I have a picky eater on my hands too :) I think Clean Eating would probably be good for our family. Otherwise I’ll be stuck in a mac&cheese rut for a LONG time!

  • 86.
    Kelly B. said…

    I love that they have a low carb option, as I’ve been eating this way for almost 10 years! I’m always looking for ways to keep it simple/easy but stay on plan.

  • 87.
    Melissa said…

    I would have to try either the clean eating, low carb or portion control menus.

  • 88.
    Pam C said…

    Hmm…Natural and Organic appeals to me but my nutritionist says I should be eating Paleo.
    Will give it a try -

  • 89.
    Laura M. said…

    I’d probably go with the low carb or the low fat.
    Thanks for the giveaway :D

  • 90.
    Wendy said…

    I would probably pick Classic Meals to start, because that is what my family would enjoy the most.

  • 91.
    Susan said…

    picking one would be really hard!! They all sound like a good plan. I think the vegetarian would be the most appealing to me now.

    thanks for this give away…even if I don’t win, i am so glad you showed this. I think it will be a great resource.

  • 92.
    Ellen Coker said…

    I would choose natural and organic. That is our goal for eating healthy.

    Actually, my real dream is that the cats would cook. They have the time, are home and how nice would it be to come home to a dinner that was ready!

  • 93.
    Dawn g said…

    I think I’d try Clean Eating. I love a lot of healthy foods, but I struggle with creating a meal that doesn’t end up being totally boring. (Chicken, broccoli, brown rice)….eMeals sounds like it takes the work out of it….if only they’d go to the grocery store for me too! ;)

  • 94.
    Teal said…

    I tried emeals several years ago when there were only 2 or 3 options for plans. I think now I would try the Natural & Organic or Clean Eating.

  • 95.
    Katee L. said…

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Paleo and think that this would given me a great jumping off point!

  • 96.
    McAmy said…

    Boy can I use this. We literally eat the same menu every week – Hamburgers Monday, Steak Tuesday… we are all getting tired of it. I think I’d pick family, Low Carb.

  • 97.
    Segolene said…

    I would pick the Simple Gourmet

  • 98.
    christy said…

    For myself, I would love to try the clean eating, simple gourmet or vegetarian plans; however, I live with two carnivores so I’m thinking the Paleo menu would satisfy my family!

  • 99.
    Peggy said…

    I would probably try either clean eating or portion control. This looks great and pretty reasonably priced! Thanks for sharing Ali. You always provide such a great service when you recommend products like this. I’d never heard of this site before.

  • 100.
    Donna said…

    I would want simple and natural and organic. Although classic meals sounds good too! What to do, what to do!