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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.

Comments

  • 101.
    Karen d said…

    A friend recommended this. Would love the opportunity to try. Have a blessed day!

  • 102.
    Gale said…

    Portion Control. Simple Gourmet would be my second choice. I live in a very small town. Would never be able to purchase what I needed.

  • 103.
    Flo said…

    I always struggle with what to make for dinner. I checked out the sample menus for the categories that interested me and I can’t decide which I like the best. Thanks for the giveaway and for introducing this option.

  • 104.
    Christy Nelson said…

    Some low carb or low fat meals would be great at this time of year!

  • 105.
    Lindsey said…

    Family clean eating would be our choice. Man simple meal planning is something I need!

  • 106.
    Alexandra said…

    Super cool idea. It would be great to have help in avoiding the usual meal-planning roadblocks we so often face.
    I think I would try organic or clean eating.
    Thanks!

  • 107.
    AmandaK said…

    I’ve eyed e-meals for years and never taken the plunge. Classic or clean eating sounds like my style.

  • 108.
    Felecia said…

    I am intrigued by the Paleo menu, but honestly it would probably be classic meals to get us started and get my kiddos used to soem new foods.

  • 109.
    Jocelyn Thompson said…

    WOW! I just recently started following a mostly Paleo diet and they have that choice! I am surprised! Really great options! This definitely looks like something I need to check into more! Thanks!

  • 110.
    Chrissy12 said…

    So excited…they have a Paleo option….that would be my pick all the way!! Thanks for introducing the plan.

  • 111.
    Robin said…

    I love this idea! I’d choose the Clean Eating Plan. I try to make mostly preservative free and whole foods for my family and it can be hard to get new ideas. I’d be so happy for this!!!!!

  • 112.
    Michelle Evans said…

    I would try simple gourmet. I have 4 chldren 12-19 and we still love to sit down and eat meals as a family. We eat generally healthy meals and all lead an active lifestyle. So this is one way we slow down, reconnect and enjoy the lovliness that good food and company can bring!

  • 113.
    Pam Ballard said…

    What a great giveaway. In womens busy lives we could all use the help. Organic or natural sounds great..

  • 114.

    I would sign up for clean eating and would love to have a weeks worth of meals planned out.

  • 115.
    Stephanie E. said…

    I would love to try the low-fat version!

  • 116.
    Lynne said…

    I would choose the simple gourmet. That sounds perfect for us!

  • 117.
    Shirlene G. said…

    I want to try out the simple gourmet.

  • 118.
    Denise W. said…

    Such a great idea. I think I’d go with the classic selection, but they all look really good!

  • 119.
    LeeAndra said…

    I would definitely choose gluten-free. What a timesaver for me to not have to ‘translate’ things and/or read all the boxes at the store to check for hidden gluten!

  • 120.
    Kelly said…

    I have been looking for something like this! I would try the Gluten Free meal plan. I ate gluten-free for several months last year and had never felt better, but then fell off the wagon. Eating gluten-free requires so much planning and I just didn’t have time. This would certainly help!

  • 121.
    Jayhawk Jen said…

    I’d do the Vegetarian plan for 1-2… thanks for the chance to win!

  • 122.
    tammy g said…

    Thankfully my children are just hungry by dinner time and arn’t too picky. The classic dinner plan looks like the best choice for us.

  • 123.
    Gwen said…

    Paleo, because my son has recently been very intrigued with nutrition and diet for his running passion. And it also has been very interesting to me. I’d love to win this. Deciding is the hardest part for me.

  • 124.
    Michelle Allred said…

    What a wonderful idea….now how to decide which plan to go with?

  • 125.
    Lisette said…

    I would choose either the classic or simple gourmet. Thanks for the opportunity. Great giveway!

  • 126.
    Janet White said…

    Classic would suit us well. The whole “what’s for dinner” is a major stress for me and can throw off my whole day. I realize it stems from really wanting to create a welcoming atmosphere for my husband when he comes home from work which is a good thing, but a solution like this would be heaven for me. I doubt I’d follow it closely, but having ideas of what to fix helps so much. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 127.
    Miranda said…

    What a great looking site! I would probably go with the clean eating plan, but there are about four other ones that look great too!

  • 128.
    lexi said…

    Probably classic meals but others look interesting as well.

  • 129.
    Stacy said…

    I’ve been considering emeals for a while now. I’d choose the low carb plan!

  • 130.
    Becky said…

    I would try the Paleo meal plan. My husband and I just started Paleo two months ago and are loving this new lifestyle. Any more recipes would be great!!!

  • 131.
    Lachalle Jones said…

    OMG this is insanely so smart !! I love this idea !
    ~L~

  • 132.
    Lachalle Jones said…

    Oops missed a step . i would be torn between simple gourmet or natural and organic.
    ~L~

  • 133.
    HeatherOz said…

    I think I’d go with classic.
    Thanks Ali!

  • 134.
    Joanie said…

    I have never tried this (never even heard of this), but it sounds awesome!

  • 135.
    debra ford said…

    I would love to try this. I’m trying to be more aware of what we eat and portion sizes. Clasic would be a great place to start. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • 136.
    deb ford said…

    I would love to try this. Classic looks like a good place to start. Thank you for the chance to win, Ali.

    • ….
      deb ford said…

      sorry for the double entry, not intentional, it gave me an error on first one.

  • 137.
    Michele said…

    for me, I would pick low carb as I’m trying to eat less carb in my diet. I love that i can still modify the plan to add potato for my family.

  • 138.
    Karie said…

    I really want in on this. I’ve been thinking about it for ages, just haven’t taken the plunge.

  • 139.
    kim said…

    i think i might try paleo….

  • 140.
    Brighton Harper said…

    I would choose Classic Meals but gluten free would be a close second.

  • 141.
    Kerry G. said…

    i would choose clean eating. This is such a fantastic idea.

  • 142.
    CathyC said…

    This looks great! We would definitely do the natural and organic plan. It looks like a great starter menu that would be easy to make substitutions into if necessary. Thanks for sharing!

  • 143.
    JeriP said…

    I would choose Natural and Organic (although I do not always pay organic prices for our food). Planning is the hard part of cooking.

  • 144.
    Rossana said…

    I’d want to try Low-Carb Meal Plan!!!

  • 145.
    Gail J said…

    I haven’t tried e-meals, but have been looking at it! I would try the Paleo, since we have been trying to get the processed foods out of our diet, and eat less grain.

  • 146.
    Stephanie George said…

    I think I would try the Simple Gourmet. What a great opportunity to try something new. Thanks!

  • 147.
    Regina said…

    Ooh, I’d love to try the Clean Eating meals. Awesome giveaway!

  • 148.
    Ashley L said…

    I would choose the clean plan, although the lunch ideas sounds pretty great too.

  • 149.
    Susan F. said…

    Low carb for me! Thanks.

  • 150.
    pam said…

    I’ve been thinking about subscribing to emeals so winning this would be great. I’d subscribe to the Paleo plan as I’m gluten and dairy intolerant.