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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.


  • 151.
    JennE said…

    I would try the Clean Eating menu. This is a great idea, gotta love it when someone does the thinking for you!

  • 152.
    Kari said…

    I like the simple gourmet but my kids are pickier, so I think I’d end up going with natural and organic and adjusting from there.

    This looks like a great concept – I love how there is a list at the bottom of the grocery list showing what you need for each meal, too!

  • 153.
    Leigh said…

    Many of the plans appeal to me, but I would go with Clean Eating.

  • 154.
    Michelle said…

    I would probably go with Clean Eating, although Simple Gourmet is also at the top. I am a dietitian with arthritis and genetically high cholesterol (thanks Mom and Dada – lol) so I watch what I eat very carefully – but with 3 active girls ages 7, 12, and 15 I tend to focus more on easy and tried and true just so we have time to sit down together. This would be just the thing to get back into planning ahead, giving me time to work old favorites in with the new. I might just ask for a few for Christmas so we can mix it up!

    Thanks Ali – you share inspiration in so many way!

  • 155.
    Cynthia B. said…

    I would choose either the classic meals or Paleo. Both example menus sound delicious!

  • 156.
    Megan said…

    I have tried emeals I really liked the program. It is inexpensive and gives you lots of options to use…plus, who doesn’t love having new recipes?!?

    Would love to win another subscription…

  • 157.
    Shelle said…

    I’ve seen this site advertised before but I’ve never checked it out. WOW! I’m really interested in the Paleo meal plan. I love that it helps you shop for sales at the store you choose. Great giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

  • 158.
    Taniesa V said…

    I would Try the classic meals family plan. We have a large family and sometimes we get in a meal rut… its hard to come up with ideas that the family would like AND be easy and quick. I have been debating on trying the plan for a while and this would be a great way to try it out. Thanks Ali!

  • 159.
    Cherylle said…

    I am definitely wowed! IF I have to make a choice, I think I would FIRST try simple gourmet. Then I would branch out from there!

  • 160.
    Tiffany M. said…

    What a great site! We have recently had to go gluten free since my husband and son are suspected of having celiac. (His family all have it) It would be great to have new meal ideas instead of the same 7 things! Thanks for the chance!

  • 161.
    Danielle said…

    Vegetarian first & formost but also gluten-free if it can be further divided. Thx!

  • 162.
    Megan C said…

    Portion control would be the best! thanks!

  • 163.
    Julie P. said…

    Organic and natural. I would be interested in a way to have more input into what meals get added to my weekly meals.

  • 164.
    Nicole Norman said…

    I would try the Classic meal plan. Thanks for the chance to win. I’ve been wanting to try this!

  • 165.
    Lynn Wigren said…

    So many choices! Would love to give it a try….I’m the picky eater in the family..

  • 166.
    Christi said…

    simple gourmet…..sounds delicious

  • 167.
    Glenna said…

    I would do either the goumet or the paleo.
    Sounds great.

  • 168.
    Jackie H said…

    I would choose the Gluten Free plan. Last year I suddenly became allergic to wheat…like anaphylactic :( So crazy! I loved cooking and baking, but now…it’s not nearly as fun. I would LOVE some new gluten free meal ideas!!

  • 169.
    cara maat said…

    i would try the classic! thanks for the opportunity, ali.

  • 170.
    Hope said…

    Would love to give this a try! Not sure which I’d pick-so many great options!

  • 171.
    Charissa M said…

    I would choose gluten free, as I have just learned I need to go gluten free, but I’d love to try natural and organic …

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • 172.
    Debbi W. said…

    What a great idea! I would be torn between the Simple Gourmet and the Natural & Organic meal plans. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • 173.
    Kathy M said…

    Classic meals

  • 174.
    Andrea P said…

    Classic for me. I could really use new recipes.

  • 175.
    CandyW said…

    Simple gourmet for me! Thanks Ali!

  • 176.
    Laura D said…

    I would go with the Classic or Clean Eating. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • 177.
    Tracy said…

    I would definitely try toe gluten free menu plan. It looks like a great service – thanks for the chance to win!

  • 178.
    Amanda S said…

    great idea.

  • 179.
    Chris-Ellyn said…

    I would probably try Paleo or Gluten free. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 180.
    dawn said…

    WOW, what a cool giveaway. I love this site and seen it thru Becky Higgins and always wanted to try it. This would be so awesome and helpful to win!!

    I would love all of them but my 3 kids are picky so I would pick the Classic Meals.

    Thanks so much for the chance!!

  • 181.
    carrie said…

    I would enjoy the clean eating plan they offer. Looks fabulous!

  • 182.
    Maria said…

    I’d choose a plan that is compatible with Weight Wathcers. Probably portion control.

  • 183.
    nadine said…

    Classic meals for 2. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 184.
    Kim Warne said…

    This sounds like a wonderful plan…I would choose the portion control plan because I really want to eat healthy and lose some weight in the process. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 185.
    Laura A said…

    Most likely portion control!

  • 186.
    Heather Sweet said…

    Wow, there’s, like, 3 I want! If I really had to pick (which is a hard choice) I’d go with simple gourmet. My husband is the cook in the family. He’s very good at coming up with his own “recipes.” I’m a recipe follower-so we have very different cooking styles, but the simple gourmet plan I think would fit both of us.

  • 187.
    christy said…

    I think “Simple Gourment.” The dishes are “gourmet-ish” enough to keep my husband and me happy, and look like they would please most of my three picky eaters. However, they look like a portion of the meals could be modified to keep the picky eaters happy.

  • 188.
    Laarni said…

    Would love to try this emeals…great!

  • 189.
    Erin said…

    I’d love to be able to try out the portion control plan!

  • 190.
    Sara Miller said…

    I hate trying to figure out what to make for dinner! This would help so much and keep me from relying on the same old recipes that we always have. I think I would try the Classic Meals or possibly the Clean and Simple plan.

    Thanks Ali!

  • 191.
    Shae said…

    I would choose the classic meal plan to start with, but might also like to try the simple gourmet. Thanks!!

  • 192.
    Kelly said…

    clean or portion control

  • 193.
    Lisa Bee said…

    This is such a fabulous idea! I would try the clean eating plan–Thank you Ali for the chance to win!

  • 194.
    Kimberly Kalil said…

    I’d totally love to try the Paleo plan. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 195.
    fiona said…

    I would choose the classic, I think my husband and son would like this one the best … but, it may be just the start to them trying some new things!!

  • 196.
    Megan said…

    I would try the classic or simple plan! this looks like a great resource, i would love to try it out!


  • 197.
    judi said…

    the low carb plan! I think I’m gonna hook my husband up with this(he does all the cooking) whether I win or not!

    highland, IN

  • 198.
    Charity G. said…

    I’m having a hard time deciding between the Natural & Organic and the Paleo meals. Both sample menus looked really good. Either way, I love this site. Thanks for the chance to win and for introducing me to emeals.

  • 199.
    Lynn Hamm said…

    I would choose low car or portion control.
    Nice giveaway thanks for the chance.

  • 200.
    Sheila H said…

    I would choose the Paleo plan. The recipes look good and easy. Most look like they don’t take too much time. Perfect!