Review: eMeals

eMealsSo yesterday I talked about our new lower meat diet and mentioned how we were using the eMeals vegetarian meal plan subscription to help us accomplish this change.

I figured today I could talk about what eMeals actually is.

eMeals is a meal planning service that provides several different options based on diet, family size, and grocery store used. There is also an app that is available for iOS and Android devices.

We chose the vegetarian meal plan for a family of four and paid for a whole year’s subscription at once (both for savings and to encourage us to continue using it). We are also using the app on our iPhones.

The recipes provided tend to be very easy to execute and provide a variety of flavor profiles and ingredients. They also almost always leave us with enough left overs for two of us to have lunch the next day (and our family all tends towards over-eating).

The area that eMeals really shines, though, is in the app. It is extremely easy to use and offers several quality features.

First is the fact that you can link it to your grocery stores online shopping app, if they have one. We shop at Wal-mart since it is literally next door to our house. Since Wal-mart has a grocery app and I also have it on my phone, eMeals allows me to make my meal plan for the week, create a shopping list, and transfer it right into the Wal-Mart grocery app. It is very smooth and convenient. I love it!

Secondly, the act of making the week’s meal plan is very flexible. eMeals provides a new seven meal dinner plan every week. However, you can also mark recipes as favorites and then mix and match recipes from past weeks to create a custom plan for the week.

Once you have selected the meals you want for the week you can look at your shopping list–created for you by the app–and check off items that you already have.

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In other words, I like both the recipes and the app. Of course, it’s only as good as the person using it. You need to pick the right set of menus (not every family would like Paleo, Vegetarian, etc). And then once you are paying for it you actually need to follow the meal plans and recipes and use the app to its fullest potential. But if you are looking for something like this, it is definitely worth checking out.

My family is definitely glad we did!

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About Dallas Funk

I'm a stay-at-home mom with two children (a seven-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter), 20+ years of writing experience, and a passion for food that has been developed over a lifetime of experimenting. Over the past 12 years of marriage, I have worked hard to learn all that I can to make my family all that it can be. My expertise has been primarily self-taught, allowing me to provide insights for the average person, whether they be an aspiring cook, a new mother, or a hopeful writer. I have studied and experimented with baking, cooking, budget meals, healthy and tasty alternatives to comfort foods, and even food photography. By combining my writing experience, my hard won cooking expertise, and my "everyman" outlook, I offer a special and unique slant to food and dining. In January of 2015, I will receive my MFA in Creative Writing, with a Popular Fiction specialty, from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Writing Program.
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