The Busy Mom’s Guide To Conquering Dinnertime
I've always loved cooking; then I had kids. I think any mom will tell you that hobbies either go out the window or are much harder to get to when you have kids!
I have three under the age of ten, so my days are jam-packed and totally unpredictable. Instead of browsing through old recipe books like I used to do, I try and stick to good ol’ staples that please everybody. But we get so bored we sometimes order takeout just for variety.
A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about how I’d cry if I ate another frozen pizza, and luckily she recommended eMeals.
I can't do a meal kit with 3 kids, way too expensive. But she went on to explain that eMeals is not a meal kit. It's actually a meal planning service that takes the stress out of dinnertime by providing 15 meal plans with 7 delicious recipes each week, based on your preference.
That night after the kids were in bed (and after our 3rd feta pasta bake of the month) I finally checked out eMeals. I wasn't sure how meal plans and recipes alone would help me. But then I saw eMeals generates a customizable shopping list for your recipes that you can send to one of their grocery partners like Walmart, Shipt, Instacart, and more for pickup or delivery.
Not having to think about meals for the week or grocery shopping sounded like a lifesaver. But how could I be sure my kids would like the meals when I could barely get them to eat our Thursday go-to-baked chicken?
I browsed through eMeals’ site and found that they truly have a plan for everyone - Quick and Healthy, Low Calorie, Keto, Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free, and even Kid-Friendly! Once I specified the size of my family, I got a 14-day free trial! So I could see if my three would actually eat the meals. I decided to have all the ingredients delivered from Walmart, but you can choose to pick them up or not even use the grocery list at all!
My favorite part about eMeals is that you can edit your grocery list. It's a breeze to add or remove items and pantry staples like olive oil or salt when using grocery pickup or delivery.
Our first week trying eMeals was such a godsend. I can't even begin to describe what a relief it was not to have to think about what to cook and to have all of the ingredients already in my fridge! I was nervous about the first meal - Peanut Chicken Meatballs. But the instructions were super clear and it came out far better than expected! One bite, and we were hooked; it even looked just like the picture included in the recipe.
eMeals’ convenient app makes editing your weekly shopping list and orders even easier. There are a bunch of cool, free add-ons, like dessert inspiration, bonus collections, and occasion plans for holidays and special parties.
Our whole family absolutely loves it! So, after our 14-day free trial, we signed up for the full year. I couldn’t believe that it only costs $5 a month and gives you access to all 15 of their different plans. You can even pick and choose recipes from various plans every week if you feel like going veggie for one night.
eMeals allows you to enjoy all of the fun parts of cooking at home without any of the hassles. I don’t miss the shopping or planning at all! Cooking’s fun for me again thanks to eMeals.