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I love to cook! I subscribed to satellite television for the sole purpose of the Food Network Channel. Okay, and for Grey’s Anatomy. I used to spend several hours a week planning my weekly menus and challenging myself to create new and exciting dishes to eat. I would spend an hour or two every night cooking a fun, delicious and oftentimes intricate meals. Beef bourgiugnon, tamales, pies, the more challenging, the more I enjoyed making it. It gave me a sense of accomplishment when I could make something incredible out of raw ingredients.

Then I got pregnant. Which brought with it fatigue, swollen ankles, a queasy stomach… all of which makes cooking seem less exciting and drive-thru meals much more appealing. Then while my husband was listening to Dave Ramsey, he heard about E-Mealz.

E-Mealz is a website that creates weekly menus that are nutritious, inexpensive, fast and easy to make. Each weekly meal plan comes with 5 complete meals, the ingredients and recipes, and a shopping list to take with you to the store. You have the option to select which grocery store you are shopping at (Walmart, Publix, Kroger, or “Any Store”) and they have current prices next to the ingredients, so you know approximately how much it will cost you to buy dinner that week. They have 28 different meal plan options to choose from, including family meal plans, meals for 2, low-fat meals, and vegetarian meals.

I subscribed to E-Mealz about 5 months into my pregnancy and it has made my life a lot easier. Now that I have a 9 month old baby, when I get off work, my time is pretty much committed to taking care of my daughter, doing laundry, cleaning, baths, homework, and so forth, which leaves me with about 30 minutes to have dinner made and on the table. E-Mealz allows me to have a delicious home cooked nutritious meal that’s something different every night, without having to rack my brain and wonder “what’s for dinner?” The cost to subscribe to E-Mealz is $5 a month, which is $1.25 a week. Super cheap.

Here are a couple of the meals I have made in the past couple weeks:

Sliders with pear and spinach salad and lemon pepper roasted potatoes:

Bacon and Spinach pasta with steamed cauliflower and garlic bread:

If you want to see a sample menu, click here and you can select which menu option appeals to you, then select on “Click for Sample”.

I know my family has definitely got our money’s worth from our subscription!

This guest post was written by Andrea. Andrea lives in New Mexico with her husband and their 9 month old daughter. She works as a credit analyst at a community bank and loves cooking, gardening, photography, and spending all of her free time playing with her daughter. If you are interested in writing a guest post for Modern Day Moms, please contact us.

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8 COMMENTS

  • Modern Day Moms
    via Facebook on May 27, 2011

    *e-mealZ. oops :)

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  • Jess on May 27, 2011

    Definitely checking this out!

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  • Jasmine on May 27, 2011

    This is great! I need to check this out! Awesome post!

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  • Tamie on May 27, 2011

    I have also been using E-mealz as well and they are easy and fun and depending on the store option you pick, they try to work with the store specials that week. I use the “any store” option and really like it. If there is a meal that you know your family wouldn’t like that week, you can look at the shopping list and there is a number that correlates to the meals so that you can mark it off the grocery list.

    I print 2 copies each week and use one and put the other in a binder so that I can rate the meal and use it again later or not, depending on the family’s reaction to it.

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  • Amanda Klenner on May 29, 2011

    Is there an option to filter out ingredients your family doesn’t like? I have a very picky husband… I am pretty sure his parents destroyed his eating habits before he even got started. Would love to know if thats an option!

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  • Kaydee on June 4, 2011

    I checked out their website and it looks like something I’m seriously interested in. I hate feeling like I make the same meals over and over for my 2 boys, I don’t want them getting bored and uninterested. Hopefully this will change things up a bit for us!

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  • claudia on June 8, 2011

    wow, I think I have been looking for this my whole life :D

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