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You would think, with my extreme love for lists and charts and tables and organization that I would adore menu planning. In theory, it should be right up my alley.
Grocery Lists, Pantry Staples Lists, Meal Lists, Menu Lists…….I pour over of all of these things each week. For hours at a time. And that might not be that big of a deal, if we didn’t always end up having the same things over and over and over. I have shared my weekly menu plans before. I have shared about trying a rotating menu. I have shared about building my rotating menu so that we aren’t eating the same 14 meals twice each month.
I hate menu planning.
I love the list aspect, the process of typing everything out. But menu planning, that actual point of menu planning, stresses me out! I always just thought it was because I didn’t have enough “staple” meals that everyone liked. But the list lover, the organizer, the type A personality craves routine and stability. And when I’ve been pouring over lists and menu and meal ideas for hours at a time I always always just end up putting easy-everybody loves them meals together and they are always the same thing. Over and over.
It’s exhausting and annoying and I don’t understand why it doesn’t work for me like it seems to work for other people. I think I should be a pro at menu planning since I love lists and the like so much. The same thing as coupons. In theory I understand how couponing should work. I’ve read hundreds of blog posts on how to do it, I’ve had real people explain it to me. But I just don’t get it. I can’t seem to take the making-sense info in my head and apply it in the grocery store.
So I quit couponing and now I’m quitting menu planning. Instead, I’m letting someone else tell me what to fix for dinner. eMeals. I’ve heard eMeals mentioned several times and I’ve always thought why would I pay for someone to tell me what to have for dinner when I can figure it out myself?
Well figuring it out myself leaves the family bored with our dinner options and me stressed out. So took the plunge. eMeals has lots of different options to choose from Classic Meals, Clean Eating, Paleo, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb, Slow Cooker, Portion Control, Simple Gourmet, Mediterranean, Natural & Organic, Gluten Free, & Vegetarian. There are add-on plans for Breakfast, Lunch, & Desserts for an additional fee. When you are setting up your account you have the option to select your family size as well, 1-2 or 4-6. Not sure which meal plan option to choose from? You can change it at any time! I love this idea as during our busier times I could switch to the Slow Cooker plan and have dinner ready when we all get home!
Another super cool thing about eMeals is you can choose your favorite grocery store for several of the menu options! Aldi, Costco, Kroger, Target, & Walmart are just a few of the stores that you can choose from. I love this especially since I love the bargains I can find at Aldi!
After looking over the sample menus I decided to go with the Classic Meals for now. These seem the closest to the meals I already fix but I love the option to switch at any time. I am really interested in trying the Clean Eating and also the Paleo. I have to admit that even after looking over the sample menu plans I was still a bit wary if the recipes were going to be ones my kids would like, but the very first meal I made was a brand new-to-us meal and it was a HUGE hit!
I cannot wait to see how this works out for us and I will be updating you all in a month or so!
You you enjoy menu planning?
Do you use a menu planning service? If not would you?
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