I've tried online meal planning programs where I input all my recipes and the site generates a grocery list. It's fun the first week, but then I lose interest. Meal planning is just not my forte. However, I'm not one to give up, so last week I signed up for an online service called EMeals. I tell EMeals which grocery store I shop at and the type of meals I like (Healthy and Organic menu for me). EMeals then emails me a weekly menu and shopping list with price breakdown. I can even delete meals I don't like and the shopping list automatically changes. Foolproof, right?
The first week I tried it, half of the meat I bought went bad. Apparently it takes us a week and a half to go through four meals. Four meals over 14 days! Definitely an indicator of how little we eat at home. This week, I needed a plan of attack. Here's the meat I bought on Monday:
And the list of recipes for the week:
I prepped and cooked 3 meals on Monday! First I took the ground turkey and cooked the hamburger casserole. We ate that after Cam's dance class on Tuesday. Then I marinated the chuck roast and stuck that in the freezer. Finally, I made the gnocchi for Monday night's meal. What a very pretty meal it was:
Tonight is pork chops and they are still fresh! I successfully navigated one week of family meals with nothing spoiling! This is a huge accomplishment for me. I should celebrate by going out...
|Bonus points for cooking with a five week old. Awesome picture by my daughter.|