Emeals Review: Meal Planning Made Simple

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After a hard day at work, it’s hard to even think about meal planning.  Check out my emeals review to see how simple it is to have it done for you.  Better yet, sign up for the 14 day free trial!

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Meal Planning Made Simple with Emeals: Salmon Steak with a Crispy Green Salad

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan

Ok, let’s get real here.  Who has time to plan a weekly dinner menu and eat a healthy variety of foods.

I get easily overwhelmed by things like this.  Can you relate?  If so, read on and learn about a meal planning service that is easy to use.  So easy that it can practically do your shopping for you

I’ve signed up for diets in the past only to stop as soon as I start because it feels like too much.  I have never been able to create a healthy menu for a week.  It’s much easier to just eat the same things every day (boring).

When using eMeals, this is no longer a problem.

To make things very exciting, eMeals just released a new keto plan!!! Keto is an amazing diet that helps you lose weight quickly.  I wrote a post about my first week on keto here.  I’m so excited to see what eMeals came up with!

Save Time With eMeals

I learned about eMeals several years ago and decided to give it a try since it was recommended by Dave Ramsey.  At the time, I was trying it more to save money, but soon learned that it would save time as well.  When I first started to use the plan, I didn’t have very good cooking skills but this weekly menu helped because it was so simple to follow.

With eMeals, your meals are all planned for you with a pre-made shopping list.  No more sitting down for hours figuring out what to make and planning your shopping list.

In fact, they make it so easy that you can do the grocery shopping right from the app and have your groceries shopped for you!  Then you can either just go pick them up or HAVE THEM DELIVERED.

Ordering Groceries Right From The App!

I know you’re busy and even thinking about going through all the grocery aisles looking for ingredients for a recipe sounds like a pain.   Guess what?!?  You can have this part done for you with the eMeals!  How cool is that!?

I live in a rural area and was surprised this works even in my neck of the woods.  In fact, it looks like not only can I shop online through the app for pickup, I can also get delivery with a site called Instacart (which I have not tried).

So how does this work?  Well, first you go in and select which meal plan you want and from there you can choose meals from this week or last week’s meal plans (notice mine even says “keto friendly.”  You just choose which meals you want and all those ingredients are added to your shopping list.  Easy peasy.

Next, you go into your shopping list and check off anything you don’t need (like spices and stuff you already have).  From the shopping list screen you can also add more items if you have more things to purchase.

Then, if you have selected a store for pickup, you hit shop now at the bottom of the app and it takes you to the store website where you go through and confirm each item for pickup.  Once your cart is ready, you check out and then go pick it up when the stuff is ready at your store.  (Or you can get it delivered by using Instacart from within the app).

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Here is a demo video I made for you of this process:

What Is The Cost?

Well, you can start out with a 14 day free trial before even paying for anything so that will help you determine whether it is worth it to you.  The plan is inexpensive starting at $5 a month if you sign up for a year plan or $10 a month if you sign up for three months.

The amount of recipes you get is totally worth it.  It is essentially the price of a cookbook but much  more convenient.

eMeals Saves You Money

Not only does eMeals save you time, but it also saves you money, mainly due to well planned out meals.

The meal plans take into account the size of packages and often use the same ingredients.   For example, if there are two meals that use chicken broth it calculates how much chicken broth you will need for the week.  So you are less likely to purchase extras.

I don’t know about you, but I spend lots of money when I don’t have a plan.  Planning works.

Time is worth money as well and when you take into account that you can do your shopping right from the app and then just go pick up your groceries that are already shopped for you, that’s golden.

Is It Hard To Cancel?

Ok, so I’ve read on other blogs that it is hard to cancel eMeals so I decided to try it out myself.  It was not hard at all.  In fact, it is easy to cancel eMeals.

I was a bit annoyed at first that I had to call in to cancel but it was all automated and I didn’t have to talk to anyone so I liked that.  It was like “press 2 if you want to cancel” (I can’t remember which number I actually had to press).  Then it offered me a deal to stay on as a customer and I could choose whether to take the deal or whether to continue with the cancellation.  Cancelled, done.  Easy, peasy.  So no worries there.  You can feel safe subscribing

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What Plans are available on eMeals?

When you first go on the website after signing up, you pick a dinner plan.  (They have breakfast, celebration, and lunch ones as well, but I recommend you just start with the dinner one first since you will end up with a ton of recipes over time).

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There are a ton of dinner options to choose from.  Never fear though, you can change at any time.  This means you can’t make a wrong choice.  For real, you can change to each of them in one night if you want to and pick the one with the best recipes (ask me how I know haha).

Here are the options you get to choose from (and can switch between all of them if you want):

  • Clean Eating
  • Budget Friendly
  • Classic Meals (like grandma makes)
  • Quick and Healthy
  • Paleo
  • Slow Cooker
  • 30 minute meals
  • Low Carb
  • Low Calorie
  • Kid Friendly
  • Heart Healthy
  • Portion Control
  • Diabetic
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Mediterranean
  • Vegetarian
  • Better Home and Gardens
  • Allrecipes
  • Dr. Axe
  • EatingWell
  • Paula Deen

I know, I know…decision fatigue.  You really can switch as many times as you want though so just pick one!

I’ll list some of the foods in the different menus for you:

  • Easy Barbecue Brisket (Gluten Free)
  • Slow Cooker smokey White Bean Stew (Vegan)
  • Puttanesca Rigatoni (Vegetarian)
  • Beer Braised Chicken Tacos (Better Homes and Gardens)
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad (Eating Well)
  • Skillet Orange Chicken (Classic Meals)
  • Chili Lime Flank Steak (Paleo)

Sounds pretty good, hey?

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How Does It Work?

Once you pick a menu, you choose whether you want to cook for a family or for 1-2 people.  There are seven recipes on each weekly menu.  Menus have a ton of variety so you don’t end up with a bunch of things you don’t like (like when my husband and I went to a restaurant recently and everything had asparagus in it and he hates asparagus).

Most meals include a main meal and a side dish.  For example, one of the All Recipes dinners is “Quick Chicken Piccata with a Spinach Pomegranate Salad.”

You will have different experience (but same menu) if you are on the computer versus their app.  I’ll explain each.

If you’re on a computer, you will receive a PDF with all of the recipes as well as all of the ingredients in a shopping list.  The PDF makes things really simple by including a shopping list that is numbered by recipe. Here is a screenshot of one of the recipes so you can see how it is laid out.

Screen shot of a recipe from the weekly menu for an emeals review

Do you see how easy this is?  I mean, the recipe title makes it sound complicated but then when you look at the directions it’s just a paragraph.  You’ll notice also that there is a split with the side dish recipe underneath the main recipe.  This is nice because you might not want to make that part.

In the next picture I will show you what the shopping list looks like:

Shopping list example from a weekly menu in an emeals reviewAs you can see, all of the items are numbered to show which meal they are a part of.  In this grocery list, the lemons and baby spinach are both used in three different meals.  On the right hand side you also see all of the “staples” you will need.

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Or you can simplify this even further by using the phone app!

Phone App

eMeals has been focusing on their app to make it the best it can be.  I just learned they have the option to send your grocery list to the store to be set up for curbside pickup if your store has that!  Wow, that is pretty cool.

 

Here are some screenshots of the same recipe so you can see it on the app.  I’ll include the shopping list as well so you can see how that works:

emeals review picture showing recipe on an app    emeals review picture showing recipe on an app   emeals review shopping list screenshot from app

Interestingly, they also have a “cook mode” which shows each step one at a time for you to swipe through.  Here is an example of a phone screenshot:

emeals review showing weekly food menu cook function on the app

Favorites

I’m excited to see on the app that there is a favorites section as well. This allows you to favorite and save particular recipes.  This is great.

When you use eMeals for awhile you will see that you end up trying a lot of different recipes and if you are organizationally challenged like I am, you might not remember all the good ones.

We ended up with a bunch of recipe printouts and tried to circle the ones we liked, but it was hard to keep track of all that.  I love that the app does this for you!

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Let me know in the comments what you think.  Did it help you to cut out an overwhelming task from your week?  It certainly helped me since I want to cut some carbs and there is a premade menu for that.