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getting back to those resolutions

Today I’ve invited my friends at eMeals to do a guest post. I can tell you from personal experience … I’ve used eMeals on & off the past few years and when I’m on, we are eating healthier and more frequent and homemade meals at home. I love what they do and how they’re helping families with meal planning. There’s even a free PDF download with healthy recipes to try!  -Becky


So the New Year came, and you vowed to start eating healthy, to cook at home everyday, stop making drive-thru runs, and never again buy frozen chicken nuggets.

But now it’s February, and your good intentions have come head-to-head with the realities of a busy schedule, tight food budget, and the fact that you’ve totally exhausted your reservoir of healthy recipes.

The solution may be simpler than you think. Meal planning can help you save time and money while sticking to your New Years resolutions to eat healthy and even lose weight.

Set aside a day each week when you will plan your meals for the week, prepare a master shopping list, and do all of the grocery shopping at one time. You’ll always know what’s on the menu and all the ingredients will be waiting when it’s time to get dinner started. Plus you’ll save time by avoiding those spur of the moment grocery runs and bypass the drive-thru for healthier, homemade meals.

Let eMeals do all the work for you, providing seven dinner recipes and a shopping list each week. You’ll enjoy a steady stream of varied recipes specially planned to cross-utilize ingredients and save you money. With fifty plans to choose from, including Paleo, Clean Eating, Low Carb, Classic meals, and more, you’ll find a plan that’s right for you and your goals in the New Year, whether that’s to eat healthy and lose weight, or just to spend more time around the dinner table with your family.

eMeals has put together nine simple and delicious dinner recipes under 400 calories and $4 per serving to help you stay on track for healthy budget eating in 2013. Download the PDF and check out the sample recipe below for a taste of what we’re about.


Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Olives, Tomatoes, Spinach and Feta
Serves 6

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1 pound whole wheat orzo
4 ounces Greek olives, pitted
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 cups fresh baby spinach
½ cup crumbled feta
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine salt, pepper, oregano, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken, and marinate for 2 hours. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade, and grill for 8 – 10 minutes on each side, or until done. Cook orzo according to package directions. Combine cooked orzo, olives, tomatoes, spinach, feta, and olive oil in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 2 – 8 hours before serving.


10 Responses

  1. Renae says:

    I have been using eMeals for a couple of years and I have to say, they are AWESOME! When it was just my husband and I, we used the Classic plan, then, when I started Weight Watchers, we went to the Portion Control plan and after we adopted two foster kids and realized that we needed to cut out processed foods all together, we started the Clean plan. It saves us time AND money, and we’ve found a collection of family favorite recipes.

  2. Mary-Lou says:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe – sounds very tasty. I will include in next week’s meal plan as we are trying to eat healthy. Some days healthy meal planning feels like a military operation.

  3. keianna says:

    Thanks for the recipes. They sound tasty.

  4. Robin Gibson says:

    Looking forward to checking out their plans! Thanks for the free download, they look so tasty!

  5. ShellyJ says:

    I jumped on eMeals about a year ago because of you, Becky! AND I love it! Easy shopping and easy meals. Wish I would have jumped on this train earlier :)

  6. Fiona says:

    This is sooooo me this year – trying to be more organised. I’m having a go at doing my own menu planning, and starting to use online shopping which is delivered to my home (such a godsend as a working mother) – and then I got busy typing recipes out as well. When I posted about it on Facebook my friends all asked if I would share – so it’s a work in progress.

    Yay for organisation is all I can say!

    Fiona :-)

  7. Katie D. says:

    I LOVE eMeals, and I also signed up last year thanks to you, Becky! We follow the Portion Control plan, and my husband raves about just about every meal. I’m sure it’s partly just that he’s so happy I have actually cooked SOMETHING, but he really does like the meals ;)

  8. Robyn says:

    YOu once had a discount code for emeals. Will it still work?

  9. debzanne says:

    I’ve been doing my own meal planning about three weeks per month for the last year or so, and it’s fun because I get to work in my family’s favorites while also trying new recipes every few days. The grocery list and shopping is a bore, but it’s better than having fast food four nights per week.

    I’ve been looking for a little help in this respect, though. I’ll try to recipes you included in the download and consider joining eMeals, even for a few months. Thanks for the referral.

  10. I’ve been subscribing to emeals for about 8 months now, and I still rave to all my family and friends about how much I love their programs. We do the Clean Eating and Paleo menus, and I always find at least 3-4 recipes every week that I love (and my family loves!). I always had the hardest time pairing side dishes with a main meal, and this makes it so easy (and so much more healthy than I could have). There are so many flavorful dishes, and I love getting my emails each week! I especially love that they label dishes that are “super fast” to make… PERFECT for my busiest days of the week! Healthy AND fast… couldn’t ask for more :)