eMeals to the Rescue!

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Often times for me, the most stressful part of cooking for my large brood (herd? gaggle?) is doing the meal planning. I have used various methods over the years, many of them posted on this blog. I’ve tried planning by the month, the week and batch cooking. And too many times I’ve had no plan at all.  I haven’t felt like I’ve really been on top of meal planning for months…That’s why I was so excited (I mean, really excited. Like, I couldn’t stop talking about it excited) when I learned about eMeals.com.

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Registering with eMeals takes about two minutes. You get to select between 13 eating plans (including: gluten-free, low carb, paleo and two slow cooker plans) and the one I chose: classic. You then select the number of people you are feeding (the plan actually only when up to six but I simply double the recipes).

Each Wednesday I get a complete meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner and side dishes) emailed to me…along with the recipes and grocery lists. Seriously. All in one place. I’ve been a member of eMeals for a few weeks  now and let me tell you I am impressed. I love being able to pursue the meal plans and love not having to pull out a bunch of recipes to come up with my grocery list. It’s all right there. I’ve been printing my meal plans and then clipping them together. More than once one of my children has snatched and made meal suggestion for me!

Now Obviously, I’m not following the plan three meals a day, seven days a week, but I love the inspiration it gives me to think outside the box a bit. I love the new recipes and the variety from the meals I’ve fallen into making simply out of habit. If there is a meal that doesn’t look appealing me, I fill in one of our family favorites.

Last night I made Sticky Chicken and much to my delight, I only needed to buy the chicken and honey, the rest of the ingredients were in my kitchen already. I was even more delighted to score the chicken at $.99 a pound! When I went to store I intended to buy  two packs of drumsticks but they only had one left, so I grabbed a pack of chicken breasts (same price!) instead.emeals, meal plans, large family meals, large family recipes, large family blog

 Sticky Chicken:

12 chicken legs or thighs  1 cup ketchup

1 cup honey  1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (I used minced garlic instead)

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Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9×13 inch baking dish and place chicken at the bottom. Combine the ketchup, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder in sauce pan over medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes while stirring. When mixture just starts to boil remove from heat and pour over chicken coating all sides. Bake the chicken uncovered for 90 minutes, turning chicken halfway through. Serve the chicken and sticky sauce with steamed rice.

This was easy, easy, easy. I could have put Jubliee (11) in charge of this meal.IMG_1361

Yesterday I had a busy day out of the house, so I prepared this in the morning and covered it with plastic wrap. I then popped it in the oven when I got home (removing the plastic wrap, obviously).

This chicken tasted amazing. 9 out of 11 children loved it and the other two “liked” it. Not bad…I can tell you we will be making this recipe again.IMG_1447 blog

And as far as eMeals? I am so happy to have a year’s subscription. Already it has helped to relieve the mealtime stress from my home. Even my kids enjoy reading the meals plans and offering their suggestions. 

And guess what? If you use the promo code: RESCUE you can save 35% on a one year subscription to eMeals (offer expires December 15). I think this would make a great gift!

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8 Responses

  1. We used this for about six months and loved it as well! Maybe I need to go back to it! The chicken looks yummy.

  2. It looks like a cool program! This is something that my family struggles with, as I do the shopping but my husband does the cooking. Getting the right ingredients for each meal is a challenge when we forget to do a meal plan, and often results in near-daily grocery store trips.

    I can’t tell a few things that I’d like to know from your post or from their website, though. Is it possible to pick and choose between several meal plans? Like having a mix of mediterranean, vegetarian, organic and paleo, which would reflect our family’s actual meal choices. Also, does it have a way to select specific meals to either block or feature? I’d like the flexibility to decide not to have a meal or side dish again, or the ability to choose a favorite few meals that we’d like repeated a few times a month.

    I wish they had a trial version – I’m not interested in paying this kind of money, even with the discount, for something I can’t determine has the features we use in our regular meal planning. Their website is graphically interesting, but lacks enough information on the service for me to give them my money.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Well, you can switched plans, any time. When you log into your account you can simply switch and see what the other plans are. I switched a couple of times to see which plans I like the best. The thing is, you will be emailed the plans from your chosen track- besides that you *can* access the other plans on the site.

      I’m not sure about your second question. As I said, I am keeping these all together in a folder and using them as a reference. I know know we love the Sticky Chicken, so I will keep that recipe and grocery list in a binder.

  3. Oh ,my goodness! This looks great and I only have to cook for 2!
    I am going to try this chicken too. Looks fabulous.

  4. What a great idea! I love tihs!

  5. bakersdozenandapolloxiv

    Bridget- That was the version to feed 4-6.

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