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.
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.
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)
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.
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).
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!