I’ve been a huge proponent of meal planning for about two years now.
And about four months before Finn was born, I became a huge believer in freeze-ahead meals for my slow cooker.
Why? Because I could prep multiple meals in a few hours, freeze them all, and “cooking” dinner amounted to thawing the package and turning on my slow cooker.
For a busy momma of three, this has saved me on more than one occasion.
One of the first freeze-ahead cookbooks I purchased was from Mama and Baby Love because she cooks “real” food. No processed ingredients are involved in the prep.
In anticipation of the craziness of back to school, she’s created yet another cookbook with six brand-new recipes. And she’s put a a package that includes the new cookbook (priced at $4.99), a slow-cooker tips and tricks PDF, and a two-hour audio lesson on cooking ahead. All for $4.99. Plus, her original cookbook is also on sale for $4.99 (a $9.99 value).
Essentially, you can buy both for the same price I paid for the original cookbook.
Check it out; I can personally say the recipes are phenomenal. If you scroll down the page, you’ll see plenty of pictures of her prepared recipes and a listing of what’s in each of the cookbooks.
I have long been a fan of eMeals … in fact, I’ve been a member for the last year … and it’s been wonderful.
Each week (it’s a different day depending on what type of plan you choose) you’ll get a new menu plan for the week. It also includes instructions on how to prepare each meal and a shopping list that covers all the meals.
It’s no secret that we use eMeals.com in this house. It has saved us (literally) hundreds of dollars at the grocery store.
What’s more, it’s made shopping more convenient and organized for me, which saves me considerable time as well.
I recently signed up for their breakfast and lunch plans too; and here’s why: I’m packing lunches for myself and two kids … breakfast is typically grab and go out the door. I wanted something better and more nutritious in the morning for the kiddos and I was sick of the same old PB&J sandwiches for lunch.
This is an amazing deal!
Because I’m a huge fan of Dave Ramsey, I’ve heard him sing the praises of this company for quite some time. And given that we try to stick to a pretty tight grocery budget, plus we prefer to eat “clean,” I’m an avid meal planner. But some weeks, time just gets away from me and I end up not planning out our meals, and the budget goes to all to pieces.
This morning, I opened up my email to find this incredible deal from Plum District. One year of eMealsâ€”the meal planning serviceâ€” for just $29. This is huge savings because 3 months is normally $21!
Here’s how it works. Each week you get a meal plan and a shopping list. When you sign up, you can choose your plan … from speciality menus like Clean Eating or Weight Watchers or Gluten Free, to just a basic menu based on what major grocery store chains have on sale.
What a concept!
Check out the sale at Plum District! I scooped this one up the second I saw it!!
Planning meals is seriously the biggest thorn in my side … and that’s saying a lot since we have a twelve-teen.
The reason being? I love to cook. AND, I like going to the grocery store with a precise list and sticking to it.
You might wonder why this is an actual problem. Being that I like to cook and all, meal planning should be fun, no? But I’m overwhelmed by the choices! Read more…
Meal planning services seem to be all the rage these days. From services where you make your own meals all at once and then take them home to freeze to websites that give you weekly menus complete with grocery shopping lists. It’s crazy.
That’s not to say I don’t use one myself. Because I do and I have to admit, it’s been an absolute blessing. Read more…