Despite the name of this site, I really don’t consider myself a “healthy” blogger.
I do know that we try to cook from scratch as often as possible, get ethically raised and butchered meat, and source our veggies naturally.
But I also know that I’m a mother to two and in my third trimester with another bouncing baby girl, my husband works long hours, and put in my own time and energy between errands, running this website, and co-managing a playgroup.
I’m busy, just like many of you– and like many of you, we fall into some pretty bad habits.
I’ve been referencing meal planning on here a lot lately because I realize that without a clear cut plan we rely on pizza.. um.. a lot. While I do love me some pizza, when I don’t plan (and I am not a planner by nature) we spend too much money by eating out and fall back on unhealthy dinners too frequently.
And you know what? I am totally comfortable sharing that with you all, because there’s no implication that I do it right all the time. And you want to know another secret? I bet a lot of other bloggers do too.
I’ve found that meal planning has worked wonders for my family. Over the past few months I’ve enjoyed sitting down and coming up with ideas and recipes for things that we’ll eat. It was going great!
But… then I ran out of ideas. Meal planning was getting kind of tedious.
Fast forward to eMeals. Have you heard of it? It’s a meal planning website that’s meant for busy, active families like ours. Signing up is easy and you can choose your style of cooking (paleo, vegetarian, clean eating– there’s over a dozen to choose from), your family size, and your favorite grocery stores.
And thennnn they send you a weekly meal plan, which includes recipes for every day and a shopping list (that’s even broken down by aisle).
The first day that I got to try this out my husband offered to pick up groceries while he was out with the kids and asked me to give him a list. I know it sounds too good to be true but I kid you not. It was pretty amazing being able to just print off a list and hand it to him.
We made this meal last night and I gotta say, it was uh-mazing. It came from the November Clean Eating Family Plan. The original recipe (which I’ve included below, don’t worry!) calls for pork chops, but we decided to do a loin since we were feeding a lot of people. While easy enough for every day dinners, this would actually be perfect for keeping the family satiated during a holiday gathering.
It’s just the right blend of savory and sweet, and looks fancy without taking a lot of time or prep work.
And speaking of holidays, here’s a little special gift from us to you. Get the gift that keeps on giving and use this coupon code to get 35% off a year subscription to eMeals! Signing up takes about 15 seconds and its well worth it.
So far my favorite has been the Clean Eating Family Plan— it’s just the right balance of healthy foods that I want to eat and traditional foods that my children will eat. But it’s pretty cool because they have 13 different meal plans to pick from (classic, clean eating, gluten free, low carb, low fat, mediterranean, natural + organic, paleo, portion control, simple gourmet, slow cooker classic, slow cooker clean eating and vegetarian!), so you’re guaranteed to find something that’ll work for you!