Meal planning or anything resembling regular, balanced, healthy meals went out the window this summer. Between my knee surgery, Evelyn have gymnastics for 2 hours twice a week, and another 2 nights having swimming lessons for three kids...cooking didn't happen. It was more of a warming food or throwing something on the grill kind of summer.
But that left us in a rut, so I need to get doing something. School starts this week though and things aren't slowing down anytime soon. So I'm going to attempt emeals (no, they aren't sponsoring my post). They now have a gluten free option so I don't even have to worry about modifying recipes. Also, through Groupon, I got 6 months of nightly recipes and grocery lists for $28. The time I would spend weekly putting together recipes for the week and writing out a grocery list makes that a great deal.
The emeals app gives me 7 recipes a week to choose from. I can check them out, click a button, and my grocery list is updated to include everything I need. I really find we only need 4-5 planned dinners a week because other nights are leftovers, pizza, or we aren't home. So I like that I can just add the meals I want that week to my list.
I have no idea how this will go. I'm not good at sticking with things. But, my family has to eat, so I can't totally give up on cooking meals, so hopefully this will just be a guide to keep me on track. I'm also looking forward to the idea of trying new foods and cooking methods.
I'll try to update once a month or so and let you know if its been helpful or worth it!