Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Reclaiming the Family Dinner
There are so many useful online tools for busy moms. One of my favorites is E-Mealz. It's a great site that does your meal planning for you. Every week I log on the site and print the new grocery list and menu waiting for me.
Why it works for us?
1. I don’t have to think about what’s for dinner. For me the worst part of preparing dinner has never been the actual cooking. The toughest for me was never knowing what to fix and grocery shopping without a plan. I always ran out of ideas, and we’d end up on an endless cycle of spaghetti and tacos. Now I fix a wide variety of meals, including crockpot meals, quick dinners, and meals fit for company. The recipes are easy to prepare and delicious.
2. It saves us money. You can select between different plans (low carb or different grocery store chains). We use the "Aldi meals for 2" menus. If you’ve ever been to Aldi, you know their prices are great, and E-Mealz stretches the money even further. It has dramatically cut down on my grocery bills. It costs $15 for a 3-month subscription, and I easily make that money back the first week or two I use it. The grocery list tells me exactly what to buy and even uses ingredients in multiple recipes so they don't go to waste. I rarely have to throw away uneaten food.
3. We eat more dinners at the dinner table as a family. We turn off the television and hang out at dinner time. It makes this momma’s heart dance with joy.
Do you do meal planning? What are some of your tricks and tips for getting your family to sit down together for dinner?