Another meal success witheMeals! I wrote about them a little over a week ago and how their service is helping me plan some yummy meals. This particular meal was on their special Paleo Valentine’s menu that was a bonus perk of membership. They have a regular Valentine’s menu too but since I am on the paleo menu plan I got the paleo one. I thought that was very nice bonus.
My husband will be working on Valentine’s Day most likely so we went ahead and made one of the meals today for a cozy lunch for the two of us. We made bacon wrapped shrimp on skewers, drizzled with garlic oil. We had more shrimp than we had bacon so we sauteed the remaining shrimp in bacon grease and ate those too. Yum! I have never combined shrimp and bacon before and it was delicious. I can see making it again…often. ;)
And if eMeals makes it a habit of over delivering and providing these menus for special occasions I think I may actually do better about making “special meals” on those days.
eMeals is still offering 15% off for subscribers if you use the discount code newyear. You can use it for any of the meal plans so if you have been thinking about subscribing be sure to use the code. Enjoy!
I like the idea of meal planning…in theory. In practice I typically only plan out two to three meals in advance. I just don’t have the organization skills or patience to plan much beyond that. It’s not at all uncommon though for me to be perusing our freezer trying to figure out what I can cook the next day. So when I see menu planning services online I think they are a great idea but probably not for me. I have tried a few over the years but usually they don’t cater to the specific ways in which my family eats. Whole traditional foods, vegetarian at one time, and now paleo.
This month though I decided to give it one more shot in an attempt to be more organized. I was contacted by eMeals and given the chance to take their service for a test drive and so far, have been pleasantly surprised. What hooked me was the ability to choose a paleo dinner plan. Who knew?! I figured that at the very least I get a weekly menu plan that I can peruse and cherry pick. What has ended up happening though is that more often then not I like following the plan more strictly because I can then use their shopping list to make that part of the task go all that much faster.
It also forces me to cook new things, which I do struggle with. It is easier and often cheaper for me to make the same things quite often. The problem though is that my kids have started to get sick of certain foods. My daughter now claims that she hates anything with chicken in it. My oldest boy has started to dislike pork and beef roasts. My youngest boy doesn’t want to eat soup anymore. Okay, okay I need to start varying the menu, I get it. Trying new things is good for all of us and I get out of my comfort zone.
The meal at the top of this post is one I made this week, Asian Meatballs and Sriracha Slaw. The meatballs tasted like mini meatloaf balls but with an Asian twist of course and I thought the slaw was also surprisingly yummy. I only needed a few things to make this recipe and the others work because they call for ingredients that would be common among paleo households. Almond flour and coconut aminos, no problem! Though for those newer to the game it also has substitution suggestions for the more exotic ingredients if need be.
Anyway my oldest ate all of it and my two youngest ate the slaw all up but picked at the meatballs, mostly because it had “green stuff” in it (basil). This is okay though because making stuff I know they will eat doesn’t work out so well when they get sick to death of it. We will all adapt. My husband got the leftovers and he raved over them, asking me to make it again soon. The entire meal is actually something that would be quite easy for me (or him) to make for his work lunch/dinner.
To get started you pick your family size and your food style. There are many options including gluten free, gourmet, low carb, paleo, vegetarian, clean eating, etc. The base price includes dinner plans only but for just a few bucks more you can add lunches and/or breakfasts. You get your first menu plan immediately. Actually I had access to two, the current week and the previous. I find it to be very simple in design and easy to use. I can’t see myself sticking to it religiously over the course of the year but I do see myself using it during those weeks when I need to buckle down and be more organized and that may be frequent this year.
Right now eMeals is offering 15% off for subscribers if you use the discount code newyear. I think they are playing up their low calorie and budget meal plans because this is the time of year when many are worrying about their weight (and their pocketbook) but you can use it for any of the meal plans. If you have been thinking about subscribing be sure to use the discount code. Enjoy!
Several weeks back I shared a great ebook bundle that catered to the traditional, whole foods, real foods, natural parenting crowd. It was a great package and went over well so it is not surprising to see another ebook bundle pop up here recently. This one is a whole different lineup but equally awesome, with popular ebooks from 25 different authors/blogger, for a total of 33 different books.
It has a paleo, primal foods, traditional foods and lifestyle slant and I have had my eye on several of them. Well Fed, Lacto-Fermentation, Nourished Baby, Paleo CrockPot, The Wild Life, Freezer Cooking Guide for Grain Free Meals, Paleo Ice Cream, and many, many more. I just love that I can read all these on my tablet and take them with me everywhere I go. How many times have you been stuck in a line or waiting somewhere with nothing to read? Well, opening an ebook to educate yourself is a much better option than playing Angry Birds on your phone.
If you have had your eye on a few of these then it makes sense to buy this bundle to get ALL these great goodies and save yourself some money in the process. Enjoy!
In early November if you recall there was a Healthy Living eBook bundle being promoted here and all over the web for a bundle of ebooks written by some of the top healthy living bloggers. It offered 34 books valued at over $300 for only $29. I know that many, many folks took advantage of this great offer. I am a proud owner of this set myself and it is an amazing collection for those who want to live and eat more consciously. I have all the books on my tablet and plan to do lots of reading over the holidays.
Well Fed will give me some paleo inspiration and motivation if I fall off the paleo wagon during the season. Simple Scrubs has great ideas for homemade gifts as does My Buttered Life. Apartment Gardening will provide some motivation to start planning our garden for 2013 (we rent a small space). It’s a wonderful collection of knowledge.
That sale might be over but happily you get a do-over if you missed out the first time. Nourishing Days will be offering this bundle for sale once again on November 26th for 48 hours only. If you want to be notified of the sale you can sign up on the site and you will get an email when the sale goes live. The video below highlights everything you get in the bundle:
In honor of this second chancel sale I am giving away two (yes 2!) ebook bundles to my readers (thanks to Nourishing Days). That is $600 worth of goodies for two readers. The winners will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter (below) on November 26th…the day the sale starts. If you don’t happen to win this giveaway you will at least have one more chance to get the bundle set for a rock bottom price.
Hi there! I am a green, paleo, crossfit mom of three. I am concerned about health, wellness, and sustainability issues. This is my life. This what I am passionate about. Come get to know me and feel free to connect. Enjoy!