Random Ramblings: Cooking & E-Mealz

Posted September 15th, 2010 by in Discussions / 0 comments

random ramblings
Random Ramblings is a post that allows Lisa and I to talk about something, really anything, that we feel is worthy of attention. It could be a movie we’ve seen recently, a current song/band that’s rocking our world or something book related that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else on the site.

I don’t know about you but most nights I actually like to cook….once I convince myself that it is worth it. There’s something about the chopping and the mixing of ingredients that will eventually lead to a pretty tasty meal! For instance, last night in under 30 minutes, I was able to whip up a low fat and Weight Watcher friendly (roughly 6 points) meal. That included vegetable prep! I made a broccoli, potato and cheese soup with bacon bits and a serving of garlic bread. It was pretty good if I do say so myself! That and my husband wolfed it down in no time flat! I’ll let you judge by looks!

Now, the thing that I hate the most about the whole cooking experience is making out that darned grocery list and doing the actual shopping. After all, that cuts into my reading time! My local radio station runs a very short spot for the Dave Ramsey show and there’s usually a sponsor mentioned before the Dave Ramsey segment. For about a week solid I kept hearing an ad for this website called E-Mealz. It’s basically a site where you pay them $5 a month and they prepare a weekly meal menu and provide you with the grocery list to go out and buy all the ingredients you’ll need for the week.

My first thought was “Why would I pay someone money to tell me what I have to eat?” Yeah, it’s only $5 but still, I can do those things on my own. Then it became “You COULD do those things on your own, but do you?” Truth is more often than not, I’d end up not creating that list and just winging it. Just winging it led to a lot of things in my cart that I just didn’t need and really nothing that could be used as a full fledged meal! As far as the cost? I’d blow the $1.25 that it breaks down to a week on coffee every day. So finally I thought, well, I’ll give it a try!

I am here to tell you that it is worth every penny! I use the Points System* plan for 2 for Wal-Mart. Most recipes I use as dinner one night and then take my leftovers for lunch the next day. E-Mealz is not just a diet friendly site. They also have regular style menus for your everyday family. It is so much quicker to just print off my grocery list and go. It’s even separated by grocery section (canned, frozen, etc). The total cost is also pretty accurate. I usually budget around $60 a week for 5 meals. I have yet to come across a recipe I don’t like. They’re always flavorful and usually something I wouldn’t have thought of myself! The plan always includes a lot of fresh fruits and veggies too. There’s a whole lot of other information that I could throw your way but I think by now you get the picture! If you’re interested in simplifying your grocery shopping/dinner making experience, don’t hesitate to check this out! Click below for more information!


 Stephanie* This is not a Weight Watchers sponsored meal plan but rather a meal pan set up based on the information that has been made available by Weight Watchers over the years. I’ve calculated a few of the recipes and they’ve thus far been accurate. As far as I am aware, Weight Watchers does not endorse this meal plan and site.



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