Pay Someone Else for Your Dinner Ideas
I’m going to be honest, I’ve not gotten to the point to pay someone else to organize my dinner. What are my excuses…I’m too lazy, I’d never keep up with it, I’d pay for it and then forget I have the subscription to name a few. But I’ve got friends who’ve used paid meal planning services and I thought it was worth sharing!
When I asked friends to give me a list of how they “meal plan” I got quite a few responses…
eMeals: This appears to be an app (yes they have a site and all, but the core of the program appears to be an app). According to their site, it’s very simple. There are 15 meal plan types. You will pick a meal type that fits your family (you are able to switch at any time). Once you’ve picked your recipes for the week, you enter it into the app and it “takes care of the rest” (honestly, I’m not exactly sure what that means). But they do offer a 14 day free trial to give it a shot. A couple of my friends that are very money conscious have utilize them, so I’m thinking this is probably where I’d go first if I were looking into a subscription service.
$5dollarmealplan: This meal service appears to be more restrictive, but you know that all the meals should cost you less than $5 to make. According to the website: Erin, one of the writers for the site, makes these meals for a family of 6 for $5. There are two primary ways to use the program 1) Use the pre-made weekly meal plan and shopping list then go and do it yourself or 2) Use their fancy drag and drop Meal Plan Builder. This site also includes a 14 day free trial.
Real Plans: With so many food challenges these days, it’s hard to find recipes that truly are “free” of the ingredients your trying to avoid while still tasting good. A friend of mine has faced quite a few challenges with food over the years and said ” amazing, especially with food restrictions.” From her, I’d take that as a huge endorsement. This service is a little more expensive than the other two services mentioned above, but I think you are getting meals really tailored to the restrictions you may be dealing with. According to their site you have access to ALL of their meal plans including: Traditional (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and GAPS options), Paleo (Primal, Keto, and Autoimmune Protocol options), Vegetarian (Ovo-lacto). While you have to pay for the subscription ahead of time, they do offer a full 30 day money back guarantee.
While the thought of paying for a meal subscription does sound a little weird to me, I definitely can see the benefits in it. For me, after talking it over with friends that use these plans…I’d run with eMeals first. But I’m thinking, all 3 of these are decent places to start!
Always remember your Awesomesauce!!