Here are some great meal planning resources. If you came to my Meal Planning Class, I hope you found it helpful. If you have not attended a class yet and live in the Metro Detroit area be sure to check the Metro Detroit Meal Planning Class schedule to see when the next class is offered.
These printables will help you will all your meal planning needs
Stock Up On Meat Plus Savings
Recipe Newsletters and Meal Planning Services
Some of these are paid options for those of you who need a bit more help. You can still save money by preparing your meals at home plus you can save at the grocery store. These savings can offset the small fees for these meal planning programs.
5 Dinners in 1 Hour – This program teachs you how to spend just 1 hour in the kitchen to have 5 healthy meals ready to cook (bake, slow cook, grill, broil) on those busy weeknights. NO slaving over the hot stove with this plan! Plus, your kitchen gets messy only ONE time. Most meals leave you with just one or two baking dishes to wash. Each subscription includes simple make ahead meal plans for effortless weeknight dinners. Grocery lists, assembly instructions and cooking directions are all easy to follow and will help you fill your fridge in about an hour for the busy week ahead. They offer classic, clean eating and gluten free menu subscriptions along with several ebooks found in the online store. This subscription is just $5 a month.
eMeals - To start getting eMeals, just choose a meal plan based on your eating style, your family size and even your favorite grocery store. Every week, your meal plan arrives in your inbox — complete with seven simple, creative, family–friendly dinner recipes. Each includes an entrée and side dishes. Along with the meal plan, you’ll receive a detailed grocery list organized by section and coordinated with the weekly sales at selected stores. They take care of the meal planning, the grocery list and the budgeting — while you take credit for making healthy, home–cooked meals that your whole family will love. They offer a wide variety of lifestyle meal plans including Clean Eating, Paleo, Low Fat, Low Carb, Natural & Organic, Portion Control, Gluten Free, Classic, and Vegetarian meal plans. Users can choose from 12-month subscription term at $58, 6-month subscription term at $35, or 3-month subscription term at $21.
Meals by the Week - This program takes meal planning off your plate. They plan dinner menus based on sale items at your grocery store. Currently, Meals by the Week publishes 18 different menus each week for grocery store chains, including Safeway, Hy-Vee, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and others. They also publish a Vegetarian and a 400 Calorie menu. The recipes are family-friendly, and they build convenient menus based on real food.
- Regional, healthy, fresh food delivered to your door
- Amazing recipes and the opportunity to cook gourmet meals at home
- Smart ways to prepare easy and healthy meals
- Time saving hints and tips
- Weekly deliveries at no extra cost
The program is fairly pricey but does include the food. It is also much cheaper than dining out and more healthy too! You can use the coupon code HELLOMOM to save $20 off your first box to try it out.