Emeals Paleo Plan – A Week of Easy Meals Done!


Planning dinner for our families is one of those task we all hate as moms.  I found it quite hysterical that my husband commented on just that when he took over the household duties for the month, that figuring out what everyone was going to eat really was hard!  {BIG GRIN!}

You know how much I love eMeals – I share about it often – and most recently about their 7 Day Paleo Challenge which fit nicely with my new journey of eating a more Paleo friendly diet.

Do you know about eMeals? 

With eMeals you choose a meal plan based on eating style {there are so many to choose from – Clean Eating, Classic, Paleo, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian and more}, your family size and your favorite grocery store. Once a week you get an email with 7 dinner recipes, a shopping list organized by section and coordinated with weekly sales at grocery stores.   They also have an APP where you can easily access the lists to grocery shop from and do your cooking.  It is so simple!  I love that planning is done for me and you really can save some money. You can also add on breakfast and lunch menus if you want.

So I decided to take a week week menu plan for us, which was Paleo, shop for all the ingredients exact to the shopping list and fix the meals as listed and share with you my results.  I normally take the main menu plan and use portions of it, replacing certain dishes with family favorites.  But for the week I chose, April 23-29, 2014 on the eMeals Paleo Family Plan, I fixed all the meals just as listed.

Here is what was listed for the week, my specific comments and what my family rated it on a scale of 1 – 5.  Remember, at home right now I have a my wonderful husband, a 17 year old boy, 13 year old boy and 4 year old boy….so keep that in mind.

1.  Chipotle Lime Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Orange Spring Mix Salad

On our scale it rated a 3.7 total.  I will say that the marinade was not quite as strong as we are used to, so perhaps adding a bit more Chipolte Chile Pepper would have been nice.  Everyone loved the Avocado Orange Spring Salad – that was by far a hit, even for the kids.

2.  Ginger Sesame Grilled Chicken Thighs with Bok Choy Sesame Seed Salad

On our scale it rated 4.4 total.  The Chicken was incredible – very moist and an easy recipe to put together and of course, it was on the grill – so perfect for me!  I hand that off to hubby!  What was a real surprise was the Bok Choy-Sesame Seed Salad – it was incredible.  We had never had Bok Choy like this, but I can tell you we will again.

3.  Olive and Rosemary Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Bacon Thyme Kale

On our scale it rated a 4.0.  This was an easy slow cooker recipe, which I love.  I put it on on Sunday morning before we left for church and I didn’t have to think about it until later.  The Bacon-Thyme Kale was excellent as well, even for the kids!

4.  Cauliflower Rice and Beef Stuffed Peppers with Broccoli, Bacon and Raisin Salad

On our scale it rated a 1.0.  I knew that this one would be risky and it was just too bland for us.  We do not really care for cooked peppers, so had I not been doing this experiment, I would have substituted this recipes with a family favorite.  But, the Broccoli, Bacon and Raisin Salad was a perfect side dish and I will be making it again!

5.  Grilled Rosemary Thyme Lamb Skewers with Cucumber Tomato Salad  

On our scale it rated a 3.4.  We substituted pork loin for the lamb – it was fun to eat, my 4 year old loved the skewers!  The salad was average, but for some reason my 13 year old couldn’t stop talking about it!  Another easy one for the barbecue!

6.  Cajun Baked Tilapia with Sauteed Asparagus with Green Onions

On our scale it rated a 4.8.  This was the highest rated dinner of the week and it was fabulous!  The Asparagus was excellent and there was nothing left.  When I make this again I plan to double the recipe as even all the boys loved it and wanted to make fish sandwiches with leftovers, of which there was none!

7.  Orange Broiled Pork Chops with Sauteed Mushrooms and Spinach

We rated it a 4.2.  Both items were good, easy to prepare and offered variety.  The pork chop was a bit spicy, but I am not sure I actually measured the jerk seasoning accurately!  The sautéed veggies were very good and we had leftovers to put in omelets the next morning.

When all was said and done – it was still a HUGE success even if one meal was not a favorite.  I almost could predict that Stuffed Peppers not being a well-liked meal and normally I would have substituted with another family favorite.  But what I really enjoyed was trying new items, new recipes and even my kids were surprised by how good some of those “risky” items were.

We had some leftovers for nearly all the meals, so that was great for lunches and also breakfast.

Our grocery bill for this week’s worth of dinner meals was $128.23 and I shopped at a local low priced grocery store.  I do believe eating Paleo is more expensive than other options for sure, as every meal is based off a main protein which is higher priced than perhaps some other options.  It is a choice we have made in our budget, to allow for higher quality items and are better for us.  We have made some big adjustments in the past year to do this, like not eating out as much, not going to Starbucks and just making our food choices based on long term benefits.  

In addition, we have purchased beef and pork from a local farmer in the area…so normally I would not be buying these items as they would already have been budgeted in with our larger 1/4 beef order.

If you are struggling with meal planning and having new ideas – I urge you to give eMeals a try.  It will change the way you think about dinner, really!  I love that I can have new ideas each week and then can choose what to fix and what to substitute.  It is all done for me and it is simple.  I would much rather pay about $.90 a week to have it done for me – it is so worth it!!!  When you subscribe for a year, that is what it will cost you when you use the discount code eMeals is offering now MEALS15 to take 15% off!


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