Weeknight Meals & eMeals Giveaway

I’ll admit it: the meals I cook on weeknights have become boring. Predictable. Repetitive. And I need help!

I tend to buy lean ground beef and chicken breasts … rarely any other kind of meat. So that’s probably problem No. 1. But even just starting there, I have very few recipes in my back pocket for chicken — cranberry chicken, seasoned baked chicken breasts and barbecue chicken in the crockpot are my three go-tos.

Needless to say, I could use some inspiration! Last year, my coworker told me about eMeals, and I’m so glad she did! {Just so y’all know, I am not being compensated for this article; I wanted to tell you about a tool that I’ve been using to come up with low-calorie meal ideas, and eMeals graciously offered a fantastic giveaway so one lucky reader can give the service a try — for free! Check out the giveaway below.} The way it works for me is, each week I receive seven meal ideas. I can delete ones I don’t think I’ll cook and just keep those I like the sound of on-hand. Then, I can print out a grocery list — I usually highlight the ingredients I need for the dishes I want to prepare.

grocery list

This coming week I was happy to see two chicken ideas: Parmesan Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce (a noodle dish that I’ll probably try to make sans noodles) and Grilled Rosemary Chicken Thighs (which I may make with chicken breasts because I’m not too savvy with other cuts of chicken).

The great part about these meal ideas is that recipes for sides are included — roasted butternut squash, pan-seared brussel sprouts, lemon-marinated carrots. You can swap things around that you think you and your loved ones will like, same with the main dish itself. For me, it’s simply the idea on how to cook something, with a different sauce or seasoning than my usual go-tos.

Check out some images of dishes from the eMeals Pinterest account:

Chicken Penne Alfredo from The Kitchen Is My Playground/eMeals

Chicken Penne Alfredo from The Kitchen Is My Playground/eMeals

General Tso's Chicken from Carlsbad Cravings/eMeals

General Tso’s Chicken from Carlsbad Cravings/eMeals

Here’s a graphic that explains how eMeals works:

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I’m looking forward to trying these new recipes this week and incorporating more eMeals ideas into my repertoire.

And if you want to try eMeals, click here to see how you can win a 3-month dinner subscription.

4 Comments on Weeknight Meals & eMeals Giveaway

  1. Budding Fashionista
    September 22, 2014 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

    cool! i only have a few recipes in my back pocket, too and they’re not too exciting. I did learn how to cook tilapia on the the stove top and it was surprisingly easy! One source of my recipe ideas is publix. I like to go when they are preparing their samples so I’ll know if i even want to attempt it at home! they’re usually pretty easy and each recipe comes with a card you can just walk around with and make sure you get the ingredients.

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  2. Kandi
    September 22, 2014 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    I have never heard of this before. My friend and I are trying to work on food, my biggest struggle and this is going to be a HUGE help. We make meals and bring them for lunch so we each try new things and we (I) don’t eat the same thing every day for a week, thank GOD!

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  3. Magic City Bloggers
    September 22, 2014 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

    This sounds like a great idea to really make life easier! Planning meals can take up so much time!

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    • stellarfashionandfitness
      October 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm (2 years ago)

      eMeals really does help with the planning! I’m learning to use it to come up with recipe ideas and do my grocery shopping on the weekends so it’s easier to prepare healthy dishes at home during the week … cuts down on getting takeout!

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