My Version of E-Meals

School is out (At this point I believe permanently for me).  What difference does that make?  I’ve just felt fortunate to get food on the table and certainly haven’t spent much time make menus or planning meals.  I think that is about to change.

I’ve been listening to Dave Ramsey archives (we are on baby step 3) and on his show and website they advertise E-MEALZ.  I took a look at it and there is a vegetarian option, but not a vegan one.  While I wouldn’t classify myself as a vegan, that is how I’ve been trying to cook at home recently.  E-MEALZ is only $5 a month so fairly reasonable, but in addition to no vegan option, what if my family doesn’t like the food?  After all Opicky Wan (play on Obi Wan) lives at this house.  They advertise that they can cut your grocery bill in half.  I would like to suggest that if one plans meals, it is easy enough to reduce the grocery bill.  If I plan a menu and do a big grocery trip it is way less expensive than stopping by the grocery store every day.

Many years ago I created a menu matrix so when it was time to plan the menu I just picked something from each day.  Sunday was burger/hot dog day which included any variation on those things.  Monday was pasta day, Tuesday casserole day, Wednesday was mexican food, Thursday was pizza or calzones and Friday was soup/salad day. Saturday is our Sabbath so all the special dishes were listed on that day.  I usually planned my menus for two weeks at a time.  Life was easier then.   I’ve gotten out of the habit.   It’s time to re-aquire the habit.  It means creating a new list and adding new healthy recipes.  I don’t have a new matrix yet, but I did plan dinner for the next two weeks.  This is how it looks.

Sunday 5/30 — Homemade Spaghetti sauce with W/W noodles, salad and french bread.

Monday 5/31 — Black Bean Tostadas (Vegetarian Express pg. 50)

Tuesday 6/1 — Homemade Pizza and Salad

Wednesday 6/2 — Popeye Pasta (Eat, Drink & Be Vegan pg. 139) and Salad

Thursday 6/3 — Seitan & Potato Torta (1000 Vegan Recipes pg. 315)

Friday 6/4 — Haystacks (made with homemade Chili Beans)

Saturday 6/5 — Tofu Meatballs, Salad, homemade rolls

Sunday 6/6 — Out to eat or leftovers

Monday 6/7 — Nolan’s Birthday — his choice

Tuesday 6/8 — Spaghetti Primevera (Tofu Cookery pg, 46), Salad and homemade bread

Wednesday 6/9 — Tacos

Thursday 6/10 — Stir Fry and Rice

Friday 6/11 — Chop Salad

Saturday 6/12 — Stroganoff (Vital Vittles pg. 38), Salad, Homemade Bread

That’s the plan.  I’ll post recipes, if they aren’t from a book, on the day of the meal.  I’ll also make an attempt to show pictures everyday.  We did the grocery shopping this afternoon and I only spent about $120 for a family of four.  Obviously, I have some things on hand already and I will need to buy some of the fresh items nearer to the date of use.  But I think I can safely say  couldn’t have done it for less.

Disclaimer — I am not knocking E-MEALZ.   If it works for someone, I think it is very reasonably priced.  I just think I can do it on my own and be sure to get the food most of us like.


1 Comment

  1. Mary Unger said,

    July 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I have the exact same issue that you do. I’ve been using E-Mealz for a few months now, and love it, but don’t like all the fat and salt, etc. Plus I’ve been going Vegan more, so I asked them if they could do a Vegan plan. They don’t have the manpower right now. I changed my subscription to Vegetarian from regular and am trying to make the Vegetarian plan Vegan, but it’s really a challenge.

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