Here are some great meal planning resources.
These printables will help you will all your meal planning needs
Stock Up On Meat Plus Savings
Freezer Cooking Resources
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 or cookbook.
Prep Ahead Meals from Scratch – Families are busier now more than ever, and nobody understands that better than busy mom and food blogger Alea Milham. With Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch, she brings a unique batch cooking concept that will streamline weeknight family meals like never before. She shows you how to use simple prep-ahead techniques to stock your refrigerator with precooked ingredients that can be combined with fresh produce to easily create wholesome meals. Leave prepackaged foods and take-out behind as you learn the many easy ways to cook ahead from scratch to save time and money during the busy week.
Alea breaks down the classics into convenient weeknight dinners using fewer ingredients and smarter techniques. Batch-cooked chicken and homemade spaghetti sauce are combined to create a hearty Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake that comes together quickly. Batch-cooked beef strips and precooked peppers and onions are used to make Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas. Batch-cooked meatballs are coated in a Mongolian Beef sauce and served over precooked rice for a delicious dinner in minutes.
Learn multiple methods for batch cooking your favorite meats, beans and rice to use in simple-to-assemble recipes your whole family will enjoy. By prepping ahead, dinner was never so easy!
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 entree 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. I love that this service offers a 14 day free trial! Check it out here.
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.
- 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.