Dinners made easy with E-mealz

by Liza Corbo

Dinner time.

I don’t know about you, but at my house?  It’s crazy.  Aside from getting my 5 year old and 4 year old twins to school in the mornings and back, we have errands, doctors appointments, play dates and more.  In the middle of all that I have to find enough hours to write, be available online … and have dinner ready daily at 4pm.

I know.  4pm?!  Dinner?  My husband works two jobs so sitting down to dinner every night as a family is extremely important to us.  He is only home weeknights for a half hour so dinner needs to be ready and waiting when he walks in the door.  For the boys it’s the highlight of their day.  We all sit down at the dining room table, eat together and take turns talking about our day before Daddy has to rush back out to his other job.

Let me tell you how hard it can sometimes be to have dinner ready on time.  If I have planned ahead and know it will be a busy day, I make it a crock pot day.  Set it up in the morning and it’s done when I need it.  Other days I have forgotten to plan and it’s whatever I can throw together OR a quick run to get some take out.  Which I don’t need to tell you throws off the weekly spending budget.  And when I’m in a pinch it’s leftovers.  Or maybe I make something the boys just had a few nights ago.  And I get this face.

As a kid I remember my mom planning meals and grocery lists each week and sticking to them.

Me?  Fly by the seat of my pants at the market according to what’s on sale each week as the boys try to throw other things in the cart.  I never have a plan.  Well, I might plan a meal or two for the week but that’s it.  This is why I fell in love with E-mealz upon hearing about them.


E-mealz has dinner menu’s based on weekly grocery store sales, seasonal discounts and diet preferences.  It doesn’t matter if you are on a budget, diet, have a picky family or just need meals for a table of 1 or 2 people!  The website says to think of them as your ‘mental maid for $1.25 a week’.  Love that! 

You can pick from family friendly 7 day dinner plans for 4-6 people or a 5 day dinner plan for 2 people.  In the end there are a variety of 28 options to choose from so it’s easy to find the best fit for you.  (They include gluten free, low carb, low fat, portion control and even vegetarian!)  I picked the low fat option – which is NOT a diet – just a better way to eat healthier.

How does e-mealz work?


You pick your plan on the E-mealz website.  You print out the grocery list with all the items you will need to buy (with the prices listed for Kroger, Publix, Wal-Mart, Aldi and Ralphs).  Shop accordingly.  (Don’t have these markets near you?  Prefer to use a different one?  There is even an ‘any store’ option!)  Come home, print the recipes and that’s it!  Oh yeah, cooking… you have to cook.  BUT E-mealz has taken all the guess work out of what you need and what to do next.  It’s been all planned for you.

Here’s something I like: meals are not repeated weekly!  (Which at my house I have done all too often.)  Not happy with the plan you picked?  You are able to change to another plan.  E-mealz also has gift certificates available, which I think is perfect for a newlywed or any parent/caregiver of small kids.  Just $35 for a 6 month subscription or $65 for a year. 

I am a huge fan of E-mealz for keeping me on budget, as well as introducing us to many new recipes (without having to come up with it all myself).

The boys are smiling so far.


Enter to win an E-mealz subscription

We are thrilled to be giving away FIVE (5) 3 month E-mealz subscriptions to 5 Minutes for Mom readers. You pick the meal plan! To enter, let us know which meal plan looks the most appetizing to you.

This giveaway will end on October 20, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly after. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

Exclusive discount for 5 Minutes for Mom readers:

Don’t want to wait? You can use the code 5MINUTES to get a 10% off discount today (and if you are one of our winners, then you will just have MORE meal plans.

Get a FREE MONTH: any current or new members can “pin” anything to Pinterest from the E-Mealz blog, Make Time For Family, with a link back to E-Mealz.com for a free month to be added to their subscription. They would just have to email feedback@e-mealz.com for the credit to be added to their account. So, if you did this and used the 10% off discount code, you could get 4 months meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists for only $13.50.

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Disclosure:  I was not paid for this post, however E-mealz has given me a 3 month membership to their site in exchange for the review.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing writer, Liza. You can find Liza on her personal blog, Cira’s Lyrics, and on twitter at @Liza_Rae.

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Liza is a mom of three boys - a five year old and four year old twins. On her personal blog, Cira's Lyrics, she writes about family, chaos and day to day happenings. She also writes reviews at Buy-Her where she focuses on fashion, beauty products, and more. Connect with Liza on twitter at @Liza_Rae.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Wendy October 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Oh I so could benefit from something like this! I like the Specialty Meal Plans for Two. I know it’s not rocket science, but still find it challenging when it comes to meal preparation.


2 Katie October 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I LOVE e-mealz!!! it is a SERIOUS life saver. I tell people ALL the time… but I’m not sure they always believe me!!


3 Katie October 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm

ok… so to be in the contest, I just tell you my favorite subscription plan? I’ve tried the Publix Deals for fam of 4-6 AND low carb any store. I think that the Publix one works better for us… PLUS, I love Publix. :-)


4 DeDe Smith October 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I would love to give this a try. I think the Regular Family Plan is the way I would go! Thanks for the opportunity to try!


5 Jenn October 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

This would be great to try! I’d probably opt for the Low-Fat or Regular family plan – it’d have to be anystore, but that would be fine!


6 Angel S. October 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I have heard so many great things aout ezmeals. I think the regular plan works best for us. Great idea!


7 semi-crunchy momma October 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I would probably like the WalMart or “any store” ones the best.


8 mindy October 7, 2011 at 8:09 am

I’ve heard the radio commercials for this and wondered if it were a reputable thing. Glad to see your review! I would get the regular meal plan!


9 Staci A October 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

The gluten-free meal plan looks perfect for us!


10 Melanie Riley October 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

As a busy mom of 2 working 40 hours a week I would love to try the Walmart Family dinner plan. My husband and I are always trying to menu plan but there are weeks like this one where we have no plan.
We get really tired of the same old thing week after week. Would love to win this and try shopping with their already created menus and shopping lists.


11 jen October 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Emealz is the best! I’d love to win!


12 JUNE October 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

Anything made to make my life easier is a great product for me!


13 Addy October 11, 2011 at 1:43 am

I love e-mealz I have heard so many great things aout ezmeals. I think the regular plan works best for us.. Thanks


14 Argentina October 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

so hungry now that I’ve read this lol! ahaha I’m going to have to indulge xo


15 Traci October 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Looks like this would be awesome to use with my family of 5. I like the Walmart Family Plan option.


16 Angela October 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

E-mealz’s sounds like a great thing for my hecktic life.


17 renee walters October 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I follow you on GFC, subscribe to your email and like you on Facebook! I would love to win this! I like the Ralph’s! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Renee Walters


18 Diane F October 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I would try the Walmart Family plan or the Any Store Family Plan


19 jen gersch October 20, 2011 at 5:11 am

wow this would make meals ez


20 Jessica Gengler October 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

i would like the Wal Mart family plan. We live in a small town and don’t have many choices. This seems like a great deal!


21 krishna July 19, 2014 at 2:45 am

We get really tired of the same old thing week after week. Would love to win this and try shopping with their already created menus and shopping lists.


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