Does coming up with dinner for every night of the week stress you out? I hear people complain all the time about getting tired of preparing the same meals over and over again, or running out of ideas. Not enough variety. Not enough time to make something elaborate. Too much work to plan, shop and cook every night! The list and excuses go on and on. Trust me, I’ve been there – more than once!
To be honest, my BIGGEST issue when it comes to preparing dinner is the planning. I often don’t plan far enough in advance and end up having to come up with something quick and easy because I forgot to pull meat out to thaw. I have tried coming up with my own menu plan, but it didn’t work. Perhaps it was because I had bigger ambitions for every meal, or I got bored with what I chose. However, I have discovered that when I use eMeals, I have a lot more success at planning and cooking. eMeals is the market leader in online meal planning solutions for consumers, and I can see why!
Consumers can select from over 50 weekly plans based on your preferred food style, family size and grocery store. Specialties include classic, clean eating, simple gourmet, low fat, low carb, paleo, portion control, organic, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Because this is my second time using eMeals, and I sure love my slow cooker – even though it is one of my most under-utilized kitchen tools, I chose the Slow Cooker menu plan! So far I am in love with this plan! I can prepare my meals early in the day and let it do it’s job while I go about my day!
Not only does eMeals help you plan, but it can help you save money too! There are 3 ways eMeals helps you save money:
- No extra items – By sticking to the plan, you limit the extra spending on misc items.
- Duplicate items – eMeals plans try to utilize items multiple times a week to reduce waste of throwing out food.
- Store sales – eMeals planners try to incorporate your local grocery store sales into the plan.
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To give you an idea of what you’d be getting with the Slow Cooker menu, here is the first recipe I made with it: Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole. I made a few minor modifications such as switching from red enchilada sauce to green, but Everyone LOVED it and it was so easy to make! They even give side dish suggestions and recipes.
- 1½ lb ground turkey
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 2 cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
- 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 2.25 oz can sliced black olives, drained
- 12 corn tortillas
- 19 oz can mild enchilada sauce
- 2 cups shredded Mexican-style cheese blend
- Combine ground turkey and onion in a large nonstick skillet; cook 6 minutes or until turkey is crumbly and no longer pink; drain.
- Combine turkey mixture, corn, beans, and olives.
- Coat a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Stack 4 tortillas on bottom of slow cooker; top with one-third each of turkey mixture, enchilada sauce and cheese.
- Repeat layers twice with remaining tortillas, turkey mixture, enchilada sauce and cheese.
- Cover and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours.