I have been using a meal planner for over a year that is saved me time at the grocery store, time in the kitchen and I no longer agonize over what to make. It helps that the app is amazing.
eMeals is a subscription-based service that provides you seven recipe per week based on a two person or family meal plan for just $5/month if you get the year plan. The recipes are easy to create, usually contain just a few ingredients which translates to spending very little time in the grocery store. The recipes are varied for anyone’s tastes preferences, which allows me to try recipes I probably wouldn’t have picked if I was searching the internet for a random recipe (see french onion soup below).
They have many categories from heart healthy to gluten free to diabetic to Paula Deen comfort foods. I was using the vegetarian category in September, when I changed my diet to be mostly vegan. I would substitute the dairy for dairy-free alternatives and the gluten for gluten free alternatives.
Then they came out with a vegan category, which has been excellent. I mentioned that their app is amazing, they have a ‘cook mode’ where it steps you through the recipe in a wide screen format which is perfect for my iPad. (Rice, bean and corn recipe here)
The eMeals app is well designed and easy to use (see photos below). The tabs at along the bottom of the app allow you to go into cook mode, add it to your shopping cart (which makes it quick and easy to get items at the grocery store), and the ability to share and add it to your list of favorites. Photo to the right of the recipe below (added spinach and avocado). (eMeals app, Week Nov 22-28, 2017, Vegan plan)
Another meal created from an eMeals recipe. I never would have gravitated to make french onion soup on my own. Used gluten free bread and vegan cheese. (eMeals app, week Oct 4-10, 2017, Vegetarian plan)