Date Wed, July 9 2014

I’ve now been able to try out eMeals for over a month, and I am prepared to write a review for this service!


eMeals — What Is It?

eMeals is a weekly recipe planning service. Every week, you’ll receive an email that contains recipes for the week in addition to a shopping list to make it all easy.

You can choose from meal plans such as:

  • Clean Eating
  • Paleo
  • Slow Cooker
  • Low carb
  • Kid Friendly
  • Diabetic
  • Portion Control
  • Lunch/Breakfast/Dessert
  • Mediterranean

So there are plenty of options when it comes to your lifestyle, dietary needs and even your favorite food. I opted for slow cooker for 2 because y’all know how much I love my slow cooker!.  You can specify 1 to 2 people or 3 to 6 to cover your family size, too.

Pick Your Plan with eMEals

Pick Your Plan with eMEals

So How Much Does It Cost?

If you sign up for a full year, it costs just $5 per month. You can try out 3 months for $10 monthly, but that’s obviously less of a deal.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Cole, why would anyone pay to have recipes delivered to their inbox?” I have a few suggestions for you to consider.

  • You’re busy as hell.
  • You always want to cook but never have the right ingredients.
  • You have special dietary needs.
  • You’re no good at grocery shopping/writing lists.
  • You frequently find yourself looking at your phone when in the store.

Yes, eMeals provides you with recipes, but the service also recommends side dishes and comes with a shopping list, so you can get everything planned for the week ahead.

What Are the Recipes Like?

So I lied when I said I’d had it for a month. It’s been almost two. I am just terrible at these things. This means there are a lot of recipes to try, and I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t try all of the. But here are the ones that looked/tasted the best to me:

  • Barbecue Bacon Burgers
  • Barbecue Pork Pizza
  • Jezebel Glazed Ham
  • Bacon and Cheese Casserole
  • Easy Chicken Parmesan
  • Chicken Pizza Roll
  • Beef Ravioli
  • Chicken Quesadillas
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Creamy Ham, Swiss and Chicken w/ Pasta

Now I can’t comment on the other meal plans, but I can tell you I am rather picky. There was one week where nothing really looked all that appetizing. But there were weeks where everything looked pretty good (more on that below).

eMeals also sends out recipes for special events. For example, I got an extra email with ideals for 4th of July dishes, was cool. I also occasionally get emails with popular recipes from other meal plans, which means I can try out different things.

emeals shopping list

emeals shopping list

What Did I Like About eMeals?

The recipes for the slow cooker were, expectedly, easy. Some of them asked for frozen ingredients, which made them easier. Anything that needed a pulled or chopped meat pretty much allowed you to cook it in the crockpot until it melts in your mouth. Awesome!

Recipes later in the week used leftovers from previous recipes. I love! this. Because I hate having a week’s worth of leftovers and I’m not very good at thinking ahead like that myself. For instance, last week’s Chicken Cordon Bleu turned into a creamy, cheesy ham and chicken over pasta. Yes, please!

Every recipe has suggestions for side dishes. You don’t have to follow them, but you can.

The recipes come in a PDF so you can print them or view them on your phone. If you print, there’s a shopping list right there, and it’s organized roughly by department. There are also mobile apps for Android and Apple device users, which make it even easier to cook and shop.

How Could eMeals Improve?

One of the easiest ways to make this service better is to give users a way to rate recipes so we get recipes that are more catered to our tastes. This would certainly be more difficult to fulfill on their part, of course. A simple rating system would even allow customers to rate down meals that are less popular as a whole.

There are no photos. Some people rely on these because they’re less comfortable in the kitchen. For these people, I still think recipes on Pinterest might be more helpful.

but if you’re at your wit’s end and want to try something new, eMeals might just be your solution!

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