You know you should (and want to) eat healthy, but it can feel super overwhelming when you already have so much on your plate – at work, with family, and at home.
Not to mention, if you're not an experienced cook, it seems more convenient (and maybe even cheaper) to grab a frozen pizza or pre-made processed meal, unwrap it, pop it in the oven or microwave, and eat – but eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive, slow, or inconvenient!
The meal planning services outlined below make it a cinch.
And, you'll likely save more than just your sanity, time, and health – meal planning means you'll waste less food and shop only for what you use, ultimately saving you hundreds of dollars per year.
The Six O'Clock Scramble is a great service for those of us who don't have much experience cooking and meal planning – or who just want it taken care of, so we don't have to worry about doing it – and who want healthy and quick (read: 30 minute prep time!) meals that their children will actually like.
Here's how The Scramble works:
1. Sign up
For as little as $1.44 per week after a 14 day free trial.
2. Get a weekly menu
With a 5-recipe plan
3. Customize for your family and schedule
Like if you're going to eat out one night or your family wants more vegetarian or gluten-free options
4. Shop with an organized grocery list
By section of the store!
5. Enjoy stress-free planning and cooking
Sign up here.
Plan to Eat is a good fit for people who want a bit more control over their meal planning and who have more experience cooking, but still want to have easy access to trying new recipes.
Here's how Plan to Eat works:
1. Sign up
For as little as $.75 per week after a free 30 day trial.
2. Load your favorite recipes
This can take a bit of time, but once they're in, they're in!
You can also load recipes from online sources with a couple of clicks of your mouse and the Plan to Eat team does monthly promotions with certain types of recipes (i.e. October is "One Pot Recipe" month with lots of great new recipes to pull from to try).
3. Drag-and-drop your recipes onto a calendar
Whether you like to shop weekly, monthly, or daily... plan your meals to your shopping habits!
4. It creates your shopping list
Which you can edit down in 5 minutes to not include the staples you already have on-hand.
Not to mention, you can set up more than one store, so you can organize the list by stores.
5. Enjoy cooking again
Sign up for Plan to Eat here.
No More To-Go is a lot like The Scramble – their services helps you save time, money, reduce stress, and eat healthy.
One difference is that they also have a "Cooking For Two" subscription option for those of us who don't have children or are single parents cooking for ourselves and a child (or two small ones).
Here's how No More To-Go works:
1. Sign up
For as little as $1.23 per week when you subscribe for a year ($64 paid once annually), or $7 per month, after a 14 day free trial.
2. Choose a weekly meal plan
From a Classic Family Plan, Gluten Free Family, and Cooking for Two
3. View and customize your weekly menu
Receive 5 menus each week. You can mix and match to customize it to your family's tastes, substitute a meal if you're not in the mood for it from No More To-Go's menu archive, and save your favorite recipes to use them again and again in your custom menu.
4. Generate grocery list and hit the store
Print your grocery list, email it to a family member, or shop from your smart phone. Ingredients are organized by grocery store department to get you in and out of the store quickly and on budget. No more running back and forth between aisles.
5. Cook exciting new dinners
With simple, clear instructions, tips and notes from the kitchen, and health and nutrition facts.
Sign up for No More To-Go here.