Monday, July 25, 2011

Cooking Made Easy

I'm going to let you in on a little secret...I hate to cook. Which is funny because I really like to eat. Especially good food and if I don't have to prepare it myself? Well that's a perfect meal in my eyes.

I think my dislike for cooking evolved because of the amount of time it seemed my mother spent in the kitchen. She enjoys cooking and does it very well. But I felt like she was always in there. And always eating last. I had no desire to learn any recipes or tricks. I always said I would marry a man that could either cook for himself or afford for us to eat out every night.

Now just because I don't like to cook, doesn't mean I can't. I do very well at following recipe instructions and of course have the meals I can prepare by heart. I also have taken liberty with a few recipes and made them my own. But I'd still rather have someone else do the cooking. And the cleaning. But to be fair I will clean if someone else cooks. Fair is fair.

Once we became parents and our first little one joined us at the table, meals became a little harder. It wasn't that we were eating bad, it was the lack of variety. We began to realize that we were eating the same meals weekly. Or going out a lot because of poor meal planning or last minute planning.

And in the end it was the poor meal planning that really did us in...we had food but didn't have any idea what to make for dinner each night. It seemed like breakfast would just be over and it was time for lunch and then dinner. I couldn't know what I wanted for dinner just after breakfast and so I grew aggravated. I would see these shows about saving money when grocery shopping by meal planning. You would buy what was on sale and make your menu from those sale items. Genius, right? It is...for someone that has a love of cooking or a lot of recipes under their belt. For me? More aggravation!

And then I saw someone on Twitter tweet about e-mealz. It was the tweet that saved my meals! What exactly is E-Mealz? Well they plan weekly menus based on what's on sale at your local area supermarkets. That's right the same concept that I'd been hearing about right here at my finger tips. I have a link on the side...go ahead and take a look.

The service is not free but cost 15$ for 3 months. Trust me, it is well worth it. I don't cook all the meals on the weekly menu but it gives me peace of mind knowing I have what I need to make 7 different meals if I wanted. And the recipes are good! We haven't had a bad one yet. But the best part is now we have options! I can look at the menu for the week and not feel stressed about thinking about what we are going to eat. I just have to pick and voila, aggravation gone.

I wish I could say I was giving away a free 3 month membership...but alas this review is truly based on my hate of cooking and meal plannings. And I'm just not that cool of a blogger to get deals like that! Oh well...maybe in my next blog life.  If you have any questions about the service, please feel free to email me or leave a comment.