For me, one of the most challenging parts of cooking is knowing what to cook. If you don’t plan out your meals, when you get home from work and you’re already tired, you won’t feel like figuring out a menu. You’ll probably just choose to eat out (which costs more money) or eat whatever you can scavenge up in your kitchen, like a PB&J.
I get it. When I was in college, all I ate was Chef Boyardee, Mac N Cheese, and frozen dinners. Well then I got married, and suddenly it seemed weird putting a can of Chef Boyardee in front of my husband. So I decided to give cooking a try. I had never cooked a real meal in my life. I had no idea where to start. So I started out making easy stuff like spaghetti and tacos. But I realized we couldn’t live off spaghetti and tacos for the rest of our lives.
My mom suggested I try eMeals. It’s a meal planning website that already plans out your meals for you, AND they even make your grocery list! How easy is that?! You can pick from a variety of plans (classic, low calorie, paleo, gluten-free, and more) to fit your style.
eMeals was my first introduction to cooking. The recipes were simple enough for a new cook, and they also provided us with lots of variety. Plus, we realized it actually saved us money because being organized and having a plan kept us from buying random groceries we didn’t need, and we didn’t have to eat out as much. And that is a BIG DEAL when you’re a poor newlywed couple haha.
Now, years later, I still use eMeals as I am meal planning each week, but I also use Pinterest and other sites to get ideas for recipes. I cannot stress how important meal planning is to cooking great meals for your family and saving money! If you have any questions about eMeals or about how to meal plan better, just ask!