Saturday morning I printed out my shopping list and compared it to sales and coupons from local stores. I headed out early to beat the rush and purchased all the items needed for my week of meals. I decided to take out two of the meals since we are rarely home for meals on the weekends but saved the recipes in my book to try later.
#1 feature I love: the shopping list has each ingredient listed not only by measurement needed, but also by meal number! So if I decide the third meal will not be used I can just cross out those ingredients. Also on the iPhone App if I click "skip meal" then it will auto remove those items from the shopping list for my convenience.
Monday night we took the program for it's first spin. Our recipe was for some Chipotle Meatballs on Brown Rice. I must say the recipe did not taste all that great. Basically it was Onion, Tomato, Chili Peppers, and rounds of meat over brown rice. There was no taste aside from the Tomato (which we aren't huge fans of as is). So this first meal is NOT going on our "try again" list.
A little hesitant I figured we would try for a second meal - I mean we paid for the program, we might as well use it right? Well night two was a little more forgiving on the flavor side.
Pork Chops with Balsamic-Strawberry Sauce with Baked Green Beans and Bacon. Is your mouth watering yet?
I'll share the recipe HERE for your convenience, but it's a good one!
Tonight will be meal #3 and rice and beans aren't usually my favorite but we said we would try as many of them as we could.
So far I am enjoying the meal plans. It does take some of the stress away but I think what I like most is that it's more inventive than anything I could come up with. I get stuck in the rut of making the same meals over and over again and never attempting new techniques or flavors. These plans give me not only fresh ideas that I never would have thought of, but make, seemingly, more difficult techniques easy.