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In which we give eMeals another go

I’ve been in a meal-planning rut lately, so I decided to subscribe to eMeals again. It’s a meal-planning service rather than a meal-in-a-box service, so the costs are a lot lower than some of the meal subscriptions I’ve tried in the last few years.

I used the service years and years ago, and then I stopped using it when my free review subscription ran out. (You can read “Put meal-planning on autopilot” to see what I thought about it initially.) The plan options have changed quite a bit in the last half decade. You can switch your meal plan any time now rather than once a month, and I think there are more options now. For this week’s meal plan, we’re trying some recipes from their 30-Minute plan. I’m going to switch to Heart Healthy for next week, and I’ll probably try out some of the other options as well. I don’t know that I’ll ever give them a shot, but they do have Paleo, Vegan and Keto plans if that’s your thing.

Here’s what we’ll be having this week.

Monday: Mexican street corn tostadas

This is one of the eMeals recipes, and it looks pretty simple to put together. I’m going to see if Pete can make it himself.

Tuesday: Pizza
Rockford and I are going out to a concert, so I’m ordering pizza for my mom and the kids.

Wednesday: Scattered
The kids both have activities on Wednesdays, and they end at different times. So we’re here and there and here again.

Thursday: Sticky Chicken
It’s another eMeals option, and it sounds like it’s a mildly sweet stir-fry.

Friday: Bacon-wrapped chicken with guacamole
Our final eMeals meal of the week. I figure you can’t go wrong with bacon or guacamole, so I’m anticipating good things from this one.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

We did not eat all of our hurricane snacks

Last week found me buying copious snacks and supplies for Hurricane Florence’s visit to the mountains, but by the time she got to our house she was just a regular old rainstorm. A very rainy and insistent storm, but not one that required any special supplies. Our power was out for about four hours yesterday, and we spent the time reading, playing Carcassonne and Say Anything and eating our hurricane snacks.

I’m grateful to be back to our regular, not-waiting-for-a-hurricane schedule this week. Here’s what we’ll be having for dinner:

Monday: Bulgogi bowls
This uses Gochujang sauce, which I’ve never used before. I’d never even heard of it until recently, and when I went to buy it for a recipe it was really expensive so I made something else instead. I guess it’s become more mainstream since then, though, because the price has come down considerably. Minimalist Baker says it’s really easy to make at home, but I bought a bottle before I learned that.

Tuesday: Chicken sausages & mac ‘n’ cheese
I bought an extra pack of chicken sausages for red beans and rice last week, and then I ended up not using them. So here they make their triumphant return, in OrgJunkie.com’s recipe for Chicken Sausage with Roasted Vegetables.

Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner
Pete has been playing Dungeons and Dragons on Wednesday nights, so we haven’t been together for Wednesday night dinner all that much lately. We generally pick up a cheeseburger and a Filet O’ Fish on the way there, but I think we may try something else this week. Poppy and Rockford, meanwhile, will be eating eggs at home.

Thursday: Honey soy pork tenderloin
I’m trying to make something in the CrockPot on Thursdays, because it’s our wackiest day, schedule-wise. This week we’re trying honey-soy pork tenderloin from Add A Pinch.

Friday: Frozen pizza
I don’t have much to say about frozen pizza except that I asked our local Publix if they’d start carrying Amy’s Vegan Margherita Pizza so I wouldn’t have to go to a competing grocery store for one solitary item, and they did. Thanks Publix!

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

Sometimes Monday throws you an impromptu party with strangers

If this week’s menu looks a lot like last week’s menu, it’s because I lost my grocery list somewhere between home and the store and then I couldn’t remember any food I’ve ever eaten or prepared in my lifetime. I guess that’s the problem with relying heavily on grocery lists and meal planning. I don’t do well when it comes to spontaneity. (This is true in groceries and in life in general.)

I was the first one in line this morning at the deli counter, but the three people working were all feverishly preparing a large online order that had just come in and was to be picked up in 15 minutes. By the time they got to me, there were five other people waiting. We chatted about our favorite deli meats and encouraged one another to try them. The deli employees overheard us and started slicing samples of everything we were all ordering to pass out. It was a lovely little deli party, and I learned that the expensive, fancy salami really is delicious.

Monday: Sandwiches
Our diners will have a choice of turkey, buffalo chicken or bourbon ham. Or just plain cheese, if you’re Poppy.

Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs
I made this last week with the intention of freezing some of the meatballs, but the meatballs all fell apart so I just stirred them into the sauce and had spaghetti with meat sauce for lunch for most of the week. I didn’t think I’d ever want spaghetti again, but here we are. I can’t quit you, pasta.

Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner
I once asked Rockford what he’d like to see on the menu for the week, and he said “We could have breakfast for dinner one night. And we could have pancakes another…” He was completely earnest. The man loves breakfast. Happily for me, he also loves making breakfast.

Thursday: Something from the wok
I’ve never actually used a wok, but one has recently come into my possession. We’ll give it a spin this week.

Friday: Frozen pizza
Hopefully I remember to pick up a non-dairy one for myself.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.