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It’s such a hectic time of the year right now. Between heading out to visit family or prepping for family to visit you, making Christmas gifts or heading to the store to buy some, and everything else, there’s hardly time to prep a good healthy meal for your family. One thing that’s really helped me recently is adding many more slow cooker meals and make ahead meals to my meal plan.
Something else I’ve recently tried is a meal planning service, eMeals. eMeals plans out all the meals for your week and even includes a handy grocery shopping list! When you pick a plan from eMeals you can pick from 13 different plans (including gluten free, paleo, clean eating, slow cooker, and more). For my plan, I went ahead and chose the Gluten Free plan. If you decide you don’t like the plan you’ve picked you are allowed to change your plan once a month.
One of our meals this week for eMeals was this Brown Beans and Rice in the slow cooker. Of course we had to make adjustments based on our specific allergy needs but here is the recipe we made this week:
Brown Beans and Rice
What You Need:
- 1 lb uncooked pinto beans
- 2½ cups chicken broth (we used homemade)
- 2 cups onion, diced
- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained (I ended up using fresh)
- 2 cups long grain brown rice, uncooked
- ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- additional spices (bay leaf, pepper, ect)
Rinse and drain beans. Combine beans, 2 cups water, broth, onion, tomatoes, spices, and salt. Cover and cook on Low 10 hours or until beans are tender. Cook rice according to package directions. Serve bean mixture over rice. Sprinkle with cheeses before serving.
To customize this recipe for our family’s needs, I used fresh tomatoes and just sliced and put them on the side to mix in as desired and I left off the cheese (me and hubby sprinkled some on though) for our dairy-free son. It was easy to customize!
A meal planning service such as eMeals can be very handy in a busy family. You have all your meals planned out for you and your grocery shopping list ready. If you enjoy being able to plan your meals on a once a week basis and need to save time with organizing and figuring out what you are going to make, I would highly recommend some kind of meal planning service.
Ways eMeals Planning Service Saves Time and Money:
- Side dishes are included in the plans. (Which is good because I never know what to make!)
- Plans can be based around your local store grocery sales. (You choose your store, they figure out the sales)
- You know what you are going to make ahead of time so you can prep it ahead of time. (No more going out to eat)
For us with our way-too-many-allergies household I found that eMeals was a good starting place for meal ideas. I could customize the ideas and grocery lists as we needed them. As I’ve mentioned before, I generally plan our meals out a month at a time (since we can only grocery shop once a month) but I’ll be using eMeals for those off weeks when I lose inspiration.
eMeals is offering Little House Living readers an exclusive coupon code to use to save 35% off their yearly meal plans. Just use the coupon code RESCUE when you sign up to get your discounted price. eMeals is very easy to sign up for with their 4 step process and you can make sure and choose the meal plan that will be best suited for your family, and as I mentioned above you can always switch this plan if you decide something else would work better for you. This coupon code expires on December 15th, 2013.
Have you ever used a meal planning service?