Until we can all afford our own personal chefs, the next best thing is easily Relish!, a truly cool meal-planning service for busy parents. http://www.relishrelish.com/.
This easy to use (really), mom-run website helps you prepare healthy, creative meals every week! You pick from a ton of excellent tested recipes, a very cleverly organized grocery list is automatically created, then all you do is hit the store for five days worth of home-cooked meals--not one of which takes more than 30 minutes to prepare.
You'll find a whole lot to choose from including freezer meals, vegetarian menus, super-quick and slow cooker recipes. And you’ll find tons of kid’s faves that don't include the word "nugget."
For subscriptions at $7 a month, you'll end up with five complete dinners for a family of four running you less than $95. Between the money savings and the anxiety savings, you’re coming out way ahead.
Subscribe and each Thursday, you will receive an email with a quick link back to the site. This weeks feature email was titled "Eat your Vegetables" and gave great tips on getting your kids to eat their veggies.
Log on to Relish! and get ready to treat yourself to weekly dinner menus that are customized to your own tastes. Choose the Express Menu and download our picks for the week or choose what you would prefer from our Custom Menu. We offer a selection of vegetarian, kid-friendly, quick, low calorie and simple-gourmet menus. Just click the five you’d like to prepare during the week and your recipes/side dishes and grocery list will be assembled for you! Every day food just got easier.
I have had the opportunity to try Relish! since January, as I won a subscription. They have great recipes and everything is extremely well organized! They make dinner planning a breeze, or if you are just looking for a new recipe log in and check out their many different recipes. You can go into their past menu section and it will give you a list of recipes which you can then refine by category or search by a specific ingrediant, or search through their long list. You can then either see the recipe or add it to your favorites to use in your weekly menu. I love that everything is labelled with their recipe legend like KF-Kid Friendly, Q-Quick, and C-Crockpot.
Besides the weekly menu section and past menus, there are several other sections to check out like Tailgate Party, Healthy Lunches, Seasonal, My Recipes, Freezer, and This and That. Right now the seasonal section is labelled Halloween, which you can click on and take you to the Halloween page with recipes like mummy cookies and terrifying taco soup.
I love the Freezer section. You can choose 5 out of 10 suggestions. The printable list has the shopping list and recipes. You can fix the food to the recipe and it gives you freezer instructions. It also has cooking labels to affix to the prepared dish to give you directions on how to cook it. The last thing it has is a freezer list that lists the items in the freezer with the cooking method, estimated cooking time and side suggestions. This is a great section for busy moms and to keep those cramped freezers organized!
The other section I really like is the This and That. This gives you all kinds of recipes from different categories, that you can download and print. Some of the categories are appetizers, dinner and a movie, Christmas, Easter, and Themed parties, as well as many more. This is another great way to find recipes using a specific category.
Having the weekly emails has been nice, if you are busy and forget about your subscription, or link to Relish...no frets as the weekly emails are a great reminder and have a simple link to log in.
Living Gluten Free? Check out their sister site, Gfree! Gfreecuisine.com
Want to try it? Subscribe at relishrelish.com -3months $21, 6 months- $35.70 or get a 30% savings with the 12 month subscription for $58.50.
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