Get Rid of Your Dinner Woes {Giveaway!}

Are you still in your dinner rut? Or have you been trying new things? Maybe you’re like me, and you got out of your dinner rut, but your menu needs a little produce revamp (without a budget increase).

I didn’t realize until after I tried out E-Mealz, the online meal planning program recommended by Dave Ramsey, how little fruits and veggies were going into my dinners! Especially produce of the fresh-not-cooked-to-smithereens variety.

I have to admit, when E-Mealz asked if I would like to try out their “mealtime makeover” for busy families, I was skeptical – not because of their mission, though! They want to give you more time with your family by simplifying the mealtime process. I was skeptical because I’m the queen of my kitchen.

Then, I checked out  a sample menu. These were meals I actually wanted to eat! And cook!

Here’s how E-Mealz works:

  • You get to choose which plan you want. You can choose plans that fit just 2 people, gluten free plans, plans that go by points, and plans that are designed around certain grocery stores’ (like WalMart and Kroger!) sales.
  • You get a new (delicious) menu each week.
  • The menus have 5 meals, so you get to do what you want on the other 2 days.
  • It’s only $5 a month!!! And if you order by 3/31/11 and use the code BLISS, you get 15% off, or $4.25/month! I have seen other meal planning services that are double that.

Why I love it:

  • The menu plans reuse ingredients, so you don’t feel like you’re buying a bunch of produce, half of which will go bad.
  • You can get a plan to match what is on sale at your favorite store (I can’t wait for them to get HEB matchups!). This is the number one way to save money at the grocery store.
  • I got the menu plan for 2, and there was plenty for Brad, Samuel, and me to eat without a giant amount of leftovers. I really felt like our food was more efficient.
  • There is a nice variety of meal types, from restaurant fare to comfort food to meat and potatoes.
  • I got a lot of thumbs up from Brad! I kept hearing, “This is good.
  • A lot of the meal sides are fresh produce, which I have seriously been lacking.
  • You can be on weight watchers and use their points menus!
  • SO affordable.
  • If you’re queen of your kitchen too, you can easily customize it – switch out sides or use other ingredients. For example, tonight we made a healthier, quicker version of monte cristos. They were to-die-for! They called for bacon, but I used ham because I already had some. Delish! (See recipe below!)
  • We had a little bit of a rough month, and the number one thing I loved about E-Mealz was that I could just pull the plan out and go to the store. No thinking required. It was very easy.


E-Mealz would love to give away a THREE month subscription ($15 value) to one Candid Pastor’s Wife reader! Lucky yous. 😉

Here’s how you can enter (you can do one, two, or all three of the below options!):

  • Like E-Mealz on Facebook. Leave a comment letting me know you Like them.
  • Leave a comment letting me know what your biggest dinnertime hurdle is (like getting everyone fed before meltdown time, planning the menus, budgeting, etc.)
  • Like The Candid Pastor’s Wife on Facebook. Leave a comment letting me know you like us.

The giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 23. The winner will be announced on Thursday, March 24. Good luck!

Yummy Monte Cristo Recipe (courtesy of E-Mealz)


  • 8 slices bacon (I used 3-4 slices ham)
  • 4 slices English sandwich bread (2 english muffins)
  • 4-8oz extra-sharp white cheddar cheese (I just used the cheddar i had; it happened to be sharp but not white)
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4c milk; dash nutmeg; 1T butter; maple syrup for drizzling


Prepare bacon according to pkg directions. Combine egg, milk, and nutmeg and mix well; set aside. Layer cheese, apple, bacon, and a little more cheese to taste on 2 sliced of bread and top with bread. Melt butter in pan heated to medium heat, coat the top and bottom of each sandwich with egg mixture and cook until deep golden on each side and cheese has melted. Halve the sandwiches and drizzle lightly with warm syrup.

(For sides on this meal, they suggested canned split pea soup and chips. However, most of their suggested sides include some fresh produce – this was a comfort food night! :))

E-Mealz provided me with a free 1-month meal planning subscription in exchange for a review of their product. I will also make a small commission on any sales you purchase with the BLISS code. You know I’m too candid to share anyone’s opinions but my own! Thanks for supporting this blog!

25 thoughts on “Get Rid of Your Dinner Woes {Giveaway!}

  1. Karyn

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been contemplating signing up for E-Mealz. I’m glad to know the 2 person meals are enough for the 3 of you, I wondered about that.

    My biggest dinnertime hurdle is definitely timing. Mia is hungry and ready for dinner promptly at 5 o’clock, but Brian isn’t home yet. I really want all of us to eat together and not have her think dinner is just sitting in her highchair while Mom empties the dishwasher! But, I also don’t want to give her a snack simply to prolong the wait for dinner. Anyway, that’s our biggest challenge, dinnerwise.

    1. G

      I hear ya. Currently we just don’t all eat dinner together and while it is not ideal, I have accepted it. We do all eat breakfast together bright and early. Make a new tradition maybe.

  2. Holly Dennis

    I like what I see in E-Meals. You’re the 3rd person I know to do it now and I”m really curious to see what it’s like! My biggest hurdle right now is lack of variety!!! I feel like I’m making the same thing over and over! I look for new recipes, but keep finding the same basic thing!

  3. G

    Liked e-meals.

    Got to be real, I am eyeing something totally different as a solution for us that may or may not pane out… but I would love to win this for my sister who is bogged down caring for twin babies, plus 2 more kids she nannies. Getting dinner on the table is hard, and she is vegetarian too which can grow stale. Would love to give her this boost.

  4. Ashley

    I liked your blog on FB, and now I’m leaving a comment about my biggest dinnertime hurdle. That would be BEING THE QUEEN OF MY KITCHEN! I actually like planning a menu for each week, as well as coming up with my own things to cook. The hardest thing for me would be to actually turn that over to a meal-planning site. But…I know I need to work in more fruits and fresh veggies into our meals, and I think that E-Mealz would be a great help to me in that area. I do admit, it’s been hard – and sometimes still is – to plan my meals to use up leftover bits of ingredients from something else. Leftovers aren’t a problem, though. I like to cook enough that we can have our “leftover buffet” once or twice a week. That lets me cook 4 nights a week, serve up leftovers once or twice, and have a quick sandwich night on Sundays after AWANA.

    Thanks for all your blogging insights! And thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  5. Rebekah Bailey

    I liked you on FB 🙂
    I’m loving your blog – thanks for writing so faithfully!
    I struggle with variety in meals, especially for my little boy. I used to be so proud of the homemade baby food I served him, but now my picky eater only wants bread and cheese. Maybe he’s bored with my meals too!

  6. Kimberly

    I already use e-mealz and love it! I try to blog weekly about meals my family has tried. I hope they get and HEB match up someday, too.

  7. Melanie

    I have “liked” e-mealz. I started using e-mealz two weeks ago after hearing about it from Dave Ramsey’s radio program. My family LOVES it! We have had some of the best times around the table almost every night tasting their delicious meals. We have started looking forward to supper and are excited to see/taste all these new recipes. I have sung the praises of e-mealz everywhere i go even posting their fb page on my page.
    Thank you e-mealz for spicing up our families’ mealtime. If you haven’t tried it yet~you must!

  8. suzanne

    my biggest hurdle is the budgeting issues! emealz has been a huge help – love that they put the total amount spent on their grocery list!

  9. Heather

    With four growing kids we need help keeping the food budget under $600/month! They’re not even teenagers yet! (thank goodness…)

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  12. Robyn

    My biggest mealtime hurdle right now is that the boys get up from their naps at 5, the baby needs to be fed, the preschooler wants attention, and dinnertime is usually about 6. That hour is a crazy one!

    I’ve heard about E-Mealz and been tempted to try them out, but haven’t been able to justify the expense for a trial run when we already eat pretty inexpensively. I also wish they worked with H-E-B’s sales. But, I’d love to give them a try and see how it works out!

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