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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!

Try His Stomach


Wives Try His Stomach

When was the last time you cooked for your husband? Maybe you’re not the family cook, and that’s OK. But I bet there’s something you cook (or ‘assemble’ for the cooking challenged) that your husband loves. Why not spoil him with his favorite dish? I really do think their hearts and stomachs are connected (right, guys?).

I personally love cooking. I’m thankful to my mom who brought me up right – eating and cooking delicious food! She’s the queen, and I still call and email her with questions all the time. (Thanks, mom!) I love cooking mostly because I love eating, but I also love creating something lovely. I’m thankful that our God is creative and gave some of us a touch of that.

Maybe you’re like me- maybe you enjoy cooking and prep most, if not all, of your family’s meals. But when was the last time you made a meal just for him? Here’s why I pick the meals I pick:

  • easy
  • quick
  • cheap
  • yummy (duh)
  • few ingredients
  • Samuel will eat it, too.

And Brad is the best husband when it comes to food – he’ll eat anything I put in front of him and rarely complains. But he has some favorite dishes that I can make but rarely do – mostly because they:

  • take longer
  • are a little more labor intensive
  • aren’t my favorites

I think it would be nice if I pulled out one or two of these and made them for him. Soon.

What’s your man’s favorite dish that you need to put on your menu soon?

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