Family Meal Planning with eMeals

This is a sponsored post on behalf of eMeals in partnership with USFamilyGuide. I received a subscription to eMeals for my review. 

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 I know we’ve all been baking up a storm over the holidays. Personally, after Thanksgiving and Christmas I am now out of all my traditional go-to recipes and am looking for some new ones for our New Year celebrations.  Lucky for us,  eMeals is launching their new dessert plan! Get inspired each week to make incredible desserts. With mouth-watering recipes like Chocolate Pretzel Slab Pie, Buttery Toasted Vanilla Clusters or Crunchy Streusel Pumpkin Loaf, this plan is perfect for the dessert lover in all of us. Receive 3 indulgent dessert ideas every week including a mix of Crowd Pleasers, Quick & Easy options, and Skinny Sweets. This variety of sweet endings will fit the bill for weeknight desserts, casual entertaining and even healthy treats.

emeals desserts

To celebrate their dessert launch, eMeals is also offering a Target gift card giveaway and more via a Pinterest contest! Go here  to enter to win!

eMeals, the leader in online meal planning, is a comprehensive meal planning resource that helps provide healthy and delicious dinners for busy families and individuals. Endorsed by financial guru Dave Ramsey and highlighted in the Oprah Winfrey blog, the eMeals weekly dinner plans include grocery shopping lists and recipe instructions that are simple and easy to follow.

Holidays aren’t the only time I need a little help in kitchen.  As I look forward to 2014, I am looking forward to not CONSTANTLY wondering what we are going to have for dinner each evening. Or completely forgetting until its dinnertime, scrambling to make something-from-nothing in the pantry, when we are stressed out and already hungry.  I am already planning to workout more in 2014 and I am not  wasting money and tons of calories on take out( bleh!). Meal planning makes me a better, more relaxed mom and wife. In 2014, I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my husband & kids, and we are saving money by eating at home. (They also have a PALEO PLAN!!! This makes my heart sooooo happy!) 

eMeals will send me the recipes, menu plan, shopping list and store savings. This also makes it super simple to send my husband to the store for everything we need – he is great with a list. I can’t wait to get started! Sign up NOW to get 15% off eMeals with code USFG!

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes 2013

2013 has proven to look  A LOT different for the Chase’s than in years past. We have taken a great steps, literally with the #100milechallenge, to improve our health and set fitness goals ( and we’ve stuck with them!!). As the holidays roll in, I am determined that this season of indulging, festive eating, and lazy days by the fire not cause a setback in all that we have accomplished. I also don’t want to wait to New Years to set new goals.

The goals setting starts now with trying out a healthier Thanksgiving table for 2013.  Here are a few yummy things (with a lot fewer calories!) we’ll be serving this year.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes 2013

Quinoa-Stuffed Turkey with Roasted Autumn Vegetables (ordered from Plated.com)

Quinoa-Stuffed Turkey with Roasted Autumn Vegetables

Garlic Green Beans w/ toasted almonds – recipe from Bravo for Paleo

garlic-green-beans

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes- recipe from Preppy Paleo

the preppy paleo: Paleo Streuseled Sweet Potatoes

Maple Pumpkin Custard- recipe from Against all Grain

Maple Pumpkin Custard - Against All Grain

We will  still be enjoying a few of our traditional holiday favorites that would we would be sad to miss out on- it is just once a year, right?  – Grandmamma’s sausage stuffing/dressing for Sydney, traditional mashed potatoes & gravy for Jonathan, pumpkin pie for the littles, and I just created an awesome recipe for homemade pumpkin-cinnamon croissants. Luckily we have planned to run our very first Turkey Trot that  morning  to combat the few “extras” we will still be enjoying.

What traditional recipes have you transformed or added to your holiday menu ?