One of hardest things in life for me to do is menu planning because it involves so much, well, planning. First, I scour the grocery store ads to see what's on sale. Then I try to come up with meal ideas from there. The grocery list comes next, then the actual schlepping to the store with a hyper toddler, and then I have to come home and actually cook the food. Not to mention that my son hardly ever naps anymore so making a meal with him tired and cranky is a challenge in itself...if I even get that far. Sometimes the whole process is way too exhausting and we end up going out for fast food. You know what I need? Something to help me with the initial planning and meal ideas so that all I have to do is worry about the cooking. I need Relish!
Relish! is a genius meal planning system. Seven dollars a month will get you access to weekly menus where you can pick and choose which meals you want to make. Once you've chosen five meals, an organized grocery store list is automatically prepared for you - just print it out and off you go to the store. For me, this is truly the amazing part of the service. Between various chores and a toddler constantly tugging at me, I can spend hours working on a grocery list only to discover that I've forgotten a key ingredient upon arriving home from the store.
In addition, the meals actually sound appetizing. I've gone to other recipe sites before where they tell you something to the effect of "Quesadilla - put shredded cheese in a tortilla, fold in half and microwave." Sure, it's quick and easy but not exactly the well rounded meal I was hoping for. With Relish!, I'm looking forward to making meals like Spaghetti with Roasted Squash or Cumin Pork Chops with Avocado Salsa. These take less than an hour to prepare and easy to understand directions are provided. There's also a section for freezer meals - recipes are provided once a month and are a great way to save time. Every recipe on the website is archived as well, so if you make one that you really like you'll still have access to it later on. There's so much going on here to simplify the process of menu planning. Relish makes it easy to focus on cooking and enjoying eating a great meal... which is exactly how it should be - go Relish!
WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a one year subscription to Relish! To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, November 16th at Midnight and tell me either how you go about meal planning, or your favorite easy dish to make. Please include your email address with your comment. Contest open to residents of the US and Canada.