From spending too long looking through Pinterest and cookbooks to wasting time actually cooking a meal that your family ends up hating, meal planning can be the bane of a homemaker’s existence.
I have written about meal planning a few time here on The Glamorous Housewife, outlining my process and how I go about it. Unfortunately it seems as if there are still many of you out there who are still having problems with getting regular meals on the table.
I though I would crowd source all of you ladies on The Glamorous Housewife Facebook page to see what kind of roadblocks you were running into when trying to plan your meals.
Here are just a few of the many comments I received:
Boredom and trying to find new/different recipes that the family will enjoy
(Not) wanting to eat what I’ve planned.
Finding the time to make them.
Though most of the comments were answering my question, one bold commentor mentioned a company I had never heard of before called 5 Dinners, 1 Hour. She said:
I found 5dinners1hour.com super easy meal prep for the whole week and it includes shopping list and how to prepare the meals. My family has loved them all. Easy peasy
I was immediately intrigued so I decided to contact 5 Dinners, 1 Hour and see what all the fuss was about.
The folks at 5 Dinners, 1 Hour were kind enough to let me try a week’s worth of meals and ladies, I have to say it was a great dinner week!
I started by logging in and then picking 5 meals from about thirty or more choices. We have a lot of food restrictions in my household including no red meat, no pork, no shellfish, and my husband doesn’t eat gluten. Even with all of those issues I easily found ten recipes I wanted to try, and then narrowed it down to five.
These five meals then automatically created a digital grocery list. I went through it on my computer and checked off things I knew I already had in my kitchen like soy sauce, vinegar, salt, pepper, etc. That left the list I needed to take with me to the grocery store, which I printed up and stuck in my purse. So easy!
The major premise of 5 Dinners, 1 Hour is pretty clear from the title. You spend up to 1 hour prepping five meals, and then you follow the directions each day for that specific meal.
Full disclosure: I would say I am a very experienced cook. I had no issues following any of the directions and to be totally honest, I would say these recipes are as easy and basic as they come. You can have exactly zero cooking experience and be able to make these meals. With that said, the dinners were very good! I’m not going to say excellent because I don’t think a basic meal should be considered “excellent”. However the five meals I made were:
- Incredibly easy to make
- Took up very little time
- Tasted good!
- My family ate them with almost zero complaints
- They were healthy
- The meal plan was incredibly flexible
What more could you ask for?
The only issues I had with 5 Dinners, 1 Hour was the reliance on frozen produce. I personally almost always use fresh, but I also forget I live in Los Angeles with easy access to the best produce in the United States. It was also really easy to substitute fresh produce for the frozen.
So there you have it! For those of you looking for an easy meal plan with lots of flexibility that doesn’t take too much time or experience to make, this is the meal plan for you!
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