Inside: We tried PrepDish meal plans for a week – here’s what we thought!
Taking Our Meal Planning to the Next Level with PrepDish
Our family started meal planning a few months ago to save money when I became a stay at home mom. We had such incredible results that I felt I had to share, and I wrote this post. Chef Allison Stevens, owner/founder of PrepDish also read the post and reached out to me to see if we were interested in taking our meal planning to the next level.
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What is PrepDish?
PrepDish provides both Gluten Free and Paleo meal plans. Not only does it take ALL the thinking out of the equation (my husband and I used to spend a couple hours every Sunday night deciding what to eat each day of the coming week), but it also makes it easy to eat healthy– you simply cook and eat the perfectly portioned recipes.
Each week’s package includes a menu (4 meals, 1 salad, 1 breakfast, 1 snack, and 1 dessert), detailed shopping list, instructions for “prep day,” and the recipes. We chose the June Gluten Free Starter Week menu, which happens to be the free sample available this month. Here’s a look at the menu we sampled as well as the impeccably organized grocery list which made shopping a pleasant experience:
The food selection looked delicious and right up our alley! One of our family dinner traditions is “Salmon Mondays,” so of course we chose the menu with Pecan Crusted Salmon. Roasted chicken is another family favorite and the gluten free chocolate chip cookies definite piqued our interest!
Shopping with PrepDish
Shopping was a breeze! We were in and out of the grocery store in thirty minutes with a week’s worth of food.
I was sure that we would spend more money than usual, but it was almost exactly the same as our previous week’s total, so that was a pleasant surprise!
The only substitutions we made were buying raspberries instead of blueberries for the salad (the raspberries looked much fresher), adding caramelized onions instead of cheese to the frittata (I’m lactose-intolerant), and using regular lean beef instead of grass-fed (it was not available at our local store) for the pasta sauce..
Even though we generally eat a very healthy diet, my husband did express a little concern that we would be hungry eating THIS clean, and worried that it wouldn’t be enough food. However, the meals were very satisfying and neither one of us was ever hungry afterwards. And they tasted fantastic!
Even better, the recipes are simple and EASY to make (so says my husband, as he is chef of the family). All of the entrees finish in the oven, so he had more time than usual to spend with us instead of slaving over the stove. And I had less time at the sink scrubbing dishes after dinner, as each meal only used one or two pans.
We do tend towards a gluten free diet in our normal life, but we don’t follow a set plan. However, this didn’t feel like “going on a diet,” rather, it felt like a natural extension of our normal practice of meal planning. We simply cooked and ate real food (which just so happened to be designed to make you look and feel better!) I personally loved the results: I felt lighter and had more energy, and I still got to enjoy dessert every night! The chocolate chip cookies were two-bite-sized and so rich you only needed one– the perfect end to a meal.
This meal plan experiment was a lot “more” than I expected: more flavorful, more filling, more reasonably-priced, and more time left for us to enjoy being a family! I could definitely see myself doing this again– the ease and the healthy feeling are totally worth it!
For more information on PrepDish, visit www.PrepDish.com – To claim your FREE month of meal planning, use code SOCCER15 at checkout (you can cancel at any time, but you may love the results as much as we did!)
Disclaimer: We were compensated for our trial of PrepDish and to share an honest review of this service; however, all opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.