The program is designed to make double of a meal, and freeze one. You print 5 meals at a time, menus change each month, but you can also swap out recipes if there is something that doesn’t really suit you. The idea is to make 10 meals a week, freezing half each week.
I have to be honest, I rarely eat the same meal twice…I always am trying new recipes and such, and only repeat a few tried and true recipes. So, making two meals of something I had not even tried yet, was not appealing to me. BUT, I still used the recipes and just made 1 of everything to freeze for later.
I am Paleo, and was easily able to find meals that fit paleo or had easily substitutable ingredients (ie coconut aminos for soy sauce, honey for sugar, ghee for butter, etc…). I also make paleo sides for each dish, (ie cauli rice, instead of rice and typically additional vegetables of some sort).
I first made 10 different dishes (which at this point I have eaten 8 of, and all were good!) Then I made 10 more!
I LOVED having something already made in the freezer for an easy go to dinner! I cooked almost every meal in my instant pot (regardless of cooking directions), so it was also ready very quickly!
I did find a few typos in the directions, so just be aware and look over things. I also wish that there was an option for making just ONE of each dish, because the shopping list is automatically created for making TWO dishes, so I had to cut it in half myself…would be easier not to have to do so.
It says it takes an hour, I found with all the vegetable chopping and such, it took me more than an hour. If everything was chopped and laid out, ready to go already… it would take about an hour from that point. But it still saves A LOT of time in the long run, so it’s totally worth it! You just have to find a few hours to set aside and DO IT!
I loved that I don’t have to worry about fresh vegetables going bad, b/c I’m chopping them right after I buy them and freezing them! It makes eating healthy SO easy too! Everything I used was FRESH veggies/fruit…zero processed food!
It also cut down how much money I was spending at the grocery store because I don’t have to go as often! I can go about once every 2 weeks now, with a small stop at the local farm for veggies every week (I do need side dishes).
You are also able to adjust the serving sizes for your recipes! This was great! I could change it to 6 for every meal and the recipe adjusted accordingly!
Here is the list of recipes I made:
Grilled Asian Chicken Foil Packs (made without packs)
Peach & Balsamic Chicken Skillet
Slow Cooker Mango Chicken
Slow Cooker Rosemary Artichoke Chicken
Beef Stew Foil Packs (made without packs)
Firecracker Pork Chops
New Mexican Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Filling) (Pictured NOT Paleo)
Paleo Minestrone Soup (I added meatballs to this)
Sweet Potato & Chicken Sausage Hash
Easy Beef & Broccoli Stirfy
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Grilled Pork Chops with Zucchini & Tomatoes
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry
Mediterranean Chicken Thighs
Paleo Chicken Taco Salad
Sesame Beef Lettuce Wraps
Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup (omitted the beans)
Everything I have eaten thus far has been DELICIOUS! The only complaint my hubby had was that I made too many chicken breast meals, so for my second round you can see I tried to mix it up a bit more!
It really is SUPER easy, and there is a good selection of recipes to choose from, they change every month, however!
It is inexpensive too, especially considering all the money and time it saves you! I will be continuing to use these menu plans! It has really saved me so much time, as a homeschool mom! Dinner now requires no thought really, and just a handful of minutes in the instant pot, most nights!