This post is sponsored by My Happy Plates.
For being a food blogger, you’d think I’d be better at planning out meals, having tons of ingredients on hand at all times, and being able to whip up whatever I wanted each and every night. The truth is (and I’m sure my fellow bloggers might agree) that cooking all the time can occasionally be a struggle.
Jay and I tracked our eating out for a couple months awhile back, and we noticed that Tuesdays are apparently my Achilles heel. I can’t really explain why–You’d think Mondays or Fridays might be the problem areas. Mondays just suck anyway, and by Friday, you want to celebrate the weekend.
And while I do my best to sit down every Friday and draw up a meal plan for the following week (I do my grocery shopping Saturday mornings usually), I don’t always follow through with it. And sometimes, I get overwhelmed with the backlog of food magazines I have just piling up that I don’t make the time to go through. Enter My Happy Plates.
My Happy Plates is a meal planning service which emails you out a meal plan each week. They’re a little different from other meal plan services in that if you purchase a subscription, you get access to ALL their meal plans for that week–They’ve currently got 4 plans: Everyday (for folks like myself), Vegetarian, Paleo, and a weekly Smoothie/Juice feature.
They have sample meal plans you can try out, and they offer a money-back guarantee if you decide to try them and aren’t satisfied. My Happy Plates is also running a Kickstarter campaign, because they’re working on expanding their product even more. They’re going to add customization of the plans, so that if you’re someone like me who absolutely despises coconut, they’ll filter out those recipes containing it. They’re also building in a grocery service. Right now, you get a grocery list along with your meal plan, so you can purchase exactly what you need for the week. Part of the Kickstarter campaign goal is to expand that, so that you can order those groceries right from their website, and either pick them up yourself, or have them delivered right to your door!
This Bread Bowl with Spinach and Potato Torta is one of the recipes I received in one of my emails (I’ve been using this for about 2 weeks now), and it’s from the Vegetarian Plan. I did make my own customization in leaving out the onions, because as you already know, I love the flavoring of onions but hate the texture. The three of us enjoyed this, though the bambino and I both agreed I used a little too much garlic on the bread, so I’ve cut the amount down to reflect that.
So far I like this as a resource–I’m a recipe junkie, and though I might not necessarily follow the plan to the letter each week, It’s nice having additional recipes to add to our rotation. I also like having the grocery list available, so I don’t have to figure out how many tomatoes I need for a recipe, or whether or not I have enough pasta to make something.
Be sure to check out the details of the Kickstarter campaign–It’s going on for another nine days!
My Happy Plates is also generously allowing me to give away two lifetime memberships to their program! Normally the cost is $6.95/month, but they’re waiving that for two of my readers. To enter, pop over to their website and check out their sample meal plans. Tell me if there’s a recipe you’d be interested in trying. Do you currently use a meal planning service? What do you like about it? As usual, I won’t make you jump through too many hoops, just make sure you leave an email address (I’m the only one who will see it) with your comment!
The giveaway will run from now until Friday, May 6th, 2016, at 6:00 PM CDT. I will choose 2 winners randomly from the comments, and they will each receive a lifetime membership to the My Happy Plates service.
DISCLOSURE: I have been provided with a lifetime membership to My Happy Plates in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.