I tried freezer meals. To be honest, almost all that I tried were awful. We ate it because there was nothing else prepared, but I made mental notes of which recipes I will never make again.
I tried making lists and printing out recipes I found on Pinterest but that really takes a long time and my attention span couldn't take it.
Then I heard of websites offering meal planning services. I was a little leery of trying it because, well, it costs money. And I'm cheap. But I really needed some help getting out of the pasta rut. I checked out a few different meal planning sites but ultimately I decided to go with eMeals. I loved the wide range of options they offer.
I picked the plan I wanted (classic meals was the best choice for us, but they also offer paleo, vegetarian, clean eating, gluten free, and a few other choices) and set my grocery store of choice - yes, you can set your grocery store. The meals planned are based on the sales at your store that week. (FYI, for my family of 6, I spent $113.00 for a weeks worth of dinners).
I wasn't real sure about the first meal on the menu. Curried catfish. Gross. But I made a pact with myself that I would try each recipe once.
You guys!!! This was delicious! All of my kids ate it! If you knew my kids, you'd realize what a miracle that is. My daughter called me after school the next day to ask if she could have the leftovers...
Meal number 2 was a sauteed vegetable dish with chicken and wild rice. Baked apples on the side. Just as delicious as the first meal.
It has been so easy. Seriously. They send you recipes and a grocery list every Thursday. I am no gourmet chef, but this has given a lot of confidence in the kitchen. If you are struggling with what to make for dinner every night, check this out. I signed up for three months and after eating the dinners for 2 nights my husband told me to sign up for the full year =)