What are your thoughts on meal planning services?
I have never considered paying for such a service until I came across No More ‘To Go’ through the 100 Days of Real Food Facebook Page.
That is actually one of the main reasons why I was so intrigued in this particular service. Lisa, from 100 Days of Real Food, approves these meals as they all involve cooking with wholesome “real food” ingredients that follow Lisa’s ideals of only shopping for items on the perimeter of the grocery store to avoid highly-processed packaged foods.
I love to try new recipes to keep our dinners from getting boring, but meal planning on my own is so time consuming! The never-ending search for recipes that aren’t way beyond my skills in the kitchen or involve a million-and-one ingredients is far too tedious for me. Plus, not only is it a lot of work just to find the recipes I can and want to cook, but then I also have to create a grocery list!
The fact that these weekly meal plans come with a grocery list as well was enough to get me started. But No More ‘To Go’ also offers a sample meal plan with a grocery list to try before signing up, which made the decision to try them out irresistible.
We just finished up our sample week and I loved the thought of not having to worry about what is for dinner every night! Plus the fact that these are healthy recipes is a huge plus!
So far we have made a Sausage Rigatoni Ragu with an Italian side salad,
Short Rib Noodle Bowl Slower Cooker Meal (Totally forgot to take a picture of this one! Sorry!!),
Turkey Meatball Sliders, Parmesan Zucchini Fries and a Fresh Mozzerella Salad,
and my favorite so far, Deviled Chicken with Onion Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans Almondine.
Some of these meals did have a lot of prep work and cooking time, but I realize that is to be expected with any recipe whose ingredients are all fresh — so I can totally accept that. Plus, I really think that introducing these new meals into our weekly menu will help me with my experiences and skills in the kitchen, which I love!
So, after a wonderful experience with our sample week menu plan from No More ‘To Go’, Brett and I have signed up for the service!
The menu this week looks so delicious and we started off with a really simple dinner last night, that was really good!
Pineapple Hoisin Pork Chops with Fried Rice
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
- 4 pork chops (We only needed 2)
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
Brown Fried Rice:
- 4 cups brown or white jasmine rice (cooked and cooled)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup green onions
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
Pineapple Hoisin Pork Chops :
- Marinate pork in hoisin and soy sauce for about 20 minutes.
- Remove pork and grill outside, on a grill pan, or in a heavy skillet; 3-4 minutes per side or until center is no longer pink.
- Let pork rest.
- While pork rests, grill pineapple chunks until they are heated through and have good grill marks.
Brown Fried Rice:
- Beat eggs with salt and pepper.
- In a large wok or skillet, scramble eggs until they are almost cooked but still a little soft. Remove and reserve for later.
- Heat olive oil in the wok over medium high heat.
- Sauté green onions for a minute or two then add rice and peas. Cook, stirring constantly until rice and peas are heated through.
- Season with soy sauce and add in eggs.
When you become a member of Stacy’s No More ‘To Go’ Meal-planning services, you also get her tips on how to make her recipes gluten free or vegetarian AND notes about her experiences with her kids and how they liked each of the recipes.
It was really yummy and I felt like I was on Chopped when I was cooking the pork chops!
If you are interested in learning more about No More ‘To Go’ Meal Planning, be sure to check out Lisa’s 100 Days Of Real Food Facebook Page where she was offering a 30% off discount when signing up! It’s so worth it, even without the discount!
There are also a variety of different meal plans that are coming soon that I am very excited about as well, such as Gluten Free, Cooking for Two and Lighten Up.
I think this will be such a great tool for our family. What is not to love about trying new recipes and testing your skills in the kitchen all with pre-made and ready to go meals and grocery lists? Pretty much nothing! Oh… besides eating them.
We are looking forward to the possibilities!