Thursday, November 5, 2009

Review and Giveaway: Relish! Menu Planning Guide

I don't know about you, but I am not really a big menu planner, I will plan for a few days up to a week. I like to cook what we're in the mood for rather than a set menu. But when you're stuck in a rut and need some new dinner ideas, or a new menu planned there's Relish! I was given a month subscription to try Relish! myself, and already into week 2, I have to say I like this! We are trying new recipes, menu planning is easy, the shopping list is great and organized. It's so easy!!

They offer the plan to get you out of your dinner rut for good and to prepare healthy and creative dinners, every night. You choose your weekly recipes, the grocery list is tabulated, shop once a week and have all of the ingredients needed for five meals. How nice, huh!

Relish! a truly cool meal-planning service for busy parents.This easy to use (really), mom-run website helps you prepare healthy, creative meals every week! You pick from a ton of excellent tested recipes, a very cleverly organized grocery list is automatically created, then all you do is hit the store for five days worth of home-cooked meals--not one of which takes more than 30 minutes to prepare.You'll find a whole lot to choose from including freezer meals, vegetarian menus, super-quick and slow cooker recipes. You’ll find tons of kid’s faves that don't include the word "nugget."

For subscriptions at $7 a month, you'll end up with five complete dinners for a family of four running you less than $95. Between the money savings and the anxiety savings, you’re coming out way ahead. Plus your menu planning and shopping list is solved, so no worries or headaches there!

For each recipe, they give you an entree with a side, and a dessert for the week. You pick 5 out of say 15 meals for that week and they even code it for ease of choosing and you can even alter it to feed 4-8 people. Every week they'll email you to come pick the next week's menu.

The Recipe Legend Codes are:

KF - Kid Friendly
Q - Quick
C - Crockpot
SG - Simple Gourmet
V - Vegetarian
LC - Lower Calorie
M - Morning Prep
O - One Pot
D - Dessert
CM - Custom Meal

So please stop by Relish! and check it out! It sure comes in handy! Plus you can always give a subscription as a gift! Here's a peek at my shopping list.

Below are some sneak peeks at 2 of the meals we've had. Both were great, especially the Minestrone with some crusty bread dipped into the soup! (no one ever mentioned the spinach in it either! haha!)

From Mommy I'm Hungry

Honey-Glazed Chicken -Q LC
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
pinch cayenne pepper

Roasted Sesame Asparagus
1 pound fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons olive oil
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

From Mommy I'm Hungry

Slow Cooker Chunky Minestrone -V C LC
5 cups vegetable broth
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed & drained (white kidney beans)
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
1 cup water
1 white onion , chopped
1 zucchini , quartered and sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
6 ounces small pasta shells, uncooked
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

From Mommy I'm Hungry

My next week's Relish! menu will be something like this:
-Chicken and Snow Pea Stir Fry Bowls -KF
-Cumin Pork Chops with Avocado Salsa -Q LC
-Spaghetti with Roasted Squash -V
-Spicy Brown Rice and Shrimp -Q LC
-Slow Cooker Dr Pepper BBQ Pork -KF C

Isn't this a neat tool! I think you would like it too!

Relish! would like to offer a free 1-year subscription ($58.80) as a prize for ONE "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" fan! WHOO HOO!!

(This is a must before any extra entries will be accepted!)
All you have to do is tell me if you are a weekly/monthly or day menu planner! Why would you like to win this subscription?

Earn up to 8 extra entries by showing some "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" bloggie !
-Please post yourself a separate comment for each, letting me know which ones you do.

2. Follow me on Twitter here and I'll follow ya back! =)

3. Tweet about this giveaway, copy this: Win 1 year Relish! subscription @MommyImHungry's Giveaway

4. (earn 2 bonus entries!) Blog about this giveaway on your blog & post your link here

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This Giveaway ends: 11:59 pm pst, Thursday, November 12, 2009.
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16 Lovely Comments:

AlternateEgo said...

I came across Relish! today... and I think it is a wonderful idea. Even blogged about it :) I am personally a daily planner and occasionally can get a weekly plan out. I would love to do the weekly plan with Relish! It seems so easy to just pick what you want and they make your list :)

AlternateEgo said...

I have added your button to my blog :)

You can find it on the right side half way down.

AlternateEgo said...

I have followed "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" via Facebook Fan Page side bar widget, I am Crystal :)

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

Thanks for the info about Relish! I had never heard of it, but it's a great way to help in planning ahead and saving $. Thanks again! BTW, love your blog name:)

Bekah said...

HOORAY! Dreams do come true! I was just telling my husband last night how much I wish I could pay someone to plan our meals. It was meant to be! ;) I'm a weekly planner... most of the time. I'm also have a recipe obsession and am always looking for opportunities to add new yummy ones to my collections! :) Oh, my e-mail is

Bekah said...

I just tweeted about the giveaway. On twitter, I'm luvlettersvinyl

Bekah said...

I just blogged about it!

Grammy Blick said...

This sounds great -- I'm not a planner. Seems as though many of my organizational skills were left at the office. This would be a great kick-starter. Thanks for the opportunity!

christi.higham said...

I'm a weekly menu planner--but I feel free to sub in a pastaroni or hamburger helper when the mood strikes. This would be fantastic though!

menu planning said...

This is great! i have been menu planning . for the past several months and it has made the biggest difference. Thank you!

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