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Planning Out Your Vegetarian Meals? Here Are A Few Tips That Make It Easy

March 04 2016

By MealEasy in Planning Tips

Switching to a vegetarian diet (preferably organic) is the first step to choosing a healthy lifestyle. By including a good mix of healthy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes to your daily diet, you may considerably reduce your unhealthy weight, while ensuring Continue reading

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Habits of Healthy Eaters

July 16 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Children, Family, Planning Tips

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Getting kids to eat vegetables can be frustrating at the best of times. Blending kale to hide it in a soup is one way, but an easier way may be to involve them in planning, shopping and cooking delicious family meals.

Young children love to role play “parents” and if given the chance to plan a lunch or supper, they might pleasantly surprise you with their culinary creativity.

The MealEasy online meal planning app is an easy and fun way for kids to feel proud about the food they eat. They can select meals that look good, contain ingredients they like and generate an organized  grocery list to help mom and dad shop in the store. Children, especially tweens and teens, can surf through the recipes and select favorites that they enjoy making and eating.

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

Building healthy eating habits early in their lives ensures children will get the most from their bodies and live life to the fullest, one carrot stick at a time. After all, being healthy is about making a choice to live a healthy lifestyle. One with moderation, exercise, and of course, a little planning.

Get started today at and Taste the Good Life.

There's a Gourmet Chef in Every Child

Watch Haile’s speech at TEDxKids @BC, “There’s a Gourmet Chef in Every Child”


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Chicken Cacciatore, Steamed Green Beans & Simple Garlic Mashed Potatoes

July 11 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Planning Tips, Recipe

Give this delicious recipe a try this weekend. 

Email the number of servings you want to prepare, and we’ll send you the revised recipe and grocery list!

Servings: x4
Ready In: 40 min
Cuisine Type: Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Chef Paul’s Comments:
Mushrooms, red wine and tomatoes are here in this luscious Italian classic.

Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Corbieres (Languedoc) or Pinot Noir (Oregon)
This dish can handle a fairly robust Red wine. Continue reading

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Save Money with Meal Planning

June 10 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Planning Tips, Save Money

Save money with meal planningAre you a last minute shopper? Are you adding to your shopping list at the same time as trying to find the shopping cart in the store? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But there is another way!

Meal planning is the best way to shave off hundreds of dollars from your monthly grocery list and reduce grocery shopping stress. MealEasy can help!

How does meal planning save money? Continue reading

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Sunday Feast Leftovers

April 08 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Planning Tips

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Making lunches throughout the week can be both stressful and time consuming. Quite often you’re left with little choice but to grab something on the go. This often means you’re spending money you shouldn’t and eating something that’s not healthy.

That’s why it is so important to plan your meals ahead of time. And, while planning ahead, plan for leftovers. Leftovers are the easiest lunch there is. What could be more convenient than taking some leftover supper and eating it for lunch?

That’s why at our house I always plan on a big dinner for Sunday evenings even though there are only 3 of us in our family. This week, even with visitors staying with us, we still had plenty of leftovers for lunches. I decided on a whole roast chicken which I cooked on the rotisserie and a quinoa salad with as many vegetables as I could cook. Sure it took a couple hours to cook the chicken but as it roasted away, I leisurely prepped the veggies for the quinoa salad while chatting with our guests while we sipped our wine.

This week’s quinoa salad featured a whole bunch of fresh vegetables such as asparagus, beet greens and spinach. It was great! I highly recommend quinoa salads as a starch for dinner and as a lunch item on its own; so filling and nutritious.

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Chef Paul’s Pantry Essentials

March 11 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Nutrition, Planning Tips

Stocked PantryThere are a few essential ingredients that no pantry should be without. Whenever you want to put together a quick snack or meal, these ingredients will help get you on your way:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This “healthy fat” is wonderful for everyday cooking. Extra virgin olive oil is a great substitute for butter or margarine. Use it also for sautéing onions and garlic, drizzling over salads, add it to a bruschetta mixture, and more.

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3 Easy Steps to Good Health

February 01 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Planning Tips, Time

3 Easy Steps

It’s easier than you think!

Follow these three easy steps using MealEasy’s meal planner to help you get on the path to health and keep you there!

Step 1: Plan Easily schedule your meals with MealEasy. Meals are automatically suggested based on your personal preferences. Suggested meals are complete meals; we do the work for you and pair the main-course with the right side-dishes. There’s no need to spend extra time searching. If you’re looking for something specific, use the enhanced search tool.

Step 2: Shop Manage your groceries online. Automatically generate and print a categorized grocery list at the click of a button. We do the math – ingredients are automatically added up with only what you need. Edit your grocery list and add whatever else it is you need to pick up while you’re at the store.

Step 3: Prepare Making MealEasy meals in the comfort of your home is easy. We provide simple step-by-step instructions to guide you from chopping and dicing to broiling and blending. Every meal is quick and easy to prepare so you can enjoy your time at home.

Give MealEasy a try and see how a little planning can lead to a worry free lifestyle. No more, “What’s For Supper?” agony.

All new subscriptions carry a 10-day Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with MealEasy, cancel your subscription within 10 days to receive a full refund.


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Save Money by freezing homemade meals

January 24 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Planning Tips

Prepare to Eat Smart – Freeze your culinary delights

Making meals ahead of time and then freezing them to either take for lunch or to eat for dinner at a later date makes a lot of sense and saves a lot of cents.

meal planningMany of MealEasy’s fast and delicious meals are easily frozen and can then be thawed and reheated for a supper quick weekday super. And because the MealEasy Meal Planner allows you to change the portion size of most of the meals, you can plan on cooking extra to save for future meals. Each recipe states whether or not it is freezable, so you don’t have to guess.

The key to successfully freezing meals is to tightly wrap any foods and try to remove as much air as possible; air is the enemy when it comes to freezing foods.  Always remember to allow your foods to cool to room temperature before freezing, and it’s best to freeze them in a single layer so that they freeze more quickly; you can stack them when foods are completely frozen.

If you plan on doing a lot of freezing, investing in a vacuum food sealer might be worthwhile. Food sealers are wonderful for freezing uncooked meats and vegetables. If you don’t have a food sealer and are freezing meats, it’s important to double wrap them in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag to be able to keep them for a longer period of time. Foods frozen in its supermarket wrapping or butcher shop’s brown paper will not last as long in the freezer.


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New Year, New You

January 17 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Planning Tips

The New Year brings a promise of renewal and change

No matter what your resolution is, it will only lead to real change if you fully commit to it with a plan.

A goal without a plan is only a wish

If you accept the MealEasy 3-month Challenge, you will see a difference. Not only in the way you feel, but in your relationship with food. Over the last few decades, we have become disconnected with our food, and seem to have lost the enjoyment of preparing meals in our home. The rush of daily life and the complications of meeting the needs of others, tend to push us toward quicker meal solutions such as fast food and drive-thrus. Try MealEasy meal planning for 3 months and see what a difference it makes in your life.

Enjoy our 10-day Trial on Us

All new subscriptions carry a 10-day Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with MealEasy, cancel your subscription within 10 days to receive a full refund. Many have tried to lose weight or get back to a balanced and healthy meal plan, but without the incentives that MealEasy offers, it’s difficult to stay on track.

Let MealEasy be your Personal Nutrition Assistant

We’ll help you stick to your Plan. Just follow our 3-easy steps of Plan, Shop and Prepare, and you will be on your way to a New You!

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

January 02 2013

By MealEasy in Articles, Children, Family, Planning Tips

The key to healthy eating for children is learning good eating habits early in life. Most young children graze and snack throughout the day. But is what they are eating good for them? Are they learning healthy habits?

Limit empty calories

Children will ask for food that is marketed directly towards them, such as fast food, candy and foods with empty calories. But by limiting the junk food that gives them empty calories and contributes to restlessness and sugar-rushes, you can help them learn good habits.

Children learn at a young age how food makes them feel. Comfort food such as homemade soup, homeade breads and healthy snacks will give children the association of goodness with good food. After all, junk food is loaded of fat, calories, sugar and salt and do not contribute to a child’s overall nutrition. Rather, they fill their tummies full of nothing, help them choose goodness over junk.

Give Unhealthy Snacks the Boot

Stocking up on sugary drinks and unhealthy lunch box snacks because they are on sale does not bring savings. In fact, if children are raised with unhealthy eating habits, they will continue throughout their life struggling with health issues. Giving your children healthy eating habits at an early age is a precious gift.

Here are a few healthy snack ideas to add to your child’s lunch box:

• Whole grain toast with low-fat cheese spread
• Veggie mixture of sweet corn, snow peas, peas, carrots, cucumber
• Yogurt, preferably natural without added sugar
• Cut up mixed fruit
• Homemade whole grain biscuits – add finely grated apple, cheese, carrots before baking.
• Raw vegetables such as carrots, or baby carrots.
• Dried fruit such as raisins, prunes, apricots, banana
• Seeds and nuts (please follow nut policies in schools and daycare)
• Eggs, scrambled, boiled, mashed
• Salads with healthy salad dressings
• Cherry or grape tomatoes
• Whole fruit such as a pear, apple, plum, grapes, orange

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