I’ve offered up memberships for a couple of different giveaway sites over the last two years but for some reason it just never dawned on me to host my own. I guess because this isn’t a giveaway site so it just didn’t click in my head? One of those big DUH moments. Thankfully I’ve been having quite a few of those lately and now you get to benefit from all of it finally dawning on me.
If you are new to the site, welcome.
Once a week cooking was created to help all of us busy people eat at home more without the headache. I offer a membership with 24 weeks of meal plans. Each week you get 6-7 dinner ideas in the plan, the recipes and a shopping list that includes the ingredients for easy sides to go with the main meals. The plan comes with the directions on how to make up these meals by cooking them in just a few hours on one day. Then you can freeze the one’s you will eat towards the end of the week and just put a couple in the fridge for quick reheating on serving day.
But the great thing about the plan is you don’t have to just cook once a week if you prefer not to. There’s no reason why you can’t just use the menu plan and make the meal that day. The thinking is still done for you and it’s still all the same directions and ingredients. You’ll just spend more time in the kitchen. Which is ok, I’m a foodie, there are weeks I spend a ton of time in the kitchen…willingly!
If you know you are going to be busy then cooking your meals all at once will save you a ton of time. The biggest time saver is less dishes. The meal is prepared, no measuring cups to wash and extra bowls. You don’t have the prep time of cutting and making sauces or waiting for things to marinade. You can also have an older child start the reheating process if you know you are going to be home late. This saved me so much time when I went back to school.
The meal plans also save you money. You know what you are having for the week. Since it’s ready to go with about 30 minutes of prep/reheating there’s not reason to stop for take-out. Your food will be done in the time it would take for you to pull out of line in traffic, put in your order, have them cook it and then get back into the traffic line. If you shop the sales with the grocery list then your meals will be much less than the $25-$50 for take-out an average family can spend on dinner.
If you want to read more about the benefits of the meal plan, please check out the Once A Week Cooking club page. I have two options, month-to-month and a pre-paid plan. Both plans are the same great menu’s delivered. You’ll get a new meal plan every 7 days for 24 weeks.
Which is exactly what I am giving away. A full 24 week membership. If we can get over 300 entries then I’ll giveaway a second membership 😉 So get to promoting for better chances!
Contest is open to anyone 18 and older and all countries, you just need a valid email address for delivery. Ends Monday 1/14/2013 at 12am EST. All entrants must leave a blog comment with your favorite make ahead meal or why you need help meal planning. If this easy, little comment isn’t done then the rest of your entries become void. Please don’t cheat, I’m already having to go through and delete entries and if people don’t follow the rules it makes me not want to put giveaways up 🙁
Thank you to those below that are reading and following the rules. YOU ROCK! Who knows, those that follow the rules just may end up with something extra for their effort.
Never worry about what's for dinner again. I've got you covered with the meal plans in the Once a Week Cooking Club. Cook once, eat all week.
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