Relish! is a meal planning service that was created by Ann Bender and Karen Hutcherson, two busy Colorado Moms who found themselves in the "dinner trap". We ALLLLL know the dinner trap!
Relish! helps take angst out of what to make for dinner. All you do is log into your account, choose from 15 different meals, and their system creates a grocery list for you based on the meals that you've selected. That's IT! Eating in has never been so easy! Relish! also says that if you stick to your list, you will save money as five meals and sides cost under $95 per week. I am betting that you probably even have a lot of the items that you need in your pantry, but don't know what to do with those odds and ends, so you'll probably save even more than you think! I love that you can select how many people you want to serve (2, 4, 6 or 8) and Relish! plans your recipe and grocery list accordingly.
Not only is eating dinner at home more economical, but a CASA (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) study at Colombia University found that teens who eat regular family dinners are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs and they are more likely to perform better in school. CASA’s 2006 report “The Importance of Family Dinners III” found that compared to kids who have fewer than three family dinners per week, children and teens who have frequent family dinners are:
• 70 percent lower risk for substance abuse
• One third less likely to try alcohol
• Half as likely to try cigarettes or marijuana
I have a teenage daughter and these findings don't surprise me much because most of our meaningful conversations happen over a meal. Get back to the family dinner table! Your kids will thank you!
With the hot, humid days of summer coming up, I know that I will get lazy about cooking and be tempted just to order out, but included in your subscription are "Freezer Menus", which let's you cook in bulk and freeze meals so that you ALWAYS have a homemade meal that you can heat up for dinner, even when you're too busy to cook. Relish! offers seasonal features, too, like the Mother's Day menus that they have up. Relish! will help you plan meals for dinner parties, potlucks, Holiday meals, themed parties such as Super Bowl, Tiki, 4th of July, Teen and a lot more!
Would your family eat Italian Pot Roast? Pizza Chicken? Slow-cooker Country-style Ribs? What about Chocolate Valencia Pie? MINE WOULD!
SEE A SAMPLE RELISH! SHOPPING LIST HERE
What's even better is that Relish! has included Healthy Lunches, Hors D'ouerves, Desserts and even "Dinner and a Movie", which is where they select a family movie and "campy" food to go with it. I'll give you an example of how FUN the "Dinner and a Movie" is. They have tons of movies listed, but I clicked on "Twilight" and the suggested menu was:
Drac Attack Pomegranate IZZE / Vampire Kiss Martini
Forks Famous French Fries
Garlicky Spinach Salad
Berry “Bella” Cobbler
Not only did they create a fun menu, but they provided recipes and a shopping list to go along with it. I know that I am going to be the coolest mom on the block using this really cool feature that comes with my Relish! subscription!
GLUTEN-FREE? They even have a gluten-free menu service!!
If you are STILL trying to decide what to buy for a special mom in your life, you can gift her with a Relish! subscription now! It's not too late! I just bought one for my best friend!
A Relish! subscription is $58.80 for one year, but they're offering a FREE 12-month subscription to a lucky ThingsMomsLike reader!
To enter the Relish! 12-Month Subscription Giveaway, simply visit their SAMPLE RELISH! MENU HERE and come back and comment on which meal you think your family would like the most!
1 Entry if you Follow Relish! on Twitter
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10 Extra entries if you purchase a subscription for yourself or someone else. Just leave a comment listing which email address you purchased it with!
Giveaway ends 11:59pm May 31st.