I was delighted to learn last month that e-mealz, one of my favorite menu planning services, had released a new Whole Foods menu plan.  I have had the pleasure of using e-mealz’s portion control plan before, and I loved the ease of menu planning.  (You can see my full review of that plan here.)

However, we have recently begun to eliminate most processed foods from our diet and to focus on eating more organic vegetables and fruits, so I was delighted to see the Whole Foods plan.

Three out of five of my family members cannot eat dairy, and two of the five of us can’t have soy, so we were a bit limited in our sampling of the menu.  However, each week, there were at least two meals that we could make from the plan, and we enjoyed those greatly!  Two of our favorites were Mushroom Barley Soup and Mexican Black Bean Chili.  Both of these recipes were loved by all members of our family and will be on our menu again.

If we did not have food intolerances, I would, hands down, subscribe to the new Whole Foods plan.  There are so many delicious meals on the menu plan including Pasta with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce and Spinach Salad with Chicken, Apples and Walnuts, just to name a few.  E-Mealz even provides a sample one week meal plan and grocery list so you can see for yourself what the plan includes.

Many people think that eating healthy foods means eating tasteless foods, but the e-Mealz Whole Foods plan shows that is not true.  Some of these recipes feel as fancy as restaurant dishes, but are less expensive.  In fact, e-Mealz states that you can feed a family of 4 for less than $4 a person for each meal.  Each week’s menu comes complete with a Whole Foods’ grocery list that also includes the expected price per item.  In the sample menu, the price for the groceries for the week totals $144.

While it is true that this plan relies on groceries that are more expensive than other e-Mealz plans, keep in mind that you are buying mostly organic items.  Organic meat, especially, can be costly.  A way to lower the overall menu would be to stock up on organic pantry staples such as beef stock, when it goes on sale.  Another way to reduce the cost is to make items at home.  The plan relies on canned beans to save time, but it would be more cost effective to take one Saturday a month to cook up beans and freeze them in can size portions.  If you want to feed your family a wholesome, organic menu, you can do so and save money by finding ways to cut costs.

The Giveaway

E-Mealz has generously agreed to give one lucky Mom’s Plans reader a free 3 month subscription to their new Whole Foods plan.  This giveaway ends on February 3, 2012 at 10:59 p.m. CST.

I received a complimentary copy of the plan for review purposes; I received no other compensation.  All opinions are my own.

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