As many of you know, I am a Tastemaker for a company I absolutely LOVE: Relay Foods. I’ve had friends tell me for years – you gotta go work for them you love them so much. And now I kind of am.
What does being a Tastemaker mean? Well, I am trying out the recipes that they share on their Meal Plan to be sure that they taste great, the recipes are easy to follow, both kids and adults will enjoy the dish, etc. Each week I’m sent a variety of menus to choose, I select one to try, I’m given a coupon code for half off the dish, I order my weekly selections from Relay including the dish I selected….and I pretend I’m a chef and whip up the dish following their instructions.
The kids modeling for upcoming Relay Foods ads. A perk of being a Tastemaker!
I’ve told you before how Relay Foods keeps me organized with my food prep. I can plan ahead what we’re eating, what I’m serving, and what I need to grab for the week by following my weekly schedule with Relay Foods.
I have tried other “Meal Planning” websites like Blue Apron, but they don’t work as well for our family. With sites like these (there are a half dozen or more) they send you a prepared menu of food – there is not an opportunity for you to choose what your family likes to eat. There are also no leftovers, no chances to substitute, etc.
FOR EXAMPLE: this week I tried the shrimp and zucchini noodles (it was delicious and we’d make it again!). It called for the shrimp to be a bit spicy. At the end of the recipe there are tips for how to serve the meal so that the kids will eat it. GENIUS. (I just added half the spice to the dish for the kids and more kick at the end for us, but their version would have worked too). It also tells you what you can do with leftovers. THERE ARE LEFTOVER ingredients to make another meal, or more of this one if you want some for tomorrow’s lunch.
On most dishes you can pick a variety of option including paleo, gluten free, etc. for your families needs. You don’t get that with the out of the box, Blue Apron, Plated, etc. I pick dishes that I know will be crowd pleasers and if I pick something I know DOC and I will love, I can prepare ahead of time to serve the kids something else that night (cereal anyone? KIDDING)
The other complaint I had about the others was ALL THE CHOPPING. With Relay Foods I can choose, in a lot of instances, to pick an already prepared option instead of one you have to chop. I’m a lazy cook on school nights – give it to me prechopped thank you.
When you click on a recipe all of the ingredients pop up. Some you may already have in your pantry (chili spice and garlic pictured above) so you can unclick those ingredients to save you some money. Sometimes you know you’re going to want to make more of something or it’s on sale (like the shrimp were this week) so you can add extras to your cart.
You see where I’m going with this? Relay Foods just makes sense. Its more intuitive for folks who like to cook, experiment and know what they like. The recipes are easy to follow for those who are LESS adventurous in the kitchen.
I’d love for you to give Relay Foods meal planning a try. Thanks to their amazing discounts ($30 off your first Relay order when you spend $50- that’s $30 in free groceries – MATH yo) and a great referral program so you can save money now and recruit friends to help pay for your future orders. There WILL be future orders! Just click on my link to try your first meal plan, then click on the “MEAL PLAN” box in the top right corner to start selecting your meals for the week.
Let me know, have you tried a meal planning site? What did you like or not like about the program?
Make it a great day! Get adventurous in YOUR kitchen! Or you know, cereal for everyone!