Classic, Vegetarian, or Gluten-Free Online Meal Plans from The Fresh 20 (Up to 57% Off). Two Options Available.

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Weekly meal plans praised in In Style make five family-friendly dinners using 20 fresh and seasonal ingredients

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Expires Jul 15th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. New subscribers only. Must activate by the expiration date on your Groupon, meal planning expires 12 months from activation date. Switching between plan types is not permitted for single plan purchases. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Eating healthfully, like understanding Shakespearean innuendo or making your horse a senator, has become increasingly difficult in the modern world. Find old-fashioned simplicity with this Groupon.

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  • $29 for 12 months of your choice of classic, vegetarian, or gluten-free online meal planning (a $49 value)
  • $69 for 12 months of unlimited access to all three online meal plans (classic, vegetarian, and gluten-free) for dinner and a six-week classic meal plan for lunch (a $159 value)

Every Friday, The Fresh 20 posts a meal plan for five healthy dinners with sides. The plan includes a shopping list of 20 ingredients, estimated costs, simple recipes, ideas for leftovers, and nutritional data for every meal. The meals are kid-friendly and designed to feed a family of four. The grocery estimate is approximately $75 per week, or $3.75 per serving. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and lunch meal plans are also available.

The Fresh 20

One tax season, working mom Melissa Lanz tallied up the year’s receipts for takeout and convenience food and was stunned by the total. She recalls, “Our busy, unorganized lifestyle had driven us to spend the cost of a new car on takeout.” On top of that, she felt sluggish and unhealthy. A little online searching made her see that common wisdom held that one must choose between fast or healthy. Unconvinced, the one-time Internet marketing executive left her job and began tinkering with recipes. As she worked, three main priorities became clear: healthy and seasonal ingredients, simple recipes, and kid-friendly meals.

The set-up is simple: every Friday, the expert staff posts 20-ingredient grocery lists and recipes for five meals catered for one person. Recipes include gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free varieties for those with special diets. The grocery lists eschew preservatives, processed foods, and frozen ingredients in favour of seasonal items that are good for you and the environment. Every recipe piggybacks off the others, so every item on the list creates balanced meals without waste. The list also includes estimated prices, which helps balance budgets or train for future appearances on The Price is Right. The Fresh 20 for One diverse meals include recipes such as flank steak tacos, shrimp linguine, and butternut-apple bisque. Melissa also authored The Fresh 20 Cookbook, incorporating these same principles into the crafting of over 125 additional recipes. At the end of 2011, only two years after Melissa started The Fresh 20, In Style magazine toasted the entrepreneur for creating one of the web’s “genius sites that make your day easier and better.” She has also been featured in the New York Times, USA Weekend, Shape, and Prevention Magazine.

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