Planning a family meal can be stressful as chefs must first design a nutritious dish around varying tastes, and then cleverly disguise that nutritious dish as donuts. Leave meal planning to the professionals with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-year menu-planning membership to MenuForTheWeek.com (a $48 value).
An online menu-planning service piloted by a Louisiana-born mother of two, MenuForTheWeek.com lures loved ones to the dinner table with kid- and budget-compatible meal plans that have earned the attention of publications such as Redbook magazine. A weekly email equips home chefs with recipes for five dinners, each engineered to feed a family of four or two Hall and Oats cover bands with a swift preparation times of 30 minutes or less. A weekly brunch recipe, such as breakfast pizza, serves as an olfactory alarm clock for sleepy stomachs, and one dessert is also deployed each week to add a sweet end to any special day. In addition to a weekly menu of recipes, members' emails also contain itemized grocery lists encompassing all of the week's necessary ingredients, which tend to shy away from overly processed foods. Members also get access a burgeoning cache of past recipes, and can find helpful online tips for making health-savvy substitutions such as using applesauce instead of butter or sipping tacos through a straw.
Menu For The Week
Menu For The Week banishes the eternal question, "What's for dinner?" from the minds of busy families. The online service emails subscribers a list of dinner, dessert, and brunch recipes each week, packaged with an organized list of the ingredients needed to prepare every meal. Most of the kid-friendly meals take less than 30 minutes to make and feed a family of four for an average of $12—less than the cost of a delivery pizza or a nutrient-rich food capsule sent from the future. Subscribers are welcome to switch things up by browsing the catalogue of past recipes and meal ideas. The site's time-saving services have inspired news anchors, magazine writers, and newspaper journalists to tell their followers about Menu For The Week.