MOST RECIPES ARE 5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS
Welcome to MEAL5.com, an online video meal planning service, designed to help people who know they should be eating healthier accomplish this on a consistent basis. The stress of getting a healthy dinner on the table every night is overwhelming for many. Busy lives prevent us from having the time or energy to plan meals every day. Let MEAL5 help! This tool is a time saver, a money saver (because you use the ingredients you buy) and a stress reliever.
Great food doesn’t need to be complicated. Most recipes on MEAL5.com are 5 ingredients or less. This isn’t gourmet cooking, but simple, delicious meals that are easy to put together. There won’t be any weird ingredients that are hard to find, just readily available fresh ingredients.
The recipes are short, easy-to-follow videos (around one minute) for viewing on your tablet, laptop or smartphone. A picture speaks a thousand words so these videos is the great way to learn simple cooking techniques that can turn even a novice into a confident cook in no time. If you’ve got a question, we have an answer. Just send us an email, and we’ll get back to you quicker than you think.
Perhaps you’re a seasoned cook who just needs help with the organizing and planning. Enjoy the convenience of having a simple plan that allows you to be creative and improvise. Because the video recipes are so simple, it’s easy and fun to add ingredients to the recipes and make them your own.
Classic— This plan features classic video recipes using lean cuts of meat, simple healthy sauces, sides and fresh vegetables.
Family Friendly— This plan caters to simpler tastes or what we call “pickier eaters. ” These video recipes have been kid-tested and passed with flying colors. Your kids will enjoy the short videos, and before you know it, they’ll be asking to pick out what’s for dinner.
Gluten-free— This plan is just as it sounds. We stay away from gluten.
Vegetarian— To make this program its best, we needed to use a few more ingredients in each recipe. The vegetarian video recipes have between 8–11 ingredients, and it’s so worth it!
Here’s how it works. Every week, you receive a new meal plan with easy, quick videos that demonstrate each main course, starch, vegetable or fruit for that day and week. Also included is an organized shopping list. Buy what’s on the list, and you’ll have everything you need to make a week’s worth of healthy, tasty dinners. You’ll also get tips and tricks on how to use up leftover ingredients and ideas for healthy lunches and snacks.
For weeks when you can’t follow the plan, there’s a customizable feature that allows you to drag and drop video recipes into a plan, so on the days you can cook, you are still eating easy, healthy meals. All recipes are also available as downloadable PDFs if you prefer a more in-depth explanation of the recipes. Also included is a month–at-a-glance calendar that shows you what you’ll be making all month. Print it out and hang it on the fridge to answer the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?”
Over time, your video recipe library will grow and grow. Every month, we add new recipes and repeat a few so that you’re not always making something new. Everyday cooks don’t try a new recipe every day. They have staple recipes that they know they love, and then they add in new ones to keep meals interesting. A little repetition in the program is also a good way to use up ingredients and reduce waste. This program is designed to model what a person who cooks every day really does.
Here at MEAL5, we hear this story over and over again. Person #1 calls Person #2 towards the end of the work day and asks, “What should we have for dinner tonight?” One of them heads to the store with no plan, buys a bunch of stuff, a lot of what they don’t need, and arrives home tired, hungry and stressed to get something on the table fast. Add into that scenario a couple of kids who come home from soccer practice ready to eat their hands off and now you really have a pressure cooker. No wonder people don’t like to make a home-cooked meal every night. In order to get dinner on the table consistently, the process has to be efficient, and that’s what MEAL5 does for you.
At MEAL5.com, we want to make this process easier. Eating healthy is hard to do. There are so many food choices out there, and many of them are bad for you. The only way to know what is really in your food is to prepare it yourself. Your lives are very busy; we understand that. Let MEAL5 help do the thinking for you. If you have a plan and the ingredients to execute it, then cooking can be easy and fun. Simple, 5-ingredient recipe videos will guide you through getting that healthy, delicious meal on the table in no time. Here’s a little MEAL5 secret that we learned. The more you cook, the easier it gets. The easier it gets, the more you cook.
Your commitment to eating better is the first step, but making that happen consistently takes discipline. You need to stick with it until it becomes your new normal. MEAL5 can help. This video meal planning tool can be the difference between getting a couple home-cooked meals on the table and then going back to old habits or getting them on the table every day.
The food you prepare for your family becomes their comfort food in their future. What do you want that to be? If we are what we eat, then what are we today?
MEAL5.com is designed as a tool to help relieve the stress of getting a healthy meal on the table that you and your family can enjoy together so you can live a healthier lifestyle. Plan well. Eat well. Feel better. Repeat!