Relish - Menu Planning Service Review & Giveaway

{The giveaway is closed. Congratulations to #56, Lauren} The world is a funny place. Sometimes the things you most need, just fall in your lap. I'm hopelessly disorganized. I've tried over and over to plan menus, and I just can't do it.

Just as we had an extra person move into our home, I was contacted by Relish to try out their new menu planning service. It couldn't have come at a better time. Now that I have 3 adults and 2 children -all wondering what's for dinner -I needed a plan.

What is Relish? Basically, it's a one-stop menu planning, grocery list making, recipe printing, and freezer meal planning site! But without any of the work!

I was amazed at how easy it was! Every week, you select 5 entrees and one dessert from a list of 15 entree options. All entrees are marked with symbols that identify the meals with tags like kid-friendly, quick, crockpot, and vegetarian (to name a few.)


Once you select your five entrees, you click submit and a grocery list is automatically generated with every item you need to make your weekly meals. But that's not all! All the recipes are generated right below the list. And all can easily be printed in PDF format with one click of a button.

Then you take a look at your printed list, cross out any items you already have, and use the extra space to fill in any other items you need that week.

It's that simple. They even have a freezer menu planning section. I haven't delved into that yet, but I'm hoping my freezer will eventually look like the one they show on their site. Take a look at it below.
What did I think of the recipes? Simple, healthy, delicious. I always modify recipes, so I'll automatically take out extra sugar and swap oils.

And the cost of meals? To be honest, I had pretty much all the supplies on hand. I only had to buy a few lettuces (for sides) and in a few occasions, I substituted meats I had on hand even if they weren't exactly what the recipe called for. I don't think it really added any expense to my grocery shopping.

But it was so nice to have everything planned out...and not to have done any of the actual planning work. :)

A one-month subscription to Relish costs $7/month. Relish is generously giving one Suburban Jungle Reader a Free ONE YEAR subscription (worth $58.80).

How to Enter:
Leave me a comment telling me why you would like to win!

Extra Entries:
-Blog or Tweet about this giveaway - 2 entries - Leave 2 comments (one with a link) - Be sure to include @suburbanjung and a link to this post in your tweet
-Become a Suburban Jungle Follower (Twitter, Feedburner, or Google Friend Connect)- 1 entry each, up to 3 entries - leave up to 3 comments for following
-Enter one of my other current giveaways and leave 2 comments (1 telling which one) - 2 entries

This giveaway will end on November 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm EST. The winner will be selected by random.org and notified by email within 1 day of the contest end. The winner will also be identified on this post by November 24th.

No compensation was given for this review. I was offered a 1 month trial membership in order to review Relish's services. This did not sway my opinion in any way.

129 comments:

Nicole said...

Oh how I would love a subscription to help with budgeting and ideas!

Silvia said...

That's exactly what I need, I'm a mess when I try to schedule meals, and at the same time I really want to do it because I'm sure I will save money and I will be more organized and have extra time for my blogging.

Silvia said...

I'm a twitter follower

@mamalatina

Silvia said...

I'm a google friend connect follower too!

Elena said...

I would love to win this because as much as I try to be organized, I lack organization in menu planning. I really need help in this area and would love to give this service a try. Thanks for the chance, Angela.

Elena said...

I follow you on Twitter (Ele13). Thanks!

Angie D said...

This would make my grocery shopping and planning so much easier

Angie D said...

I entered the skin md giveaway

Angie D said...

I'm a follower on google friend

Angie D said...

I subscribe via email

Angie D said...

extra entry for entering other contest

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness...i would love to win because i cannot for the life of me plan what to cook and also get all the ingredients. Need Help!

Dad of Divas said...

We could definitely use this... with me working full time, and my wife being a full time college student along with 2 kids, any help with meal organization would be great!

Dad of Divas said...

Tweeted @dadofdivas

Dad of Divas said...

Following you on Twitter! @dadofdivas

Dad of Divas said...

Subscribed to the feed

Dad of Divas said...

Following publicly!

I'm Anitra! said...

I, like you, are a little disorganized when it comes to menu planning. I need help! (and I want my freezer to look like that too)
Great giveaway.

I'm Anitra! said...

I'm following

Anonymous said...

This would be great with 4 kids and a busy schedule. Someone else thinking about dinner besides me.

katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com.

amanda said...

would love to try this!
amanda
4ballfam at gmail dot com

amanda said...

follow you with google

dakotacorgi said...

This sounds awesome. Love to try it.

irishshrn@aol.com

Kristy said...

I need this because I never know what to cook for dinner!

Kristy said...

Follower via feedburner!

Kristy said...

Follower via google friends!

Kristy said...

Entered Skin MD giveaway! 1

Kristy said...

Entered Skin MD giveaway! 2

Sue said...

I need help keeping all six members of my family happy at mealtime, and making it easier on me.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

domesticme said...

I would LOVE to win this prize. I have the hardest time deciding what to have for dinner so I end up making the same meals over and over again.

domesticme said...

I follow you on Twitter. =)

domesticme said...

I follow you with Bloglines.

domesticme said...

I tweeted your giveaway!

domesticme said...

this is for the second entry for tweeting. =)

Thanks for having this, by the way, I'm sure whoever wins will LOVE having one less thing to worry or think about.

Chubbie Chica said...

I would like to win because we have 5 starving children running around our house and I need HELP! PLEASE HELP ME!

Brittany said...

I would like to win this because I am horrible about planning ahead for meals and my husband takes the car during the day so it is so important that I plan ahead properly for my 4 picky eaters. I had looked at the relish website before and wanted to do it but I just don't have the money. Probably just like everyone else right now. :)

brittanym112 at gmail dot com

Brittany said...

Blog follower

brittanym112 at gmail dot com

Maggie- maggiebugjuice@aol.com said...

Wow, these "menu" plans have never worked because my husband is so picky but, he is about to leave to go overseas and this would be great to keep me organized and the kids fed! lol
Thanks!
maggie

Maggie- maggiebugjuice@aol.com said...

Subscriber!
thanks!
maggie

intensev5 said...

I would love to win this to save myself some time and make cooking easier for me. I cook for a family of six and would love to win this!!! Thanks for the giveaway:)

Anonymous said...

I am so disorganized when it comes to buying food, a list telling me what I need for each meal would be very helpful!
greenlancer at comcast dot net

intensev5 said...

I have entered the Skin MD giveaway 1

intensev5 said...

I have entered the skin md giveaway 2

Anonymous said...

Followed on twitter!
@bellanova85
greenlancer at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

Tweeted entry #1
http://twitter.com/bellanova85/status/5576286349
greenlancer at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

Tweeted entry #2
http://twitter.com/bellanova85/status/5576286349
greenlancer at comcast dot net

emily said...

I have never heard of anything like this before but it sounds awesome! Its just what I need to get organized before going to the grocery store so I can save time and stay in budget!

emily said...

following on twitter
@sweephappy

emily said...

tweeted!

emily said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweephappy/status/5579591602

Fellars Family said...

I would love to win this service. I don't know how many times I have tried to meal plan. Maybe this service will actually make me stick with it!

ChrisNY2 said...

I'd love this because other freezer-recipe books I've found are only for families. This one would allow me to scale the recipes down to a smaller size!

chrisny2(at) aol(dot) com

Anonymous said...

This would be so great as I have no time at home and need all the help I can get!

plur268 at yahoo dot com

tpiat03 said...

Oh this would so help out my busy house hold. I have 4 children ages 10,4,2 and 11 days old. I also run a dayhome during the day with another three children on top of my 4. I dropand pick kids to school during the day. I am always trying to find time to fit in cleaning and playing during the day. On top of all this my dayhome runs until 5:45 pm which is quite late to be starting to cook dinner. So once my husband returns from work around 4:30 pm then we switch off and he entertains all the kids while I attempt to firgure out what to cook for dinner. I have to have dinner ready by the time the daycare kids leave so my kids can eat and go to their sports in the evenings. I attempt to make up a menu for 2 weeks on sundays that way I know what to get at the grocery store. This also helps over spending at the grocery store and grocerys going bad.
Tammy Piatkowski

Lauren said...

I would love help to know how how to cook; cooking intimidates me, and I think having everything planned out would be a step in the right direction. Not to mention, my husband would enjoy having dinner cooked for him once in a while. Please pick me!

Lauren said...

I tweeted your giveaway @dopeymouse05. (I don't know how to create a link to your specific entry).

Lauren said...

I follow you on Twitter @dopeymouse05.

Lauren said...

I get your emails @ pepethewepe@gmail.com.

Lauren said...

I'm friends with you on Google Friend Connect.

Lauren said...

I entered the skin MD giveaway.

Kristen said...

I would love to win. It seems like we eat the same dinners over and over. I would love to have some more ideas and recipes. Thanks!

Kristen.Lee17@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win to help out my family! My wife is having to work nights so dinner time is on me. If it were all planned and ready to go I would have one less thing to worry about! And spend more time with my 2 DDs!!
Great giveaway BTW!!

Don said...

ooops! I am anonymous poster #62!!

Jessica-MomForHim said...

I'd like to win! Esp with #5 coming, being extra organized is going to help a lot!

Jessica-MomForHim said...

I'm a subscriber.

Jessica-MomForHim said...

I'm a follower!

Jessica-MomForHim said...

I entered the coconut oil giveaway
entry #1

Jessica-MomForHim said...

entered coconut giveaway
entry #2

LB said...

I have just started menu planning, and I ma so lost! This would help me greatly!

LB said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/thennl

LB said...

tweeted

LB said...

Follow on twitter

LB said...

Follow on Google Friends connect

Sue said...

I work in cooking so I should be able to plan menus at home but it never seems to happen. My poor family would love to have a planner, no more bizarre whatever we have on hand dinners. I really like the freezer planner.

Kathie said...

My biggest challenge is coming up with the grocery list! I'm always forgetting ingredients and then I can't make what I planned. That never fails to throw off my well intentioned plan and the week is wonky.

museumgal said...

I would like to win this because I am not good at planning my meals and buying the right food or the right amount of food.

Crystal said...

I totally need this! What mom doesn't!? I have a new little baby and recent health issues that makes menu planning hard. cporter2@gmail.com

BJ said...

What a wonderful idea. It helps our busy families so they can spend more time together.
bjdebry@gmail.com

Dree said...

I think Relish could help me by helping me save money by sticking to the list.

ktgonyea said...

11/14/ entry kygonyea@gmail.com

AudreyO said...

Point and click would be amazing. I'm such a strong supporter or menu planning, but the choosing a menu and finding the ingredients etc is time consuming. Point and click...wow!!

AudreyO said...

I entered your VC Design contest (1st entry)

AudreyO said...

I entered your VC Design contest (2nd entry)

Brian said...

My wife and I always sit there with blank looks when trying to make up a shopping list for the week. We end up with lots of ingredients but no idea what we're making.

Brian said...

I entered the coconut oil giveaway #1

Brian said...

I entered the coconut oil giveaway #2

Kaylen said...

I would love this because I always feel so much pressure to plan each week! This would be really helpful.

Anonymous said...

Would love this!
JK
jktopp@att.net

Christine said...

I would love to give Relish a try. I once used a service similar and was able to add a few healthy nutritious recipes to our repetoire. I love the fact that you can choose which recipes suit your family. That's a really neat function.

Christine
dazed1821@aol.com

Amanda Mae said...

I would love to win because of the freezer cooking!! I have just started "once a month" cooking, and this would be awesome to help with planning the menu's!! Thanks!!

jones41704@bellsouth.net

lorides said...

I would love this and use it all the time

Gina said...

I hate menu-planning - I always get stuck using the same 5 meals over and over again. This would be such a big help!

ginatuck(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa said...

This would be amazing for me! I "attempt" (if that's what you call it) to plan my meals each week, but always end up slacking the next. I think this would definitely keep me on track week after week!

Lisa said...

I follow through google friends connect!

Lisa said...

I entered the Blush Topless Undershirt Giveaway.

Lisa said...

Extra entry for other giveaway entry!

Sharayah said...

My family eats out all the time because i have no experience cooking. I've tried to get into it but I'm a mess and don't really know what I'm doing. I think this could be just the thing I need to help me get organized and stay on the right track!

emerysmomma (at) gmail (dot) com

~Kelley said...

Cool giveaway! I can always have help planning meals!

Susan said...

We are a 2 family household. Trying to schedule shopping and meals for everyone can be so frustrating some days. I know I make it harder than it is, but I wish I was better organized with the meal planning. I'm just used to when I didi all this the first time we had a set meal time. Now with work and school schedules it's hard to know what to fix.

Susan said...

Suburban Jungle follower via google

Susan said...

Entered Skin MD giveaway

Susan said...

entered Chuck E Cheese giveaway

LittleEagle said...

I would like to win in order to get out of the same old thing rut. I also like that they have a freezer menu and grocery lists. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

Evie's Mommy said...

I would love to win a subscription to Relish. I work 50 hours a week and have a 2 year old...I do NOT have time to make up a menu weekly myself :-)

Katrina said...

I have been wanting to start meal planning for a while, but just am not sure how to start... =)

Melissa said...

This sounds awesome! I'm always fumbling around at 5 p.m. to figure out what to feed the husband and two kids. This would help so much!

melissamcnicol at yahoo dot com

Sweet Deals 4 Moms said...

I need some serious help when it comes to planning meals! Thanks for the giveaway.

Julie said...

I would love to win because I am always trying to figure out "what's for dinner" for my family of 4 at the last minute! Not to mention, something healthy for my little ones and tasty for my husband! It is always tricky, and when I figure out a meal -I am usually one ingredient short. This would really help me out!

deb c said...

You mean they will do all the thinking and all I have to do is put it together? I'm in!!

Poole Family said...

I am recently married. I work full time, and take classes at the community college. Life is crazy busy with family things, writing stacks of thank you notes, sending out christmas cards, and traveling during thanksgiving. Then there is Christmas shopping and more. I hardly ever have time to sit down & plan menus. I could really use some help with the planning and it would help us out alot as newlyweds!

simone/ thebubbledies said...

DH & I work alternating schedules, so meal planning is a must. Unfortunately, we suck at it. This would really help out with that.Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

simone/ thebubbledies said...

I follow you on twitter.bluenude3 Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

simone/ thebubbledies said...

I follow your blog. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

Meredith said...

Oh, I'd love to win! Just so my fridge can look so organized! hahaha. Also, I'd love to put an end to that "What's for dinner?" question that we are debating right now as I enter this contest! I'm bookmarking Relish!

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

With 4 munchkins ages 7 months to 5 years and a hubby whose work schedule is completely chaotic, I can use all the help I can get keeping our lives organized. This sounds like a fabulous opportunity to do just that in the kitchen!

Susan said...

Trying to coordinate meal times in a 2 family house can be hard some days. With school, OT, activities, homewaok it's hard to plan a healthy warm meal for everyone to enjoy. I'd love to be able to have some servings on hand for the late-comers to warm up. It gets so frustrating planning and I always end up with a couple of extra trips back to the store.

I need some inspiration!!

Susan said...

Suburban Jungle folloer via Google

Susan said...

Entered Disney Musical Handwash Timer Giveaway #1

Susan said...

Entered Disney Musical Handwash Timer Giveaway #2

Becky said...

I don't just want this..I need this...with the extra curriculars we have this year..I am spending way too much money on fast food.

Juliet Grossman said...

I am entering because I am a failed meal planner many times over. I need help!

jgrossmanesq (at) yahoo (dot) com

Oneangel said...

I can use all the help I can get!!

Christine said...

I entered the Chuck E Cheese and Slushee giveaway.

Christine
dazed1821@aol.com

Amanda said...

I feed my family of 6--need I say more??

Amanda

Sarah said...

I'm a homeschool mom to 4 children ages 7, 5, 3, and 1. I used to use a menu-planning service years ago, and it worked for me. I've recently been thinking I need to use a menu planning service again! We're eating Stauffers, ramen noodles, and frozen pizza! Helllllp!

sarah_carol (at) hotmail (dot) com

Sarah said...

Extra entry for entering the Disney music-timer soap dispenser drawing. Thanks!

sarah_carol (at) hotmail (dot) com

Sarah said...

Extra entry for entering the Blush undertop drawing. Thanks again!

Heidi said...

I have 5 boys (all but my youngest in sports) and we are so busy. This would definitely save me time!

smith6faith(at)zoominternet(dot)net

Jodi Walsh said...

ooohhhhh.... how I need this! I am terrible at meal planning :-(

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