I first met Melissa Lanz at a conference in the spring of 2010. She talked about a new meal planning service she had launched the previous fall: The Fresh 20. She explained that meal plans rely on simple, healthy and homemade dinners using just 20 fresh, seasonal ingredients per week. What a cool concept! Fast forward three years later, and The Fresh 20 has over 85,000 subscribers and Lanz has written a book too! Today, she’s offering a giveaway to RecipeGirl readers!
There are many things that intrigue me about The Fresh 20. Probably the biggie is that my grocery lists are a mile long for 2-nights worth of dinners. I’m horrible at budgeting, and I don’t even think I want to know what I spend per week on our meals. The Fresh 20 program gives you a list of “basics” to keep in your pantry. The 20 ingredients you buy per week are incorporated into five meals that are planned for you (choose classic, vegetarian, gluten-free and soon dairy free too). Why five? Most people don’t sit down and eat 7 meals together, so it’s assuming you’ll eat a couple of meals out during the week. The Fresh 20 mission is about buying less and making more, loading your dinner table with preservative-free food, and reducing stress related to meal planning. Another super-cool thing… the service only costs $5.00 per month or $49.00 for an entire year.
If you subscribe to The Fresh 20, here’s what you’ll receive:
1. Weekly Dinner Menus
The Fresh 20 meal plans are posted each Friday evening, so you can shop and organize over the weekend and you don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner?!
Weekly menus feature:
• Complete meals with sides
• Variety of cuisines to eliminate dinner boredom
• Seasonal ingredients
• Weekly prep guides to help you get organized
• Balanced nutrition
2. Weekly Shopping Lists
Download shopping lists with current prices, allowing you to budget and price comparison shop without ever entering a store! Shopping lists feature:
• Complete shopping list of fresh ingredients, nothing processed, no preservatives
• Organized by category to get you in and out of the grocery store quick
• Cost estimates to keep you on budget
Let’s take a peek at The Fresh 20 book, which you can pick up anywhere books are sold. It’s divided into seasons, and it shares 4 weeks of menus for each season. Here’s a sample of what a week in the winter might look like. You can see that the shopping list is all planned out for you (and you can check your pantry to make sure you have the basics on hand too).
And here’s a recipe from the book. Every single recipe in the book has a mouthwatering photograph (Melissa’s husband Trent Lanz happens to be her amazing photographer too). What I love about a service like this is that it forces you to try things that you might not consider trying on your own (and the kids too!) Everything is designed to be family-friendly. Other recipe examples include: Asian Noodle Soup, Guacamole Tostadas, Honey-Lime Drumsticks, Chicken Fricassee, Aunt Judy’s Brisket, Muffin Tin Meatloaf, Vegetable Minestrone and Citrus Chicken.
So that’s the scoop on The Fresh 20! What do you think? Would it help you have a less-stressful week to have all of the meal planning worked out for you? You might have more questions. I got into your head and asked founder Melissa Lanz of The Fresh 20 what I thought you might want to ask too. Here were her answers:
It not only changed my life, it saved my life. I was really in a work rut with little time to feed myself or my family. The Fresh 20 has allowed me to slow down and connect with my family in a way that gets lost when there is not a meal together. It doesn’t matter what moment of the day everyone sits down together. For some families it can only be breakfast or snack. For others it can only be two or three times a week, but to have a plan and make it a priority, gives me the connection with my husband and kids I need to thrive.
For a chance to win a one year subscription to The Fresh 20 Meal Planning Service + a copy of The Fresh 20 Cookbook, use the widget (which should appear momentarily below) to enter. This giveaway is open to anyone WORLDWIDE. Giveaway ends and a winner will be chosen via random.org on Thursday, July 18th. Winner will be contacted via email and will be posted here as soon as contact is made and verified. If the winner does not respond to the email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Good luck to everyone!
Disclosure: There are affiliate links included within this post. All opinions shared about The Fresh 20 meal planning service are completely my own- I love the concept of this service, and I’m happy to share it with RecipeGirl readers. Giveaway prizes are being provided by The Fresh 20.