A couple weeks ago, a friend told me about Mealime. This is accessible both in a web browser, as well as an app availble in the Apple iStore.
This site/app is a meal planner’s dream. Once you sign up, you select your dietary preferences (classic, flexitarian, low carb, paleo, pescetarian, vegetarian), allergies and food restrictions (shellfish-free for me), and select from a massive list of ingredients you dislike. From here, you choose how many meals you want to cook (2-6), and your meal size: 2 servings, or 4 servings. I went with 4 servings as this way it feeds the BF and I both dinner and lunch the next day.
Mealime then generates meals for you based on the information you provided, and you then have the option to swipe through and find other dishes before you make a decision. Once you select the meals you want, it generates a full and complete grocery list for you to ensure that you get everything you need, with exact measurements, for the plan. You can also select each item on the grocery list, and a substitution (if available) is provided. I then will check off anything I already have at home, then use Superstore’s Click & Collect to order all the rest online. I tend to use two devices to do this – one to view and check off the grocery list, and the other on the Superstore website to place my order. Then Sunday’s I pick up my groceries without having to leave the car, and all the hard work is done for me.
Mealime is also FREE. Yes, you read that right, something this amazing and lifechanging costs nothing. You do have the option to upgrade to the premium option, which allows you to view previous weeks’ meals, track calories, macros and micros, and add previous favorites to the current weeks’ plan. I cannot say enough good things about this company, and tell everyone I can about it. Meal planning can be hard, and this does all the work instead! Plus, every meal so far hasn’t disappointed.
This three cheese skillet lasagna was one of the amazing meals I made this week. It was such a delicious, indulgent meal – that wasn’t even that bad for you! Hit all the basic food groups (fat, carbs, protein, veggies), and well, I love me some pasta!
Three Cheese Skillet Lasagna
Recipe adapted from Mealime
Nutrition/serving (based on 6 servings):
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 small pkg fresh basil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 c. mozzarella cheese
- 3 sheets Olivieri fresh lasagna
- ½ c. parmesan cheese
- 1 c. ricotta cheese
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- Heat a sauté pan over medium heat.
- In a large bowl, mix together tomatoes, tomato sauce, and 1 c. water. Set aside.
- Add ground beef to sauté pan and, breaking apart with a spoon, cook until browned and crumbly, 2-3 minutes.
- Peel and mince garlic.
- Add garlic and Italian seasoning to pan. Stir for 15-30 seconds.
- Break lasagna noodles into thirds, and then halves and arrange over top beef. Pour sauce over top noodles. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until noodles are tender, 8-10 minutes.
- Grate 1 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan. Measure out 1 cup of ricotta.
- Wash and dry basil. Pick leaves off the stems; discard the stems and thinly slice the leaves into ribbons.
- Once noodles are tender, reduce heat to low and uncover. Sprinkle with ½ of the mozzarella and Parmesan; fold into the noodles. Then place spoonfuls of ricotta over top and finish off by sprinkling with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
- Cover and cook until cheese melts, 4-5 minutes. Garnish with basil.
- To serve, place pasta on a plate or in a bowl. Enjoy!
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