WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE: 7-Day Cook at Home Challenge

Our lovely friends at e.a.t meal planning co. are launching a 7-day challenge from September 13th through September 20th to help people learn how to cook wholesome, satisfying meals. Whether you cook for yourself or with friends, making a meal by hand is a simple way to reduce food waste, grow your culinary skills, and brighten the end of a day (because a damn good dinner suited to your tastes and savored at home is almost always going to taste better than takeout on the couch).

Here's what Kate of e.a.t meal planning co. has to say about her new challenge and why it will do some good, both for your health and that of our environment:

If you had to change one thing in your diet, simply change the amount that you cook for yourself! No need to cut out the carbs or eat foods you don’t like, simply cook at home and eat in. This small change will improve your health and your wallet. Cooking shouldn’t be a chore, and it doesn’t need to take up all of your time. The average time it takes for Americans to cook dinner is about 27 minutes, which is more than enough time to cook yourself healthy meals that cost less than fast food. If you cooked for yourself:

  • You’d know exactly what’s in your food and what’s not, such as food additives, chemicals and preservatives.
  • You’d end up with smaller portions, with less salt, sugar and refined oils.
  • You’d eat and use better quality ingredients.
  • You will save a lot of money. Americans spend 10% of their disposable income on fast food every year. That gets saved when you cook for yourself.

According to Agriculture Canada, about 37% of Canadians decide what they are going to eat for dinner, using some kind of plan for the week. This number is beginning to rise, as people continue to see the many benefits of cooking for themselves. It doesn’t have to be daunting, even though sometimes, it may seem hard to know where to start. People do have the talent to cook at home. It is not limited to the chefs and cooks at restaurants and fast food joints. E.A.T. can show you how, by making choices in how we shop for food, cooking rather than going out and using rather than wasting. How we eat is just as important to our health and overall wellbeing, as the actual foods we choose and it doesn’t have to be a difficult or long process.

This September we’re challenging you (and us too) to 7 days of cooking for yourself, eating real food and we’ll let you see the difference. That means making all your meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress, we’ll show you exactly how easy it is, how little time it takes and how you can really save (in money, food waste and calories).

Cook your meals versus eating out for one week and save up to 50%* on your food bill, cut calories, eliminate food waste and make all your meals in 5-20 minutes.

Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Sign up for free in the link below or on our facebook page before September 10th.
  • On September 10th we’ll send you everything you need to cook all your meals for 7 days. That means your menu (of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks), grocery list, prep schedule and all your recipes.
  • September 13-20th we’ll run the challenge with little bonuses each day to keep you motivated.

Here’s what you get:

  • Your complete menu for 7 days including breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. The entire menu is gluten-free, dairy optional, and full of lean meats, fish, fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. It is not fully paleo or whole-30 compliant but can be easily adapted for both.
  • Your full grocery list for the week including pantry items to have stocked – simple and straightforward. It’s everything you need and nothing you don’t so you can eliminate food waste and cut down your overall weekly food spend. Imagine saving up to 50%!
  • Your prep schedule. A little bit of upfront meal prep on the weekend allows for fast cooking during the week (all meals are made in 5-20 minutes with most under 15 minutes).
  • Your recipes for the entire week. All tried, tested and truly delicious. Think banana chocolate chip muffins, loaded chia pudding and stuffed zucchini.
  • The plan is designed for two so grab a friend, family member or partner to join you for the week!