Menu Plan Subscription Giveaway!


I know many of you have enjoyed the weekly menu plans that I post on Frugal Granola, and I am excited to introduce a new resource that will assist us in preparing simple, healthy meals for our families!

Starting this month, GNOWFGLINS eCourse is introducing weekly menu plans! As she says:

“Our menu plans will help you plan, shop for, and prepare simple, tasty and healthy meals. You can use seasonal ingredients and make substitutions.

The plans are tailored toward a family of about 5 people. We’ll include 1 devotional, 3 complete dinners, 1 breakfast, 1 dessert and 1 lacto-ferment, as well as supplementary recipes as needed (like mayo).

Initially, you’ll have room for “leftover” meals and eating out. Over time you’ll build up a collection of what you like from our plans, and can fill in the other days from previous menu plans. We also provide shopping lists and preparation lists (what to get going ahead of time).

Weekly menu plans are included in the Premium Membership Plan, beginning in December 2010. They’ll also be available for purchase separately. A sample download is available here.”

After receiving my first menu plan (view the sample download here), I was thrilled to see that I had everything I needed already in my pantry/fridge! I love how they use seasonal ingredients. Plus, it was simple to adapt for gluten-free (pretty much just the pie crust had to be adapted).

Many of GNOWFGLINS’ recipes are already on my family’s favorites list (such as the Sloppy Joes in a Bowl), so this just makes it even simpler to plan! (Side dishes are actually challenging for me to think up, and I am excited to give more lactofermenting a try!) These aren’t difficult, gourmet meals; as she says, “We’re like ‘down home meets healthy’” with simple, family favorite dishes.

In this busy season of life, it is such a help to have my menu and shopping lists prepared for me. The instructions are straightforward, and simple to follow.

Additionally, each week includes a short devotional, keeping my heart in the right place, as I serve my family (and we can read it together, too).

How Much Does it Cost?

(One month’s cost is less than a typical restaurant bill!)

1 month — $15 each month (recurring) –or– $16 for 1 month.
1 year –  $144 ($12 per month). Save 20%!

A Giveaway!

One reader will win a month’s service of menu plans! (The plans are emailed to you each Friday.)

Each week includes:

  • 1 devotional, for personal or family sharing
  • 3 complete dinners
  • 1 breakfast
  • 1 lacto-ferment (a naturally pickled side dish, condiment or other lacto-fermented dish)
  • 1 dessert (using natural sweeteners in small amounts)
  • complete shopping list
  • weekly calendar

To be entered in the giveaway, I’m keeping things simple, in the spirit of these menu plans.

To be entered in the giveaway, view the sample menu download (it’s a PDF file), and leave a comment on this blog post, letting us know which recipe you would most like to try!

The winner will be announced on December 10th!

This giveaway is now closed.

This post was sponsored by GNOWFGLINS. All opinions are my own. View my full disclosure policy here.

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72 comments to Menu Plan Subscription Giveaway!

  • Beth

    The chicken chili sounds wonderful. What a great service.

  • Um, it all sounds wonderful but the first recipe for chili, potatoes, and sourdough biscuits sounds out of this world!

  • melissa

    I would love to try the Chicken Chili with wild rice and lentils! I never quite know what to do with lentils!

  • Angeline

    This whole plan looks AWESOME! I love the step by step planning ideas. I think my boys would really like the Sloppy Joe Bowl :)

  • Tammy R.

    I would like to try the sloppy joes in a bowl. Time to get some lentils.

  • J.J.

    I would love to try the Apple Raisin Chutney! My success with lacto-fermented recipes that my family will eat has been dismal. This looks like a great tool! Having a schedule that tells me when to start recipes would be a huge blessing.

  • The chicken chili sounds yummy. I love new recipes! Thanks!:)

  • Leah Alexander

    I’m actually really interested in trying the Sloppy Joes in a Bowl! I’m a new stepmom, and my ‘kids’ have not grown up in a household that practices traditional, healthy cooking techniques. I’m often ‘thanked’ for preparing meals with comments like, “Dad, these waffles look weird” (because they’re not coming from a yellow box). I’m always on the lookout for recipes that take relatively familiar foods and show me how to prepare them in a way that I can feel good about feeding the kids, and they can feel like they’re not eating something that’s completely alien. Thank you so much for offering these opportunities to try products!

  • Fermented apple chutney!

  • I would love this! I’ve never had sprouted lentil salad but it sounds so interesting.

    Thanks for this give-away, Michele!

  • Erin S

    I’m a chili lover so the chicken chili is right up my alley.

  • What a timely giveaway! Eating cheaply and more healthy is ALWAYS a good thing. I’ve never tried to sprout lentils before and have limited experience with lacto-fermented foods. The whole service looks wonderful – I’d like to try the 5-spice oatmeal.

  • Sara A in SC

    Chicken Chili sounds yummy, but then so does everything else…

  • Jenn S

    The sloppy joe in a bowl sounds great. It seems like this would be a great small step in to eating and living more naturally

  • Valerie

    I can’t wait to try the chicken chili with sourdough biscuits. The weather has just turned cold here, and it looks like the perfect warm bowl of comfort :)

  • Kristina Descalzo

    Wow! They all look good – probably the chili. I love how she included the soaking step in the recipe. I always forget that and then when I go to make the recipe I can’t because I forgot to soak the beans!

    We are allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, and corn, BUT I actually think I can make most of the recipes! I am so excited!

    Thank you!

  • Nifty tool! The sauteed sweet potatoes and the 5 spice oatmeal would be something we’ll try. Though, honestly, we will be trying most if not all the recipes!

  • The sprouted lentil salad sounds wonderful! Thanks for hosting this giveaway Michelle!

  • All of the recipes look great to me, but I guess I’d like to try sourdough biscuits the best. I’m a huge biscuit fan.

  • Whittney

    The chicken chili! Great giveaway!

  • Kelli

    Apple Raisin Chutney is what I am going to try. Actually I think I will use the whole menu for this weeks dinner menu, this could not have come at a better time. My husband was just saying last night that he was glad it was soup season again. My attempts at lacto-fermenting have not gone well, so maybe with this I can actually get it right.

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  • Diana

    We have already tried the chicken chili earlier this week when I downloaded the menu sampler. I was totally happy with it and so were the kids. Great taste :-)

  • Alicia

    Yum…they all sound good, (I have tried the Sloppy Joes in a Bowl and that was a great hit with the family!) The Apple Pie with sourdough crust is a must to try!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Emilee

    Oh this is EXACTLY what I need! :)

    Oh the chicken chili and sweet potatoes looks awesome, two of our favorite things to eat!! chili and Sweet potatoes! Delicious!

  • Jody

    I think the Sloppy Joe in a bowl. Although I need help with lentils too..;)

  • Andrea

    These recipes look so easy… and nutritious! perfect next step in my real food journey!

  • I think the Chicken,Wild Rice and Lentil stew looks so good! That would be perfect for this winter.

  • Leslie

    Chicken chili yum! This is a great idea!

  • Julie

    The sourdough biscuits recipe is the one I’d most like to try.
    I SO wish I could afford this menu plan service!

  • Brandi

    I made the chicken chili last night and it is great! Can’t wait to try the chutney.

  • Ashley

    Wow, how ridiculously overpriced! $15 a month for a menu? That’s something a person can write out for free! In this economy with so many families on a budget, this is ridiculous. It should be $5 a month, no more. A quick online search will find all the same recipes and save money. This is not frugal at all.

    Michele Reply:

    Thank you so much for your honesty, Ashley! :)
    Yes, planning your own menu would certainly be the *most* frugal option.

    However, I have seen the incredible work & time the GNOWFGLINS team has put into these courses, and the cost involved in the technology of conference calls, videos, materials, etc. The huge number of hours they have put in alone, are well worth the cost of these menus.

    They have done the hard work of learning/teaching the techniques and recipes. Yes, you certainly can find some of the recipes online, through their generosity; but not all.

    For someone who is spending too much money on meals (or going out to eat instead of preparing at home), I believe this is a great step in frugality, as a teaching tool. :)

    Thanks again!
    Blessings,
    Michele

  • Irene Mish

    I would love to try the Apple-Raisin Chutney first. I have never made a chutney and now would be the perfect time to do so!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win such an awesome prize.

    Irene Mish

  • Adrienne

    I think the sourdough biscuits sound great! But I’m also interested in the 5 spice apple chutney. I love how detailed the instructions are!

  • Gayle

    Wow, this would be an awesome tool! I will definitely try the chicken chili asap. I’ve been looking for a good recipe for that very thing. I’m also thinking the chutney would make great Christmas gifts!

  • Jill

    I would love to try the chicken, wild rice & lentil stew! It sounds yummy!

  • Jessica

    The chicken chili sounds yummy!!

  • Petra

    I would love to try the Apple Chutney. Wondering if I could pass it off as applesauce in my house. My kids REFUSE to eat ANYTHING fermented…well except Kombucha.

  • Gail E

    Yummmm! It all sounds good. I think I’m off to try the Apple Chutney — I currently have everything to make it and I need to work on making more fermented foods.

  • Melissa W.

    I’d love to try the Chicken Chili or the Sourdough Biscuits

  • Mmm….I have to pick just one? Well, the sloppy joes in a bowl sound yummy!

    Thanks for the chance!

  • 5 Spice Oatmeal…the sound of it makes my mouth water. I love oatmeal!

  • Karma

    I would like to try the sourdough biscuits. I have never done sourdough before.

  • Courtney

    The sloppy joe’s in a bowl sound very tasty!

  • Corinne

    I would very much like to win this! Meal planning is desperately needed in my home. The chicken chili sounds good as does the sauteed sweet potatoes. I never cook with sweet potatoes, having grown up on the canned type (awful). It is about time I try the “real” thing!

  • Sheri

    I would love to try the Chicken Chili recipe. I wish I could afford to be a part of a menu plan service!

  • Elizabeth

    Oh, definitely the Apple Chutney.

  • Scarlet

    Would love to try the fermented apple chutney, although they all sound good! Thanks for the offer!

  • WOW!! I will definitely try the Sloppy Joe’s in a bowl! I think my sweet hubby would love it!!

  • Faran

    I think the Chicken, Wild Rice and Lentil Stew sounds great. Thanks for letting us know about this option. We’ve tried eMealz but their menus don’t fit a healthier lifestyle, in my experience. These sound better, but it’s certainly a steeper cost. Glad to know there’s an alternative.

  • I want to try the Chicken, Wild Rice, and Lentil Stew! Thank you for this giveaway, Michele!

  • Carla

    the sloppy joes in a bowl sound great although everything sounded tasty…I must be hungry!

  • Kristen

    I would love to try the Chicken Chili and the Chicken Wild Rice and Lentil Stew! But I would also enjoy the Sloppy Joe’s in a Bowl, too!

  • I’d love to try the sourdough biscuits, but need to make sourdough first! I have the dry starter that Wardeh suggested, but haven’t done anything with it.

    I really need and want to start lacto fermenting foods so we have another source of probiotic food, this would be a great way to get into it!

  • Stephanie

    I will definitely try the Chicken Chili recipe!

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  • Christy103

    I am always looking for something different to make for breakfast. I am going to try the 5 spice oatmeal. It sounds geat!!!!

  • amanda

    My husband loves chicken chili and biscuits! I will be trying the sourdough biscuits with this chicken chili recipe.

  • Nichole

    I’d like to try the apple chutney!

  • Kristine

    Wow! There are so many recipes that would be great! I would love to try the chicken chili!

  • Jennifer

    It all sounds yummy, but I think I’ll say I’d love to try the five spiced soaked oatmeal!

  • Kristina

    What a neat website. I am so impressed. My kids would love the Sloppy Joe with the rice. What a great idea. Merry Christmas!!!

  • What an awesome resource. I want to try all of them!!!! But I guess especially the Chicken Rice and Lentil stew. Sounds super yummy. THANKS.

  • I am very interested in the sourdough pie crust.

  • I’m interested in the chicken/lentil stew: I’m always looking for ways to incorporate legumes and pulses everyday!

  • Aleta

    Wow, I would love to try every recipe in the sample week menu — in fact, as today is my menu-planning day, I think we’ll be having chicken chili, sloppy joes in a bowl; and chicken, wild rice and lentil stew for dinner this week! My only hesitation about the service is the menu includes some steps that are unknown to a real food novice like me (such as sprouting lentils or using a sourdough starter for biscuits). It would be so neat if the weekly menus could include links to tutorials for how to do these steps, so that I wouldn’t have to spend a lot of extra time searching around for instructions. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS Reply:

    @Aleta, thanks for your suggestion. Actually, I do my best to include simple instructions for the necessary preparations within the recipes themselves. I realize this is not the case with sourdough starter, though, as that can be more complex. I’ll keep in mind adding a link if there are no instructions or instructions could be expanded. Thanks again for the great suggestion.

  • I’d love love love to try the chicken chilli. I’ve been searching for a good chicken chilli recipe but haven’t had any luck!

  • Christine Martin

    Wow! All the recipes look wonderful!The menu plan layout is very easy to follow. Looks very helpful-especially to a newly-wed like me! :)

  • Ronda

    I’d like to try the Apple Chutney…The organization here seems really helpful. I like how it gives steps to prepare ahead of time. This is an area of planning that I’m struggling with.

  • Heather1173

    I love this idea of a menu plan. I love the recipe for the chicken chilli!