Cooking Is a Major Life Skill. This Is Your Training Wheels.

Ramen? Pizza delivery? Take out Chinese? Is this your idea of adulting? Time for a life upgrade!

Save money, live better. Cook at home.
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You stare into the fridge, hungry. The only thing in there is half a burrito. It wasn’t very good when it was fresh, which is why you didn’t finish it. It’s your only option now.

How to cook a perfect turkey
How to cook a perfect turkey

That’s the most visible sign that you are failing at an important life skill: Cooking. If you cooked, even occasionally, you’d find something edible in the fridge right now. Some eggs you could fry up with an onion and a bit of leftover chicken cacciatore to make something delicious. Nope. Just air. And this awful burrito.

Another, less visible, sign is in your bank account. Brunch, pizza delivery, Chinese take out, ten-dollar sandwiches: It all adds up to a lot of money.

The third, even less visible, sign is in your arteries and organs. Take out food is full of fat, salt, and other things that are bad for you. Restaurants are in the business of selling food not keeping you healthy. They are liberal with the fat, sugar, and salt because people it.

General Tso’s Chicken
General Tso’s Chicken

But planning, shopping, and cooking are all time consuming and require significant mental energy. And that’s if you know how to cook! If you have somehow managed to get by till now without needing to know, it’s time to call in some help.

Grilled Jerk Chicken Salad
Grilled Jerk Chicken Salad

Enter eMeals.

Log on, tell it whatever meal plan you want. Vegan? Paleo? Keto? Low-calorie? Meals you can cook in 30 minutes? It’s up to you. You can pick the meals you want for the entire week from any plan. It’s like ordering from a ginormous menu. Once it know what you want, it plans the recipes and comes up with the shopping list so you’ll have all the ingredients at hand when it’s time to cook. If you have to go to the store first to cook a 30-minute meal, you won’t.

You can bring the shopping list to the store with you or have eMeals send it to the grocer—or Instacart or Shipt—to have your groceries delivered. (You can add other things you need to the list, too.) Don’t know if anyone near you delivers? The app will tell you.

Then you just load the eMeals app and it will walk you through cooking the meals you ordered.

Immediately, this program will save money and eat better, higher-quality food. But after a few months, you might just find that you know how to cook, too.