Relish! 1 Yr of Meal Planning Giveaway!


As a wife and mother of two, I find it difficult to come up with something new and exciting to make for dinner every night. We get into a rut where I am making the same few things over and over and by the end of the week, I am simply opening up a can of something or microwaving something frozen because I didn’t get everything I needed at the grocery store to make one full meal. I was really excited to find a website that will help me come up with creative meal ideas AND create a shopping list for me so I know that I’ll have everything I need to make them. They even include nutritional values for all meals!

Relish! is a meal planning service that was created by Ann Bender and Karen Hutcherson, two busy Colorado Moms who found themselves in the “dinner trap”. We ALLLLL know the dinner trap!

Relish! helps take angst out of what to make for dinner. All you do is log into your account, choose from 15 different meals, and their system creates a grocery list for you based on the meals that you’ve selected. That’s IT! Eating in has never been so easy! Relish! also says that if you stick to your list, you will save money as five meals and sides cost under $95 per week. I am betting that you probably even have a lot of the items that you need in your pantry, but don’t know what to do with those odds and ends, so you’ll probably save even more than you think! I love that you can select how many people you want to serve (2, 4, 6 or 8) and Relish! plans your recipe and grocery list accordingly.
Not only is eating dinner at home more economical, but a CASA (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) study at Colombia University found that teens who eat regular family dinners are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs and they are more likely to perform better in school. CASA’s 2006 report “The Importance of Family Dinners III” found that compared to kids who have fewer than three family dinners per week, children and teens who have frequent family dinners are:

• 70 percent lower risk for substance abuse
• One third less likely to try alcohol
• Half as likely to try cigarettes or marijuana

I have a teenage daughter and these findings don’t surprise me much because most of our meaningful conversations happen over a meal. Get back to the family dinner table! Your kids will thank you!

With the hot, humid days of summer coming up, I know that I will get lazy about cooking and be tempted just to order out, but included in your subscription are “Freezer Menus”, which let’s you cook in bulk and freeze meals so that you ALWAYS have a homemade meal that you can heat up for dinner, even when you’re too busy to cook. Relish! offers seasonal features, too, like the Mother’s Day menus that they have up. Relish! will help you plan meals for dinner parties, potlucks, Holiday meals, themed parties such as Super Bowl, Tiki, 4th of July, Teen and a lot more!

Would your family eat Italian Pot Roast? Pizza Chicken? Slow-cooker Country-style Ribs? What about Chocolate Valencia Pie? MINE WOULD!


What’s even better is that Relish! has included Healthy Lunches, Hors D’ouerves, Desserts and even “Dinner and a Movie”, which is where they select a family movie and “campy” food to go with it. I’ll give you an example of how FUN the “Dinner and a Movie” is. They have tons of movies listed, but I clicked on “Twilight” and the suggested menu was:

Drac Attack Pomegranate IZZE / Vampire Kiss Martini
Garden Burger
Forks Famous French Fries
Garlicky Spinach Salad
Berry “Bella” Cobbler

Not only did they create a fun menu, but they provided recipes and a shopping list to go along with it. I know that I am going to be the coolest mom on the block using this really cool feature that comes with my Relish! subscription!

GLUTEN-FREE? They even have a gluten-free menu service!!

If you are STILL trying to decide what to buy for a special mom in your life, you can gift her with a Relish! subscription now! It’s not too late! I just bought one for my best friend!

A Relish! subscription is $58.80 for one year, but they’re offering a FREE 12-month subscription to a lucky ThingsMomsLike reader!

To enter the Relish! 12-Month Subscription Giveaway, simply visit their SAMPLE RELISH! MENU HERE and come back and comment on which meal you think your family would like the most!

Bonus Entries:

1 Entry if you Follow Relish! on Twitter

1 Entry if you Follow ThingsMomsLike on Twitter and TWEET about this giveaway! You can Tweet this giveaway for an extra entry ONCE DAILY

1 Entry if you add my button or have my button (right column) on your blog or website

1 Entry if you follow ThingsMomsLike on Google (right column “followers” box)

10 Extra entries if you purchase a subscription for yourself or someone else. Just leave a comment listing which email address you purchased it with!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm May 31st.


55 Responses

  1. Love the idea. I have 5 kids so my time is precious, to say the least. I also followed on Twitter. 😉

  2. Great way to make my family happy! Thanks for the idea.

  3. Our family would love the Almond Crusted Chicken fingers!

  4. TML Mother’s Day BONUS TWEET! (bluefroggie)

  5. TML Mother’s Day BONUS TWEET! (bluefroggie)

  6. Ziti with Roasted Veggies sounds delish.

  7. I follow Relish on Twitter: barterbabe

  8. I follow you and I also tweeted today:

  9. I have your badge on my site:

  10. I follow you you also

  11. TML Mother’s Day BONUS Tweet

  12. ThingsMomsLikenow til midnight EST, unlimited entries into ALL giveaways-comment w/ “TML Mother’s Day BONUS”

  13. We would love to try the Baked Potato soup.

  14. I just followed Relish! on twitter

  15. I follow you and I tweeted about the giveaway 🙂

  16. I added your button to my blog 🙂

  17. I think our family would most like the Almond Crusted chicken fingers – YUM!

  18. I tweeted this giveaway today 🙂

  19. This looks so great. The Shrimp Gyros have me wanting this! Thanks for sharing~

  20. My family would love the Baked Potato Soup – no doubt!!

  21. Following Relish on Twitter @tonibelle

  22. Following your blog!

  23. The Butternut Squash Couscus & Citrus Salad w/ Honey sounds soooo good.

  24. follower

  25. I have 4 kids, but I think they would all love the Pizza Chicken w/ Classic Italian Salad. =)

  26. This sounds fantastic!! I definitely think my girls would go for the Almond crusted chicken fingers or the pizza chicken. The shirmp gyros sounded fantastic too!! Off to tweet!! Thanks!!

  27. I’d like to try the Panda Orange and Ginger chicken

  28. I think we would like the panda orange chicken


  29. my family would love the baked potato soup.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  30. our family would really enjoy the broccoli cheddar mini quiches.

  31. Baked Potato Soup for sure, even my picky 5 year old would eat that! lol

  32. following you on twitter and just tweeted about the relish giveaway!

  33. I have your button on my blog!

  34. I’m following your blog for sure!

  35. We’d like the Ziti with veggies.

  36. im following you, facebook, and love the idea with 3 under 3 and a husband to feed

  37. I think we would like the Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

  38. Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

  39. almond crusted chicken fingers! yum!

  40. I know my sons would love the Baked Potato Soup!

  41. My family would love the Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken!!!!! What a great idea!

  42. OMG! I love it! My family would love the Shrimp Gyros with Yogurt Sauce, and I would love a menu planning service! Will follow on twitter too!

  43. The Panda orange and ginger chicken sounds extra yummy!

  44. My family would love the Panda Orange and Ginger Chicken with Pine Nut Salad!

  45. I follow Relish on Twitter.

  46. I follow your blog with google friends.

  47. I am a Relish Subscriber! I used the email address in my blogger profile.

  48. Slow cooked tuscan pork roast…yum!

  49. Need that Planner! I followed on Twitter & RT your post.


  50. we’d love to try the baked potato soup

  51. The scallops! Although I’m rather intrigued by the “pumpkin log roll”…

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