The Fresh20 Makes Meal Planning Easy + #Giveaway

I may be organized in many many ways, but meal planning I cannot seem to get my head wrapped around. I’ve tried method after method after method. I think my hatred of cooking may have something to do with it. I can cook, and I’m good at it, but don’t like doing it. It doesn’t take me to the zen place that so many claim to go, so of course meal planning just seemed like a chore. All of this stopped when I got my first e-mail welcoming me to The Fresh20. Meal plan complete!

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What is the Fresh 20?

It is a meal planning service. Their meal plans rely on simple, healthy and homemade dinners using just 20 fresh, seasonal ingredients per week. No more grocery lists with 80 items that will eventually go to waste. Their meal plans are carefully created to utilize everything on the list so you can stop throwing money down the drain. They don’t just grab 5 random recipes and call it a meal plan. The Fresh 20 mixes and matches a small list of ingredients to create 5 balanced dinners that play off each other.

They include detailed guides to meal prep, original recipes everyone will enjoy (even picky eaters) and motivation to help you stay the course on busy weeknights.

They can’t solve all your weeknight issues, but they are committed to getting the family dinner back on track.


Going Gluten Free

For over a year my husband and I have talked about going Gluten Free. When we signed up for The Fresh20 I decided to go with the Gluten Free option to force us to not only eat Gluten Free, but buy Gluten Free. While they have a classic and vegetarian option too, we decided to start our meal planning endeavor on a healthier note for our family.

So the first week of our The Fresh20 subscription came upon us, and in our usual weekend frenzy we forgot that we already had all of our meals planned for us. I was ecstatic when I printed out the menu and saw FIVE things I would eat, and didn’t seem to be too difficult to make. Yay! Night one: skirt steak was a hit in our house. R & I were impressed and happy. Now admittedly I don’t do the grocery shopping, but I do help make the list for the store, so I loved our already made grocery list by The Fresh20 where we just added staples to it and were set for the week.


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The Fresh 20 Pantry Giveaway from TheFresh20 on Vimeo.

Note: The Fresh20 is beginning The Fresh20 Great Pantry Giveaway on Friday, March 22nd. So check it out starting tomorrow.


About Melissa – Founder of The Fresh20

Melissa Lanz is a former internet marketing executive who quit her day job to promote good eating habits in the midst of a national health crisis. As founder of The Fresh 20, Melissa strives to bring fresh food back to the family dinner table and reduce the amount of processed ingredients used by American households. During the fall of 2009, Melissa dedicated her efforts to creating a tool for families stuck in a takeout rut.

The Fresh 20 is her answer to “what’s for dinner?” She is excited to be a part of The Food Revolution and promotes education in nutrition and healthy cooking through speaking, locally in Southern California and throughout the country.

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The Fresh20 Book

April 23, 2013 Melissa releases her The Fresh20 book to be purchased an any major bookseller. I can’t wait to get this, because it will keep all of my favorite Fresh20 recipes in one place. You can place your order NOW for this great book here.


Of course there’s The Fresh20 motto “Shop Once, Eat all Week” that makes me smile just reading it. It makes this organized-meal-plan challenged woman very happy.


The Fresh20 is giving one lucky Fashionably Organized reader a 3 mo subscription (MSRP $15) to the The Fresh20, and a copy of the Lunch eBook (MSRP $12).

Mandatory Entry: Tell me in the comments below how having a meal plan will help you organize your week, or make your week go a little more smoothly.

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I was given a 3 mo The Fresh20 subscription to facilitate this review. This was made possible by the great ladies at MomsLA. The opinion above is my own swayed only by my inner Fashionista.

About Fashionista

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Candice is a mom of 3 in Los Angeles, CA, and the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Fashionably Organized. Her obsession with researching products to get the right price, has made her the go-to shopping guru for her friends. Here she writes about fashion, beauty and shares her love for home decor and DIY. In 2012 she began CB Media Solutions her company that offers brands and clients professional virtual assistance and social media consulting.




  1. Just a bit of curiosity (this isn’t meant to be a contest entry): why the decision to go gluten free? Generally that choice is made due to necessity–intolerance or allergy–but I’ve noticed a lot of people are doing it just because and while I have my theories, I’m really curious to know why you view gluten free as a healthier option for your family?

    To explain, I recently had to go wheat-free (and drop a lot of other items from my diet to treat a chronic digestive issue), but it’s not something I’d recommend nutritionally to someone who doesn’t have to, ya know?

  2. Having a meal plan helps with grocery shopping and knowing what to expect every night. School pick-up, running around town for different activities and making dinner is stressful enough without having to stare into the pantry and refrigerator and will your brain to figure out a meal.

  3. I follow Fashionably Organized on Twitter.

  4. Shannon Baas says:

    I need to get into eating at home.

  5. Dianne Hall says:

    This is awesome. I started seriously learning how to cook about 3 months ago and love it. The only trouble I have is with planning every meal out in advance. I usually end up making several additional trips to the grocery store each week (grr). This would be great for my little family! Thanks so much :-) [email protected]

  6. It would help me with 5 kids bc I’m always waiting til the last minute to even figure supper out by then too late to lay anything out…

  7. Josephine D says:

    I am always struggling to come up with something to cook at the last minute. I feel like actually having a structured plan would eliminate that headache (and the associated procrastination) and would probably help my family eat a little healthier.

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  9. Jessica Poston says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a meal plan! I hate hectic days not knowing what I’m going to cook, or running out to pick up fast food.

  10. Liza Glick says:

    This would help me so much since I work full time outside the home and I am so bad at meal planning!

  11. I’d be able to make healthier meals on not meals on a whim because I didn’t have anything really planned.

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  15. I’m always looking for more healthy and easy meal ideas to make while taking care of a baby.

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  17. Francine Anchondo says:

    It would save me a ton of time which is always a plus

  18. suzanne n says:

    having a menu planned will help a totally uncreative cook like me surprise my family with better and more interesting meals and hopefully save me a little money!


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