01/1/14

hautemealz 2.0…check it out!

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Dear hautemealz.com subscriber:

Well, this is it…today is the launch of Hautemealz 2.0, and we’re giving you more options than ever before!

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As you can see below, instead of just having one meal-plan, focusing on one featured protein each week, starting this week we’re giving you three plans, each highlighting a different protein, in all three serving sizes!

This gives you the freedom to choose what your family prefers this week, expands your ability to shop sales and discounts, and gives us the opportunity to create and test new menus that might be enticing to smaller groups of our customers, without alienating the rest.

ChickenTypically, you’re going to have at least one chicken or ground-beef menu each week, as many of our subscribers have let us know that those are their favorite ingredients, but don’t be surprised if you see the occasional seafood, or lamb, or even all-vegetarian meal plan, now and then.

Remember, if those plans don’t appeal to you, you’ll always have two other, more traditional, options to choose from.

Easy to Choose Categories
As you can see here, not only will you receive three separate meal plans each week, but you have the option to download any of them in two, four, and six servings. Example:

BeefLighter Side Ground Beef Meal Plan/2 Serving
Lighter Side Ground Beef Meal Plan/4 Serving
Lighter Side Ground Beef Meal Plan/6 Serving

ChickenLighter Side Chicken Breast Meal Plan/2 Serving
Lighter Side Chicken Breast Meal Plan/4 Serving
Lighter Side Chicken Breast Meal Plan/6 Serving

PorkLighter Side Boneless Pork Meal Plan/2 Serving
Lighter Side Boneless Pork Meal Plan/4 Serving
Lighter Side Boneless Pork Meal Plan/6 Serving

If this were your actual weekly meal plan email, each blue title would be an underlined link which would, when clicked, open that specific plan. This way you can browse each of the plans to choose which one looks best to you, without cluttering up your inbox with nine individual attachments!

Of course, if you have any questions about the new menu model, as always, we’re here to answer any of your questions, any time.

Weekly Newsletter & Blog Highlights

In addition to the new plans, we will also be reinstating the monthly hautemealz.com eNewsletter, with exciting new recipes, Q&A, highlights from our most popular blog and Facebook posts from the previous month, and step-by-step instructional videos,  like this one…

This Month’s Video

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Thanks to our loyal subscribers, hautemealz.com served over 1000 meals to hungry children and families in 2013, and our goal for this year is significantly higher! We’ll keep you in the loop with event and program highlights, as well as interviews with program leaders and the folks we’re serving. Be sure to check out our Outreach page to read more about the amazing organizations we’re working with!

“But,” you ask, “how much more are all of these ‘extras’ going to cost me?” 

The answer – not one penny!

We are expanding all of these features in our 2.0 launch at no additional cost to our subscribers…still just $5.00 a month, and the eNewsletter will continue to be a free service regardless of membership!

You can look forward to many more new and exciting options like sign-up incentives, personalized meal plans, expanded menu categories, and lots more great food, as we continue to roll out Hautemealz 2.0 in 2014!

Until then — thank you for being awesome, and we hope you have a delicious new year!

Perry, Chris, & Terry
Your Chefs at hautemealz.com

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05/13/13

The Perfect Gift for Wedding Season

Newlyweds-CookingNewlyweds are busy folks!

What with jobs, getting settled in, school, hobbies, and…other stuff…many of us can look back on that first year or two of married bliss and admit that those wonderful memories didn’t always extend to the kitchen.

A hautemealz.com gift subscription (monthly, or a full year) is a great way to make sure those crazy kids are enjoying healthy, delicious, and easy-to-prepare meals, that fit their budgets and hectic schedules.

This is especially true if one half of the happy couple has specialized needs like diabetic-friendly, calorie-restricted, or gluten-free…creating a whole new learning curve for the cook!

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01/22/13

A Letter to the Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic

More than 5,000 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, every day.

Today’s guest post is from award-winning author and diabetes expert, Wil Dubois. Will is the author of Taming the Tiger: Your first year with diabetes, a first year survival guide, a recognized expert on the subject of diabetes, and a frequent contributor to the dLife website.

As the chef in charge of our Haute & Healthy Diabetic-Friendly meal plan, here at hautemealz.com, this post is especially important to me. I wish it had been around 15 years ago!

If you, or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, please read and share this important information!

-Chef Perry

This article was originally posted at dLife.com and is shared with permission of both the author and publisher.

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A Letter to the Newly Diagnosed

What you need to know when first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

By Wil Dubois

Welcome to the family! What? I’m the first to say that to you? Well, now that you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you’re part of a HUGE family, and more people than you can imagine are facing the exact same challenges you are. In fact, more than 5,000 Americans were diagnosed with diabetes on the very same day you were. And the same thing is happening today. And 5,000 more will join us tomorrow.

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11/17/12

10 Thanksgiving Survival Tips

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.

I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? – Erma Bombeck



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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but it’s no secret that (especially for us foodies) it can bring with it a lot of kitchen chaos and performance anxiety. So many dishes, so many people, and so many “cherished family traditions” that must be upheld it’s would be well-nigh impossible to make it through the day without at least SOME drama.

So, if we can’t avoid the chaos, let’s at least try to get a rope on it, huh?

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11/12/12

Hautemealz University

Okay, so we’ve always said that hautemealz.com is ideal for busy folks who don’t have time to plan and organize healthy dinners each night of the week.

But…what about folks who just want to learn how to cook nutritious, delicious meals, but don’t want to commit the time and budget to culinary school, or out-of-the-home cooking classes.

Is hautemealz.com a menu plan, or an ongoing cooking class?

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09/7/12

Diabetes, heart disease, or gluten-intolerance? We can help!

Do you know someone who’s been recently diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, or gluten-intolerance?

Making a major life-change in planning, cooking, and eating can be depressing, frightening and overwhelming, and frankly…many folks just give up.

Let hautemealz.com help them make the transition to a healthier life easier, by giving them a simple-to-follow, easy to prepare, and delicious plan to healthier eating.

A recipe for every night of the month, a grocery list for every week of the month… all for just $5.00 a month.

hautemealz.com…we make the plan, you make the meal!
07/24/12

Introducing our new “haute & healthy” diabetic-friendly menu plan!

Diabetes is not the end of your life…nor is it the end of enjoying good food!

As a borderline-diabetic, with a long family history of the disease, I personally develop,  test, and follow the recipes for the haute & healthy menu.

Each recipe is designed to help maintain acceptable blood-sugar levels, encourage weight-loss (two key elements in diabetes management), and provide a delicious, nutritious, and sustainable eating lifestyle.

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07/24/12

Garam Masala Pork Chops with Mint Yogurt and Spiced Couscous

hautemealz.com friend and food blogger, Michelle, over at FoodPassionista  saw the photo of this dish on our Facebook page, and kindly asked us for the recipe.

As it was easily my favorite dish from last week (cooked in a campground, no less), I thought, “Why not?”

So, Michelle…and all you other awesome people…enjoy!

– Perry

PS – A few slices of salted and peppered zuke and yellow squash, flash-grilled alongside the pork chops, would be a tasty addition to this meal!

PPS – Just a reminder, you could be getting delicious, nutritious recipes, just like this one, for every night of the week…at less than the cost of a happy meal each month! Sign up here! – P

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Dinner 6

Garam Masala Pork Chops with Mint Yogurt; Spiced Couscous

Garam Masala Pork Chops with Mint Yogurt (6a)

It’s worth seeking out garam masala if you can. This blend of spices is available at many large grocery stores, as well as Asian specialty stores. If you can’t find it, you can use curry powder instead.

Yield: 4 servings                 
Active Time: 10 min.  
Total Time: 8 hr. 10 min. (incl. marinating)


  • 4 6-oz. lean pork loin chops
  • 4 tbsp. garam masala spices*
  • 1/2 cup Greek style yogurt
  • 10 fresh mint leaves

Trim pork chops of excess fat. Rub garam masala into chops (both sides).

Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours, to allow flavors to penetrate.

Chop the mint and stir into the yogurt and refrigerate for the same period as the pork chops.

Preheat broiler. Spray broiler rack with nonstick cooking spray. Broil chops for about 5 minutes each side. Alternately, grill chops over direct heat until well marked on both sides, move to indirect heat, cover loosely in foil, and cook until internal temp reaches 145F. Remove from heat and allow to rest 3 minutes.

Serve with mint yogurt.

 Note: *Garam Masala is available in specialty stores and many larger grocery stores. You can use curry powder instead if you wish, or you could even make your own garam masala with this recipe.

 Spiced Couscous (6b)

Yield: 4 servings                  
Active Time: 10 min.  
Total Time: 15 min.


  • 1 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tsp. raisins
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 pinches cayenne pepper (opt)
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2/3 cup couscous
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds

Nutritional facts for this meal

In a medium saucepan bring the broth, raisins, olive oil, cumin, cayenne and salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous, bring back to a boil, cover and remove from the heat. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Juice the lemon and stir into the couscous with the sesame seeds.

Serve.