$24 for 12 Months of Classic, Vegetarian, or Gluten-Free Dinner Planning from The Fresh 20 ($49 Value)

Eating healthfully, like understanding Shakespearian innuendo or making your horse a senator, has become increasingly difficult in the modern world. Find old-fashioned simplicity with this Groupon.

$24 for 12 Months of Online Meal Planning for Dinner ($49 Value)

Choose from one of the following dinner meal plans:

  • Classic
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free

Every Friday, The Fresh 20 posts a meal plan for five healthy dinners. The plan includes a shopping list of 20 ingredients, estimated costs, simple recipes, and ideas for leftovers. The meals are kid-friendly and designed to feed a family of four. Vegetarian and gluten-free meal plans are also available.

The Fresh 20

One tax season, working mom Melissa Lanz tallied up the year’s receipts for takeout and convenience food and was stunned by the total. She recalls, “Our busy, unorganized lifestyle had driven us to spend the cost of a new car on takeout.” On top of that, she felt sluggish and unhealthy. A little online searching made her see that common wisdom held that one must choose between fast or healthy. Unconvinced, the one-time Internet marketing executive left her job and began tinkering with recipes. As she worked, three main priorities became clear: healthy and seasonal ingredients, simple recipes, and kid-friendly meals. After enlisting help from gluten-free expert Karen Fine, author of the website Fine Cooks…Everything Gluten Free, The Fresh 20 meal-planning service was ready to go live.

The set-up is simple: every Friday, the expert staff posts 20-ingredient grocery lists and recipes for five meals in classic, vegetarian, or gluten-free categories. The grocery lists eschew preservatives, processed foods, and frozen ingredients in favor of seasonal items that are good for you and the environment. Every recipe piggybacks off the others, so every item on the list creates balanced meals without waste. The list also includes estimated prices, which helps families balance their budgets or train for future appearances on The Price is Right. After following a quick recipe simple enough that kids can help, families gather around the table to enjoy diverse meals such as flank steak tacos, shrimp linguine, and butternut-apple bisque. At the end of 2011, only two years after Melissa started The Fresh 20, In Style magazine toasted the entrepreneur for creating one of the web’s “genius sites that make your day easier and better.”

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Celtic Pub Meal with Appetizers, Burgers or Sandwiches, and Beers for Two or Four at Playwright Celtic Pub (Up to 63% Off)

Eating at a restaurant finds a middle ground between the coziness of eating at home and the exhilaration of catching fish in your teeth while riding a bear over a waterfall. Eat a balanced meal with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

$22 for a Celtic pub meal for two (up to a $56 value)

  • One appetizer (up to a $12 value)
  • Two burgers or sandwiches (up to a $15 value each)
  • Two beers (up to a $7 value each)

$42 for a Celtic pub meal for four (up to a $112 value)

  • Two appetizers (up to a $12 value each)
  • Four burgers or sandwiches (up to a $15 value each)
  • Four beers (up to a $7 value each)

Appetizers include grilled shrimp and grilled beef sliders; burgers and sandwiches include the Celtic pub burger and chipotle-chicken wrap.

Playwright Celtic Pub

Located just a jeté from Broadway, the Playwright Celtic Pub welcomes postshow audiences and general patrons for merrymaking across its three floors. Exposed brick ensconces the ground-level bar area, where high-definition TVs and an ultramodern sound system entertain eyes and ears. One floor up in the dining room, servers whisk upscale pub grub, inventive entrees and seasonal cocktails to tables. Crowning the convivial eatery is a third-floor party room, where revelers fire wine corks at Manhattan’s one-of-a-kind skyline from a private outdoor patio.

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Two-Course Thai Meal for Two With Drinks at ViV Bar & Restaurant (Up to 67% Off). Two Options Available.

Like building a miniature bonfire, using chopsticks requires precision, patience, and two tiny pieces of wood. Grab some kindling and snatch this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

$25 for a two-course Thai meal for two on Sunday–Thursday (up to a $75 total value)
$29 for a two-course Thai meal for two on Friday–Saturday (up to a $75 value)

The meal includes:

  • One appetizer (up to $9 value)
  • Two entrees (up to $18 value each)
  • Two specialty drinks (up to $15 value each)

Crispy spring rolls and spicy chiang mai sausage precede dishes of red duck curry and grilled volcano chicken, all washed down with signature cocktails infused with real fruit.

ViV Bar & Restaurant

Chilly blue neon lights announce the entrance of ViV Bar & Restaurant, where chefs send delicate Thai fare into a lounge cast in sleek lights reminiscent of Bangkok’s evening skyline. Silver light fixtures shine a spotlight onto dishes of thai sausage fried rice and tender duck, pineapple, and bell peppers bathed in red curry sauce. From behind a marble bar, mixologists sling drinks that range from imported beers and sake to cocktails composed of fruit pulp, spirits, and not-from-concentrate ghosts.

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Intro to Vegetarian-Cooking Class, Four-Course Gourmet Vegetarian Meal, or Week of Delivered Vegetarian Meals at Bhagavat Life (Up to 51% Off)

A meal with lots of vegetables can sometimes display every color, much like when a rainbow dresses as a pilgrim. Snack on horticultural hues with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

$20 for a four-course gourmet Ayurvedic vegetarian meal by Divya (a $40 value)
$49 for a 2.5-hour intro to vegetarian-cooking class (a $100 value)
$119 for one week of delivered gourmet Ayurvedic vegetarian meals totaling three deliveries that are the equivalent of two meals per day (a $240 value)

Bhagavat Life

Located in the East Village, Bhagavat Life thrusts its doors open to welcome passersby pursuing healthy living through vegetarian dining and the ancient Ayurvedic holistic healing tradition. An Indian form of alternative medicine, Ayurveda is the practice of balancing five physical elements––earth, water, fire, air, and sky––to fuel the body and nurture a long, healthy life. Onsite chefs implement the nutritional and bio-energetic value of pure ingredients into their culinary and food-fight skills, delivering prepared wellness meals to customers’ homes and offices throughout the week. During the introductory cooking classes, chefs trained in Ayurvedic dining equip newly minted cooks with the principles of healthy food, an overview on spices, and introduction to preparing multiple courses with a variety of vegetarian items and raw or gluten- and dairy-free victuals. Students receive resources on grocery shopping in addition to a vegetarian meal following these classes, which include lecture, discussion, and cooking demonstrations. Adding to the cultural exploration, the center’s resident Sanskirt poetry expert, Divya Alter, teaches a Sanskrit chanting workshop, in which she explores the musical, spiritual, and technical aspects of the bhakti texts.

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Three, Five, or Seven Days of Delivered Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner from nuMeasure (Up to 52% Off)

Eating slowly helps you digest more smoothly and detect any bacon that has slithered between leaves of lettuce. Fortify your health with today’s Groupon to nuMeasure. Choose from the following options:

  • For $36, you get a three-day delivered meal plan (up to a $74.95 value) that includes the following:
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for three days
  • For $55, you get a five-day delivered meal plan (up to a $114.95 value) that includes the following:
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for five days
  • For $70, you get a seven-day delivered meal plan (up to a $144.95 value) that includes the following:
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for seven days

The calorie-conscious chefs at nuMeasure whip up healthful, complete meals shipped out once a week in insulated cooler boxes to keep them fresh and not frozen. Customers revive each low-sodium, low-fat meal via microwave or basic CPR, finishing the day having consumed about 1,000 calories. A rotating menu furnishes breakfast with options such as silver-dollar potato pancakes dolloped with sour cream and applesauce, and chicken-florentine soup might warm bellies come midday. Dinners range from homestyle favorites such as beef tips and mushrooms to piquant delicacies such as breaded and glazed asian orange chicken. Although nuMeasure offers no entirely vegetarian plan, diners may opt to exclude beef, pork, fish, tuna, and shellfish from meals, or train their own forks to deflect undesired morsels.

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Three-Course Mexican Meal with Margaritas for Two or Four at Mi Nidito in Midtown (Up to 67% Off)

Mexican fare is ideal for sharing with friends, as nachos are easy to split and difficult to hide fistfuls of engagement rings in. Scoop up some camaraderie with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

$35 for a Mexican meal for two, selected from the tasting menu and available Sunday–Thursday (up to a $99.80 total value)
$45 for a Mexican meal for two, selected from the tasting menu and available Friday or Saturday (up to a $99.80 total value)

  • One appetizer (up to a $12.95 value), such as jalapeño poppers with cheddar cheese
  • Two entrees (up to a $49.90 value), such as the spicy almond chicken or rib-eye steak fajitas
  • One dessert (up to a $6.95 value), such as homemade flan
  • Two margaritas (up to a $30 value)

$65 for a Mexican meal for four, selected from the tasting menu and available Sunday–Thursday (up to a $199.60 value)
$75 for a Mexican meal for four, selected from the tasting menu and available Friday or Saturday (up to a $199.60 value)

  • Two appetizers (up to a $25.90 value), such as spicy battered shrimp
  • Four entrees (up to a $99.80 value), such as tostada grande salad or salmon veracruz
  • Two desserts (up to a $13.90 value), such as homemade tres leches cake
  • Four margaritas (up to a $60 value)

Mi Nidito

Mi Nidito’s chefs blend fistfuls of spices, luring subtle aromas from dishes that eschew the use of MSG, lard, and animal-fat additives. Whole-wheat tortillas enwrap sizzling fajitas, and Yucatanese sour orange sauce is drizzled over diced chicken breast. Twenty-five different dulcet essences—such as amaretto, goji, or papaya—imbue margaritas with exciting flavors that can be combined in thousands of different iterations, delighting diners and blowing the circuits of villainous supercomputers.

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$22 for a Three-Course Seasonal Meal including Appetizers, Entrees and Dessert for Two at Cafe Forant (Up to $63.75 Value)

Like college curricula and golf balls made from string cheese, meals are easiest to digest when spread over multiple courses. Stretch out your dining experience with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get a three-course meal for two at Cafe Forant (up to a $63.75 value). Today’s Groupon may be used for brunch or dinner, and the meal includes the following items:

  • Any two of the following appetizers (up to a $17.90 value):
    • A bowl of the soup of the day
    • A classic caesar salad
    • A Forant garden salad
  • Two entrees, each with two sides (up to a $37.90 value)
  • One dessert to share (up to a $7.95 value)

Cafe Forant’s menu teems with cuisine inspired by chef Lea Forant’s teenage years in Montreal and current penchant for French cooking. Before main courses arrive, palates dive into steaming homemade soups and salads fresher than a mentholated iceberg. Brunch spans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during which time croque-monsieur sandwiches don suits of emmentaler cheese and sweet-potato galettes tango with crispy ham and poached eggs. Brimming with warmth and sustenance, dinners range from grilled flank steak to organic king salmon seared in a piping-hot pan. Guests may augment entrees with seasonal sides such as haricots verts and roasted root veggies. End the meal with a shareable treat from the café’s dessert selection, which, like a collection of family pets, rotates daily.

The eatery’s awning beckons passersby with red and white stripes reminiscent of candy canes and strawberry shortcakes. Inside, visitors relax at cozy tables as meat and seafood chill in refrigerated cases. To plan future feasts and feed ravenous bookshelves, diners can take home Dancing in the Kitchen, a collection of recipes from the chef’s mother (cookbook not included in today’s deal).

Cafe Forant is a cash-only establishment.

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$22 for a Three-Course Seasonal Meal including Appetizers, Entrees and Dessert for Two at Cafe Forant (Up to $63.75 Value)

Like college curricula and golf balls made from string cheese, meals are easiest to digest when spread over multiple courses. Stretch out your dining experience with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get a three-course meal for two at Cafe Forant (up to a $63.75 value). Today’s Groupon may be used for brunch or dinner, and the meal includes the following items:

  • Any two of the following appetizers (up to a $17.90 value):
    • A bowl of the soup of the day
    • A classic caesar salad
    • A Forant garden salad
  • Two entrees, each with two sides (up to a $37.90 value)
  • One dessert to share (up to a $7.95 value)

Cafe Forant’s menu teems with cuisine inspired by chef Lea Forant’s teenage years in Montreal and current penchant for French cooking. Before main courses arrive, palates dive into steaming homemade soups and salads fresher than a mentholated iceberg. Brunch spans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during which time croque-monsieur sandwiches don suits of emmentaler cheese and sweet-potato galettes tango with crispy ham and poached eggs. Brimming with warmth and sustenance, dinners range from grilled flank steak to organic king salmon seared in a piping-hot pan. Guests may augment entrees with seasonal sides such as haricots verts and roasted root veggies. End the meal with a shareable treat from the café’s dessert selection, which, like a collection of family pets, rotates daily.

The eatery’s awning beckons passersby with red and white stripes reminiscent of candy canes and strawberry shortcakes. Inside, visitors relax at cozy tables as meat and seafood chill in refrigerated cases. To plan future feasts and feed ravenous bookshelves, diners can take home Dancing in the Kitchen, a collection of recipes from the chef’s mother (cookbook not included in today’s deal).

Cafe Forant is a cash-only establishment.

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Greek Lunch with Appetizer, Entrees, and Wine for Two or Four at The Atrium Cafe (Up to 60% Off)

Though meals tend to bring friends together, meals peppered with magnets can push them apart. Enjoy an attractive repast with today’s Groupon to The Atrium Cafe in the Onassis Cultural Center. Choose between the following options:

  • For $26, you get a Greek lunch for two (up to a $60 total value), which includes:
    • One appetizer (up to an $11 value)
    • Two entrees (up to a $31 value)
    • Two glasses of wine (up to an $18 value)
  • For $48, you get a Greek lunch for four (up to a $120 total value), which includes:
    • Two appetizers (up to a $22 value)
    • Four entrees (up to a $62 value)
    • Four glasses of wine (up to a $36 value)

The Atrium Cafe’s eclectic menu, described as “unpretentious, home-style cuisine” by New York Magazine, pairs light European fare with authentic Greek favorites in an airy oasis nestled in the heart of Midtown. Diners can snack on an appetizer of grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs and accompanied with yogurt for double dipping ($11), or carve a neoclassical relief into a block of feta using the sharp corners of pita and the buffing ability of olives ($6). The spanakopita’s enthusiastic spinach, feta, and dill yearn to burst through the buttery layers of their flakey puff-pastry abode and onto tongues ($12.50), while grilled seven-grain bread catches ham and cheese in a friendly embrace as mesclun greens ($15) look on with envy. Alternatively, bury forks in fuller vegetable servings such as a traditional greek salad, filled with peppers, olives, feta, and chicken ($15). Guests find beverage soulmates for their lunches in one of many house wines or nonalcoholic beverages.

The casual, upscale interior with flower adorned café tables and high-backed leather banquettes encourages unhurried meals eaten with optimal spinal alignment and bottom cushioning. Though not included in this Groupon, guests can peruse glass pastry cases filled with sweet-meal enders, though avoid tapping the glass, as unwieldy baklava may throw honey-covered walnuts at the glass in frustration.

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Artisan Sandwich Meal with Chips or Pretzels and Drinks for One or Two at Jezalin’s (Up to 66% Off)

Before bread, sandwiches were haphazardly supported by two hands high-fiving. Enjoy better constructed eats with today’s Groupon to Jezalin’s at the Limelight Marketplace. Choose between the following options:

  • For $10, you get an artisan sandwich meal for one (up to a $26.34 value with tax included).
  • For $18, you get an artisan sandwich meal for two (up to a $52.69 value with tax included).

Each meal includes:

  • One artisan sandwich (up to a $15.95 value each)
  • One small bag of chips or pretzels (a $2.50 value each)
  • One large cold beverage (up to a $5.95 value each)

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$9, $17, or $32 for Organic-Hamburger Meal with Fries and Drinks

$9, $17, or $32 for Organic-Hamburger Meal with Fries and Drinks for One, Two, or Four at The Burger Guru in Brooklyn (Up to $92.60 Value)

  • 100% USDA-certified organic meat options
  • Vegetarian options available
  • Large selection of toppings

Choose from the following options:

  • For $9, you get an organic burger meal for one person (up to a $23.15 total value).
  • For $17, you get an organic burger meal for two people (up to a $46.30 total value).
  • For $32, you get an organic burger meal for four people (up to a $92.60 total value).

Each burger meal includes the following:

  • One organic hamburger per person (up to a $15.95 value)
  • One side 13order of fries per person (a $2.95 value)
  • One 16-ounce milkshake or other non-alcoholic beverage per person (up to a $4.25 value)
The Burger Guru
Greenpoint
98 Berry St.
Brooklyn, New York 11211

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$26 for Steakhouse Meal for Two at Jeffrey’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn (Up to $64 Value)

$26 for Steakhouse Meal for Two at Jeffrey’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn (Up to $64 Value). $49 for Meal for Four (Up to $128 Value).

  • Fresh steak & seafood prepped by experienced fine-dining chef
  • BYOB venue
  • Outdoor seating available

Choose between the following options:

  • For $26, you get a meal for two (up to a $64 total value) that includes:
    • Two entrees, with two soups or salads (up to a $29 value each)
    • One dessert (up to a $6 value)
  • For $49, you get a meal for four (up to a $128 total value) that includes:
    • Four entrees, with four soups or salads (up to a $29 value each)
    • Two desserts (up to a $6 value each)
Jeffrey’s Steakhouse
Bedford – Stuyvesant
426A Marcus Garvey Blvd.
Brooklyn, New York 11216
(347) 405-7022

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$19 for Vegan Meal for Two (up to $54 Value) at The V-Spot in Brooklyn

$19 for Vegan Meal for Two (up to $54 Value) at The V-Spot in Brooklyn. $35 for Vegan Meal for Four (up to $108 Value).

  • Completely vegan restaurant
  • Latin-inspired dishes
  • Gluten-free options
  • Cozy dining room & patio
  • For $19, you get a vegan meal for two (up to a $54 value). The meal includes:
    • Two appetizers (up to an $11 value each)
    • Two entrees (up to a $16 value each)
  • For $35, you get a vegan meal for four (up to a $108 value). The meal includes:
    • Four appetizers (up to an $11 value each)
    • Four Entrees (up to a $16 value each)

For this Groupon, diners may select only from the following dishes off of the menu:

  • Appetizers: Nachos, buffalo chicken, empanadas, nori rolls
  • Entrees: Bandeja paisa, quinoa curry kale, sesame tofu, lasagna
The V-Spot
Park Slope
156 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11215
(718) 622-2275

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Weekly Menu Planning

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Have you ever came home from a long day at work, kids nagging and you have to get dinner ready? You look in the cupboard and refrigerator and you have no idea what to do. I have been in this situation many times in the past, but I had to take control of the situation. I was spending more money per week, whether it was buying ingredients I needed at the last-minute or buying take out. I was spending more than $500.00 per month because I wasn’t planning  what to do for the week.

Living in a city where basically time is money, you have to move at a fast pace. Every bit of time is precious and a little planning can go a long way. First, take out some time on the weekend, or before the start of your work week and plan out what you are going to cook that week. Write down for each day the meals you are going to do each day. Also, it is helpful if you write out the ingredients you are going to need for each meal. Next confirm you have everything you need for all the meals, if not make a list of the items you need to buy to complete the meals. You can begin to prepare the meals on the weekend also to save more time during the week. Whether its cutting up vegetables or seasoning meats, you can do these things and place them in freezer bags, label the bags with the day you are going to use them and place them in the freezer.

The less you have to do when you come home from work the more relaxing your evening will be. Since I don’t have to rush to get things done when I get home, I am able to spend more time with my girls. Real quality time because I am stress free and the girls really appreciate this. It took me a while to get used to having a plan and sticking to it. I still have moments of weakness and order out, but it’s not like before where more than $500.00 was being spent monthly!

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