Disclosure: I was provided with free meals in exchange for a review, however, I am going back for more because these are fantastic and make my life easier, and you should too.
Today I turned in my final paper for graduate school. You would assume that final paper meant that I am completely done with this program. Well, no, I still have two more weeks and one class to finish up. Life is still busy and I am so exhausted that deciding what to cook and actually cooking it is not on the top of my priority list. That is where Dream Dinners comes in. They have made eating at home, easy, fun and tasty.
On a cold snowy St. Patricks Day, I wandered into our local Dream Dinners with Censie from Building our Story and a whole new world of feeding my family opened up. I was introduced to easy dinner preparation with fantastic recipes that meet my dietary restrictions and an atmosphere that makes dinner prep fun.
We walked in, grabbed our aprons, went through a quick tutorial of how to put together the recipes and then got to work prepping the recipes we chose and enjoying the music, some snacks and even a beverage! I was pretty much a professional by the time I got to my second freezer meal and was thoroughly enjoying using new ingredients in my cooking and the ease of putting everything together. Essentially you would go to a station where your chosen recipe was set up to prepare and you would put it together.
I was loving that I would set up my recipes and then all the clean up was taken care of by the amazing staff at Dream Dinners. They would clean up any messes, were always helpful and asking if I needed anything and they were consistently restocking the stations to make for a perfectly stocked and clean workspace. It was awesome to not have to worry about cleaning anything up!
The recipes were easy to follow and everything was color coded for easy assembly. All the cooking directions were pre-printed and ready for you to place in your package and freeze. To make 6 meals it took me less than 40 minutes to prepare and I still had time to laugh, snack and enjoy the experience.
Packaging everything was so simple. The sauces mixes were mixed with fresh ingredients and placed in one sealable bag, then the meat in another bag and the side in another. Everything was placed in a large sealable bag with the cooking instructions and then placed in our designated area in the fridge, while we finished prepping the rest of our meals. On our way out you could either put your items in a cooler you bring or they provided a box to carry the items out. It was great!
You can also add on additional side items and desserts or even purchase already made meals to go. It is really a one stop shop for family meals and the food is so flavorful and easy to prepare.
We have made 3 out of 6 of the meals I made and our favorites so far have been this amazing Cattleman's Pie. Even my kids ate this meal with all the veggies and delicious flavor. I was a bit nervous because they are not fans of most vegetables, but both kids (and the husband) downed this entire pie.
Another delicious and easy to make option we enjoyed was the French Tarragon Chicken with Redskin Potato Wedges. Wow! I had never had tarragon, but it was a really great flavor and although I was nervous that the serving size was too small for our family, it actually was perfect and we were all pleasantly satiated and happy after dinner.
Dream Dinners really has been a dream and makes deciding what to eat much less of a fuss in our home. Normally it takes 15 minutes to decide what we are going to cook, but with Dream Dinners, I run out to the freezer, grab a pre-prepped meal and get to work cooking. To help earn some extra meals I enrolled in PlatePoints. You can do this easily through their website and earn some great perks and meals!