Solving the Daily Dinner Dilemma
Dream Dinners is a meal assembly service that allows customers to prepare their own nutritious family meals. At a Dream Dinners session, customers rotate through a series of stations to combine the ingredients for their meals and then freeze them when they get home. Each meal serves four to six people and comes with heating instructions and serving suggestions. I attended a Dream Dinners session near my home in Indianapolis where I assembled two meals: the Herb-Crusted Flank Steak and the Lemon Chicken Piccata. They were fun and easy to make, and both entrees were big hits in my house.
Several of the women at the session I attended were repeat customers. One busy mom said that she uses her Dream Dinners meals on the weekends when she and her husband leave their children with a babysitter. Since the meals just need to be heated, they are easy and convenient for anyone to prepare. Another mom said that her two young children have eaten—without complaint—every Dream Dinners entrée she has prepared. One woman said that she came to a session right before her baby was born, so she wouldn’t have to worry about dinner when she had a newborn to care for.
At a Dream Dinners session, customers may choose to make either six or 12 entrees. The price for six entrees is $115, and 12 entrees cost approximately $200. Although that may seem pricey, when you compare it to eating in a restaurant, it’s quite reasonable. Additionally, moms with smaller families or families with young children may choose to divide some of the dinners in half before freezing them, since some meals serve six people.
A 12-entrée Dream Dinners session takes just two hours. That’s 10 minutes per entrée—and you don’t have to clean up your mess! See www.dreamdinners.com for more information or to book a session.
Dine Without Whine
Dine Without Whine is a weekly meal planning service. Every Thursday, owner Christine Steendahl emails subscribers a complete menu for the following week. The menu includes recipes for a main dish for every night of the week, suggestions for side dishes, brunch ideas for the weekend, and a few dessert recipes. She also sends a grocery list—organized by aisle at the grocery store to save time—that includes all the items needed for the week’s recipes. Subscribers simply need to cross off any items they already have.
I tried the Dine Without Whine program and was pleased with the amount of time I saved, as well as the quality of the recipes. The Hot Taco Salad and the Parmesan Chicken are both excellent. Steendahl says that many of her subscribers have written to her saying that they have lost weight since joining the program because they are eating out less frequently.
On Steendahl’s website, www.dinewithoutwhine.com, she offers a weekly menu as a sample. If subscribers are pleased with the sample, they may purchase her weekly menus for $4.50 per month. She also offers a free newsletter that includes recipes and helpful time- and money-saving tips.
Putting a nutritious dinner on the table every night isn’t always easy, but it is important. A busy mom’s time is valuable—and now, help is out there for a small price. For some, that price is a bargain to solve the daily dinner dilemma!
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