I’m all about easy dinners. I get in a rut and end up either making the same 5 meals a week, or just grab Chipotle and Panda Express because I know the kids will eat it and it’s fast. I used to do meal prep places and have tried a few of the ones that ship you dinner kits to your house.
I was contacted by our local Dream Dinners to see if I wanted to try their meal prep service. I jumped at the chance and then confessed I was a Dream Dinners customer for 3 years (at this same location in Denver) and only stopped because we had moved.
It’s such a simple process and extremely cost effective for us. Here’s how it works:
Prior to your arrival, you pick out your meals. Either 3 or 6 serving size options. Most of the 3 servings actually feed our family of 5 quite nicely. A few things like bakes, pasta, or the kid’s favorite sliders, I get in 6 serving size meals. But for the most part, any of the steak, chicken breast or fish meals will feed a family of 4 on the 3 servings.
When you arrive, you get a list of your meals and an apron. (Wash your hands, ‘natch, and ladies put that hair up! Men too… oh great, now I’m thinking about man buns… what were we talking about? Oh yeah, food.) There are various stations with clear recipes, bags, measuring cups, all of the tools you need. You literally just need to show up. Bringing a cooler is suggested as well.
After you make your meals you can then choose meals for the next month or pick out any sides. Here is where I’m going to give you a pro tip. SCONES. No really. BUY THE SCONES. I buy a bag of every flavor they have on hand every single time I go in. White Chocolate Raspberry are my JAM. They are huge too, so I cut them in half usually, but the guy working the last time (I’d name him but he wears literally 6 different name tags LOL Tyler? Tyson? James? No idea, but he’s the adorable kid that works at the Wheat Ridge location) gave me another pro tip on my pro tip. It’s like a pro-pro tip? Pro tip squared? Anywho… cut the scones in half and then half again and bake for half the time listed. Bite sized scones that rival Starbucks.
Once you get home, put the meals in the freezer. You will want to put 1-2 in the fridge if you plan on cooking them soon. I tend to defrost in the fridge for 1-2 days before cooking. Almost everything I’ve made so far has the kids eating everything on their plate and asking for more. Leftovers are a thing of the past.
My current favorite? Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sliders. I added avocado and our mouths melted in delight.
disclosure: This is a sponsored post. We were given a selection of meals to prep to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine and honest.