On most days, I really love to cook. There’s great satisfaction in planning and preparing a tasty meal that your family enjoys. Usually, I plan out the week’s meals on Monday morning and then shop for the ingredients that day. Our little menu stays posted to the bulletin board so that we don’t have to make decisions about what to eat on any given night. Works pretty well, for the most part. But then I still have to prepare the dish that evening, even if I already know what we’re going to eat.
Some days even that seems overwhelming.
Some days, I just want to essentially eat a frozen dinner– just pop it out of the freezer, heat, and eat. Done. By the end of a long day, the last thing I want to do is chop ingredients up using a lot of different tools that I’m just going to wash by hand (don’t own a dishwasher).
But I don’t want to sell my family out to additives and preservatives because I’m lazy. So, Stouffers doesn’t cut it for me, plus I imagine that would get rather pricey after awhile.
Enter “Dream Dinners,” a food preparation chain that I’ve been eyeing for some time now. They have a whole month’s worth of dinner options ready for you to prepare there at their facilities. You just toss the pre-cut ingredients in Ziploc baggies, slap a recipe label on, and freeze until you need them. Brilliant.
But I didn’t take advantage of this idea until now. Sure, we have a full kitchen here at the RMH, but do I really want to spend the 1-hour-plus it takes to prepare a meal after I’ve spent the whole day at the hospital? Clearly not. So, my sweat, practical, cost-analyzing husband suggested that I give it a try while we’re here. He didn’t have to ask me twice!
The verdict: it’s a winner. The meals were delicious, easy to cook, and provided ample leftovers for lunch the next day. It took me 1.5 hours to prepare 11 dinners (72 servings) and I didn’t clean up a lick in the process. Yes, it’s a tad pricey when you factor out time being a cost consideration. But for us in our current situation, it was a lifesaver.
[Editor’s note: That is not me demonstrating my “Dream Dinner” experience in the picture above. I kiped that photo off Google Images since I didn’t have the foresight to bring along my camera!]