Dream Dinners

Imagine a place where you can prepare meals ahead of time for nearly an entire month…. wait, it gets better….. you do not have to shop for the ingredients…. you do not have to prepare sauces…. you do not have to purchase an entire bottle of specialized vinegar to use only a few teaspoons…. you do not have to clean up your work surfaces…. you do not have to wash your measuring cups, spoons, bowls, spatulas…. ready to go?!  Yes!!

When Dream Dinners of Tucson offered 18 meals to me in this wonderful environment, I jumped on the opportunity!  I’ve known about the company and it’s concepts for several years, but have never jumped into the pool myself.  For the record, I was not paid for this review, but was gifted the 6 different entrees my family ate.

This first post will simply go over my initial experience with preparing the freezer meals.  So, this is how it all works…. First, you go online to Dream Dinners to find your local store.  There are 86 locations nationwide.  Schedule your appointment time online – this is when you will go to the store and assemble your meals!

Second, you get to choose the meals that you want to make.  There is a huge variety, including chicken, beef, pork, vegetarian, sandwiches, pasta, seafood….. really, there is something for every family.  And, recipes offerings change every month, so there is little chance of getting bored.  Recipes can be purchased as 3 serving or 6 serving meals.  Here are the recipes I chose for my November session:

  • Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms and Mashed Potatoes
  • Chicken Paella
  • Swiss Beef Sliders on Mini Pretzel Buns
  • Chicken and Pasta with Lemon and Artichoke Sauce
  • Golden Shrimp with Parmesan Risotto
  • Outlaw Chicken Marinara

Third, arrive with your cooler at your local Dream Dinners store front at your scheduled time.  Assemble your wonderful meals and head home to your freezer!  Here was my take-home haul!  So organized and streamlined!

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I found Dream Dinners super fun, clean, organized and friendly!

I was greeted by Sue Dew, one of the owners, who completely showed me the ropes.  The staff is incredibly helpful.  Here are a few photos from that day…. Take note of the incredible inventory of ingredients that you don’t have to store in your home.  Each recipe has it’s own prep station, where ingredients are prepped and stored, steps are simple to follow, and storage bags are ready to be stuffed.  Hand-washing stations are available for patrons to utilize between each recipe prep.  Industrial dishwashers are used to clean utensils, bowls and containers.  Individual assigned fridge space awaits your creations, so that they are safe and cool until you leave for home.  They will even help you load your heavy cooler into your vehicle and wave good-bye!

Stay tuned for reviews of ALL the yummy meals I brought home!

And be sure to visit Dream Dinners for more info!

 

 

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Author: drjennbowersnutrition

Dr. Bowers is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 25 years of experience in clinical nutrition, education and health promotion. Her down-to-earth philosophy is "All foods can fit!"

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