Evening commuters are often filled with anxiety over what dinner can be prepared from dry lentils, a block of cream cheese, and a sack of sprouting potatoes left over from a wild spring-break trip. Eliminate mealtime worries from the list of postwork to-do's with today's Groupon: for $89, you get 36 healthy, convenient servings from one of Dream Dinners’ locations in Rochester Hills, Livonia, Clinton Township, or Allen Park (up to a $216 value). Each meal has three to six servings and prices vary by location.
Dream Dinners makes meal preparation a breeze with easy-to-follow instructions, precut meats and veggies, and a host of complementary ingredients. The experience is like a cross between a barn raising and a bar crawl, minus the alcohol and hard labor: After choosing from a rotating menu of up to 14 dishes per month, customers schedule a spot at a fun prep session (call at least a week in advance) to assemble meals in-store. Items from the April menu include blackened salmon with pineapple salsa ($15.89 for three servings) and crispy sesame chicken with gingered green beans ($14.04 for three servings). Groupon holders can dazzle dining-room tables with fancy, restaurant-inspired fare or serve up flavor-filled comfort foods such as white-chicken lasagna ($14.04 for three servings) and caliente pork chops with garlic mashed potatoes ($16.42 for three servings).
During the sessions, many have been known to dance between prep stations, following easy instructions as they bag, season, and all but cook their families' meals for the month. Afterward, chefs-in-training can take the uncooked dinners home to their freezers. Healthy, no-fuss meals can be cooked in a snap at a later date, leaving time to ponder times tables and monkey rentals on the daily commute. Visit Dream Dinners' website to find current menus and available prep sessions.