Most commutes from work are consumed with anxiety over what dinner you can make with the dry lentils, block of cream cheese, and sack of sprouting potatoes leftover from Christmas. With today's Groupon you don't have to bother swerving into the drive-thru or taking the family out to an expensive restaurant: for $50, you get $100 worth of easy-to-assemble, healthy meals from Dream Dinners in Houston. This deal does not cover items in the Fast Lane and Made for You menu.
The Dream Dinners 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 17 dishes per month, schedule a spot at one of Dream Dinners' fun and easy preparation sessions (call at least a week in advance of your session). For most dishes, you can choose to prepare three- or six-serving portions. Items from the January menu include black and blue steaks ($20.15–$38.39), rio grande chicken fajitas ($13.22–$25.19), and mediterranean pasta with chicken ($17.63–$33.59).
During the sessions, many have been known to dance between food stations, following easy instructions as they bag, season, and all but cook their family's meals for the month. After your session, take the uncooked meals home to your freezer and prepare them nightly for no-thought-required, delicious meals that'll keep you healthy, full, and free to think about times tables and monkey rentals on your daily commute. The succulent menu items will fool even the most fastidious foodies into thinking you slaved over the stove to prepare such deliciously complex dishes.
Eating out wastes money and piles on unnecessary fat and calories, but with Dream Dinners, eating healthy can actually save you money. Your Groupon will get you about six dinners for two or three people, or three dinners for a family of four to six. Check out Dream Dinners' website to view the current menus and sessions.
Though Dream Dinners usually requires a minimum order of 36 servings, that requirement is waived for Groupon customers.
As a working mother, Stephanie Allen was constantly racing against the clock. One timesaving endeavor she quickly mastered was preparing meals ahead of time from raw, fresh ingredients and popping them in the freezer for a later date. Stephanie eventually amassed a book of recipes and began sharing her culinary secrets with friends. With the help of Tina Kuna's business savvy, Stephanie's personal practice burgeoned into a nationwide phenomenon known as Dream Dinners.
Today at shops across the country, busy matriarchs and patriarchs shuffle around meal stations, each stocked with recipe cards, ingredients, and scratch-and-sniff tinfoil to construct meals that serve three or six. They tick off recipe components as they add the proper amount to meal containers, ferrying the uncooked dishes home and tucking them into freezers. Then, throughout the week, they simply thaw, heat, and serve these dinners to eagerly waiting eaters.
Though Dream Dinners does not cater to specific diets, the company does offer nutritious meals with antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken. Customers can survey all nutritional information before selecting dishes.