Dream Dinner Challenge Wrap Up

30
Sep
2014

Dinner-Challenge

Earlier this month I partnered with Dream Dinners  with the 30 Days of Dinner Challenge.  I was blessed with a fabulous way to provide great meals to my family by using the simple and easy meals you pre-make in their store locations.  We have had a very busy month and it was such  treat to just pull something from the freezer and not have to worry about grocery shopping or coming up with an idea and prep time.

We took care of that when we went into Dream Dinners and made our dinners in just under 1 1/2 hours!

We exceeded the challenge I took by two meals.  Our schedule is tricky – but this month I had challenged myself to 15 family meals together – we actually had 17 (and that is not including several breakfasts and lunches!)

What we ate

This is our spread from Dream Dinners – remember I am not a food photographer, but this will give you some ideas of the yummy meals we had.  We also of course had leftovers and a few other family favorites mixed in.

Steak-Provence

Steak-Gorgonzola

Outlaw-Chicken

Monte-Cristo-correct

Kentucky-Pork

Cranberry-Buttermilk

Cola-Pork

Chicken-Soft

Bueno-Steak

Wasn’t all that looking very good??

What I loved

Going to a location where we made our meals all in advanced was FAB-U-LOUS!  They cleaned it all up and I came home with 12 meals.

The best meals in my opinion were the two steak dinners – I was absolutely amazed at the quality of beef we had.  Remember here, I am rather spoiled as we buy direct from a farmer, grass-fed beef – and it is incredible.  I was very surprised at the tenderness of this meat and the sauces used were very tasty.

Going to the freezer and just pulling a meal out was incredibly easy and saved a ton of time.  We have never been real big on just heading out the door to a restaurant for dinner when I end up empty handed in the evening – we always find something.  But this made that idea of ‘going out’ because we didn’t anything an excuse we couldn’t use.

What I found difficult

To be honest, there was one thing that was a bit hard for me, since I have unique dietary challenges, mostly being gluten free.  It was hard to determine exactly what I could eat when choosing the menu items off the website, so we ended up arriving to make meals that did in fact have gluten in them.  If there had been a better description or list of ingredients I could have chosen more wisely or even brought different ingredients to substitute.  

For example, the meatloaf has bread crumbs, I could have brought my almond flour to use instead or these corn flake crumbs and substituted those.  So, for me it was a bit more challenging to eat this month and stay on track.

All in all it was a great success!  I loved making all the meals ahead of time and also finding new things to share at our dinner table.  We were extremely blessed!

Did you commit to the challenge too?  I would love to hear how it went – leave a comment.

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  • DrKirra Guidry Randolph

    Hi Susan, I did dream dinners a year ago for about a year and I found the quality of meat and ingredients to be on the poor side in the quality department. I loved the concept of pre-making my dinners and being able to thaw, cook and eat. Then I met a lady that was a representative for Wildtree, they sell organic, all natural and a lot of gluten and dairy free options. They do freezer meal workshops in homes. They create a bundle of products to go with the recipes. When you pay for the bundle you get the Wildtree products, laminated recipe cards so you can duplicate the recipe later (something Dream Dinners does NOT do), a sheet of bag labels with cooking instructions, and a shopping list and prep instructions. I love this so much more than dream dinners because it makes more food to accommodate my family of all boys, it’s cheaper, you get the actual recipe, and you can purchase the ingredients to make it as health as you need it. I buy all grass fed, no hormones, no antibiotic meats and organic veggies. This option has allowed me to change my family’s eating habits to something so much healthier!

  • Thanks for the input – I am so glad there are options for everybody!! I just was introduced to Wildtree – I may have to look into that!!

  • Megan

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking about doing this!

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