While I may be a grown-up AND a mom…one of the things I have no desire or passion for is cooking. I mean if it were up to me we would probably eat cereal or mac-n-cheese all the time, but this thing called being an adult *shudder* means that I have to make sure and feed my family healthy meals. -_-
Last month I started a new job as a crisis counselor (more on that to come later) and the thought of meal planning makes me want to run away from home even more. Each week I tell myself I’m going to look on Pinterest and start planning meals like all of those other perfect moms out there. And each week I fail miserably and we eat out entirely too much or spend hours each week asking “What do you want to eat?” Yeah, that question is starting to get pretty old around these parts!
Dream Dinners, a national meal-assembly company known for bringing families together around the dinner table, announces the launch of Dream Dinners & ShareCrate. This care package allows customers to ship easy, homemade and affordable frozen meals to friends and family members experiencing a life moment like the birth of a new baby, the death of a loved one, moving across the country or even starting a new job!
Earlier this spring Dream Dinners/ShareCrate invited me and a bunch of other lovely bloggers to a tasting of some of their most requested meals. We were treated to great food, conversation and drinks.
Dream Dinners ShareCrate is like the meal planning gawds from above flew down and decided to make our lives easier. The meals are prepared fresh, frozen and shipped to your home. No shopping, dragging the family to the store kicking and screaming (me included) and no drama! Now there are a few things I like to prepare like quiche…and well, er uh….heck I guess that’s it!
With your package you get a paper card for each meal you prepare with complete, fool proof cooking instructions. It’s also an amazing way to get the kids more involved with dinner prep too! My teenager has actually turned into quite the little “wanna be chef” so it’s nice when she can help out.
Dream Dinners ShareCrate includes three easy-to- prepare meals. Each meal in the medium option ($89, plus shipping) feeds 2-3 people and meals in the large option ($139, plus shipping) feed 5-6 people. Both ShareCrate options include the following meals: Creamy Chicken Florentine Tortellini , Sesame Glazed Meatballs served with Jasmine Rice and Chicken with Honey, Garlic, and Orange served with Oven Roasted Broccoli. The best part is that everything comes in this cute box that looks just like a wooden crate and inside is a Styrofoam cooler with all of the goodies being kept frozen with dry ice. There is even a cute “thermometer” to ensure that items have been kept at the proper temperature so that everything is safe to eat. Here’s an unboxing of what we got:
Every meals took less than 45 min to prep and cook. Probably would have been less than 30 if I had remembered to cook the rice at the same time…LOL! The first meal we tried was the Chicken with Roasted Broccoli…delish! Browned the chicken then added the sauce and let it simmer for a while. While the chicken was cooking I placed the seasoning over the broccoli and roasted it in the oven. My only complaint was that I wish there would have been more seasoning!
The next meal I tried was the pasta dish. It was by far the easiest because all I had to do was take off the cover and throw it in the oven and viola…instant meal! We added a salad and bread sticks to top it off.
I’m no food blogger so forgive how this looks because it was pretty damn good! LOL The last meal was the meatball one and I completely forgot to take pictures…smh. But nonetheless it was also pretty good and added a salad with it as well.
Dream Dinners ShareCrate is currently available for delivery to Alabama*, Arkansas*, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia*, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa*, Kansas*, Kentucky, Maine*, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi*, Missouri, Nebraska*, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota*, Ohio, Oklahoma*, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina*, South Dakota*, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Additional delivery areas will be added in the coming months. (*limited delivery area)
In addition, for every ShareCrate sold, a meal will be donated to a child in need through non-profit organization Living the Dream. That is so amazing and I love when companies pay it forward especially to those right here at home.
After I had my daughters I can’t even begin to explain how amazing it was to receive home cooked meals from friends and family. But for those out of state, that just wasn’t possible. I have several friends expecting and one that just recently lost her husband and sending this packages will be a great way to lift their spirits and take some of the pressure off about worrying what to prepare for dinner.
Now on to the best part! One of you will have a chance to win your own Dream Dinners box with 3 complete meals…woohoo! How fun is that! All you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter form below. Contest ends 6/20/16 at 11:59pm CST. Good luck!
*This post was sponsored by Dream Dinners. All opinions are my own*
I’d love to win these easy meals! I love easy 🙂 My favorite easy meal to prepare has to be spaghetti!
Andrea Bates says
I love anything in the crockpot, but lately we’re all about the grill. Any kinds of veggies sautéed are perfect for me!
I love making shrimp alfredo. I cook it so much that it takes no time to cook.
Candice S. says
Listen, anything to make dinner time easy is AOK with me. I HATE planning meals, but I love to cook. Dinner is always better when somebody else goes through all the agony lol!!
I am sorry to hear of your friend’s loss. StateCraft sounds like a good option for those who don’t enjoy meal planning. 🙂 Happy to hear you found a plan that works for you.
It autocorrected ShareCrate.
Having started the same job as you, I understand about having a hard time cooking. You make these sound very interesting.
Alicia Gibbs says
I have been wondering if services like these are worth it. I wanted to try but I didn’t want to spend lol, I hope I win!
I’ve been thinking about trying them!! Looks yummy
A glass of Sauvignon blank would go great with that chicken!
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