Monday night I got together with my gal friends, Sara from Running from the Law, Alyssa from My Husband’s Watching Tv, Liz from But, Will There Be Cake?, Dacy from Mindful Closet and Liz from Ellie and Addie, and we all signed up to make some meals at Time For Dinner. All of us have pretty crazy schedules (4 of these lovelies are expecting!) at least a few nights a week and could really benefit from being able to just pull something out of the freezer and into the oven for a fast but delicious weeknight dinner.
So, the concept is simple, you go on the website, sign up for a session to make your meals. You pick out the meals you want to make (I did 6, which actually made 11 items- more on that later!) Then you pay and show up for your session with your laundry basket or cooler in hand.
The employees were super nice and we got a tour of the place along with kind of an orientation to how every thing works. Its all completely organized, the ingredients for each meal are placed at the station in the order you use them from left to right. There’s very easy instructions in the middle and then stickers with cooking instructions and a date label.
I am so excited to try out these meals. I did 6 meals and divided them all in half (except for the pork roast) and now have 9 dinners and 2 peanut butter pies in my freezer! Here’s what I assembled in just an hour and 15 minutes:
Apple Butter BBQ Pork
Mouth-watering pulled pork featuring the succulent flavors of barbecue and apple butter. Makes great sandwiches. Roast cooks best as a whole; cannot be split into 2 portions. (Oven/Crockpot: 8-10 hours) 12 servings, 5 pts+, Cal-230, Fat-7g, Sat fat-3g, Chol-70mg, Sodium-540mg, Carb-15, Fiber-0g, Protein-21g
Beef and Andouille Burgers
Out of this world! Flavor-packed mix of ground beef and andouille sausage mellowed by asiago cheese and accompanied by our delicious Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. (Sauce not included in nutrition count.) (Grill/Stovetop: 12 minutes) 6 servings, 11 pts+, Cal-430, Fat-31g, Sat fat-13g, Chol-125mg, Sodium-490mg, Carb-2, Fiber-0g, Protein-27g
Cajun seasoned bistro steak served with Tomato Hollandaise. Bring New Orleans to the Lou! (Sauce not included in nutrition).
(Oven: 12-15 minutes) 6 servings, 5 pts+, Cal-220, Fat-11g, Sat fat-5g, Chol-85mg, Sodium-310mg, Carb-0, Fiber-0g, Protein-28g
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Chicken breasts, ham, and Swiss cheese rolled together and topped with corn flake crumbs and bechamel sauce…great for a dinner party or family supper! (Oven: 20 minutes) 6 servings, 7 pts+, Cal-280, Fat-13g, Sat fat-5g, Chol-50mg, Sodium-590mg, Carb-3, Fiber-0g, Protein-37g
Peanut Butter Pie
Decadent and delightful frozen dessert with an oreo cookie crust. Makes 2 pies – one for you and one for a friend! (Serve frozen) 16 servings, 10 pts+, Cal-350, Fat-22g, Sat fat-11g, Chol-15mg, Sodium-260mg, Carb-34, Fiber-2g, Protein-6g
Smoked Brisket Panini
Locally-made ciabatta bread filled with mouthwatering smoked beef brisket, cheddar cheese, and a BBQ style sauce. Yum! (Oven: 20 minutes) 8 half-sandwich servings, 8 pts+, Cal-320, Fat-18g, Sat fat-6g, Chol-55mg, Sodium-760mg, Carb-14, Fiber-1g, Protein-16g
I am really not sure what we will eat first! Everything was simple to make and will fit into my macros really well! Look at all that protein! The fat is a little higher than what I am supposed to eat for meals, but I can still make it work and best of all I feel like I have gourmet meals waiting for me.
I have to say that the peanut butter pie is going to be dangerous. I took a little taste while I was making it and OMG. Its pretty phenomenal. I can’t wait to see what my husband thinks of the meals. I have a feeling that I will have to make all 6 servings of a few of them because he eats a lot of meat at dinner time, but even so – its a great option to have ready at any time! These will come in handy on nights that I am at the gym or we are gone all day and just too tired to put anything together.
If you are in the STL area and looking for an easy way to prep a lot of dinners at once without the hassles of shopping, prepping and cleaning up (the worst part in my opinion!) then give Time For Dinner a try!