24 Freezer Meals In Less Than 1 Hour

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It took me about an hour last week to stock my chest freezer with 24 meals (dinners).

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Here’s how I did it:

Step One: Logged onto Let’s Dish, checked out their monthly menu, added the meals I wanted to my cart, and selected Dish N Dash as my Dishing option. (5 minutes)

Menu selection

Step Two: Drove to Let’s Dish to pick up my order. They had everything bagged up, labeled, and ready to go! (20 minutes: 15 minute drive, 5 minutes to argue with Jason over who should go in to grab our meals.)

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Step Three: Drove home and put the meals away in the freezer. Grabbed a glass of wine and rewarded myself for being awesome and meal planning for almost an entire month in one hour. (25 minutes: 20 minutes to drive home, 5 minutes to put everything away in the freezer.)

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That was my freezer, packed to the brim, right before I shut the lid. Pretty awesome, huh?

Ok, I know I totally cheated by using Let’s Dish, but I’m a busy mom. I barely have time to brush my hair, let alone plan out our family’s dinner menu for the month.

I’ve done the regular Let’s Dish prep, which is super fun. Unfortunately, a dishing session normally takes a couple hours, which is time I don’t have. Enter their Dish N Dash option. You get the awesome Let’s Dish meals all ready to go, without ANY of the prep work. Instead of assembling your own meals, they do it for you.

At first, I didn’t think I’d be able to fit this into the budget. A 12-dish session is $228, plus the $45 preparation fee for having them assemble for you. I mean, that works out to almost $23 a meal. Cheaper than eating out, but a little on the expensive side for eating at home.

Then I crunched the numbers a little bit more. I had a promo code for a free preparation fee, and I realized I was doing my math wrong. All of the meals are designed to be for 4-6 people. Jason and I always split our meals into two, since it’s usually just me, him, and Levi sitting at the dinner table. That means I was really getting 24 meals, not 12.

My new math: $228 + $0 (free prep) = $228. Dividing that by 24 meals works out to about $9.50 each meal. Now that’s DEFINITELY something I can work with.

Not to mention, I didn’t have to spend any time looking up recipes, running to the grocery store, or prepping the meals. That’s HUGE! That means more time playing outside with Levi or snuggling with Jason on the couch.

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If you’d like to try out the Dish N Dash service from Let’s Dish, you can use promo code BLOGDASH to receive free preparation on your meals, too!

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary Dish N Dash session a while ago. That’s not the one I’m talking about above. The one I’m talking about in this post is the one I paid for, with my hard-earned money, because I think saving so much time (and having such yummy meals) in the kitchen is totally, totally worth it.

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  1. I’ve never heard of Let’s Dish before. I don’t think we have one here in Texas but if we did that would be worth it. I spend about that much a month on groceries anyways!
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  2. Lindsey says:

    That would require us having a “Let’s Dish” around here… =[

  3. I haven’t heard of it here either. It sounds like a great idea though. One piece of advice I wish I had listened to before having Immie….cook large soups, stews, etc and portion it out into freezer storage bags/containers and save for when baby comes. Having a newborn makes it especially hard to make food.
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  4. I would love to try the entire experience but I have not found one close to me as of yet! For things on the cheap in the kitchen I use a lot of store brand items and coupons as best as I can!
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  5. Great ideas! Thank you!

  6. Sounds great and pretty affordable too.

  7. Jo Ann Zavala says:

    I love this idea. I might try it, one pack per family member as some of them doesn’t like what i cook for some others in the family. This way if they do not like what i make, they can pull out their food and make what they want. Great idea!

  8. Rachel N says:

    That is awesome! I hate cooking, baking I love but cooking not so much. This looks really easy though:)

  9. Cindy B says:

    Thanks for the info… too bad we don’t have anything like that nearby here in the panhandle of FL especially that affordable.

  10. Wow. I didn’t know this kind of magic existed! I wish they had one here!
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  11. Stephanie says:

    Wow!! I spend about 200 every two weeks on groceries!!! That would save me a ton!!!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    That’s not a bad deal at all!!! I am ALL about freezing meals in advance, otherwise I swear I would never get anything done… : /

    I might have to look into Let’s Dish… Hmmm…. Thanks for the tip off!!!

  13. I’ve never heard of this, and I doubt there’s one near me, but this sounds completely awesome.
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  14. Ashley Snyder says:

    Can’t wait to try these!

  15. wow, this looks great! and yummy! and I love saving time on dinner stuff!
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  16. We have something like that around here in Wisconsin but if I remember right it was a lot more expensive to the point it was like 30-40 per meal. Way to much for this family of 6!! Glad this works for you and your family!!

  17. great idea

  18. Tracy Awalt Juliano says:

    Your breakdown of the hour totally cracked me up!

  19. Geri Fink says:

    This is so funny and so me! I really thought I was about the think about cooking a ton of food. As far as Texas goes we used to have something like this, but I haven’t seen them in awhile. They were called Super Suppers or something like that. They also had a thing where you would go in and make the meals with them in a group (girls night thing) and then take your meals home with you after.

  20. The idea of having dinner prepared so easily is very appealing. I like having good food for dinner, but hate prep work (cutting veggies and such). What are your thoughts on the healthiness of the items?

  21. I don’t think we have a Let’s Dish but very cool option if you do!
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  22. Claudia Smigel says:

    this sounds like a great Idea

  23. Great idea! Neat service

  24. Jessi RIch says:

    I wish there was something like that in my area. My alternative is to double cook, which generally gives me one week on one week off.

  25. Danialle Birdwell says:

    I’m so jealous. We don’t have anything like this place anywhere near our home. It would be so helpful though, since I’m busy taking care of my newborn.

  26. This sounds great in theory but I’m a skeptic by nature and I like to prep my families meals. I think I would do something like this to have on hand as back up but not every day.

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