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