Saturday, October 3, 2015

Dream Dinners. We came, we saw, we prepped.

I heard about these meal prep places a while ago and have always been intrigued about them.  I had no clue how they worked, if it was worth it, what exactly happened at one. 

Recently a group of ladies from a blogging group I am a part of got together and got to experience an evening at Dream Dinners in Fort Mill, SC.

Dream Dinners was started by two mothers, Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna.  "Dream Dinners is a unique company founded on a mission of bringing families together around the dinner table. We provide everything you need to assemble great dinners to enjoy as you relax and talk about the events of the day. We offer freedom from the hassles surrounding the planning and preparation of meals night after night. We give friends and family an opportunity to come together in a fun-filled setting to assemble their Dream Dinners in a very short time just once a month (most make their meals in under an hour)."

Meal planning/prep in under an hour once a month? SOLD.

Every month the meals change and you choose from the list what you would like to prepare. I picked the Mini Turkey Medallions with green beans, Layered Ravioli Bake, and the Savory Grilled Chicken.  The thing I loved about this service the most is that it is TOTALLY flexible.  The turkey medallions came with ranch and bacon green beans, I don't eat pork so they let me sub out for different green beans!

The lasagna had Italian sausage in it.  I don't eat sausage. Since I was prepping it myself, I just left out the sausage and added extra cheese!

Everything in the building is set up in stations.  This is a breeze even for people who "can't" cook.  Each station has a recipe card and all you have to do is scoop the shown amount into a bag.  For example, the picture below was taken at the savory grilled chicken station.The recipe called for green onions and next to the ingredient was a purple dot. You grabbed the scoop with the purple handle and scooped it up.  If you look at the back left, that ingredient is used twice with two different measurements.  There are two different color coded spoons.  

Once you are done prepping the meals, they go into bags with the directions, and then into the holding cooler.  Next to the cooler is the big "Finishing Touch" freezer.  This is filled with breads, desserts, sides.  Anything that you might want to go along with your meal.  These are available at an additional cost of course.
The actual store is mostly just prep work. There is still a tiny bit of work to do when you get home for some meals.  My mini turkey medallions I had to thaw, mix the meat with the seasoning, form the patties, and top with the glaze before I could bake.  Nothing too hard. Five minutes, maybe?

They subbed out the almond green beans for the ranch bacon green beans and it was SUCH a good swap.  Those things were tasty!  Actual cook time wasn't bad at all and everything was very tasty!

It was a fun evening with friends and I am glad I got to experience it! This would be amazing for busy families as well as for people who aren't really "cooks".  My sister is NOT a cook. For Christmas a few years ago I bought her spices.  She literally had only one or two in her entire kitchen.  This would be amazing for someone like her!  Everything is there, you don't have to worry about not having the correct spice on hand, and the recipes are easy to follow!

Right now there is a fantastic introductory offer going on. You can select up to six meals for only $74.95. There is a Cranberry Buttermilk Chicken with Oven Roasted Broccoli that looks amazing!

The location we went to in Fort Mill is having a Grand Reopening on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30! There will be door prizes for the first 50 people, food, fun, and giveaways all evening!

For more information, contact Dream Diners at (803) 548-7833 or, or check out their Facebook event page!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Dream Dinners of Fort Mill, SC.