Monday, June 25, 2012

The Dinner A'Fare

I love to cook, but working full time doesn't always leave time for the quality meal I'd like!  I love the idea of freezer meals, but since I'm cooking for one, buying tons of ingredients doesn't result in the variety I'd like.

That's where the Dinner A'Fare comes in... you pay a certain price to assemble freezer meals at their locations, based on a monthly menu.  Since they're the ones buying in bulk, you can leave with a dozen different meals if you want!  Unfortunately, there isn't a location near enough to me for assembling my own meals, so I decided to order some assembled for me from a neighboring area.

I chose to order the half-meals, which serve 2-3 people.  For a dozen meals it cost me $190, which comes to under $16 per meal.  But since I cook for one, and get at least two meals out of each package, so it's really under $8 per meal.  That's not so bad for me!

The meals come in a box with dry ice, and they're very tightly wrapped and labeled with easy to follow prep instructions; I have a small freezer space, and they really didn't take up that much room!  I also liked the variety; from their June menu, I ordered Crispy Barbecue Chip Chicken, Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Chutney, Three Cheese Mushroom and Spinach Calzones, Margarita Chicken Kabobs, Pesto Chicken, Bistro Steak with BĂ©arnaise Butter, Maple Mustard Pork Chops, Roasted Red Pepper Steak Kabobs, Lager and Lemon Grilled Chicken, and Bahama-mama Pork Kabobs.  (I ordered doubles of two meals.)  There's a lot of meat-focused dishes, which is good since I like to get some protein!

It's not the cheapest dinner solution, but I feel like I'm eating something better than a processed frozen meal; I can tell these ingredients were fresh upon prep, and I liked my interactions with the people at the company.  Not sure if I'll order from them again (I tend to have an unpredictable eating schedule since I'm still getting my bearings at work) but it was definitely some good food to have ready to cook!

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