Raise your hand if you had cereal for dinner last night…
Come on, be honest. There’s nothing like a simple bowl of rice crispies for dinner. Right? Am I right?
I love to bake and I love to cook but sometimes it’s just so hard to get regular meals on the table. As soon as I come through the door, my oldest basset hound – Buster – is usually yelling at me because I’m late and dinner is well past over due!! (Yes, even if it’s only 4:15 p.m. – that boy lives on a different time schedule).
Yes, I’m taking about this guy… don’t let his pleading eyes fool you (they’ll get you every time!).
The tantrum continues until he’s fed and by that time he’s usually worked himself up into such a frenzie that he needs a nap to recover.
Also by that time, I’m completely exhausted and have a full on hangry (you know… so hungry you’re angry!) – I’m famish enough to want to chew off my arm and I need to just grab something quickly. By the time I do that I figure I’m half-way to having enough to constitute dinner, that I grab another handful of whatever and call it a night.
I know I should eat better though. And plan out my meals… and do grocery shopping… and meal prep… and… gah!
Seriously though, how do you do it? What systems do you have in place to ensure your family gets a proper meal? Do you assembly line your dinner or are you more of a plan as you go kinda person?
I still haven’t found my routine (um… obviously) in this area.
The concept at Supper Central is that do they all the pre-meal prep for you. At their store-front you assembly-line your meals which they have conveniently prepped for you in advance. You know exactly what is going into each dinner you are preparing because you pull it all together yourself, but you don’t have to head out to the store at the last minute because you forgot to pick up that one clove of garlic your recipe calls for, let alone peel it and dice it!
When we arrived, the helpful staff took us through a few of the stations just to explain the process.
Everything for the meal you are preparing is located conveniently in one station. Veggies and spices on top, meats and other items that need to be refrigerated in the coolers down below. And the “recipe” for pulling everything together is right in front. Even the measuring utensils are laid out for you!
When you’re done, you have your bags ready to transport home, along with a recipe card for final prep.
We had so much fun last night. Manitoba Chicken prepared a few of the chicken meals they’ve worked with Supper Central on that are part of their menu so that we could try them as appetizers. The greek chicken was definitely my fav!
(Yes – this is me on the left, stuffing my face.)
I took home two meals – the Not-so-jerk Chicken and the Almond Chicken. I can’t wait to try them and forgo my usual bowl of cereal for dinner for at least a night or two!
Do you have something like this where you are? Have you tried it? What do you think? Would you consider this?
Full disclosure: I participated in this evening as a guest of Manitoba Chicken but the views expressed here are definitely my own. I could eat!