Right now, you can save $99 off your first month’s order when you use coupon Code “REFER99“. When you check out, use Coupon Refer99 at check out and enter my name (Abby Hewes) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the how did you hear about us when creating your new profile.
This offer is only valid for new guests. This offer is good for a Standard order and can only be used one time per customer, per household.
A standard order is at least 12 small meals (feeds 2-3 people) or 6 large meals (feeds 4-6 people).
I love Dream Dinners because it’s a great way to save time and still serve the fam a tasty healthy meal. We order 12 small meals each month and serve 2-3 a week. Between Dream Dinners, and our CSA box, our grocery budget is under control, and we aren’t eating out multiple times per week. Because we’ve been home 24/7 for the past year, our grocery budget has gone up, but we are not eating out often. Whenever we get the urge to eat out, I grab a Dream Dinner meal from the freezer, and in less than an hour, we are eating gooood.
There are Dream Dinners locations in 22 states, find your closest location here.
My girl Brooke hooked me with Dream Dinners recently. Most of you know that I am a huge proponent of meal prep and menu planning. I also recognize that not everyone has the time to spare a few hours each week prepping veggies, marinating meats, preparing sauces and bagging it all up to cook later.
And when you don’t have time to shop or do prep work, you lean on fast food or take out. Once in a while, it’s ok, but any more than that and it’s not healthy or good for your pocketbook.
Enter Dream Dinners! For less than the price of take out or a drive-through visit for the fam, and in 30 minutes or less, you will have a tasty, hot, fresh homecooked meal! I’ve reviewed Meal Kits in the past, and there are a lot of inherent problems with fresh and frozen food being mailed to you. Frozen cucumbers, smashed produce… You don’t have these issues with Dream Dinners. This is one of the reasons that Dream Dinners is better.
Your meals are prepped locally in store just for you! No squished produce, accidentally frozen ingredients, or worse (and this was a big fear for me) having to rearrange your entire day so you are home when the Fed-ex guy delivers your meal kit box so the food doesn’t sit on your patio. Here in San Diego, it’s hot and sunny frequently, and that means food sitting out (even in a sealed box with dry ice) might go bad or be unsafe to eat.
I’m hosting a Facebook Party to share my love of Dream Dinners. If you are interested in joining and taking advantage of some great deals, Message me on Facebook and I’ll add you.
If you don’t have Facebook, you can visit the Dream Dinners Website and you can take advantage of the great deal going on!
Right now when you use the coupon code 15OFF, you save $15 on the $99 Starter kit- It’s a great deal.
To take advantage of this deal, make sure to use the drop-down box and type in my email: email@example.com to take advantage of this sweet Deal!
And with locations all over San Diego and the US, you can order meals, pick them up and have one less thing to worry about! I plan on buying meals each month, so we are eating well on those nights when I would rather play legos or Playmobils with the kids, or go for a walk to the park.
Talk Back: Which Dream Dinners Entree has you interested? Menu for February is here.
When I announced that today is National Cheese Day, my daughter said, “Really? Can we have cheese for dinner??” And who am I to say no? The kids will be having cheese slices with their dinner tonight, while the grown ups can top their Chicken Chili with shredded cheese, if they so desire.
If you are looking for a way to celebrate National Cheese Day, here are a few of our favorite cheesy recipes:
I found a cache of yummy, frugal family recipes, so I’ll be posting them over the next few weeks.
Most of these were formulated by my relatives to feed a hungry, hard-working family with kids. Everyone in my family is frugal, so these recipes won’t contain any expensive or strange ingredients in small quantities- There is nothing worse than trying a new recipe only to find you only need 2 Tablespoons of an ingredient that you’ve never used before, or worse yet, only comes in a HUGE container/package.
I will try to include the sides that we’ve traditionally served with the main dish to round out the meal.
Chicken Parm Meatloaf (serves 6)
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use Italian seasoned)
1 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
3 Tablespoons onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh white mushrooms, stems removed, cleaned and chopped into bite-size pieces
I mentioned in the Weekly Meal Plan post yesterday that it’s going to be a hot one this week. Ugh.
That means lots of time swimming and lots of time at the YMCA enjoying their AC and doing fun activities- Big Kid just did the fitness orientation and he is excited to start exercising. Mostly he wants to take boxing classes with me on Saturdays.
All that activity requires good, healthy fuel, and I do not want to fire up the stove or oven when it’s over 90 outside.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes to serve when it’s hot outside!
Protein Shake Recipes! Big Kid has really taken to protein shakes in the morning, since he’s a vegetarian and doesn’t really do eggs either (It’s a texture thing). The trainer that did the orientation really drove home that he needs to fuel his body with protein on mornings when he works out- which I really appreciated because for some reason, he’ll listen when someone else tells him the EXACT THING his dad and I have been telling him. C’MON KID!!
As you can tell there are a lot of dessert recipes. Because, really, who doesn’t like dessert?
As promised last week, here is our new family favorite soup recipe. This soup came about after a shopping trip to Grocery Outlet. I discovered a bunch of cool looking ingredients I’ve not seen before. Notably, This Parmesan Brodo broth. It’s OMG so amazing. It adds what foodies call “Depth of Flavor”.
This soup is super quick and easy to make.
2 T. butter
1 c. onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1.5 c. celery, chopped (if you are like me and wonder why celery is so expensive, here’s the answer)