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The Dinner Dilemma: Solved

March 6, 2010
It’s another weeknight and you get home from work feeling exhausted.  Your stomach is growling, yet the LAST thing you want to do is rummage through recipes or do all the prep work for dinner.   Sound familiar?  In lieu of a personal chef, you opt for… 
  

 A)  Take-out or order-in (followed by guilt for spending $ on food devoid of nutrients)    

 B)  A “Lean Cuisine” from your freezer (with it, your sodium intake for the day)                     

 C)  Spending a few hours in the kitchen, preparing a healthy meal    

 In an ideal world, we’d choose option “C”.   The reality is that  9-to-5 jobs are a thing of the past, so homecooking gets the boot.  But don’t fret!  There is another viable alternative and that is… 

 D)  SupperWorks!  

 

The prepped ingredients at each station

Supper What?  SupperWorks is a relatively new service that allows you to prepare a variety of entrées (mostly healthy) in advance for future consumption.  No prep, no chopping, no cleaning – it’s all done by them.  You just assemble the ingredients to your liking and ta-da!  Meals to go.

My 2 lovely cousins and I decided to give it a go last weekend – our Christmas gifts to eachother (better late than never!). Cris and Leanne are both new moms, so eating baby food for dinner might happen occassionally.   Things are different now that they have their fridge stocked with SupperWorks.  Here we are, looking as though we know what we’re doing in the SupperWorks kitchen in Oakville.     

 

 

   

Introducing SupperWorks and how it works   

BEFORE YOU GO…

  • Find a friend who’s  seems to be doing the frozen dinner thing a little too often
  • Book a date & time to do the “dinner intervention”
  • Select 6, 9 or 12 entrées each (from a menu of 12-15 options). 
    • My 6 selections:  Vegetarian Chili, Lean Beef Meatloaf, Caribbean Pork Tenderloin, Orange Ginger Chicken, Shanghai Shrimp with Sugar Snap peas

   

AT SUPPERWORKS…   

In my element at the Pork station

  •  You receive a list with your selected 6, 9 or 12 entrées and a beverage (no alcohol but Im sure you can BYOB)
  • Visit one “station” at a time. Each station has all the ingredients (vegetables, spices, meats) ready for you, with appropriate measuring utensils.
  • Follow the recipe provided, tossing the ingredients in the Ziploc bag or foil container provided to be cooked later.
  • Stick the cooking instructions on the Ziploc/container, store it in their fridge, then move on to the next station.  You may start to feel robotic at this point, realizing that your only contribution in the process is mixing ingredient.  But that’s no one’s business…I’m still taking credit for “making” the meals (the good ones, that is…hee, hee).
  • Once you complete all entrées, pack up your ‘almost prepared’ meals and head home. It took about one hour to do 6 entrées.

WARNING:  The hunger pangs may kick in while you’re there surrounded by food and envisioning the final product.   The downside:   there’s limited taste testing opportunities during the process to subdue your cravings, since most of the meals contain raw (aka unedibile) foods.  The upside:  you get 6 cookies ‘ready for baking’ when you leave.  If you’re a cookie dough fan like moi, you may find your hand in the bag on the drive home.

BACK IN YOUR (CLEAN) KITCHEN… 

  • Decide what you’d like to eat over the next few days and place them in your fridge (it’s easiest to cook meals once thawed).
  • Put the remaining entrées in the freezer for a later date.
  • Take one thawed entrée out of the fridge and follow instructions.
  • Pre-heatoven/stove as directed & put the assembled meal in the pan/pot.
  • Grab a glass of vino while the dish is cooking. Use this free to read, watch trash TV or prep a side dish if desired.
  • [Avg of 60 minutes later] Your meal is ready!  Savour every bite and have leftovers for lunch tomorrow and the next day…

  

THE COST OF CONVENIENCE

 $165 gets you 6 full-sized entrées (each with an average of 6 servings).  If youdo the math, that’s $4.94 per serving!  You also have the option to do 9 or 12 entrées for $247 or $309 respectively.      

 Keep these tips in mind:     

  • You can order FULL entrées (all 6 servings for each meal are frozen together – great for families) OR, SPLIT entrées for an extra $10 (each meal is divided into 2, so you cook 3 portions at a time – great for singles/couples).
  • The Toronto location often offers an “Organic” week where ingredients are…organic.
  • Any of the entrées and sides can be prepared for you and delivered or picked up.
  • Check back every now and again as the menu changes every month.
  • Entrees often only come with the core item (i.e. chicken, fish, meat) so you may need to prep side dishes to accompany it. Or you can order them there separately.
  • SupperWorks isn’t alone.  There are other companies that offer a similar service – check out SupperSolved.

 So how’s that for convenience?   Invest a few hours one day along with a few bucks and you’ll be smiling for months.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Stevedave permalink
    March 11, 2010 11:21 am

    6 servings per entree?
    Hmm that makes it more worthwhile. Could be dinner and next day’s lunch!

    • March 17, 2010 5:07 pm

      Yep – it’s dinner, next day’s lunch AND the next day’s dinner. That’s only if you have self control and are not going for seconds. No will power in this household. So, if the dish is hitting the spot (and it often does) we go for more.

  2. Catherine permalink
    March 10, 2010 11:16 pm

    You have me sold…I’m going to check this out. Looks like you ladies had a lot of fun. 🙂

  3. youngwifey permalink
    March 6, 2010 9:01 am

    Sometimes my girlfriends and I get together at someone’s home, each responsible for bringing and prepping certain ingredients, then we all throw together our meals to freeze!

    • March 9, 2010 10:09 pm

      Love it! I’m stealing this idea for one of our next Girl’s Nights Out (or should I say Night In). That’s if you don’t mind me doing so:)

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