Making a mess in the kitchen is a fact of life if you eat at home. If cooking isn’t your favorite thing to do, then cleaning up afterward may serve as an even bigger punishment. Kitchen counters cluttered with pots and pans can create stress and make fast food tempting.
I’ve noticed a number of stores popping up in the strip malls in my area that hope to make eating at home easier and faster. These stores have all of the ingredients for a variety of dinners and customers make meals to take home and freeze. Their assembly line concept keeps your kitchen mess free and may save you time.
Dream Dinners is one of these types of stores where you prepare 12 meals in two hours. Let’s Dish is like Dream Dinners but it has an option where you can pay extra for the store to make your dinners and you just pick them up and take them home. Many of these meal assembly stores are locally owned, so check your regional retail listings to learn about them in your area.
While researching the assembly line stores, I also learned about services that will mail you dinners frozen in dry ice. Dine Wise is a meal delivery service that offers weight loss, diabetic, low carb, low sodium, and gluten free mailed meals. And, Chefs Diet is one that promises its clients that they will lose weight eating their food. A Google search for “prepared meals by mail” will yield pages of results of companies offering home delivery.
All of these options require thawing and heating your dinner in the microwave, but this can be done on serving plates. Fewer dishes and less stress about what’s for dinner can make cleaning up afterward a more enjoyable experience. And, if you clean up the kitchen, it’s likely to be uncluttered. I like to cook and don’t mind cleaning up afterward, so these types of dinners aren’t for me. However, I can see how they would be very tempting for a busy family and for people who don’t like to cook.