A couple of weeks ago I finally made it to one of those meal preparation places. You go, preferably with a friend or a group and put together meals that you will later freeze for use when you have nothing to eat at home. It’s a genius idea actually. Have moms come together to socialize, make dinners together, and then look like a miracle worker at home when she takes the concoction out of the oven.
The company that I went to (Magical Mealtime in Orlando) offered several options, but I choose to purchase 8 meals that each serve 3 people. Cost was $99 (I used a coupon and got it for $89). There are also options for meals that serve more people.
Here’s the rundown of how it works:
There are stations set up (kind of like salad bars) with different menu items. You move from one to the other for each recipe you are putting together.
Once at at station, you simply follow the instructions on the recipe, putting each ingredient into the bowl or serving container.
Each ingredient is has a measuring spoon that is the exact amount you need, so you don’t even reallly have to pay that much attention. Good thing too, because most of these places let you drink wine while you are “cooking.”
Mix it up. Follow the final instructions to make your meal (the above mixture is what will become meatloaf) and put in the container they provide. Then, you seal it up with plastic wrap, put a pre-printed sticker on the container that tells you how to cook it once you get it home.
Viola! After about an hour and 1/2 you’ve got 8 meals all ready to put in your freezer. Take one out the next time you say, “What’s for dinner?” You’ll have an answer for at least 8 nights in a row.