Saturday, January 5, 2008

Let's Dish: A Review

Three friends and I met up at a Let's Dish location this afternoon to prepare meals which then would be frozen to be thawed, cooked and eaten at a later date. Their claim is that this is "the easy and affordable way to prepare healthy, delicious, homemade dinners in no time".

I arrived for the in-store session at 1:30pm and was out the door by a little after 3pm with 8 freshly made meals (I selected 4 entrees which serve 6-8 people each and split them).

Overall it was a pretty good experience. Going into it, I was thinking it would be some fun girl-time with my friends. That definitely was not the case! You were there to work--the recipes and all ingredients (pre-chopped when needed) and containers (freezer bags or foil) were set up at stations. But, it still took (me at least!) quite a bit of concentration to put the meals together. And, there was really only room for one person at each station so we were all on our own.

I do have to admit that I am a germaphobe and the sanitary conditions weren't 100% up to my standards. We did wear bandannas on our heads and were strongly told to wash our hands between each meal station, but we didn't wear gloves and the same ladles, measuring spoons, etc. were used over and over again by each person at the station. Don't get me wrong, I didn't run in horror and definitely feel comfortable eating my meals, but still..... (edited to add: please read my post about the Let's Dish response to this comment. They made a strong case that people are more sanitary when they wash their hands often v. wear gloves. It makes a lot of sense!)

As I mentioned, I chose the 4 dish plan which is $100, divide that into the 8 entrees I brought home and that means we'll be eating dinner for $12.50 per night. I'm thinking we will often have leftovers as the divided portions are technically for 2-3 people. Sides aren't included but I think most will only require a salad or veggie--something we almost always have on hand.

Here are the dishes I chose from their menu:

Fajita Steak with Chile-Lime Dressing
Low carb! Our classic flank steak marinates in a delicious fajita mixture to create yet another great dinner. Once cooked, you can eat it as is, drizzling the yummy Chile-Lime Dressing on top or toss some fresh lettuce with the dressing and layer slices of the steak over the salad.

Sage Chicken with Golden Rice
Six all-natural, boneless chicken breasts are marinated and cooked in a sauce of sage and light cream. Serve over delicious rice infused with cinnamon, cumin, and orange, and tossed with golden raisins. This meal is sure to warm up your family on a cold winter night.

Sizzling Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas
Chicken breast strips are tossed with peppers, onions, corn, and zucchini in a smoky fajita sauce. Wrapped in tortillas and topped with cheese, it's sure to please.

Citrus Tilapia with Almonds
Heart healthy! We took a popular dish and made it even better! Individual tilapia filets are baked with oranges and a citrus marinade then sprinkled with almonds. A simple fish dish that the whole family will enjoy.

We ate one portion of our fajita steak with chile lime dressing tonight and it was a big hit! Abel absolutely loved it. I thought it was very good. I served it with a box of Goya Rice and Black Beans and some broccoli florets. For our second portion, I think I'll serve it as a salad.

We'll make our final judgement after trying one of each of the entrees, but so far Let's Dish gets two thumbs up from me!

1 comment:

  1. Do they have that in Canada, do you think? It sounds like my kind of cooking. (Carry out instructions with little decision-making required.)


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