Cooking really doesn't take that long. It's the meal-planning and the meal-prepping that steals my minutes away. It's so tough to come up with 7 original dinner plans every single week...that are healthy and appealing to my whole family.
I am this close (really, really, really close) to heading out to a meal assembly kitchen in my area.
Ever heard of...
The Dinner A'Fare (AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, NC, NJ, PA, TN, UT, VA)
Super Suppers (30+ states)
Simply Dinners (AZ)
All three places are studio kitchens with meal prep stations complete with recipes, fresh ingredients, spices, measuring cups, and spoons.
Here's how it works: Essentially, the company pre-slices, dices, and chops everything you need. You stop in for about 2 hours, make 12 dishes, take the meals home, put them in the freezer, and then cook the dishes according to the provided directions at your leisure. At most of these type of places, the price breakdown works out to about $5-6/person. Not bad. Not bad at all for the amount of time saved - the thinking about what to cook, the grocery shopping, the dicing, the chopping, the prepping, etc.
YOUR TURN: Have you tried one of the above three kitchens or another one in your area? Share your "review"! Was the food tasty? Was the concept worth your while?