Whether you enjoy cooking or not, there is one thing we can all agree upon: Grocery shopping stinks!
It’s certainly one of my least favorite adulting requirements, but never fear! There are ways to prepare and enjoy great food without having to step foot in the dreaded grocery store.
I’m sure most of you have at least heard of one food subscription service, but with so many saturating the market, it can be hard to determine what works best for you and your family. This month we gave <a href=”http://www.dinnerthyme.com”>Dinner Thyme</a>’s service a try. One of the things that sets them apart is that they only ship the meals when you order them, no reason to cancel or skip when you don’t need a box, which is honestly pretty great.
According to their <a href=”http://www.DinnerThyme.com”>website</a>, they describe their service as the “perfect combination of cooking and convenience.” And through our experience, we found the convenience aspect to be right on the money. We’ll delve more into the cooking portion a little bit later.
How It Works
First, you’ll need to sign up for a free account with Dinner Thyme. Several areas of the website will guide you to this step. Once signed up, you can move on to selecting your meals.
Each week, there is a selection of 9 or so meals to choose from. The prices range from $9.95 – $12.95
Once you’ve selected your meals and how many portions you’ll need, the chefs at Dinner Thyme begin to prep some of your ingredients before packaging them. I cannot even begin to explain what a time saver this step was when it came time to assemble the dinners.
When it comes time to ship your meal box, you’ll get an email confirmation stating when to expect your package. Whenever shipping perishables like this, I really appreciate knowing when the shipment should arrive, so it’s not just sitting out in the hot summer heat.
For our meals, we chose the Meatloaf with Balsamic Asparagus & Garlic Mashed Potatoes and the Chicken Bok Choy with Peanut Coconut Sauce.
Just as described in the email, our dinners arrived right on time in an insulated box. The meat was packaged at the bottom separately from the veggies and other ingredients, which was a nice touch that I haven’t necessarily seen in similar services.
Each dinner comes with a recipe card that has a corresponding color coded label to the ingredients. This ensures you use the right ingredients for the right recipes. There is also an introduction page that thanks you for your order and also tells you how soon to enjoy your meals. Seeing as we have little self control, we prepared and enjoyed our meals within the first 2 days of delivery.
All the ingredients in the box looked fantastic, fresh, and even smelled great. Considering the dinners traveled from New York state to Tennessee, I was more than impressed.
Like I mentioned before, the chefs at Dinner Thyme prep your ingredients for you. But I was still shocked by the level of detail they put into literally prepping everything. The onions were chopped, the meatloaf was seasoned and mixed, the rice was cooked. The dinners practically make themselves.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have seen a recipe you wanted to try that boasted a 20 minute or less cook and prep time, but had at least 87 steps. That is not the case here. The recipe card says a time frame for cooking, and you will be done in that amount of time due to absolutely no prep on your part.
While this is insanely convenient, if you enjoy cooking as much as we do, you’ll find this to be more of an assembly process than actual cooking. If you’re new to cooking or are just starting your menu prep journey, this is a fantastic place to start, as it teaches the importance of preparation in the kitchen, AND it’s much faster than going through a drive-thru!
We prepared the Meatloaf dinner the first night we received the Dinner Thyme box.
For this meal we received:
- Meatloaf Mix
- Balsamic Sauce
- Fried Onions
- Mashed Potatoes
This meal was as easy as forming the meatloaf mix into patties, spreading ketchup on each patty, and arranging them along with the asparagus on a baking sheet. Both items were roasted for the allotted time on the recipe card. When they were nearly done cooking, the mashed potatoes were microwaved till piping hot, then it was time to eat.
The next night we prepared the Chicken Bok Choy with Peanut Coconut Sauce.
For this meal we received:
- Chicken (already cut into small chunks)
- Bok Choy (chopped)
- Onions/Ginger (diced)
- Peanut Coconut Sauce
- Jasmine Rice (cooked)
This dinner followed a similar assembly process, but this time in 2 saute’ pans.
The flavor in both of these selections were really impressive. We’ve tried other meal services similar to this, and I’d have to say this is definitely one of the best in terms of the seasoning and depth of flavor they developed in pre-prepared ingredients.
If you’ve thought of trying a dinner subscription service, we would most definitely recommend the folks over at Dinner Thyme. The chefs over there certainly know how to make delicious food at home an easily attainable goal.
**Note: Dinner Thyme was gracious enough to send us a complimentary box in exchange for a thoughtful and honest review. All opinions on this blog are our own.**