Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Dinner Ladies - I am in L.O.V.E.
Back on the other side of Winter, I talked about the trying not to buy into the cult of "busy busy busy" and deciding instead to manage the "is" of life by finding solutions and support systems to keep the wheels moving, just "being" in our week to week schedule dictated by the orbiting lives of five people.
Part of the equation that works for our family is meal planning, and a weekly calendar checking/schedule session. This helps to keep everyone across all the moving parts and has also facilitated the older boys stepping into more direct management of their own schedules.
More recently I have embraced an element of food delivery. Quite of few family and friends have used a couple of "recipe delivery" services such as Marley Spoon or Hello Fresh, but in looking at these, although everyone I knew was happy with everything, with the three boys, and a vegetarian husband, I didn't get the sense they would be a great fit for us.
Quite a few of my friends have been using The Dinner Ladies for a while, and after looking at their site, I decided to give them a go.
I have been doing a delivery every two & a half to three weeks, meaning I usually qualify for free delivery and we end up with a good variety of options in the freezer. On average of late, we have been having an evening meal curtesy of Dinner ladies once, sometimes twice, during the week.
Meat Balls and Butter Chicken, Lasagne and Citrus Brined Roast Chicken, Pizzas and Enchiladas - all have been met with a very positive response and the quality and favour have been fantastic.
Cost wise, on a per-head per meal basis, while not nickle & dime cheap, it works out at a very reasonable price for good quality food, and is alot cheaper than take away. I have been able to work the deliveries into our overall weekly meal budget and have found the time savings alone to be well worth it.
It certainly helps when doing the post-work-sport-and-study-run-around knowing that all you need to do is cook some rice and heat up a curry (or, even better, ask whichever teenager is home to turn on the over, pop in the lasagne and make a salad) and bam, dinner is served.
Thank you Dinner Ladies, thank you!