Back in April I helped coordinate a brand launch luncheon in East Nashville (at the most adorable AirBnB property I might add) for ShareCrate from Dream Dinners. We had fun catching up and sampling the ShareCrate meals, which is a delivery service that specializes in fully prepared dinners delivered to your recipent’s front door.
Nashville area bloggers had fun learning about ShareCrate, a new meal delivery service concept from the Dream Dinners franchise chain, which is based in Snohomish, Washington.
Have you ever had a long-distance friend or loved one who could use a home-cooked meal? For many people, loving with food is a traditional way of showing they care. I remember when I had my first daughter receiving gifts of food. It was a thoughtful and much needed gesture! It was already overwhelming enough adjusting to motherhood for the first time, but recovering from an emergency c-section made it difficult to even drive to the store and cook in those early weeks. It was so nice to have some normalcy in the form of a home cooked meal.
ShareCrate offers two options:
- Medium ShareCrate – Serves 2-3 and costs $89
- Large Sharecrate – Serves 5-6 and costs $139
Each Dream Dinners ShareCrate contains three different low-prep, low-stress homecooked meals dcarefully hand-packed in a Styrofoam cooler with dry ice and are delivered via FedEx. The ShareCrate has full instructions about how to cook each dinner. The first dinner is a cook from frozen option that goes straight from the freezer to the oven (this was my favorite option). The other two meals are to be placed in your refrigerator to thaw for days 2-4 days. Each meal comes with an easy-to-follow instruction card and nutritional info.
Dream Dinners ShareCrate can be ordered from any state in the U.S. but deliver is currently available for delivery to Alabama*, Arkansas*, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia*, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa*, Kansas*, Kentucky, Maine*, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi*, Missouri, Nebraska*, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota*, Ohio, Oklahoma*, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina*, South Dakota*, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Additional delivery areas will be added in the coming months. (*limited delivery area).
I love supporting companies that give back, and Dream Dinners, the parent company of ShareCrate, runs an active nonprofit called the Living the Dream Foundation.
My Dream Dinners ShareCrate arrived via FedX at my front door and I immediately opened the box, unpacked the styrofoam cooler inside and placed the Chicken with Honey, Garlic & Orange with Oven Roasted Broccoli and the Sesame Glazed Meatballs with Jasmine Rice in the refrigerator and the Creamy Chicken Florentine Tortellini in the freezer. Everything is bagged and labeled and the pasta dish comes in its own disposable aluminum casserole dish. Seriously, all the work is done for you!
Confession time, I am an “okay” cook but cooking is just not my thing. My husband, however, is an amazing cook and is much more adventurous in the kitchen. He works quite a bit and I’m working full time again and there are just some work and school nights where the thought of making dinner is just too much.
Here is my rundown of each delicious, virtually no-prep meal (and be sure to read to the end as I’m giving away a ShareCrate valued at $89 at the end of this post to one lucky, and hungry, reader!)
Creamy Chicken Florentine Tortellini
I made this meal first and this was definitely the easiest dinner ever as all I had to do was turn on the oven! I am a huge fan of pasta so I was excited about this meal. It was good, but it was extremely simple. If you have picky eaters in your house they will love it. It’s definitely not a gourmet meal, but a good family dinner option that should please everyone from young children to grandparents. I served it with a simple spinach salad. I cooked this on a night when it was just me and my girls and we had tons of leftovers.
Chicken with Honey, Garlic & Orange with Oven Roasted Broccoli
The honey, garlic and orange marinade that came with this meal was absolutely DIVINE. It had an amazing rich smell and really complimented the chicken and kept it moist. I loved, loved it so much that I would probably buy it as a separate marinade. My girls even loved the broccoli, which was a pleasant surprise. This meal was a big hit with all of us and our favorite of the three options. This involved a little more prep, but still was minimal, and also had to be thawed, but was still extremely simple to make. The broccoli came in a large sealed freezer bag and just had to be tossed with the garlic topping that was also already prepped and sealed. Confession, it took much much longer to thaw the chicken that I anticipated so I ended up grilling it and brushing on the marinade. It turned out excellent, however, and I think it probably was the more tastier option than cooking it on the stove.
Sesame Glazed Meatballs with Jasmine Rice
This meal was probably the least loved of the trio, but no one in my family is a big fan of meatballs. I thought the taste of the meatballs was excellent. I was also pleasantly surprised that the pre-cooked rice tasted as amazing as it did!
Now on to the best part! One lucky BlondeMomBlog reader will have a chance to win their own Dream Dinners ShareCrate with 3 complete dinners valued at $89.
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FTC Disclosure: I received a DreamDinners ShareCrate as well as additional compensation for this review and giveaway.