Sometimes I’m really organised and we have lovely dinners, complete with salads and even dessert. Then there are those weeks, when someone’s sick, or there are too many hockey/soccer games and it’s a dinner disaster. Once in a while, cereal for dinner (or grilled cheese, toast with eggs, bagels with cream cheese) is fun and surprising. But when it happens day after day, something’s got to be done.
A friend suggested Supperworks as a potential solution. When my daughter’s Montessori, Petite Maison (you’ve probably heard me wax on about how WONDERFUL that place is. love love love), planned a moms’ outing with a discount to boot, I was on board immediately.
We visited the Leaside location (Toronto), and had a group of about 15 moms. We mingled and snacked for a bit before getting down to business. Usually, my chance to chat with other PM moms is limited to the coat room at school, so it was a great chance to catch up with a fabulous group of dynamic moms and teachers, whom I love dearly!
Here’s how Supperworks works:
We were told (and it was true!) that in 1 hour, we could prepare 3 entrees (each serving 6 people if you go with the full option). There were multiple choices, and I chose Buttermilk Chicken, Moroccan chicken and Mushroom-smothered Sirloin.
Each entree has its own station, which is set up immaculately with ingredients, bowls, measuring spoons/cups. All the spices are set out separately from the wet ingredients, and the meats are washed, cut up and ready in the little fridge.
Detailed instructions are provided for the preparation. For example, for the Buttermilk Chicken, I marinaded the chicken in buttermilk, dijon mustard and honey. That went into a freezer bag. Then I prepared the crispy coating which was bread crumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper. The whole thing goes in the freezer and you take it out the night before you want to make it.
No clean up, no mess, no washing dishes. I came home with three nicely prepared meals for my freezer. The perfect solution to those days when a homemade dinner is just not possible.
So, you must be wondering about the food? Is it yummy? I’ve only made the Buttermilk Chicken so far, and it was good. My kids liked it, and I served it with warm rolls and some steamed veggies. I liked it. However, with my Indian palate, I like lots of spice. This was a little on the bland side for me. However, it was nutritious and good for the kids. For us, not an every day solution, but definitely a solution to meal crisis periods. I’ll post an addendum to this letting you know about the other two meals.