Monday, September 28, 2015

Prep Dish Review

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Rate of Delivery: Weekly – every Friday
Method of Delivery: Email with link to printable PDF file
Cost: $14 per month
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The Diva Farmer Rating: A+
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Disclaimer: Prep Dish was kind enough to send me their September menus to try and review. The following review is based on my opinion and not that of Prep Dish.

What is Prep Dish you ask? The best way to describe them is with their tag line: Shop Once, Prep Once, Eat Stress-Free Meals All Week.

How does it work? You purchase a monthly membership for $14 (annual ones are also available), then each Friday you receive an email/newsletter that contains a link redirecting you to a PDF file which contains both the gluten-free and paleo menus for the upcoming week.

More about the PDF file: The first page of the document contains a list of 4 entrees with a side dish, a salad, breakfast option, a snack and a dessert (each menu item will serve 4 people). In addition there is a grocery shopping list of everything required to prepare the dishes.

The second page is your prep day task sheet which contains the recipes and preparation instructions for every dish. It will take you between 1 and 2 hours ONCE a week to prep all of your meals.

The third page lists what you need to do each day to finalize the meal and set it on the table (re-heating, adding ingredients that are always last minute).

Here are a few of the dishes that were on the September menu along with three dishes that I made and provided images: Hazelnut Pork Chops w/ Celery Root Puree and Green Beans; Pecan-Crusted Salmon w/ Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup; Bacon and Chard Stuffed Chicken w/ Potatoes and Mushrooms.

Entrée and Side Dish: Balsamic Chicken  w/ Butternut Squash, Cherry and Walnut Quinoa Pilaf.

Breakfast: Gluten-Free Banana Bread 

Dessert: Cashew Butter and Cherry Cookie

The Diva Farmer’s Opinion: Personally I have been prepping my meals once a week for the past year. It has been very time consuming because I need to find multiple recipes that use the same ingredients; so nothing goes to waste.  Unfortunately I find that I eat the same dishes over and over again. This program take all the research out of the equation and provides unique variety week after week. I definitely feel $14 is a fair trade for the amount of time I spent trying to do what Prep Dish is doing.

What impressed me the most was the fact that the dishes are all based on fresh ingredients and whole foods; processed foods never come into play.  The menus are nutritionally balanced, visually appealing and extremely appetizing because they are created by a Personal Chef & Dietitian. I really enjoyed every single meal!

What would I change or like to see? I think it would be nice to have a couple of breakfast options so you are not consuming the same meal every morning.

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