For the past year, we have been working to redefine our brand, evaluating what it means to be associated with Dream Dinners and how we could display our values and purpose using a singular symbol. After countless hours of thoughtful consideration, creative reflection and brand redefinition, we have decided to move away from the dove logo many have come to associated with the Dream Dinners brand.
Since opening our doors in 2002, our goal was to bring families together with the comfort of Homemade, Made Easy offerings. We are launching a new logo, one which illustrates the idea of loving with food and represents our mission to grow great kids with a singular icon. As a company founded by moms with daughters, our new logo is also a way for us to connect our new identity with our roots.
We asked, you voted. Here are your Fan Favorites – available on one menu, for the entire month of August.
- Pub Style Chicken with Mashed Potatoes
- Seafood Cioppino
- Turkey Florentine Burgers on Pretzel Buns
- Crispy French Onion Chicken
- Old Fashioned Meatloaf with Twice Baked Potatoes
Thursday, January 16 is National Hot and Spicy Food Day. It is the perfect opportunity to combat chilly weather with food that will heat you from the inside out.
Warm up with our Buffalo Ranch Chicken, Sweet Chipotle Chicken Cavatappi, or Outlaw Chicken Sliders from January’s menu. The great thing about celebrating spicy flavors with Dream Dinners is that you can make your dinners as hot or as mild as your family likes. By adjusting the spices to fit your family’s tastes, you can rest assured that your kids will still enjoy all of these family-friendly meals.
We know the holidays can often come with a long to-do list. We want to help simplify your life this month, so you can spend less time checking off tasks and more time creating memories with your family.
Our December menu has three family-friendly dinners that can be made in 15 minutes: Penne with Chicken and Peanut Sauce, Creamy Tortellini with Bacon, and French Onion Turkey Burgers on Pretzel Buns. Whether you’re running kids to afterschool activities or have fun plans for the holidays, these meals will ensure that you can get a delicious dinner on the table even with the most hectic schedule. For an even more hands-off approach to busy weeknight dinners, try making our Honey Chipotle Pork Roast or Old Fashioned Pot Roast in the slow cooker.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, a movement that has been inspiring people to support small businesses across the country for the last three years. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this nationally recognized day is dedicated to giving back to the people and places that have given their communities so much. In honor of Small Business Saturday, we’d like to share a little bit of our history and recognize the hardworking franchise owners in your communities.
Dream Dinners evolved from the homegrown practice of co-founder Stephanie Allen, a working mother who had been making fix-and-freeze meals for her family. Stephanie enlisted the help of long-time friend Tina Kuna and, together, they hosted the first series of meal assembly sessions in March 2002. Three months later, they opened the first Dream Dinners store and by early 2003, they had received national media attention as well as thousands of unsolicited franchise inquiries from potential owners across the country. By the end of 2003, Stephanie and Tina had signed 35 new franchises. Now, Dream Dinners has assembly stores representing all regions of the country.
Here, Tina and Stephanie share a few memorable moments from the very beginning:
“The first few months before we had our own location, we would haul all of our food into a catering kitchen that we rented by the evening. There was no refrigeration and we would set up stations around the kitchen on long counters. At the end of the evening, we would have to wash each dish by hand (no dishwasher) and then haul all the food back to a warehouse where we had stored a few freezers. We’d crawl into bed at about 2 a.m., then get back up at 6 a.m. and start the day all over again.”
Our Holiday Family Favorite Side Dishes all cook at the same oven temperature to simplify your Thanksgiving dinner. We even have your Thanksgiving cooking timeline ready to make planning even easier.
Combat the chill in November’s air with good-for-the soul comfort foods that will make your whole family eager to gather around the dinner table. All of these dinners simply bake in the oven for about an hour, giving you enough time to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a good book.
Outlaw Chicken Marinara is an Italian-inspired dish layered with crispy chicken, seasoned marinara sauce and three kinds of cheese. This is a kid favorite!
Not only is pasta the perfect comfort food on a cozy fall day, it’s also the foundation for an easy family dinner. Both of our pasta dishes from this month’s menu can be taken straight from the freezer to cook in the oven for an effortless dinner the whole family will enjoy.
Layered Ravioli Bake is a kid favorite. Cheese ravioli layered with seasoned marinara, mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage, and fresh mushrooms make up this one-pan dinner.
Creamy Chicken Florentine Tortellini is a complete dinner all on its own with 31 grams of protein and a full serving of vegetables. Dinner doesn’t get any easier than that!
What is your favorite pasta dinner?
Did you know that the average American eats 137.9 pounds of potatoes each year? Or that potato products are the second most consumed food in the U.S. after milk products? It’s hard not to love potatoes and September’s menu gives you many options to enjoy during “National Potato Month.”
Try our Old Fashioned Meatloaf with Twice Baked Potatoes, Cattleman’s Pie, Fully Loaded Chicken and Potato Soup or Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with Garlic Mashed Potatoes for creamy goodness that’s perfect for fall.
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