Alternative Sandwich Ideas

Have some leftovers or want to change up the serving suggestion on a few of your January Dream dinners? Here are a few ideas you can use at dinner or for lunch!

  • Kentucky Pork Chops – These also make delicious sandwiches served cold. A little sweet, spicy mustard and a slice of tomato on a bun or roll of your choice and you have an easy, delicious alternative.
  • Meatloaf Milano – A slice of cold meatloaf is great on a sandwich and cold mashed potatoes formed into pancake size patties are wonderful pan fried like hash browns for breakfast. Continue reading

One Pan Wonders in Your Baking Dish

Ever wanted to serve your Dream Dinners pan meal in something prettier than the foil pan you made it in? It can be easy to do if you follow these steps.

  • Spray your rectangular baking pan
  • Peel the foil pan away from the frozen dinner.
  • Insert the dinner right into your baking dish.
  • Bake as directed.
  • Serve beautifully!

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How to Turn Dream Dinners into Appetizers

Cost of product seen in the video is just $75 dollars to make this appetizer table that serves a party of 15. That’s $5 per person versus the price of catering.

  • See how the Chicken Bruschetta presents on skewers?
  • Just slice up the chicken in strips and bake as directed on skewers.
  • Herb Crusted Flank Steak, grilled, chilled, and sliced into bite sized appetizers.
  • Combine the chicken and beef with fresh veggies and cheese and crackers.

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6-Steps to a Beautiful Appetizer Table

This isn’t a low cost solution; it’s a “no-cost” decorator idea that will make your presentation look like a magazine in 6-simple steps.  And believe it or not, you most likely have all the materials needed already inside and outside your home.

Step 1: Put a table cover over your buffet table.

Step 2: Place 3-boxes on the table, a short, medium and taller box, that are wide enough to hold a platter.

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Sideline Solutions for Game Day

Don’t take a time-out and miss the game with friends and family cooking in the kitchen. These dinners are great solutions to serve while watching the game  and will have you on the couch watching with them.

Cheddar Filled Mini Meatloaves with Potato Pancakes – These easy, cheese filled single serving size meatloaves bake up perfectly in any muffin tin!  If you don’t have a muffin tin, to form the mini loaves, divide the meat mixture into equal sizes (3 or 6), roll into a ball and then a small oval.  Place on baking sheet and follow the directions. Serve these with the delicious potato pancakes on the side and our lite sour cream Ranch dipping sauce. Hugely popular with kids too.

Herb Crusted Flank Steak Sandwiches – Broil or grill the flank steak as directed. Continue reading

Appetizer Ready at Dream Dinners

Our dinners double as appetizers!  Easily transform our Sesame Glazed Meatballs, Bruschetta Chicken, Cheddar Filled Mini Meatloaves and Herb Crusted Flank Steak into great appetizers for any holiday gathering.

Sesame Glazed Meatballs – cook as directed and skewer each with a toothpick for a savory treat.

Bruschetta Chicken – these chicken breast tenders can be skewered for a deliciously easy appetizer.  Simply add water to bag of skewers; soak 20 min. to prevent from burning. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray baking pan with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade and slice each breast into 4 slices. Thread each slice onto skewer. Place on baking pan. Continue reading

Top 10 Dream Dinners Gift Picks

Here are some great gift ideas for friends and family that can help make getting their family around the table more fun or provide help in the kitchen.

Dream Dinners Gift Cards

The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal TableTopics Family Tag Two-Tone Woven Round Placemat and Napkins, Set of 4, Chocolate Brown with Lime Border
Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker Madeira Mario Batali M-02 Edge Grain Teak Utility Board, Medium Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer, Set of 2
Doodles at Dinner: 36 Tear-Off Placemats Williams-Sonoma Kids in the Kitchen: Fun Food Curious Chef 27-Piece Foundation Set

Thanksgiving Dinner Cooking Timeline Suggestions

We are so glad you bought the delicious Dream Dinners Holiday Turkey because you’re in for a treat! Just a reminder, if you’re planning to serve it on Thanksgiving day, place it and your Family Favorite Sides in the refrigerator to thaw 3-5 days before.

The best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. It takes 4 hours per pound to thaw a turkey (24 hours for every 5 pounds). Your Holiday Turkey may weigh between 6-8 pounds. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature. If short on time, you may thaw the turkey in cold water in the original wrapping, cover completely with cold water, making sure the water is changed every 30 minutes to keep the turkey surface cold. Continue reading

A Savory and Versatile Steak Dinner

Steak Caprese is inspired by the classic flavors of “Insalada Caprese”, found in great Italian restaurants. Mozzarella cheese, fire roasted tomatoes and basil smother these marinated sirloin steaks with light fresh flavor and bright colors of green and red. With only 295 calories and 6 grams of heart healthy fat from olive oil and pesto per serving, it also makes for totally guilt free dinner.

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Father and Daughter Have been Continuous Customers of Dream Dinners for 7 Years!

November 2 will be our seventh anniversary as Dream Dinners customers. The unique part is we are a father and daughter team.  Until I retired from teaching, my father who was 87 at the time tried to have dinner started before I got home.  We were getting pretty tired of our small repertoire of entrees—meat loaf, spaghetti, stroganoff, Mexican chicken, and stuffed peppers.  My father has macular degeneration, and it was becoming very difficult for him to read recipes.

I had heard about Dream Dinners in the newspaper and on TV, but only discovered that there was one close to us in Parker, Colorado in 2005. After our first visit, we were hooked. We have only missed two months—April 2006 and July 2007 since then.  We made up for it by even going twice a month a couple of times. In July of 2008, we took Pulled BBQ Pork in a cooler packed in dry ice on the plane. My father celebrated his 90th birthday in Columbia Falls,Montana and we brought enough Pulled Pork to feed 50 people. What a hit that was!

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It’s Halftime!

Make your next gathering of friends and family to watch the game memorable. We have several dinners that double as great football solutions that will have them cheering and you on the couch watching with them.

Everyone will be at your house to watch the game, so order more than one!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken – These make the best chicken burgers! Just toast some hamburger buns to serve them on. Pair it with some BBQ potato chips and watermelon. A healthier and more filling alternative to “wings”.

Chicken and White Bean Chili with Corn Fritters – Great crock pot recipe from frozen. A meal you can Continue reading

Crispy French Onion Fingerling Fun!

This entrée is a customer favorite, but thinking outside of the “dinner box”, it’s a Dream Dinner that is really great as a kid friendly finger food.  Simply slicing the chicken breasts into fingerlings and coating them the same way and cooking till their done makes for a yummy “hands on” dinner for little ones or for entertaining too.

Party Dip Idea
Make a cool chipotle dip for parties. Take a ¼ cup of little light mayonnaise and dash chipotle seasoning to the desired spiciness. It gives the fingers a little party kick!

Placemat Art For Dinnertime Fun

Ever find the kids a little stir crazy at the table? The younger they are, sometimes the harder it is to keep their attention, right?  We love interactive tools like placemats and you can get some fun ideas ready to print right now online.

Go to  www.thehourthatmattersmost.com  and check out the placemats and the conversation coasters for kids of all ages under Toolkit.  Plus, we just found this Continue reading

Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks

Every October for many families brings the tradition of picking out and carving pumpkins. Depending on how many you are carving, between the prep work and finish, an entire evening can be dedicated to just this fun project. Plan ahead for dinner and add some fun music in the background. For dinner, our Maple Glazed Pork Roast or Beef Pasta Bolognese both cook great in your crock pot leaving you more time to prep your pumpkins and less time cooking and cleaning up after dinner.

There is an amazing amount of ideas online for decorating and some pretty impressive templates you can purchase at your local store. However, good carving starts with selecting the right pumpkin. It is best to choose one that is fresh, has a strong, sturdy stem and no bruises or soft spots. Pumpkins with a flat bottom are ideal to prevent them from rolling away. Here are a few additional tips… Continue reading

Easy Edible October Centerpiece Idea

Photo Credit: Antonis Achilleos/Woman’s Day

We love elegant simplicity and this super easy edible harvest theme centerpiece idea is perfect. Just pour your candy corn into a clear glass container of just about any shape small or large. Put a white or black candle inside for a little Halloween festival flair. Stagger them with small pumpkins in between the vases and you’ve got a 60-second centerpiece solution!

We really like this whether we’re serving this month’s Mexican Meatballs or the Seared Valencia Tuna Steaks and hearty comfort foods on the menu this October. Continue reading