Do your weeknight dinners look like this?
Not only did I make these dinners at home (in 30 minutes) with healthy and organic ingredients, but all ingredients and corresponding recipes were delivered right to my door!
This amazing service was made possible by DinnerTime, a company that takes all the hassle out of meal planning and cooking at home.
This is how it works: You place an order by Thursday, and then you receive a delivery on the following Sunday for 4 meals. You get all ingredients and all recipes (except a few pantry staples which are mentioned in the recipes) in your delivery so you do not have to go grocery shopping or stress about what to make. All recipes are easy to prepare and take around 30 minutes to make, so you can make a healthy meal at home both quickly and easily.
Here is what my delivery looked like after I unpacked it…complete with ingredients, recipes, and measuring cups.
Here is what I prepared for the week:
Gaeng Ped – A Thai Coconut Curry with Chicken and Vegetables
This was the favorite of the week, and I have also included the recipe at the end of this post. I timed it, and all the meals really do take around 30 minutes to prepare. An added benefit is when you make the dish again, you are more familiar with it and can make it even faster the next time. My family actually asked for this curry again and the next time I made it, I shaved about 5 minutes off my time! Woohoo!
Another plus is that I had some of the ingredients left over from the initial DinnerTime order, such as the red curry paste and fish sauce, so I did not have to buy them again, which was great value for money.
Smoked Salmon with Zucchini Cakes
Surprisingly the kids liked the smoked salmon but not the zucchini cakes. It could have also been that I did not cook them properly as they were a bit soggy, although the taste was delicious. I also want to mention the good quality of ingredients; the smoked salmon was from Salmontini and the vegetables were from GreenHeart Organic Farms.
Veggie Skewers with Quinoa Salad
This day was very hectic, and I just did not have time to skewer the veggies. Instead I just stir fried them in a wok and also pan fried the halloumi cheese. I still made it within 30 minutes, so was happy about that! I also loved that the recipe was flexible enough so I could make last minute changes and still manage to get a good meal on the table!
Italian Cavatelli with Lamb Sausages
This was another favorite of the week. Pasta is always a crowd pleaser, but sometimes pasta can be boring if you make it the same way all the time. But this pasta had chickpeas and spices and other ingredients I hadn’t associated with Italian cuisine, so it was totally new to me, and the sausages went perfectly with it.
Overall, I had a great experience with DinnerTime. To get a nutritious meal on the table without the hassle of shopping and meal planning is a great service for these busy times we live in. But even for someone like me who cooks a lot, it introduced me to new ideas and new dishes I would not have tried before. If I had to give any critique, I would only say that if you have very picky eaters, you may have issues with them eating or trying a new meal. I must admit, my kids did not love the veggies and quinoa meal, and I had to make a quick mac n’cheese for them to eat, but I still had a great meal for my husband and myself to enjoy. We would definitely do this again. Try DinnerTime for yourself!
For more information about DinnerTime and how to order:
Place order on www.dinnertime.me or by phone +971 55-790-8733 by previous Thursday for Sunday delivery. Deliveries are for either 4 person or 2 person meals.
A Gluten Free option is also available, which has the same recipes but uses gluten free ingredients.
Pricing is as follows and are paid cash on delivery:
4 meals for 4 persons (16 servings total): 420 AED / 520 AED Gluten Free
4 meals for 2 persons (8 servings total): 300 AED / 400 AED Gluten Free
There is currently a promotion going on now if you would like to have a weekly subscription:
4 meals for 4 persons (16 servings total): 380 AED / 480 AED Gluten Free
4 meals for 2 persons (8 servings total): 280 AED / 380 AED Gluten Free
DinnerTime UAE LLC
Dubai – U.A.E.
Phone 055-790 8733
Here is a sample recipe of what you can expect if you order. My family loved this one and we have already made it again!
Gaeng Ped – Thai Curry recipe by DinnerTime
Chicken fillets, bell peppers, and red curry in coconut milk, served with rice
Preparation time: 30 minutes
4 servings Rice (H), (about 300ml or 1.2 cups) *Note: (H) denotes an ingredient you use from your home pantry
500 gram Chicken Fillet, cut into bite size pieces
1 can Coconut Milk
1 tablespoon Red Curry Paste (amount to taste)
1 ½ tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 teaspoon Sugar (H)
3 Lime Leaves
100-150 gram Green Beans, rinsed and cut info half
1 Red Bell Pepper, rinsed and cut into pieces
½ box Fresh White Mushrooms, sliced
½ bunch Fresh Coriander, chopped, amount to taste
1 deciliter = 100 milliliter = little less than half a cup (125 milliliter)
Start boiling 4 servings of rice according to the package instructions.
Cut the chicken fillet into bite-size pieces.
In a large frying pan, set coconut milk and red curry paste to boil.
Add the fish sauce, sugar, and lime leaves.
Add the chicken fillet and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
Rinse the green beans and cut them into halves and cut the bell pepper into pieces.
Wash and slice the mushrooms.
Add in the green beans and mushrooms when the chicken is just about done.
Let it simmer for a few more minutes.
Add the bell pepper and simmer for another minute.
Chop the coriander.
Serve the chicken with rice and garnish with coriander.