Monday, May 17, 2010

Supper Solutions: Meals in Fast-forward

I've had three babies. All in a row. So I know that feeling of craziness after you arrive home from the hospital with a precious little thing who steals your sanity and your sleep that you once so freely enjoyed.

To prepare for those trying first weeks of being a new mom I made 30-35 meals in advance shortly before I had each baby. The idea was from my mom who did Once a Month Cooking a handful of times while I was growing up. I have done it only 3 times: before I had each baby. It was a brilliant solution for those seasons of my life! Basically, my mom and I followed this cookbook:Once-A-Month Cooking. We shopped and cooked for 2 1/2 days and ended up with 30-35 wonderfully prepared meals each in our freezers!

A few years later I discovered a new business trend that used the system I explained above EXCEPT in Fast-forward Mode!! What once took 2 1/2 days of very hard work now could be accomplished in a couple of hours. Supper Solutions is the franchise in our area that I experimented with and was instantly sold. I have gone there several times over the last few years and enjoyed every moment (and every meal!).

The food was delicious,

the atmosphere was pleasing,

and the satisfaction I felt
when I filled my freezer with dinners was IDEAL.

Here are some photos from a past visit and that time I had two adorable helpers!

Skyler concentrating on forming the burgers

Checking the meals off...
Titus is a serious chef

He is camera shy but ready to work
And when it's time to hang up your apron,
you have more time to go be with your family.

Explore your area for a meal prep kitchen near you!
And let me know if you're already doing it...

Attention Western Slope Locals:
Our local Supper Solutions is having a

Tuesday, May 18th &
Wednesday, May 19th
1:00pm to 6:00pm

Be there or be square!

For more ideas: The Inspired Room, I'm Lovin It, Do It Yourself Day, Works for Me Wednesday


caveman said...

I like the meals you make there too. They are tasty and healthy. Looking at the pictures reminds me how fast our boys are growing up! :(

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is a great idea, Lisa. And it would be good, too, for someone about to have surgery who doesn't want to have to stand and cook.


Sheila :-)

Michelle said...

When I lived in Colorado I really wanted to try Supper Soultions. It seems like such a great idea.

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

I have been thinking about trying one of these type places....hmmmmm. Your results look great!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lisa, believe it or not, it's still current, and someone I know has the same flatware. The name of the company is called: Gourmet Settings. Go to their website, and you can find it there. I think it's still at Target, too! :-)


Sheila :-)

Ruby Red Slippers said...

We have something similar here in Michigan, and I adore it-it has saved my sanity, and I don't have nearly as many gray hairs as I should have because of that place!
I hate cooking-and when my husband is out of town, I pop in a ready made (by me!) meal-and it is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

what a GREAT idea!! cooking is not my favorite thing to do, so this would be perfect for me!!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh yum! Oh what a great DIY project. You are one clever and crafty girl.

I just finished a project that took 23 years to complete.
Come take a peek. said...

Never heard of this but I'm intrigued! Sounds like a great idea!


Kelly Miller said...

I wish we had something like this locally, or that folks around here would use it (so I could start a franchise). Love this idea!

Leslie said...

What a wonderful place. Wish we had something like that here. Thanks for sharing!

The Halbert Home said...

Found you on WFMW, When we got married my husband planned our honeymoon for a lake cabin in December and he went to a place like this and made all of our meals for the week so we wouldn't have to cook. It was absolutely delightful!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

How cool! WE have a few of these type of places in our area. :D I have a friend whose sister owns one.

Raise Them Up said...

I wish they had something like that around here! I would love to try it!

I have three boys, too. :) They sure keep you hopping, don't they? Lol!

'Becca said...

Cooking ahead is great, but I don't understand the advantage of going someplace special to do it. There's a fee beyond the cost of food, right--how much? What makes it better than cooking at home?

Johnlyn said...

I just started OAMC at home...well more of a dedicated day of cooking. It's been such a time saver!

Jane said...

We have several different places like this in my area. Such a convenience...especially when there is an emergency meal needed!

Marty lived in the guest quarters of a plastic surgeon before we married. The doc's wife shopped once a month, then cooked for 2 days...packaging everything in single servings...and froze it all in their gigantic freezers. At a moment's notice, she could prepare a meal for her husband in just minutes. I always thought I would be this organized...NOPE! But I do cook lots of 20 minute meals...and they're quite good!

Jane (artfully graced)

Gretchen Seefried said...

Lovin that the kids help too! I'm coming over from I' Lovin it and I am LOVIN it!
Checking out more of your blog now! New follower yea I am!

Anonymous said...

the boys are so cute!