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New Year... New Website!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 6:07:20 PM America/New_York

2018 is here and this year at Dinner Done it's "out with the old and in with the new"... our website, that is!  We hope you'll love our new website as much as we do. Although it looks quite different, it will do everything that our old website did and much more.

Here are some new things you'll find...

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Grill Like a Pro!

Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:35:38 PM America/New_York

Firing up the grill is easy, but grilling to juicy, tender perfection requires attention to detail. Read on for 10 of our favorite summer grilling tips, a pro trick to tell just how hot your grill is, and our take on direct vs. indirect heat.
 
10 Simple Tips for Great Grilling
 
  1. Always start with a clean grill, and grease the grilling surface before heating.
  2. Grill veggies separate from meats when doing kabobs. Veggies do well over indirect heat, while meats are usually best grilled over direct heat.
  3. Marinate meats in the refrigerator and never...
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Back-to-School Lunchbox Tips!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 3:20:38 PM America/New_York

It's back to school time, and for many of us that means it's lunchbox time! Read on for how to get that insulated food thermos ready, tips on packing lunches that are safe to eat, and 10 creative lunchbox ideas.

Insulated Food Jars

An insulated food jar opens the door to all kinds of lunch possibilities. Healthy, homemade pasta dishes, hearty soups and even last night's leftovers can all be kept hot and at a safe temperature with these! Here are a few tips that may come in handy:

  • Not all thermoses are created equal. Use a good quality vacuum insulated food jar.
  • Make sure your child can open the thermos by themselves. This goes for any foods being packed in a lunchbox!
  • How you put foods in the jar is important. Before adding food, fill the jar with boiling water and let stand a few minutes. Empty the water and fill with steaming hot food.
  • Try this at home before sending to school (or taking to work!) to make sure the food stays at a safe temperature:  Test the temperature of the food with an instant read food thermometer 4-6 hours after packing. For optimal safety, hot items should be above...
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Halloween candy overload? Sweet!

Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:48:15 PM America/New_York

If you're wondering what you're going to do with all of that Halloween candy, you're not the only one! Here are some sweet ideas...
 
  • Make candy bark or candy-loaded rice krispies treats for fun holiday gifts for friends and teachers.
  • Chop up chocolately treats and freeze to use as chocolate chips throughout the year. Cookies, pancakes, ice cream toppers, smores... yum!
  • Invite friends (and their leftover candy) over for these fun wine-candy pairings... Reeses Peanut Butter Cups & Gamay; Twix & ....
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March Menu Musings

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 2:26:27 PM America/New_York

Here are some notes and ideas for taking a little work out of March meal-planning... These entrees are all on our March Monthly Menu - we'll have them in Grab & Go all month. They can also be made to your taste in an In-Kitchen Session or for ToGo pickup or delivery.

We've paired the entrees with Dinner Done side dishes and/or suggestions for fresh vegetables and salads that can be easily added at home for a delicious, nutritious meal any night of the week!

  • Sheet Pan Dinners
  • Freezer to Table in 30 Minutes or Less
  • Sunday Dinners & Family Feasts
  • Keto / Low-Carb Options

Sheet Pan Dinners 

Many Dinner Done dishes can be turned into sheet pan dinners with the addition of a few fresh veggies! In fact, when we photograph our dishes each month, we almost always place our freezer-to-oven entrees on a parchment paper lined sheet pan because the hot oven air can circulate around the dish more freely. The parchment paper makes cleanup a breeze.

Here are our suggestions for Dinner Done entrees that make great sheet pan dinners!

Tuscana Chicken | Dinner Done Roasted Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes | Zucchini Slices with Parmesan Cheese

Freezer to Oven: Cook Tuscana Chicken and Dinner Done Roasted Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes (in original pan)  at same time. The last 15-20 minutes...

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An Appetite for April!

Monday, April 8, 2019 2:26:00 PM America/New_York

Spring has arrived and so has our April Menu!  The April dishes are already available in Grab & Go and for in-store pickup and delivery. Our make-your-own April In-Kitchen Sessions begin Thursday, April 11th.

So, let's take a look at some of the April Menu... side dish pairings, sheet pan dinner ideas and just general tips to help get healthy, home-cooked meals on that dinner table!

  • Sheet Pan Dinners
  • Freezer to Table in 30 Minutes or Less
  • Grill Greats
  • Keto / Low-Carb Options

Sheet Pan Dinners 

With a few fresh veggies, it's easy to turn a Dinner Done freezer-to-oven entree into a healthy, wholesome sheet pan dinner. In fact, we are loving the sheet pan dinners so much that we are working on providing complete sheet pan kits in the near future! 

For now, here are our suggestions for Dinner Done entrees that are the perfect starting point for great sheet pan dinners...

Walnut Rosemary Oven Fried Chicken | Dinner Done Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes | Parmesan Green Beans*

Freezer to Oven: Cook Walnut Rosemary Oven Fried Chicken. Toss fresh green beans with a little olive oil, salt, and garlic powder and spread lined sheet pan. The last 15-20 minutes, put the green beans in the oven and ...

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Meal Planning in May!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:13:21 AM America/New_York

With the school year ending and summer vacation planning well underway, May is just one of those months where having a meal plan really can make life a little bit lot easier! 

With that in mind, we've created a 4-week meal plan this month that combines Dinner Done convenience with plenty of room for your own home-cooked family dishes or nights out at your favorite restaurants. Read on to learn more about our May Menu entrees and to download the sample meal plan in a convenient and customizable Excel format...

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Creamy Strawberry Margarita Poptails!

Friday, May 24, 2019 9:22:16 AM America/New_York

Easy to make adult popsicles? Yes, please...

 

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Shorter Cooking Times with an Air Fryer...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:37:06 PM America/New_York

Air Fried Fish Filet

As an empty-nester trying to get rid of "stuff" accumulated over the years, buying a new kitchen gadget was the furthest thing from my mind. But after several of you shared how much you love your air fryer, well, I had to give it a try... 

Wow! The results were impressive: perfectly crisp panko coatings, beef filets and pork tenderloin that tasted more grilled than "oven-baked" and - this is the biggie! - significantly shorter cooking times from frozen!

Stuffed chicken breasts from freezer to table in just 35 minutes? Um, yes please...

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