A few months back I posted my 'Wine vs Whine List'. It was basically a list of all the wines I love, which I could totally add to now, along with all the things I do not love. At the top of my 'Whine List' was (and still is) cooking. I probably should amend it to dinnertime in general. I use to love dinnertime. I love food - I just don't like cooking it and I really hate feeding my kids. And I don't mean that in a 'call the authorities, this woman wants to see her kids starve' kinda way, I mean it's not an enjoyable experience. They are the fussiest eaters on the face of the planet. Tiny Whiny #1, she's not so bad. She will eat most things, nothing green though, no spaghetti and don't even get me started on her dislike of carrots - she quite happily foregoes dessert just so that she can avoid eating a single slice of carrot. Like, seriously? Just eat the damn carrot! Tiny Whiny #2 is basically the exact opposite. Likes almost zero proper meal foods except spaghetti and could eat carrots all day long. Perfect!
I basically plan our meals around what I know the kids will eat with the least amount of whinging which means we eat the same meal roster every week. Chicken schnitzel, spaghetti, sausages, some sort of chicken & rice dish, roast chicken legs, tacos (which Tiny Whiny #2 won't eat so he has nuggets on taco night) and on Sunday's we usually do take out - Chinese or Fish 'n' Chips. Yep, repeat when Monday rolls around.
I've decided that, for the sake of my sanity, a dinner box might just be the way to go. Now, my two fusspots will still, more than likely, turn their noses up at whatever I dish up for them, but I figure if I have all the exact ingredients I need to make something other than schnitzel and sausages delivered right to my door, along with instructions, then at least I won't sit down to the dinner table already stressed out. Their whining might just be bearable, or better yet, I might be able to calmly coax them into trying something new instead of screaming, 'eat it or starve'.
That leaves me with the decision of which dinner box to choose. I've checked out both Marley Spoon and Dinnerly which has made me super hungry. Both have some amazing menu items that are family and budget friendly, flexible subscription options and locally sourced ingredients. Marley Spoon appears to have a more extensive menu while Dinnerly seems to have fewer options but lower priced packages - not sure if that translates to lower quality or not.
Have you ever used a meal kit subscription service before? Which did you use and what was your experience? Share with me in the comments below and help me come to a decision!
Wining and whining my way through life.