Dinner, the New-Fashioned Way

New York City is filled with amazing restaurants.  French, Indian, Italian, Greek, sushi, steakhouses, vegan, vegetarian, pizza, diners, mac and cheese (yes, there are mac and cheese restaurants!) - whatever you're the mood for, you'll find it.

That said, since both Scott and I travel so much, on nights that we are at home, I really prefer to head into our tiny Manhattan kitchen and make our own dinner.  I love to cook, and Scott washes the dishes, so we're a pretty good team.  Don't get me wrong - I'm always up for a date night to a new or favorite restaurant - but for your average weeknight evening, I really prefer to DIY dinner.

With a hectic travel schedule, and tons of office work when at home, I don't always have a lot of time to plan meals, grocery shop, and prepare lots of ingredients.  I had looked into several of the popular meal kit delivery services to use from time to time, but "subscriptions" that require you to commit to a certain number of meals each week just don't cut it for people who have weird schedules like ours.

So, I was excited when Tyson Tastemakers contacted me about partnering with them to do several TV segments about their meal kits that just launched in grocery stores in Texas.  I immediately shopped for a few on Amazon, where you can buy them if they are not yet in stores in your area. 

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What I love is that everything is already portioned, prepped, and ready to go.  The veggies are sliced and diced, the meat is perfectly marinated, and your side dishes are included, so all you have to do is take a quick look at the recipe card, follow the very simple instructions, and congratulate yourself for making a fancy meal with little time or effort.  The ones I have made so far go from fridge to table in half an hour or so, including this Citrus Rum Glazed Chicken (which includes an amazing side of cilantro lime rice!), the Tuscan-Style Pork Loin with Pork Belly Pasta, and the Smoky Carne Asada Street Tacos.  They are rolling out new seasonal meal kits as well, so you'll never get bored with the selection.

As far as portions go, one kit is perfect for dinner for Scott and me, with a few bits of leftovers depending on the meal, so you will not go hungry.  Since the whole process only uses one or two pans, there are fewer dishes for Scott to wash, but he hasn't complained yet.

Bon appetit!  If you try them, please let me know what you think!