All summer long I knew the challenge was coming. All summer long I fluffed it off – so it’s 4 days a week, I can do it, it will be fine. Then August happened, and the reality of four days a week began to make itself known. September hit and I was already barely treading water, when Saturdays and often Sundays got added to the mix (again anticipated, but still not helping me). Then horror upon horror, my one free Thursday night got taken away and it became a five weeknight, often seven day-a-week commitment. Travel soccer for two boys in two different age brackets – each has practice 3 nights a week and 1 or 2 games each weekend, plus additional Keeper practices because of course, they like to do it all. I.was.not.prepared. I was left exhausted and worse, I was left in a horrible rut, especially in the dinner department.
Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely proud that both my sons are able to compete at the level they currently do in soccer. I love our soccer club; their coaches and their coaching philosophy. I also understand the importance of practice. I really am ‘all in’ on this “soccer life” we are currently living. I just severely underestimated the toll their soccer practices would have on me and our dining experiences.
We have never been one of those families that shares weekday meals together. It has never fit our lifestyle – please don’t judge. I feed the boys early (i.e. before practice now) and then my husband usually arrives home around the boys’ bedtime circa 7:30 p.m. each night at which point he and I sit down to our meal together. With practices I don’t get home until 7:15-ish from the fields each night, which means that meal prep, cooking, bedtime, and what is supposed to be dinner time are all happening at the same exact time, an impossible juggling act!
Enter my husband’s suggestion of a meal kit delivery service. He very cutely hedged his proposition, “I know you know how to cook and you are a very good cook but maybe this would help our food rut and my portion control.” Like how he hedged that statement? I debated. I’ve heard tales of dread from other’s experiences like fellow blogger Allison’s experience. I went online and read reviews, like this one from March in Forbes – there really are tons and tons of reviews, comparisons and opinions out there to read through. After careful contemplation, I decided to try PeachDish. The main selling points for us were: most of the reviews said that the recipes tasted good, I loved the no subscription option with no automatic deliver of meals that I didn’t choose (we have allergies in our house to consider), and since we live in Florida, the Georgia based company seemed local enough for delivering fresh “local” produce.
We’ve been getting two meals for two people delivered to our house once a week for the last several weeks now. This gives me two nights a week that I don’t have to think about, I simply meal prep while I am making the boys’ dinner, then finish cooking once we arrive back home from the fields. Most of our meals have been amazing, many I’ll remake on my own again, and it has helped us try a few new and different things. For example, I had never cooked with sweet potato greens before, and we learned very quickly that I won’t be doing this again (my husband hated them with a capital H, but hey, we tried!). On the other hand, the millet burger they said were a side salad was something we’ll definitely eat again. The food packaging is adorable but more importantly the food quality has been excellent. The recipes aren’t necessarily quick cook, but if you know your way around a kitchen nothing too fancy is required in your skill-set.
Running it like a mom isn’t always easy, in fact it’s probably never easy, but PeachDish meal kit delivery services is helping me to breathe easier and better manage this crazy soccer mom, team manager, home chef, life/lives I’ve got going on right now, and for that I am very thankful.
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