Meal Preparation Company Dream Dinners Announces National Recipe Contest Winners on March Menu

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Nationwide search for meals to freeze recipes turns up four delicious winning dishes

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“The recipe contest is our way to thank our loyal customers and to highlight their talents in the kitchen,” said Stephanie Allen, co-founder of Dream Dinners.

Dream Dinners, Inc., the nation’s leading meal preparation chain, today announced the grand prize winners of its annual recipe contest that seeks delicious dishes perfectly suited as fix-and-freeze meals. Among hundreds of entries and rigorous taste testing, three top winners emerged and are featured on the March menu in more than 100 Dream Dinners’ stores nationwide. The winners are:

  • “Island Chili Steaks” by Micki Washington of Houston, Texas
  • “Penne with Chicken and Peanut Sauce” by Mindy Chubon of Atascadero, Calif.
  • “Chicken with Balsamic Fig Sauce” by Sharon Wong of San Mateo, Calif.
  • “Colorado Beef Roast” by Michelle McLeod of Wheat Ridge, Colo.

The winners took home top honors in the “meat,” “pasta” and “chicken” categories respectively, and each earned a $500 Dream Dinners gift certificate plus placement on the nationwide menu enjoyed by thousands of Dream Dinners customers. Two winners, Washington and McLeod, tied for first place in the meat category dazzling the judges with recipes that were not only delicious and healthy but that perfectly aligned with the Dream Dinners model.

The Third Annual Dream Dinners Recipe Contest accepted entries throughout the fall. Dream Dinners judges reviewed the top 10 recipes in each category and tested them for ease of preparation, taste and presentation to select the grand prize winners. Importantly, the recipes also needed to be good meals to freeze, as the popular Dream Dinners store concept makes dinner preparation easy by providing everything guests need to prepare a month’s worth or meals in about an hour, then take home to freeze and eat later.

“The recipe contest is our way to thank our loyal customers and to highlight their talents in the kitchen,” said Stephanie Allen, co-founder of Dream Dinners. “The winning recipes represent what our customers are looking for when visiting Dream Dinners – delicious, easy to prepare and healthy recipes that make the whole family happy.”

Dream Dinners, which is credited for pioneering the meal assembly industry in 2002, prides itself on providing affordable meal options for busy families and individuals that are much more healthful than fast food options. The service works by providing a monthly selection of recipes, which guests choose among and then prepare all at once. All ingredients are gathered and pre-prepped by Dream Dinners, so guests simply assemble and take meals home to freeze. Plus, Dream Dinners does all the clean up to save even more time in the kitchen!

Dream Dinners March menu features a delicious line-up of 17 new recipes, including the winning recipes. For more information on Dream Dinners and current menu options, visit

Founded in 2002, Dream Dinners, Inc. is the recognized originator of the $170 million meal assembly industry. Headquartered in Snohomish, Wash., Dream Dinners locations provide guests monthly menus to select from, then procure and prepare all ingredients in advance, so guests can assemble dozens of meals within a few short hours, then take home to freeze. With more than 100 franchises in 30 states, Dream Dinners saves its guests both valuable time and money, and focuses on bringing families back to the dinner table with healthy nutritious, easy-to-fix meals.

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