Whether it’s back to school or back to work, the fall is a busy time around the house. Here at Munchery, we are always thinking of ways to bring families together at the dinner table amidst the end-of-summer craziness. We’re always happy to cook for you, especially if it gives you a couple more minutes with your loved ones. In fact, we’ll shamelessly admit that nothing makes our job more fulfilling than hearing from customers about how Munchery fits into their lives, how we’ve helped feed and nourish their families.
Recently, we caught up with one of our longtime customers, Akemi, to hear about how she uses Munchery to have a little more face time with her family during this back-to-school season. Here’s what the busy mom had to say:
When did you start using Munchery?
Three or four years ago.
What prompted you to start using Munchery?
I tried it because very few restaurants deliver to our house. I would pick food up, but I have two kids, ages 4 and 7, and pick-up means getting out of the car, getting them out of their carseats, trying to get the food, getting them back in the car and getting home. So even a one-minute pick-up becomes an ordeal.
What has kept you ordering Munchery?
I’ve tried Thistle and Sprig, but neither were as good for my family. The food from Munchery is more like the food I’d prepare for my family, and we get tons of variety. My husband doesn’t like seafood, but my kids and I love the salmon. With Munchery, we can all have we want and still eat it around the same table. I also appreciate that they think about sustainability and keep their , compostable, etc.
What is dinnertime like at your house (without Munchery)?
I get off work at 5:00pm, pick up my four-year-old, and then we go to my seven-year-old’s school, which closes at 6, so we really got to get moving. If we’re lucky, we get home at 6:15. Bedtime is at 8:00, so you can imagine the amount of time I have in between. If I’m really prepared I’ve got things ready to go. Maybe I’ve cooked some meat ahead of time or chopped up the veggies. At the worst there are things that can be turned into a meal. If it takes more than 30 minutes, I’m screwed. That pretty much means simple meals, like quesadillas. My husband gets home right around dinnertime and we all gather at the table to eat together.
Does technology ever get in the way?
We have a simple rule: no technology at the dinner table! We usually have a countdown if the kids are playing games and then we put all our devices away. Then the kids help a little bit. They are learning how to set the table.
What things are you able to do on the nights Munchery cooks for you?
Those nights, I don’t have to do anything. I get back 30 to 40 minutes of my night. I help with homework. If there’s no homework, we get to have fun. We love playing games. My oldest likes beating me at chess. My youngest likes to play checkers.
How do your kids feel about Munchery? Which dishes do they love?
They definitely have favorites. They like the salmon, the meatballs, and the quinoa burgers. We love the Fab 5, the top dish per day. Consistency is great. Kids can eat anything over and over again. The real trouble is having them eat something they don’t like.
Do they ever get dessert?
Only if I have a babysitter coming—I’ll order Munchery for everyone, so the sitter doesn’t have to worry about cooking, and I’ll get them all dessert as a treat. It motivates them to be good and eat their dinner.
When has Munchery saved your evening?
Honestly I can’t think of one specific time. There have been nights when I’m racing around and I realize that I don’t have food and I’m like “Shoot, what do I do?” and then I remember I can just order on my phone and it’s at my door by dinnertime.
In Akemi’s words, “I used to like to cook, but now I outsource it! Life is about making time for the things that you really love to do.”
We hope that, by cooking for you from time to time, Munchery can give you a little more time to do the things you love, like spending time around the table with your family and friends.
Here are some of our favorite kids’ and family meals that are worthy of ringing the dinner bell: