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We’ve all had days and weeks (or even months) where life just decides to turn everything upside down and simple plans like cooking dinner for our families every night just go out the window. My go to option is usually fast food or scrounging the back of the fridge during these hectic times, but I’m excited to have a new option for meal delivery here in San Antonio: Dinner Elf.

Dinner Elf is like having a meal delivery service and personal chef in one. You get to pick your Elf, your menu, and the best time for them to come to your home and cook everything in advance for you. I recently had the opportunity to work with my very own Elf Kelsey who came and cooked three nights of meals for me and my family. All I had to do at the end of each day was reach in my fridge and warm everything up for serving.

When I first signed up to work with Dinner Elf, I thought they came to your home at dinner time to cook for you each day. I was a little worried about how that would work bringing someone into the daunting witching hour of parenting. So it was a big relief when I learned that my Elf would be coming out to prepare all three meals in advance at a time that worked for me. So, I scheduled for a Monday morning, made all of my menu selections, and Kelsey showed up on my doorstep and cooked everything and left my kitchen sparkling clean (she even took the trash out!). I was able to spend the morning focusing on work, and the next three evenings not worrying about what was for dinner or a big mess of pots to clean up afterwards (which my kids were also very happy about).

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Our three dinner picks included beef pot pie with sautéed green beans, balsamic chicken and mushrooms with garlic parmesan roasted broccoli, and black bean tacos with Mexican street corn. I chose the beef pot pie for our first night (which included 2 giant pot pies for our crew of 5), and I had to basically keep the kids from licking the crumbs off of the table. To quote my 10-year-old: “Dang this is really good–you should circle beef pot pie for every meal.” I concur. My kids are big chicken pot pie lovers and were a little skeptical about the beef pot pie, but it was the star of our Dinner Elf meals. There are dozens of meals to choose from, including vegetarian, gluten-free, Whole30, and kid-friendly options.

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If Dinner Elf isn’t something that’s in your budget month to month, I highly recommend it as a meal planning alternative for times of need. I’ve both given and received meals from my community after having babies, hospital visits, and other times of need, and Dinner Elf offers Meal Pages to make it super simple to provide home cooked meals during difficult times. And instead of orchestrating who’s bringing what dinner at what time on what night (say that three times fast), everyone can pitch in on one platform, and the recipient (or a friend on their behalf) can select meals that work for them and the best time for their Elf to come and prepare them.

So regardless of your ability to source out home cooked meals on a regular basis, bookmark this post and add Dinner Elf to your parenting tool belt!

And to share the love–and the yum–Dinner Elf is offering one lucky Maker Mama fan a free sample appointment (one main and side dish that serves 4 adults). To enter the giveaway, visit me over on Instagram and check out the rules on my Dinner Elf post.

And if you’re ready to sign up for Dinner Elf right now, you can use my referral code RC5687 to receive $10 off your first order and Dinner Elf will also donate $10 to a family in need. BONUS: You can use their March promo code, SAFB50, for $50 off your second appointment when you sign up and book a sample appointment by March 31.

I’m super excited that this mama-owned business has expanded into San Antonio and I’m looking forward to more Dinner Elf meals in our future!