About Health & Nutrition
Does Dream Dinners provide nutritional information for dinners?
Dream Dinners is pleased to provide nutritional information for all our dinners. The nutritional information is based on individual servings (unless otherwise stated). For example, if one Dream Dinners meal was divided into 6 equal portions, the nutritional information is accurate for one portion. To view this information, go to your stores menu page through the Get Started link. Below the calendars on the left hand side are links to download the full nutritional details for the menu. Optionally, each menu item has individual nutritionals when you click to Learn More about that menu item.
Does Dream Dinners offer vegetarian meals?
At this time we are not able to offer a large selection of vegetarian dinners, although some of our stores are able to provide a soy/gluten substitute for chicken. Please call your local store well in advance of your session to find out if the soy/gluten substitute is available.
Does Dream Dinners use organic ingredients?
While Dream Dinners would love to provide organic meats and produce for our guests, these products are not readily available to all of our stores and are often cost-prohibitive. We do recognize that the availability of organic ingredients is growing and are watching the market very closely. Our goal is to provide great family dinners at prices affordable for all our guests.
Does Dream Dinners use hormone- and antibiotic-free meats?
Dream Dinners chicken meat is antibiotic and hormone free. However, we cannot guarantee that all of the meat products used in our meals are free of these ingredients. Dream Dinners food products are similar to those used in fine restaurants and other quality establishments.
Can Dream Dinners work with a low carbohydrate diet?
Although we do not specifically offer "low-carb" menus, many of our guests who are decreasing their carbohydrate intake have found they are still able to make Dream Dinners work for them. By reviewing the nutritional information on our web site, they are able to choose those meals which are either lower in carbohydrates, or those that can be easily modified by making small substitutions, or by deleting some of the higher carbohydrate ingredients.
Do you offer low-fat meals?
We use low- to non-fat ingredients where we can, without compromising on taste. We also try to use leaner cuts of meat such as boneless, skinless chicken meat. Although we do not specifically offer low-fat menus, many of our guests who are decreasing their fat intake have found they are still able to make Dream Dinners work for them. By reviewing the nutritional information on our web site, they are able to choose those meals which are either lower in fat, or those that can be easily modified by making small substitutions or by deleting some of the higher fat ingredients.
Can I make substitutions in Dream Dinners recipes while assembling my meals?
We offer a variety of meals each month that are prepared with seafood, various types of meat or no meat at all. Since we specifically pre-order all ingredients for each guest, they are able to substitute one type of protein for another. For example, if you would prefer to use chicken instead of beef that would be fine. We do ask that, prior to signing up for a session, you let your home store know of the substitution so they can order the extra ingredients for you. There may also be a small charge, depending on the cost of the ingredient substituted. Many guests enjoy the flexibility that Dream Dinners offers in allowing them to increase, decrease, or substitute ingredients to accommodate their family's tastes.
Will Dream Dinners work for those with severe allergies?
It is always a pleasure for us to assist our guests in making substitutions. However, Dream Dinners meals are tested in accordance with the recipes provided. Therefore any substitutions made may alter the taste and cooking instructions of our tested meals.
The safety of guests and their families is of the utmost importance to Dream Dinners. We work hard to address the concerns of those with food allergies and other health issues. For example, some guests with allergy concerns have contacted us and we have reviewed recipe ingredients with them over the phone. We are sorry, but we are unable to provide ingredient lists in written form. Our store managers are also pleased to assist by reviewing ingredients, and by providing package labels of prepared food items, so guests may determine whether the listed ingredients are of concern. Guests may also omit ingredients or substitute with other ingredients available in the store.
Will Dream Dinners work for those with diabetes?
However, we must also note that, given the close proximity of our food stations, it is difficult for us to guarantee that cross-contamination of products will not occur. Ultimately, we must leave it up to our guests to determine whether Dream Dinners meals and the environment in which they are prepared will work for them, in light of their unique concerns.
The health and safety of guests and their families is of the utmost importance to Dream Dinners. To assist our guests in meeting their dietary requirements, we are pleased to offer nutritional information for every menu item. The nutritional information provided is based on 6-servings (unless otherwise specified.) For example, if one Dream Dinners meal was divided into 6 equal portions, the nutritional information is correct for one portion. It is always a pleasure to assist our guests. Ultimately though, we must leave it up to our guests to determine whether Dream Dinners meals, and the environment in which they are prepared will work for them, in light of their unique concerns.
I’m on Weight Watchers and would like to know if Dream Dinners will work for me?
Dream Dinners strives to provide nutritious, healthy meals. We use low- to non-fat ingredients where we can, without compromising on taste. Also, we try to use leaner cuts of meat, such as boneless, skinless, chicken breast. Our guests are welcome to add, delete or substitute for in-store ingredients and proteins to better accommodate their family's dietary needs. For example, if you would prefer to use chicken instead of beef that would be fine. We do ask that - prior to signing up for a session - you let your home store know of any protein substitutions, so they can order the extra ingredients for you. There may also be a small charge for protein substitutions, depending on the cost of the ingredient substituted.
Does Dream Dinners include sodium, net carb and sugar nutritional information?
Dream Dinners understands that the point system belongs to Weight Watchers. Therefore, we are unable to convert our nutritional information over to the Weight Watchers point system for our guests.
Dream Dinners is pleased to provide sodium, net carb and sugar information as part of our Nutritional information. In an effort to meet the needs of our guests, many Dream Dinners stores are offering lower-sodium ingredients such as sauces, soups and stocks. Call your local store to find out if these items are available. Contact information for all of our stores is available on our Store Locator page.
Does Dream Dinners use kosher foods?
Dream Dinners would love to provide more kosher meats and produce for our guests. Presently though, all of our food products are supplied by Sysco Foods, which is a national food distributor. At this time, Sysco Foods does not carry a large selection of kosher food products. For Dream Dinners to purchase these types of foods from another vendor on a national level would result in substantially higher costs for our guests. Our goal is to provide great family dinners at prices affordable for all our guests.
Does Dream Dinners use ingredients with preservatives or MSG?
Although Dream Dinners does not use preservatives in our recipes, there may be a small number of prepared ingredients (i.e., condiments, sauces, soups, etc.) used in our recipes which contain preservatives or monosodium glutamate (MSG). If MSG or preservatives are a concern for you, your local store will be happy to review recipe ingredients with you.