Gobble Gobble

Now that school has started and after-school activities and homework have begun, families are scrambling to make dinner at night. I know I am! There are a variety of meal delivery services out there so how do you know which one to choose?

img_1194I recently tried Gobble, a meal delivery service that requires about 10-15 minutes of prep work, unlike some of the other services that only require you to heat and serve.

I received three freshly hand-crafted dinner kits (each serves two adults) –which included ingredients that are already prepped and chopped so it didn’t take long to prepare the meal. Some dinners required one pan, others more.

The important part? The food was DELICIOUS! Way better than another service I tried where all I needed to do was pop a tray in the microwave. Yes, this takes a bit more prep time but it was worth it.

Did my kids eat it? Ok I confess, I have picky eaters so they did not eat most of the Gobble food. I did have to prepare a separate meal for them, which almost defeats the purpose of a meal delivery service. But hey, at least I enjoyed a tasty dinner. And you get a LOT of food, which is good because I can eat!

Here’s the good news, Gobble is offering Mommytrain followers an exclusive discount, $50 off your first box when you sign up using this link:


(discount should automatically apply at checkout, new customers only)



Two Mamas Go to Panera

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Okay, now don’t look down on us for this, but Dani and I had never been to a Panera for a real lunch. Like ever. No, we don’t live in caves. We kind of saw it as just a bakery, with great coffee. Because, I mean, look at the name: Panera Bread Company. It kind of screams “Bread! Just bread! Bread forever!” Or something like that.

Anyway, we got a pleasant little kick in the pants in the form of a Mother’s Day gift card from the sweet folks at Panera, so we showed up all innocent and ready for lunch at the Santa Monica location. And guess what? They’ve got WAY more than bread! (Those of you who spend 70% of your disposable income on your Panera addiction already knew this, but bear with us.)

They’ve got this ingenious ordering layout, where you get to pick two items and smack them together to make a complete meal. They’re all super yummy, handcrafted dishes that make you feel like you’re actually consuming a healthy, balanced meal, instead of, say, the last pickings of your child’s cold chicken nuggets and fries. They even have a kids’ menu, with real food that you would be proud to serve your kid in front of your mother-in-law!

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Sophie had butter ribbon pasta, with an apple (a real apple!), and I had cheddar broccoli soup with a Thai salad (so good), and Dani got cheddar broccoli soup with a chicken salad sandwich, on their ridiculously soft bread. Plus, we took home a loaf of four cheese bread and a loaf of sourdough to share with the boys. They even sliced it for us!

So yeah, ladies. Don’t forget you’ve got better options than the big ‘M’ out there on soccer/ballet/grocery day. Panera has a drive thru with your name on it, and a whole lot of healthy goodness inside.


Ana & Dani