Dinner Divas: local club takes the work out of dinner

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Leftovers, frozen pizza... Is dinner at your house drab? Well, there's a group of local women who have come up with a new way to make sure your dinners are a delight.

It's a dinner club, and they call themselves the Dinner Divas. By putting in just two hours of work every four weeks, they come away with a dozen dinners for the month.

"I love it. It saves me money – it's totally convenient," says Brandy Jones, who’s been a member of the group for the past two years.

The Dinner Divas have been meeting for the past four years here in Grand Junction, and it works like this:

There are about three to six members at a time, and each member comes up with two recipes a month. They make enough dinners for each person in the group by doing all the prep work. Then they meet up to exchange the goods, and voila.

"By the time they're all done, you have 12 meals that are ready to go. You just have to defrost and pop in the oven," says Shannon Maynard, one of the founding members of the group.

The busy moms of Dinner Divas say the advantages include cutting down costs by buying in bulk, and the convenience of not having to cook every meal.

"When I first started I realized it was saving me almost $100 a month in food," says Jones. "And I could come up with two recipes a month versus every single day."

And, of course, there's the variety.

"You're constantly getting new recipes,” says Maynard. “You tend to get in a rut, I think... so that's been neat to try new things."

Jones adds, "There are some things where you're like, this is not my favorite, but I didn't have to cook it, so we still like it and we still eat it."

If you're interested in starting your own club, the women of Dinner Divas recommend you find people who have a similarly sized family as you do. Each of them has about five or six people in their families, which makes everything even out very nicely.


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