By New Times
By Robrt L. Pela
By Lauren Saria and Heather Hoch
By Deborah Sussman
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Eric Schaefer
By Heather Hoch
To be fair, I stuck to the instructions when I really could've improvised. That's how I usually cook. A lot of these dishes could be tweaked once you get home with a dash of your favorite seasoning, a sprinkle of cheese, or even just some butter. Many of the entrees come with side dishes that you might already have on hand, like white rice, plain mixed vegetables, or instant mashed potatoes, and those require customization, too. (I'd skip the instant mashed potatoes altogether, though.)
I admit, my visit to Entrees Made Easy was entertaining the employees were friendly, the place was clean and pleasant, and the no-brainer assembly process was a novelty. I felt pretty accomplished when I loaded up my cooler with 12 dinners. Yes, it was convenient, and the ingredients were fresh. But was it a good value? That depends. I don't think it'd be any less convenient to grab a bottle of marinade and a package of chicken thighs at Safeway. It would probably be cheaper. And I wouldn't go out of my way to pre-assemble a meal of spaghetti and meatballs when that's one of the world's easiest meals to cook. Still, a number of the entrees were more complex than what any tired, hungry person would bother to make from scratch. If this sounds like your kind of dining trend, just choose wisely when you place your order.
4437 E. Southern Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85206
12 half-order entrees (serves 2-3): $130
480-991-7300, »web link.
Sessions Monday through Saturday, by appointment.
Otherwise, you're better off with frozen pizza.