Over the weekend I stumbled into a new shop that opened in our area and I found the concept quite interesting. They do all the prep work for a meal, such as chopping the vegetables, etc. There are several counters in the shop and each counter features two different meals. You select the meal you would like to purchase, follow the instructions posted at the top of the counter and take the appropriate amount and type of ingredients from the bins in the counter and put them into a foil type container. They give you the cooking instructions and you can take this home where you make the meal.
I know sometimes part of cooking is the fun of buying and selecting the ingredients etc. but if you are short on time and still want to have something home cooked this seems like the way to go. They even provide the meat. The bonus is the price - $10.50 for a meal that feeds three people.
I'm surprised no one has discussed this concept on this board in the past, or perhaps they have but I missed it. In any case, has anyone out there tried this and if so how did you like it?