by Lauren Means
When we get home from work or a late-night event, all of our best-laid plans for dinner are usually out the door. My wife and I try to eat somewhat healthy but if there isn’t something quick to warm up, it usually means we’re hitting a drive-through. Those quick meals add up in cost and calories.
We’d been looking at different ways to have ready-to-go meals at home. Being a two-person household, it’s hard to make smaller portions of food so we found ourselves with lots of leftovers and we would grow tired of them. We looked at some meal services but they just provide you with pre-portioned meals that you still have to assemble and cook. For us, that didn’t help as we needed something quick at the end of a long day.
Enter &3 Foods. This is a meal prep service based out of Spring Hill, Tennessee that has pickup locations in Spring Hill and Franklin but they also deliver to Spring Hill into Downtown Nashville, Bellevue to Nolensville, and now, Murfreesboro. We decided to give them a try and haven’t been disappointed.
&3 Foods posts a new menu each Wednesday and you have until Saturday at midnight to place your order for the week. The ordering process is super easy and they allow you to make alterations based on special dietary needs. They also offer individual and family sizes. Once you place your order, you get an email with the pickup or delivery information. If you choose delivery, you don’t have to be present. You can simply leave a cooler at your door and they will leave it for you.
One of our favorite meals has been the beef stew with a side salad. It was hearty and very filling. I was honestly amazed at how much food actually came in the meal. It left me feeling full but not stuffed. The meat was tender and very flavorful and you could actually taste the flavors of the vegetables as it was not overpowered with seasoning.
The poppy seed chicken casserole was delicious. It was creamy and the poppy seeds gave a nice crunch. Any meal with the roasted potatoes should be on your list to try. These potatoes are some of the best I’ve ever had. And, don’t worry about the meat drying out when reheated. Each meal we’ve had has remained moist and flavorful. They provide directions on how to properly warm up the food so as to not overcook and dry it out.
After doing calculations, we are spending as much or less on these healthy, quick meals from &3 Foods than we were for less nutritional meals from fast-food restaurants. The best part is we are feeling so much better with these meal changes. My wife’s blood sugars are improving too as the portion sizes are perfect for her diabetic needs not to mention the meals are more robust and filling than fast-food. It’s great to have a home-cooked meal without having to spend an hour prepping and cooking and then having all the cleanup to contend with.
For more information and to place your order, visit and3foods.com.