Meal Time Makeover 14

Prepared meal services create shortcuts for busy families

Traditionally, being too tired or busy to cook dinner has meant dashing out for fast food or ordering a pizza. Now, thanks to a number of local, ready-to-eat meal services (most offering delivery!), busy cooks, healthy-eating enthusiasts and those who are not excited about using a hot oven or grill in triple-digit weather can find plenty of delicious and convenient meal options. As a bonus, this means less time grocery shopping and doing the dishes.

Shine Within Nutrition

Owner Kari Burghardt says she offers healthy and individually portioned meals that her customers can simply heat and eat as needed throughout the week. “The customer creates each meal by mixing and matching one protein and two sides,” she says, adding that some people order five meals a week to take to work for lunch and others order enough to cover lunch and dinner for the entire week. Pick up or delivery is available; a $5 delivery fee applies. Burghardt offers dairy-free and mostly gluten-free options and charges $10 per meal. For more information, text 605.881.4973 or visit ShineWithinNutrition.com.

Fran’s Kitchen

“Our foods come prepared and only require heating and enjoying. The concept of Fran’s Kitchen is a chef’s table kitchen where our clients give us culinary freedom to be creative, set the menu, and introduce new and exciting ingredients into their diets while staying within their macros,” she says. Santana, who used nutrition to help successfully battle thyroid cancer, says she is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions and/or allergies including lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, vegan and vegetarian meal plans. Pick up or delivery is available and the average cost per plate starts at $14. For more information, call 602.354.6293 or visit FransKitchenAZ.com.

Eat Fit Go

Eat Fit Go offers prepackaged and pre-portioned meals that are fresh and never frozen. Chandler Manager Ronnell Pompey says steak, chicken, salmon and ground turkey are the main sources of protein, and that all meals are baked without any added salt, sugar, butters, oils or preservatives. “All of the ingredients are included on the labeling of each meal, and there is also a ‘consume by’ date on top of each meal that will have a four-to-six day shelf life in the refrigerator,” Pompey says. Eat Fit Go offers options for dietary restrictions and the majority of the meals are gluten-free and dairy-free. Eat Fit Go can also accommodate specific diets, including Whole 30 or a Paleo diet. Currently, customers come in to pick up their meals but delivery will be available soon. The range of cost for the meals varies between portion sizes; small portions range from $6 to $12 and large portions range from $8 to $15. Eat Fit Go is located at 4050 S. Alma School Road, Suite 3 in Chandler. For more information, call 480.404.9743 or visit EatFitGo.com.

GFIT from GRAZ Kitchen Fresh

GFIT offers complete meals and bulk-cooked proteins to its customers. Owner Marcus Gonzales says they are happy to provide one-on-one consultations with their customers to be sure everyone is getting the best meals for their needs. “We do have gluten-free and lactose-free options on our menu,” Gonzales says. Costs range from $7 to $15 per meal, depending on portion size and protein choice, and they will deliver for $5 ($10 for unscheduled last-minute deliveries). “At GRAZ Kitchen Fresh, we want to show you how to love what you put in your body on a daily basis. We take your health and wellbeing into consideration as we cook the meals providing you with the fuel to keep you going,” Gonzales says. GFIT is located at 1005 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 6 in Chandler. For more information, call 480.628.0577or visit GRAZKitchenFresh.com.