We all know how full and busy our days can get, right? Having children in school ages implies school activities, sports, play dates and all the time we have to spend doing all of that, we end up having to rush up dinner and get something fast on the table. I like to cook and, luckily, I've been having enough time to plan our family meals and do all of the grocery shopping and prep which also saves me a lot of time and stress!
I'm thinking about looking for a part-time job for next year and getting right on track with a cooking routine that will help me get there smoothly is key.
There are a lot of people who may feel overwhelmed and end up feeling frustrated about not getting balanced and nutritious meals on the table by the end of the day. For these families a meal delivery service is the answer and here, in Scotch Plains, we have that through Perfectly Portioned.
The service was created by Rebecca and Joe. Rebecca has a background training in health and fitness coaching with a nutritional component that makes it easier for her to come up with balanced and nutritious meals. Joe is a Chef and is currently working as a general manager at a local restaurant. The idea of coming up with a meal delivery service came around about a year ago - with the cooking skills and the nutritional knowledge they decided to go for a structured system. The menu is very diverse and offers meat, fish and seafood choices, as well as a breakfast option and several side dishes.
There is also the option of mentioning any restrictions that the person making the order may have in order to make sure that everything cooked is according to the information given. All of this can be specifically organized for someone - if your goal is to loose weight, then Rebecca will guide you in recommending the specific meals, according to your own preferences, to achieve your goals. A personal program will be set and the team will work with you to get you where you need to be, nutrition and weight wise. Another situation is going organic and asking for meals cooked just with organic ingredients - just place your suggestion and the team will go through it with you.
There is also room for suggestions and new additions to the menu according to what people start ordering. There have been several dishes that were added to the menu due to the fact that clients where asking for them, specifically, even though they were not on the menu. I think that's all about a costumer based business: listening to the costumers and letting them in, helping to grow and diversify the offer, in this case, the items on the menu.
The service is currently available in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Clark, Fanwood, Cranford and surrounding areas. It serves about 9 families/week and the orders must be made by the end of the week - Joe preps and cooks the meals on Sunday and delivers them on Mondays. There is a possibility of leaving a cooler out, in case the person won't be home, and the order will be left inside the cooler to guarantee that it stays fresh until the time the client gets home.
As for the price, the entrees are $15 each and $10 for any additional ones. For children, the portions are smaller and come at $5 each. So, for a family of four, two adults and two children, a full meal will come at $35. If you decide to give it a try there is a New Year's special discount - get $15 off any order of $80 or more.
Rebecca and Joe were kind enough to sample me two meals so I could try the food. I chose two dinner options: brushetta chicken and chile herb salmon, with two sides: rosemary potatoes and sauteed mushrooms.
When I got the food I was really impressed with the packaging. Everything was tightly sealed and labeled so there was no issue in figuring out if the order was right because everything was pretty well organized.
I decided to have one of the meals for dinner and leave the other one for lunch, the next day. I started with the salmon, which was perfectly cooked! I do love fish and cook a lot of it but sometimes people tend to overcook salmon. This was right on point, perfect, moist and super tasty. I loved the spicy seasoning and the portion size was pretty good. I couldn't finish all of it but was glad to have some leftovers! The rosemary potatoes were also really good, with the flavor from the herbs coming out really fragrant.
A delicious salmon dinner and some leftovers for the next day! Really impressed with the fish.
The brushetta chicken was very fresh and the tomato salsa added a great kick, with the onions bursting with flavor. I decided to have it on a wrap, together with the sauteed mushrooms, and it turned out to be a perfect light lunch for a cool fall day. Once again the seasoning was great, lots of flavor and the texture was juicy. I also ended up having enough to make 2 wrap meals which is a fairly good price for a good quality meal.
I was pretty happy with the food. Great taste, great cooking and delicious texture which makes me think about ordering, whenever I don't feel like cooking at all!
The order form can be found here and be sure to mention any restriction or special requests. Rebecca and Joe will me more than happy to help you with your choices and nutritional needs. Just make sure to order by the end of the week so you can get your meals delivered by Monday.
As a side note, all the meals are already fully cooked, except for the baked zitti which has to be cooked in the oven for about 30 minutes when you decide to have it ready. Although this information is not on the form, Perfectly Portioned also does catering services and is available for Christmas and New Year parties. Be sure to give them a call and get some information on their catering menus.
I'll leave the information about the current menu so you can take a look and decided if you want to try the service out. There's an option for everyone and, even if you don't see something you were looking for, give Rebecca a call (973-9513535) and she'll take your requests under consideration and will sure manage to make it happen!
I hope you had a good time going through this blog post and I'll be more than happy if you decide to try the Perfectly Portioned meal delivery service. It's another local business that counts on the community for support and encouragement.
As for me, I'll keep sharing our local businesses in the hopes of helping out in a way that I can and love to do.