Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Meal Prep (Meal Preparation)?

Meal prepping is preparing whole meals ahead of schedule. It’s popular amongst busy people because it can save a lot of time & money. If your struggling with weight loss having pre-made meals on hand takes the guesswork out of how to eat healthy. Simply grab a pre-made meal, heat and serve.

Do I have to buy a subscription and am I locked into ordering?

No subscription necessary, purchase as many meals as you want, when you want.  You are never locked into our services.  No minimum order necessary.

How do I pay for my meals?

When you place your first order we will gather all of your pertinent information including, name, email address (for receipt delivery), telephone number, credit card info, and billing zip code.  We’ll keep your information secured in our payment platform.  We’ll charge you on the day you place your first order then on pick up days for all subsequent orders.

What if I want to pay cash for my meals?

You are welcome to pay cash for your meals; however you’ll need to stop in and pay cash when placing your order before we can make your meals for you.

When do I place my order?

Order before 12pm (Noon)               Pick up after 7am

Wednesday                                                  Monday

Monday                                                       Thursday

How long will my meals last?

As long as you maintain the storage temperature of our meals below 42F (normal refrigeration), our meals should have a shelf life of 4 – 5 days.  That being said, we always recommend eating certain meals first such as those that contain  seafood or ground turkey.

Can I freeze my meals?

Yes, many of our customers freeze their meals.  Please be aware that your vegetables may be soggy once defrosted.

Are your boxes microwave/freezer safe?

Yes, our boxes can go from the refrigerator to the microwave.  Never place your plastic containers in an oven or toaster oven as they will melt.  However for optimal quality we recommend heating up in a pan and plating your food. Because you deserve to sit down, relax and enjoy your food.

Are your boxes recyclable?

Yes, boxes are recyclable; however for sanitary reasons we are not allowed to accept any used boxes, or outside containers into our kitchen.

How much will it cost me for a week's worth of meals?

That’s a harder question to answer than most people think and it will vary from person to person.  How many meals will you eat a day?  Which proteins are you selecting (The cost of our meals are based on the protein you select)?

How come each meal is a different price?

Just like the supermarket charges different amounts for fish vs. ground beef vs. poultry so must we charge different amounts.

How come XYZ meal prep company can charge the same price for every meal?

While we can’t comment on the financial choices another company makes we have noticed that some companies simply play with the portion sizes. On expensive proteins they give you less quantity and on cheaper proteins they give you more.  Our meals are always measured out in ounces after cooking, so you know what you’re getting everytime.

How do I place my order?

We’re a bit old fashioned in this area, you are welcome to call or text us 818-939-5328 or stop on by and say hi.

How do I know what your specials are?

Our meal prep menu has our standard items on it from week to week; however we try to offer new and exciting specials on a rotation every Monday.  Sign up to receive our text alerts by typing the word “Join” to 844-932-6887  (We will NEVER sell your information)