An organized and full refrigerator, ready to face a week of hungry and impatient people is a bit of an ongoing dream of mine. Meal planning and Sunday food prep is something that sounds completely do-able, until Sunday afternoon turns into Sunday evening and all of a sudden I’m scrambling to pack healthy lunches for my kids to eat at school.
Guess what? It doesn’t matter if you’re recovering from surgery, sleep deprived from a new baby or (like me) just too tired to even think about cooking a healthy meal — Nourish Meal Planning is here to help.
Created by busy mother of two Amber Hunter, Nourish Meal Planning creates a week’s worth of food without the hassle.
It’s a five-step process to having the refrigerator of your dreams:
1. Amber creates a menu customized to fit your needs,
2. She, or you, shops for groceries,
3. Amber shows up and cooks the meals in your home,
4. She stocks and organizes your fridge (complete with labels),
5. She cleans up.
When I heard she cooks in your kitchen I got a little nervous, but then I realized this is fantastic if your family deals with dietary restrictions or food allergies. There’s no need to worry about cross contamination because she’s cooking with your pots and pans.
“I think a lot of people get a little nervous about that at first,” Amber agreed. “Honestly, it is easier for everyone this way. Clients can use their own food storage systems and I clean everything up before I leave. They don’t even need to be home while I’m there.”
Amber said she was inspired to start the meal planning service after working with Foundations Medical Center. Patients would find out they needed to revamp their diets and would be overwhelmed at how to start.
“I’ve always loved to cook,” she said. “I just love creating. It makes me the happiest. My grandmother, Vera, taught me how. In fact, some of the recipes that I use are ones that she taught me. This business is a way for me to honor her.”
Amber said a few of the recent dishes she had created for clients included: Sweet potato skins with barbacoa pulled beef, homemade guacamole, red onions, cilantro and a chipotle aioli sauce; Thai chopped chicken salad with a chili peanut sauce and baked gluten-free coconut shrimp with a pina colada vinaigrette.
New mom Carol Rauschkolb was recently gifted a Nourish Meal Planning from a friend.
“The food is delicious,” Carol said. “I love how she organizes and labels everything for you.”
Amber cooked meatballs for a pasta dish and then prepped a baked chicken fajita with homemade guacamole that Carol could put in the oven later to cook.
“The baked chicken fajita is a dish that’s easy to put together and can be made gluten-free by using lettuce wraps or corn tortillas,” she explained. “It’s a simple dish that uses real ingredients. That’s how I love to cook. You don’t have to make it complicated for it to be delicious.”