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Prep School

Written by Jenna Ortiz Category: Health & Fitness Issue: November 2018
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Explore healthier options delivered to your door with these local meal kits.

Whether you’re going Paleo, keto, Whole 30 or just trying to curb your takeout habit, the “meal prep” trend can be a boon for your health. Give a Valley upstart a spin with these meal-planning services.

Scratch Culinary Meal Prep
How it works: Chef/owner Giovanni Pace helps customers stay on track with macro nutrients listed on the meals he delivers on Mondays or Wednesdays (a minimum of five meals is required for delivery). Sorry herbivores: This service does not include vegetarian options. Gluten-free and other dietary restrictions are accommodated. It also comes with an app to track meals.  
Sample meals: Herb grilled chicken with cauliflower “dirty” rice and roasted zucchini; turkey chili with roasted butternut squash and tomato; carnitas and chorizo tacos in lettuce wraps
Price: Single-serving meals start at $6.95 per person.
602-668-7716, scratchculinary.com

Nature’s Purpose
How it works: The Tempe-based meal prep and catering service is Paleo-friendly and delivers every Sunday ($30 minimum order). Kits range in size, with a protein and two sides included. All options are gluten- and dairy-free. The group also reuses plastic containers to deliver to homeless shelters. Inquire for pricing on catering services.
Sample meals: Salmon with asparagus and brown rice; grilled chicken with broccoli and cauliflower rice; scrambled eggs and turkey bacon with red peppers and sweet potatoes
Price: Single-serving meals start at $6 per person.
480-499-3126, npdelivered.com

Vegan Invasion
How it works: Plant-based home cook Dominique Kirkpatrick turned her idea of transitioning others to veganism into a reality with her meal kits. Her menus provide plant-based versions of dishes from around the world, and Kirkpatrick delivers within a day of orders ($40 minimum order). Family meals, desserts and catering services are offered.
Sample meals: Jambalaya with spicy greens; spinach mac and cheese and green bean casserole with caramelized onions; baked potatoes with roasted garlic, lentils and Cajun corn
Price: Single-serving meals start at $10 per person, family-size meals (serves five) start at $50.
602-456-1106, veganinvasion.com

Fran’s Kitchen
How it works: Franchesca Santana’s idea for her meal service came after she changed her lifestyle and beat cancer. Her menus cater to keto, Paleo, autoimmune protocol and vegan diets. Weekly subscriptions come with options of 10, 14 and 21 prepared meals (no cooking on your part; delivery on Tuesdays and Fridays), so casual preppers should try something less intensive.
Sample meals: Spinach frittata and chicken sausage with organic kale; steak and eggs with sweet potato sticks; stuffed peppers with ground turkey with spinach
Price: Single-serving meals start at $36.98 per day per person.
480-428-8016, franskitchenaz.com

Witnessing Nature in Food
How it works: Chef Jennifer Johnson combines her passion for healthy cooking with sustainable living in her eco-friendly catering company that also offers meal prep and cooking classes. Plans range from five dinners per week for two people to one dinner for two. All dietary restrictions are accommodated.
Sample meals: Salsa chicken with lentils and portobello mushrooms; vegan stir fry with walnuts and wild rice; spinach salad with avocado, salmon and honey mustard
Price: Five dinners per week for one person costs $125; for two people it is $155..
480-813-9065, witnessingnature.net