I have pre-conceived notions of what healthy food tastes like, of the inevitable blandness and the business of eating just because you have to feed your body instead of rejoicing in the sublime taste of foods. After inviting me to try a sampling of their menu items, Mel’s Meals knocked me off my high horse and onto my plump bottom with their assortment of meals-to-go. Packed with taste, sensible portion size and affordable, Mel’s Meals changed my point of view on healthy eating.
A fantastic option for dinner is the Sirloin with Roasted Vegetables, lightly flavored with rosemary and garlic. My picture doesn’t do this entree justice, as I had only half the serving of steak on the plate. If you need a healthy, stick-to-your-ribs meal, this is it. This entree is available in two sizes and the larger tops out at 520 calories and 17g of fat. Perfect for a “meat and potatoes” man who is trying to lose weight or to maintain his physique.
Pizza lovers are not left out at Mel’s Meals. The Chicken Pesto Pizza is infinitely better than any of its frozen counterparts in the healthier eating section at the grocery store, and is made fresh daily. This pizza has a burst of pesto flavor, onions, mushrooms, chicken and mozzarella. A little tip, though, instead of following the microwave directions, heat this in your oven for a crispy crust.
Because their foods are prepared without salt, the meals do come with instructions to season seasonably. The only entree that fell flat for me in seasoning was the Kung Pao Chicken, to which I added a healthy squirt of sriracha. It may be that I simply prefer more heat than most.
I didn’t look around enough when I picked up my meals, or I would’ve certainly added the Protein Peanut Butter Balls to my bag. I tried these when a friend dropped by after lunch one day and I’m hooked. I shamelessly ate all of her leftover dessert.
The idea for Mel’s Meals was born when Mel, a veteran of the Austin restaurant world, became disillusioned with the unreasonably large portion sizes she saw delivered to tables day after day. The focus of her business is to create healthy, portion-perfect, tasty meals. As a bonus, Mel blogs about healthful eating, handing out tips and dispelling the mysteries of the Paleo diet plan, and more. Mel’s Meals loyal fans can also subscribe to her newsletter. Find her meals at three locations: downtown Austin, Lakeway and Round Rock, or sign up for delivery. Your waistline and taste buds will love you.