Okay, here we are in the middle of January and you still haven’t kept that New Year’s resolution to start eating better. Whether you made that resolution to try to drop a few pounds, for health reasons, or to just start living a healthier lifestyle, it’s a good idea.
Most Americans have horrible eating habits. We dine out on fast food and rely on prepared foods too often when dining at home. Fortunately, there are a number of places offering pre-packaged meals that are better for you than picking up a dinner to go at Publix or zapping a frozen meal in the microwave.
Farm to Fork Meals
953. W. Oakland Park Blvd.
I’ve reported on Farm to Fork meals before. When it first opened, the Oakland Park based company dealt exclusively in meals delivered to the home, and that’s still the primary focus. It offers three meal plan options; Vegetarian, Fit, and Paleo (low carb).
All meals are made with organic produce and allow those ordering online to customize their meals, subbing dishes and re-ordering duplicates of favorites. Meals are delivered twice a week and offer the advantage of freshness, as opposed to national plans such as Nutrisystem and other similar programs, which are shipped nationwide. At Farm to Fork all meals are prepared, packaged and delivered from the Oakland Park location.
The Paleo meal plan offers a grain-free, dairy-free diet (although if you get a craving for something cheesy, you can easily sub a meal from one of the other menus). The Vegetarian meal plan offers organic vegetarian dishes. The Fit Meal plan offers gluten-free, portion controlled meals. With its convenient Oakland Park location, you can opt to pick up your meals instead of ordering on a weekly basis. You can also stop in and select a day’s worth of dishes or a single meal. The sunny comfortable storefront now also offers a dine-in option. Mondays through Saturday the location’s dining room is open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. making it a convenient place to stop for a healthy, yet filling lunch or dinner.
The dine-in menu couldn’t be simpler; pick a protein and two side dishes for $12.95, or if you’re feeling slightly more decadent, a panini for $8.95. Soups and desserts are available as well.
We stopped by for lunch and I enjoyed flavorful braised tenderloin tips with mushrooms, a side of crisp green beans augmented by a hint of lemon and almonds and a side of Thai noodle salad. My hubby selected a generous mound of very fresh tuna salad with sides of roasted fingerling potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes. Both meals were weird combinations, but that’s what we were in the mood for, and that’s the whole point behind the menu, order any combination you desire. All carbs? No problem! A balanced meal? Piece of cake.
Speaking of cake, we splurged with two of the day’s desserts; a heavenly salted caramel cheesecake and one of the best carrot cakes I’ve ever sampled.
Farm to Fork’s dining room is becoming increasingly popular and it’s never more popular than during happy hour. From 4-7 p.m. daily, all wines are beers are half-price. That means that a variety of craft beers can be had for $2.50 and a glass of conventionally grown wine is just $4, two bucks more for organic.
Farm to Fork, is unusual in that it is a great place to stop by for a quick, delicious and nutritious meal or to pick up something to take home.
Here are a few other places that offer food delivery and/or pick up, although none offer the dine-in options Farm to Fork does.
954 Fit Meals
3000 N. Federal, Fort Lauderdale
4351 NE 12 Terr., Oakland Park
2414 N. Federal, Fort Lauderdale