A few months ago, a good friend of mine approached me and asked if I would mind sampling some organic, healthy and freshly prepared meals for an entire week for a new business venture. I had just had my second child (sweet Audrey), was nursing on a ’round the clock schedule and practically pulling my hair out chasing around Brendan, my almost 3 year old toddler. My answer to free meals? “Yes… most definitely.”
One week later, I received a huge delivery of perfectly portioned, beautifully prepared meals. There were a variety of choices which included poultry, fish and vegetarian. The first meal I chose was Coconut Basil Shrimp with Brown Rice. OMG. This dish seriously blew me away. I couldn’t get over how spot on the flavors were. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I was pleasantly surprised. So for that entire week, I was not cooking, but instead trying a new and exciting dish a few times a day. So convenient, so fun, and really, really good food.
Alanna Smith, a chef and local entrepreneur, is the owner of Sweet Peas & Mother Bees. She created her business with moms in mind, catering to women trying to conceive, pregnant women and women who have just recently given birth. Alanna works with a nutritionist to create healthy (gluten and wheat free!), delicious meals for moms with a busy schedule. Her meal plans can also include the whole family, with options for toddler meals and baby food. Genius!
I am actually in the process of placing my first order online through Sweet Peas & Mother Bee’s website as it officially launched a month ago. Now juggling two young children, I realized that I need a quick, healthy lunch and sometimes dinner. With maybe 10 minutes to even think about food for myself, this might be what saves me from the handful of goldfish I snatch out of my son’s snack cup, or even worse, the drive-thru. Aside from being very reasonably priced, the weekly menu offers quite a variety of organic and nutritious meals.
- $6 per portion for adult meals
- $5 per toddler meal
- $2-3.50 for baby food
Meals from current menu that sound especially yummy to me:
- Chickpea, Lentil, and Beef Stew with Carrot Salad
- Caramelized Chicken Breast with Apricot, Almond, Millet Pilaf
- Butternut Squash and White Bean Risotto with Garlic Green Beans
Check out the website for this week’s menu options, www.sweetpeasandmotherbees.com
How Sweet Peas & Mother Bees came to be, as told by Alanna:
I grew up in a family of great cooks and have always been surrounded by wonderful food. So when it came time to choose a college, I decided to go to Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and study food and beverage management. After graduation, I worked as a kitchen manager for an upscale restaurant corporation, but I soon realized that the corporate restaurant life wasn’t for me. I wanted to do something that made a difference in people’s lives.
I am not a mother, but I have PCOS, a hormonal syndrome that has made me very aware of the importance of eating correctly to keep your hormones balanced. I have struggled much of my life being overweight, fatigued, constantly nauseous, and plagued with migraines. After trying numerous doctors and medications with no success, I finally decided to do my own research. After changing my diet and exercise, I am finally energized, no longer constantly nauseous, and my migraines are very rare. I thought that I could use my experience to aid other women. There is no more important time to eat healthfully and nourish your body than when you are trying to conceive, are currently pregnant, or are a new mom.
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