Popular Restaurateur Launches Healthy Meals Delivery Service

December 21, 2017
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Roasted salmon with herb sauce (Photo: Eat Real Food Co.)
Roasted salmon with herb sauce (Photo: Eat Real Food Co.)

New from the folks at the popular Dadeland Asian restaurant Lan Pan Asian: a healthy meal subscription service featuring ingredients that are gluten-free, mostly organic, seasonal local produce and seafood.

Eat Real Food Company was launched by seasoned restaurateur Kazu Abe, who says eating a healthy meal can be a challenge even for someone in the food biz. "As a busy mom, I know how difficult it can be to have something delicious on the table quickly, that pleases everyone and is healthy at the same time. Even working in the restaurant industry surrounded by food all day, I still found myself scrambling at night," she says.

The delivery service focuses on using high-quality ingredients in menus that change weekly. "We have them set up for vegetarians, paleo-inclined, or foodies who enjoy everything. All of the ingredients are gluten free, mostly organic, local from Pinecrest Market in season, use only healthy oils, and free of any refined sugars," she says.

Rainbow Hemp and Quinoa Salad (Photo: Eat Real Food)
Rainbow Hemp and Quinoa Salad (Photo: Eat Real Food)

At Lan Pan Asian Cafe, chef Johnson Teh's menu ranges from sushi and sashimi, hotpots, rice and noodle dishes, and flavorful hybrids. Eat Real Food includes Asian items, "but we are also exploring the whole globe," says Abe. "In the last couple weeks we have had offerings ranging from Greek lamb meatballs to a Mexican quinoa bowl to a French chicken stew."

She says diners are more adventurous and more interested in the story of where their food is come from. "Since the beginning, 18 years ago, we’ve always had numerous vegetarian, low-calorie, and low-salt items. Now we are adding gluten-free, paleo, and no-sugar menus. There’s definitely more awareness and desire in eating healthy. We hope to contribute to this continuing dialogue by offering people an exciting and convenient way to eat well."

White beans with ajî verde (Photo: Eat Real Food)
White beans with ajî verde (Photo: Eat Real Food)
Typical menu items include Vegan Spicy Korean Veggie Bowl (Bhutanese Red Rice topped with braised chili tofu, garlic spinach, shredded zucchini, carrots, marinated wakame seaweed, edamame, and chopped scallion; gochujan-sesame sauce; Smoky Stacked Beet Burgers
Beet, lentil, and rice burgers layered with roasted eggplant and roasted tomato; feta spread. Paleo options include Lemon Thyme Grilled Pork Tenderloin Steaks served with roasted brussels sprouts, onion, and chestnuts tossed in a balsamic glaze and Cauliflower Rice and Kale Mediterranean Bowl.
Ingredients are sourced locally when possible, she says. "As you know Irma was not kind to many of South Florida's farmers, and we are committed to working with them during the rebuilding period. We frequently buy from Bee Heaven, LNB Groves, V and B Farms, and other local vendors at the farmer's markets. In recent weeks our dishes have featured local zucchini, mixed lettuces, radishes, strawberries, tomatoes and honey. Of course our restaurants have a long tradition of sourcing seafood locally as well."

Eat Real Food Company

Prices range depending on the number of meals and deliveries per week, ranging from $12 to $10.75 per meal. Meals are packaged in tote bags with gel packs to keep food cold until you can store in the fridge. To order, visit their website.

Article from Edible South Florida at http://ediblesouthflorida.ediblecommunities.com/eat/popular-restaurateur-launches-healthy-meals-delivery-service
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