Much like the meals you make at home, Mom’s Meals NourishCare prepares meals from fresh ingredients that are purchased from our local suppliers. For some recipes, we go through a pallet of fresh green peppers, cleaning and trimming just like you do at home. Meal components are made and then plated under the direction of Quality Assurance chefs, who are formally trained and come from restaurant backgrounds.
Prior to the finalizing a recipe, we go through a rigorous testing process to come up with the finished product. First, we determine our target meal nutritionals. For this process, we always use reputable sources, such as American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Once the chefs and dietitians determine the nutritional profile of the meal, a brainstorming session occurs in which some general meal concepts are developed.
During this process, we may go to local restaurants and grocery stores to sample comparable foods that have the flavor but not necessarily the “right” nutritional composition. You would be amazed at the sodium and fat content of some commercially available products – heart attacks in a jar. We recently reformulated our marinara sauce and in doing so tasted 15 different brands of marinara. What was amazing to us was that some of the commercial brands had over 1,000 milligrams of sodium per serving! Who Knew?
Once we have a chance to taste and evaluate commercial samples, our chefs produce a couple of versions, looking for the “gold standard” that reflects both nutritional requirements as well as great taste. This recipe is tasted and evaluated by our employees (their favorite part of their job) and then customers. Once we have the final stamp of approval from them, the recipe is scaled and piloted in the kitchen to ensure that we can produce it in quantity for our customers.
A lot of time and effort is put into each meal — just like Mom made it herself.