Weekly Meal Prep FAQ's

What is Meal Prep?


Our vegan prepared meals are meals that are prepared ahead of time to make your busy life easier. It’s like TV dinners that you would purchase from the store, except that they are from your local supplier, healthier, nutritious, they are prepared with local, unprocessed ingredients, and they are delicious. Not only do they save you time, but it also helps to ensure you eat healthier foods more often with the proper portions, instead of reaching for quick processed and prepackaged snacks or meals that exceed your caloric needs.

The idea is that when you have healthier things ready to eat, you will eat them instead of other potentially harmful foods. And it works incredibly well.




Should I freeze or refrigerate my meals?


We recommend freezing your meals right away if they won’t be consumed within about 3 days. Freezing your meals will ensure that they remain fresh for a longer period of time.

Not all foods are freezer-friendly. Some foods, like lettuce and other high-water content fruits and vegetables become soggy after freezing, so if there is some of this in your meal package, make sure you remove it and place it in the refrigerator.

Refrigeration is the better option if your meal will be eaten within 3 to 4 days. Once your food is thawed, we do not recommend refreezing it again.




How should I reheat my meals?


The night before consumption, move your meals from the freezer to refrigerator for thawing, then the next day reheat them in the microwave with the original package, reheat in the oven with the oven-safe container, or remove from the original packaging and reheat on the stove-top in a pan.




How long can my meals remain in the freezer or refrigerator?


Although frozen meals cannot be enjoyed as quickly as refrigerated ones, they will last much longer in their frozen state; some foods can be frozen for up to a year.

The FDA has a very helpful chart (FDA Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Chart) which indicates how long certain foods can remain frozen or refrigerated without compromising the food’s safety. Generally, 3 to 4 months but we recommend to not wait that long to eat it, to prevent freezer burn, and not compromise taste and consistency.




Can I freeze all my meals?


Not all foods are freezer-friendly. Some foods like lettuce and other high-water content fruits and vegetables become soggy after freezing; pastas may become mushy.




How much food should I order?


The amount of food you order depends on your preference, dietary restriction, or daily caloric needs.

Check out our posts Calories: (COMING SOON TO THE SITE) How Many Do I Need? and Macronutrients: Calculating Your Proteins, Fats & Carbs to get an idea of how much food you’ll need on a daily basis.




Do I need to eat the same thing every day for an entire week? Won’t I get bored of weekly meals?


Although we make meals for 5 days, you don’t always eat the same thing for 5 consecutive days; even if you did, that would not be a problem because you'll love our food!

We realize though that some people may have a difficult time eating the same thing all week, so here are some tips to help add variety:

– Skip one or two of your meal prep meals and eat out or cook something else instead; be sure that the meal substitute meals still satisfy your health and fitness goals.

– Plan to add different vegetables, other sides or sauces to your meal prep containers thorough out the week.

– Instead of only making two different types of meals when you do meal prep, consider adding more variety. This option may lengthen your time in the kitchen.




How do I know what each meal contains?


Each meal's ingredients are listed on the website in the meal description.




Where do you source your ingredients?


We source our ingredients locally as much as possible and pick the best and freshest ingredients to give the meals a vibrant color, longest life possible, and highest nutrition.




When do I pick up my order?


Pick up is on Wednesdays from 4-6:30 p.m.




How does delivery work?


Delivery really depends on your location. Where we can, we will hand deliver!

We are based on Mauldin, SC. All delivery options will give you notice on the day of for a rough idea on delivery time, traffic dependent.

If you're unsure if you qualify for delivery, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at:

864-447-6094

info@eliaskitchenSC.com




When do I get my order?


All orders are compiled each week and you can pick them up at our location 339 Miller Rd. Mauldin, SC or delivery orders will be sent out between 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm the following Wednesday.

We have a Saturday midnight cut off to order meals for the following week. Any meals ordered after this time will NOT be guaranteed for the following week, but we will try our best to get you your meals ASAP.

Any orders placed after the Saturday cut off means your order may be compiled into the following week.




What time will my meals be delivered?


Your weekly meals order will arrive at your location of choice within the Upstate SC region (some restrictions apply) on Wednesdays between 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm.

IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE IN, please leave us clear instructions on where to leave it or a code to get into your building. If you are not available at time of delivery, the box will be left in a safe place, hopefully instructed by yourselves OR we can leave with a neighbor, again instructed by you. We cannot be held accountable for deliveries not collected in time. A cooling solution is available for an extra fee to allow meals to stay fresh for 24 hours, but the sooner they get to a fridge the less chance they have of deteriorating.




Can I choose a specific time for delivery?


Unfortunately not. We do not currently have the ability to do this. However, you can select before 12:00 p.m. or NEXT DAY. Normally our delivery service delivers to the same place at the same time, so you may be lucky and get a delivery before 12:00 p.m. without paying additional for it.




What if I want delivery on a specific day?


Unfortunately, we cannot offer this. We do not have the ability to do this yet.




What happens if I am out at time of delivery?


If you are out, the box will be left in a safe place, hopefully instructed by yourselves, OR we can leave with a neighbor, again instructed by you.

All delivery options, either by ourselves or our delivery service, have to be delivered on the day they are sent. We cannot be held accountable for deliveries not collected in time. A cooling solution is available at an extra cost which will allow meals to stay fresh for 24 hours, but the sooner they get into a fridge, the less chance they have of deteriorating.

If you are not going to be in, please leave us clear instructions on where to leave it or a code to get into your building!

If you change or delay the delivery time, we cannot guarantee the quality of the food. Once ordered it is then the customer’s responsibility to provide adequate delivery information to ensure maximum quality of the meals.




Is the delivery packaging recyclable?


The box and packing material can be given back to us the following week to be reused and help save the planet. We'd love to partner with you in as many eco-friendly practices as possible!





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