Hungry and in a Hurry? Ready, Chef, Go

Fresh-Made Ready to Cook Meals That’ll Put Takeout to Shame

Summer’s all but over, we’re back to our routines, and the age-old question has returned: What’s for dinner? One answer is at the Ambler store: Fresh-made Ready, Chef, Go ready-to-cook meals in a bag. 

The meals, which include a protein and two veggies or a protein, starch and vegetable sealed in an oven-safe bag, are available in the packaged meat case. Three single-serve options are available right now: 

  • 6-ounce chicken breast with butternut squash, broccoli and mushroom compound butter ($6.99)
  • 7-ounce salmon fillet with asparagus and Yukon Gold one-bite potatoes ($8.99)
  • 8 shrimp with spaghetti squash, string beans and scampi compound butter ($10.99)

They’re lovingly prepared by our own meat/poultry/fish and Prepared Foods staff, and the bags, which are made of BPA-free plastic, can be heated in the microwave or in a conventional oven. Cooking instructions are on the bag.

Because the food is steamed inside the sealed bag, the protein and veggies stay tender. I tried the salmon, and thought all the elements came out just right. For those who only want a little help with their prep, standalone 2-ounce containers of compound butter are available, in pesto and basil in addition to the mushroom and scampi varieties mentioned above, for $2.99 each.

Down the line, based on customer response, Ready, Chef, Go meals will be available in all our stores and will include family bags that can feed four. We’re also making plans for organic and vegan options. So pick up a pack, let us know how you like it and stay tuned.