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Healthy meals made easy

Upper Crust Culinary Creations in Creston has more than six frozen meals to go

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 1:15 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 12:30 p.m. CST
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Chicken wild rice is the most popular frozen dinner prepared and sold by Upper Crust Culinary Creations. The dish is described as a creamy casserole with chunks of chicken breast and melded together with green beans, water chestnuts, almonds and rice, which provide a variety of textures and flavors.

It’s late and you’re hungry.

Maybe you didn’t have time to go to the store. Or, your child’s ballgame ran longer than it was scheduled. Maybe there’s a new baby in your home and you’re just too tired to pull dinner together. Whatever the case, Upper Crust Culinary Creations has you covered.

Upper Crust Culinary Creations, 201 W. Adams St., is now offering more than six different frozen meals to go. Each frozen dinner meal, ranging from pesto chicken penne pasta to hamballs to coconut chicken curry, is prepared to serve four to six people for $11 to $15. Union County Recorder Paula White said Upper Crust’s meals are really convenient.

“When we have something going on, we can just throw that in the oven,” White said. “It’s just delicious.”

Cynthia Wolf, co-owner, said offering something healthy and convenient is something important to her because she remembers what it is like to be a busy mom.

“They’d be just getting home from basketball or football and if I didn’t fix something, it would be a pop tart or cereal,” Wolf said.

Upper Crust owners state the reason for offering frozen meals is to take the effort out of dinner without compromising time with family and friends.

Debbie Hulett Angelo said Upper Crust’s frozen meals allowed her more time to spend with her daughter, granddaughter and newborn grandson.

“It (dinner) wasn’t something I had to stress over,” Angelo said. “I could just enjoy the moment.”

Nutrition

White said what she liked most about the service is that its local and a healthier style of food.

“They are very conscientious,” White said. “They try really hard to do a variety of meals people will like ... they are convenient and very friendly.”

Most recently, Upper Crust and Crossfit TYL in Creston have teamed up to provide gluten-free dinner options.

“What he (Chris Doster at Crossfit) wants to do is offer clean-eating challenges,” said Upper Crust Co-owner Christy Whited.

Based on Doster’s request, Whited and Wolf have designed some dinners to be gluten-free, low-carbohydrate or paleo.

For individuals watching their caloric intake, Wolf said the meals can easily be divided into smaller portions.

“What is nice about this, is, because it is frozen, you can break it apart and cook individual portions,” Wolf said. “We have some elderly people, and that is what they do, because, it can be too much for them.”

Whited said at least three of seven menu choices qualify as “clean.”

Fast-food, fresh

“Our frozen meals are designed to bring families back together at the dinner table with home-cooked goodness,” Wolf said.

Wolf said their goal is to provide “tried and true” family recipes that are convenient, quick, easy and preservative free.

“In a nutshell, it’s fast-food, but, fresh,” Wolf said. “It’s home-cooked, so, you’re not going to a drive up.”

To find out what frozen meals Upper Crust is offering this month visit them online at www.facebook.com/uppercrustculinarycreations.

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