By: Sharon Aron Baron
With the new school year beginning in Broward County on August 14, parents will soon return to the chore of packing lunches and planning dinners in advance.
Sure it’s easy to grab quick pre-made foods for lunch or eat out each evening, but that can be rather costly — and unhealthy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average American household spends approximately $3,008 annually on eating out. Though, in many cases, it can be much more. CNBC reports spending just $10 each day on eating out for lunch at work comes to $2,500 per year, while a homemade lunch costs around $6.30.
It’s all a matter of how much families are willing to pay for convenience. That’s why Coral Springs meat and seafood market – Wild Fork Foods – has taken the stress, time, and expense out of meal planning with smart, pre-packaged serving sizes of their high-quality meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and more.
The typical Wild Fork Foods package contains 2 to 4-person serving sizes, ideal for the average working family.
Each package’s contents have been snap frozen to lock in freshness until the day it’s ready to be cooked: no more wasting spoiled supermarket food.
“We get it,” said Layli Sobhani with Wild Fork Foods. “We all have our very best intentions of meal planning, but we don’t always have the time. That leads to a lot of wasted food and wasted money.”
Sobhani said this is why Wild Fork Foods curates a selection of side items to go along with all of its meats and proteins, in matching portion sizes that are quick and easy to prepare.
Wild Fork Foods also provides recipe cards online and in stores, and also offers same-day local delivery for even more successful meal planning.
“The idea is to be able to walk into a Wild Fork Foods and walk out with everything you need for a complete, tasty meal; we even have spices and sauces,” she said.
A typical trip or delivery order can easily provide dinners and lunches for an average family of four for an entire workweek:
- Turkey Breast Roast, Broccoli & Cauliflower mix, and Corn on the Cob for dinner.
BONUS: Turkey leftovers make excellent turkey sandwiches for lunch with Wild Fork Foods brioche croissants.
- Jerk Rub, Chicken Tenderloins, and Southwestern Quinoa with black beans and bell peppers for dinner.
BONUS: Chicken leftovers can be shredded into a zesty chicken salad with Wild Fork Foods diced onions and green peas.
- Beef Sirloin Homestyle Burgers, Brioche Hamburger Buns, and Steak Fries for a classic burger night.
BONUS: Turn leftover burgers into a cheeseburger macaroni that travels well in keep-warm and microwavable lunch containers.
- Boneless Pork Shoulder Roast, Latin BBQ Rub Seasoning, and Pepper Trio with Onion for Spanish-style pulled pork with Plantain Tostones.
BONUS: Pair pulled pork with Wild Fork Foods thin-sliced White Bread for a creative new way to enjoy pulled pork sandwiches for lunch.
- A parillada-style dinner of Skirt Steak, Chimichurri Sauce, Yuca Fries, and Broccoli Florets.
BONUS: Add Wild Fork Foods Mushroom Marsala Sauce, Frozen Glazed Onions, and Kings Hawaiian Hot Dog Buns to leftover steak strips for a delectable take on a Philly cheesesteak.
The market, which opened in January focuses almost exclusively on food – not other non-food items that fill the shelves of typical supermarkets. Upon entering, shoppers will find only quality meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, fruits, sauces, spices, select desserts, and breads, along with an essentials-only selection of grilling necessities like charcoal and wood chips.
“That, plus our snap freezing process, helps us keep costs low,” said Layli Sobhani, “We then pass those savings on to our customers so they can enjoy the excellent flavor without overspending. For families on a food budget, Wild Fork is a great way to stay within the costs you’ve set up for yourself.”
Shopping online for local delivery also helps control costs, because shoppers can review their carts while they are shopping and keep better track of their total purchase amount. If desired, it’s easy to remove items from the cart and swap in something that better fits the budget, and the good news is: delivery is free.
Wild Fork Foods
2874 University Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Monday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.