Meal Prep Gets Real at Citrus Pear

Here’s the worst decision of every day: Where will we go to dinner? Because if you don’t go out, you have to cook. It’s common knowledge that starting with Gen-X, Americans have forgotten how to cook. First it was instant ramen, drive-thru meals and delivered pizza; now every menu is just a phone call away. And it’s not just kids who avoid the kitchen—meal prep just seems like a monumental chore—almost anything is more appealing than chopping onions.

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Enter the advent of the meal preppers. Companies like Blue Apron deliver ingredients and instruction, but Citrus Pear offers companionship as well as cooking. Based in Smithsfield, Utah with locations in a dozen other small Utah and Idaho towns, Citrus Pear was dreamed up by a Registered Dietitian with too little time. The solution: a class where people gather to assemble ingredients for meals to take home—with instructions and nutrition facts—store in your freezer then cook in your crock pot or pressure cooker. A series of 10 regular meals works out to $2.36 per meal. Choose from set menus like balsamic pot roast, chicken fajitas or black bean and sweet potato stew.

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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