We’ve all experienced the home cooked meal struggle before. We get so caught up with work and life that it’s tough to find time to make a good home cooked meal for ourselves and our family, so we end up resorting to takeout food. This leads to an endless cycle of unhealthy eating habits AND unhealthy spending habits. In fact, according to Bankrate.com, Americans spend an average of $2,944 each year on financial vices including takeout, and findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggest that 70 percent of takeout meals have very little, if any, nutritional value. If only there were amazing chefs selling home cooked meals who could make it easier for people to order homemade food online! (Hint Hint: This is where YOU come in!).
As a home-based cook, you have the opportunity to help your local customers eat healthier with your home cooked takeaway meals. By being intentional in determining what home cooked meals you’d like to sell from your Home Kitchen, you can keep your loyal customers coming back while making it easy for them to lead healthier and stronger lives!
Need some healthy food inspiration for your menu on the homeMade food app? Here’s our list of top ideas for selling home cooked meals that are both delicious and healthy!
Home Cooked Vegetables & Salads
Nothing says healthy like a tasty plate of vegetables! Help your customers get their daily dose of nutrition with home cooked takeaway meals that incorporate plenty of vegetables. Remember: the more colorful the plate, the healthier the meal! You can remix some of your most classic dishes by adding a side of vegetables that complement the meal, or you can make side salads an offering that comes with each order.
So what vegetables should you consider incorporating into your menu? According to healthline.com, the top vegetables with the highest nutritional value include spinach, carrots, broccoli, garlic, and brussels sprouts. Consider incorporating some of these power packed veggies into your home cooked meals to sell to local neighbors.
Home Cooked Soups
There’s nothing like a bowl of soup to warm up a cold day! If you have fond memories of your grandmother making you a tasty bowl of soup when you were sick, it might be a good time to bring out her recipe book.
Home cooked soups are among the best food to sell as a home-based cook because they are a comfort meal that makes it easy to combine a wide array of ingredients with nutritional value. It’s also easy to sip while you’re on the run, which is a great plus for the customers who will buy your home cooked meals! Some of the most popular soup recipes to consider including in your menu for the homeMade app include tomato soup, chicken soup, and vegetable soup. These options will give your local customers all the warm feels, ensuring that they’ll keep coming back for more.
There is possibly no other meal that’s as equally tasty and convenient as a classic sandwich. If you’re looking for creative & simple ideas for selling food from home, sandwiches are an incredible place to start. Not only are they easy to prep and easy for your customers to take on-the-go, but there are endless possibilities of sandwich recipes you can create. If you have a classic recipe that you love but want to make it travel-friendly, think about ways to make an innovative sandwich version of it that will stand out among your customers!
If you want to appeal to an even wider range of customers with your home cooked takeaway meals, consider including keto-friendly or gluten free bread in your sandwiches for your customers with dietary restrictions.
Home Cooked Healthy Bowls
Healthy bowls are a major trend among healthy eaters, and there’s no reason to wonder why. They contain all of the components of a healthy, well-rounded meal, including healthy carbs, protein, and vegetables. From breakfast acai bowls to dinner protein bowls, healthy bowls are one of the best home cooked foods to sell. There’s no shortage of ways for you to create signature, one-of-a-kind options that the customers of your microenterprise kitchen will love. You can take ingredients that are left over from other dishes on your menu and combine them to make healthy bowls as weekly specials that will create variety on your menu. Plus, they won’t add a ton of extra prep time to your day since they’re so easy and convenient to create.
Home Cooked Specialty Meals Including Vegan, Vegetarian, and Keto
According to the 13th Annual Food and Health Survey, more than one in three U.S. consumers follow a specific diet or eating pattern. Understanding how to make tasty meals that cater to many different diets can be a huge asset to your Microenterprise Home Kitchen.
If you have signature dishes you enjoy making, consider making diet-friendly versions that are just as tasty. For example, if you’re awesome at making buffalo wings consider making a meatless version with cauliflower, or a keto version by not using flour. It may require a little re-learning to make your new recipes just right, but it’ll be worth it to make your meals accessible to more of your neighbors!
Are you ready to remix your menu by incorporating meals that help your neighbors lead stronger, healthier lives?! Contact the HomeMade support team, we’re always here to help.