New ‘Senior Kitchen Delivered’ Offers Restaurant Quality Meals For Seniors

Zest barbecue ribs in a bowl

We may be breaking the boundaries of COVID, but there are still plenty of seniors (aged 50 and over) and their caregivers and dependents who are still not ready to venture out to restaurants.

Age Well Senior Services and Meals on Wheels Orange County have come up with a solution: Senior Cuisine Delivered, an affordable and convenient way for seniors to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal at home.

Age Well provides service to nearly two dozen southern County towns (which include Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Corona del Mar, and Laguna Beach), while Meals on Wheels OC will serve residents of central and northern County d ‘Orange.

Senior Cuisine Delivered offers healthy and fresh entrees at $ 9.95 per meal, with no additional fees or delivery charges. Participants can choose from two-, four- or six-day meal plans that include lunches and dinners.

Southern OC restaurants participating in Senior Cuisine Delivered include Asian Kitchen, Bagels & Brew, Blue Stone Kitchen, Famous Dave’s, Greenlife Fit Foods, Jewish Community Services, Jolanda’s Café & Catering, Metate Azul, Panera Bread and Zest in a Bowl.

These are restaurants and caterers who have organized their menus to appeal to seniors who may desire anything from simple cuisine to more adventurous dishes.

The concept is simple: go to the Senior Cuisine Delivered website, browse the restaurants and menus, select the one that most appeals to your palate, and set up the meal plan that’s right for you.

Senior Cuisine Delivered offered to give me a taste of their service and see what I thought of the meals, so after reviewing the different menus, I decided on Zest in a Bowl. Their variety of dishes – cereal bowls, savory rice bowls and salad bowls as well as dishes like miso glazed salmon and BBQ ribs – seemed perfect.

In total, Zest delivered eight different meals, some of which I used for dinner and others that I took with me for lunch at my office.

Packing zest in a bowl

Delicious dishes include Garlic Chicken Wings, Mediterranean Chicken, Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce, Marsala Chicken, Shrimp with Kaffir Lime Bowl, Hawaiian BBQ Ribs, and Wine Braised Wagyu Beef. All the entrees came with a variety of sides, from baby potatoes with herbs to roasted cauliflower or broccoli with garlic.

All of the meals came in sturdy containers (which I have reused several times since) and turned out to be substantial portions, so I was sufficiently satisfied after consuming each meal.

All of the dishes and sides were perfectly prepared with a variety of flavors and spices that complimented each dish. I think there was one steak dish that I didn’t like, but I’m not a big steak lover so if I had to order regularly I would skip the meat in favor of more seafood .

Seniors or their families and caregivers in southern OC can browse the menus and register online at https://agewellseniorservices.org/senior-cuisine-delivered/. Right now they’re offering $ 20 off the first four weeks of meal delivery.

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