OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A national trend has made it to South Mississippi. More and more people are choosing to pick up healthy and flavorful prepared meals either for the day or the week. An Ocean Springs woman is watching her business grow as more people are discovering her meals to go.
In a little cottage on Bellande Avenue in Ocean Springs, Lola Fleur Catering and Marketing is serving up something unique and tasty. The small business puts an emphasis on healthy and flavorful meals.
While the staff is busy preparing hundreds of meals to go, owner Jennifer Gladden is going over the next week's menu.
"We start with our Italian beef stew," she said. "It has carrots, mushrooms and onions. We slow roast it all day in our own beef stock."
The paleo dinners help people stick to a diet that's rich in lean meats, as well as fruits and vegetables. The meals are gluten, grain and dairy free, and Gladden leaves out processed and refined sugar.
All of the meals work perfectly for diabetics and those trying to lose weight. They are also a good option for anyone who puts a premium on healthy ingredients and preparation.
For Gladden, it's very personal and it's all about results and feedback from customers who have benefited from the thoughtfully prepared menu.
"The other day, I got a text message from one of my customers and I teared up because I love doing this," she said. "It's my passion. I feel like I'm helping people in the community."
People can get meals for the day out of the freezer case or go to the Lola Fleur website and order five meals on Saturday for the following week. Everything is packaged and ready for pick up on Monday afternoons.
This approach to dining is becoming increasingly popular around the country, and like others, the Lola Fleur concept capitalizes on convenience and freshness.
"There are no preservatives or added sodium," said Gladden. "We use fresh thyme and rosemary grown in our garden and we try to source as much as we can from locals."