by Sara Kelly, RD, LD
- What is Simple Fix? Simple Fix is a meal preparation workshop where we save you the time spent shopping and cleaning so you can focus on just assembling the meals for the week. Simple Fix is exclusive to Hy-Vee, and only offered at select stores.
- Are there certain recipes we have to use? We have more than 100 recipes for you to choose from, including chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish and meatless meals. You can also submit your own recipes to us for review. We can accommodate most food allergies.
- I have a group of friends that would love to get together to do something like this. Can we do a private class? While we offer a few public sessions monthly, most of our classes at West Circle are for private groups. For private groups, we require a minimum of 6 people (maximum of 15). You can choose your own recipes from our database, as well as the date/time that works best for your group! We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance for best availability. You can even sip wine or beer from our Market Grille while assembling your meals!
- How many servings are each recipe and how much does it cost? Each recipe will feed 4 to 6 people and costs anywhere from $13 to $28 per recipe, depending on the ingredients included. You must choose a minimum of 5 recipes.
- What if I am gluten-free? You can personalize your meal prep class by choosing recipes that are gluten-free, low-sodium, low-carb, vegetarian or any other diet preference.
- Could you come to my workplace and hold the class there? Yes! We do off-site classes for workplaces all of the time. Most people choose the lunch hour or directly after closing to schedule a class. It could potentially be part of your workplace wellness program.
- Are there a lot of cooking/knife skills needed to do the class? It depends on which recipes you choose, but most of them require very little chopping. We have many recipes that require no pre-chopping. We utilize products like frozen onions and pre-minced garlic to make the process as smooth as possible.
- Are the recipes ready to eat once we are done with the class? How long do they last? The recipes still require cooking once you get home. Most are as easy as placing in the oven or slow cooker.
You can freeze the meals for up to 3 months so they are there for you when you don’t have time to plan and cook dinner.
- Do I have to bring anything with me? We recommend bringing a large insulated shopping bag or a cooler. This way, your meals will stay cold until you’re able to place them in the freezer.
Sara Kelly, RD, LD, CSG, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Science – Dietetics from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. She completed her dietetic internship at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Bay Pines, Florida. Sara has worked in several areas of clinical nutrition, including three years as an inpatient clinical dietitian at a large hospital in South Georgia, and two years as a renal dietitian at a dialysis center. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG). Sara is a registered, licensed dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is passionate about healthy eating and has a special interest in geriatrics as well as vegetarian/vegan nutrition. Sara spends most of her free time chasing after her infant son, Weston. Sara provides a variety of services including store tours, cooking classes, health screenings (biometrics) and individual consultations, as well as answering questions in the aisles. You may contact Sara by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. View all of Sara’s posts here.