Balanced Chef

Nutritious & Time Saving

A fast paced lifestyle means we don’t always have time to do groceries, make it to the gym, and plan and prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When you make the decision to outsource your meal preparation you can save time, money and a lot of stress while ensuring you’re meeting your nutrition goals and leading a balanced lifestyle.

Fully Prepared Meals

Nutrition and time management are important factors in keeping stress at bay, however enjoying what you are eating is just as important as the nutritional value. Balanced Chef prides itself on providing mouth-watering entrée option by combining fresh ingredients in traditional and trendsetting recipes to ensure maximum enjoyment for every palate. Working with local farmers and businesses, Shandra sources all produce and protein locally, seasonally and sustainably.

Shandra Delima

Owner

From early beginnings, working in the kitchen is something Shandra had been passionate about. “I remember cooking my first batch of scrambled eggs at 8 years old, and being thrilled, preparing Christmas dinner for my family at 14, and tuning into the Food Network early Saturday mornings instead of watching cartoons.”

Following her love for food, she enrolled in Fanshawe College’s Chef Training Program, and continued into Nutrition Management. While attending school she worked as a server at various restaurants throughout London.

Her experience in restaurants, dealing face to face with customers had inspired her to start a business where people could enjoy fully prepared meals made with quality ingredients, and not just on special occasions. These meals would be eaten at home, and be so nutritious they could be eaten every night of the week.

FAQ

How are the meals served?

Meals are served refrigerated and in microwave-safe packaging.

Where do you deliver?

We deliver all throughout London PLUS: St.Thomas, Mt. Brydges, Komoka, Dorchester, Thorndale, and Ingersoll.

When do you deliver?

In these beginning stages delivery will be available only on Tuesday’s between 4pm and 7pm.

What if I am not home to accept a delivery?

Meals are stored in insulated cardboard boxes with cooler packs and will stay at 4 degrees Celsius or less outside of the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. If nobody is home boxes will be left on the front step or a designated spot indicated by the customer when ordering their meals.

Are the materials recyclable?

Cardboard boxes, aluminum insulation, and plastic containers are recyclable. Ice packs begin decomposing in as quickly as 1 year and can be disposed of in the regular garbage.

Who are your suppliers?

Information coming soon!

What if I have an allergy or intolerance?

Please contact info@balancedchef.com for further information on specific allergies and intolerances to see how we can help!

What about storage? Can I freeze my meals?

Meals must be kept at a minimum of 4 degrees Celsius until the time of consumption. Food should be eaten within 3 days of packaging date. Meals not containing raw foods can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. Completely thaw meals before reheating for best results.

How do I reheat my meals?

The most convenient way to reheat Balanced Chef’s meals is in the microwave. Remove lid and replace it on the container so it is not fully sealed and steam can escape. Microwave on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes for individual meals, add on 1  minutes for every additional portion.

For best results reheat meals over the stove top or in the oven. If pasta, rice or un-breaded protein is on the dry side, add a splash of water and cover with a lid or tin foil to reheat.

How do portion sizes work when ordering?

When deciding how much food you should order, the number of meals you are adding to your cart is the number of portions you will be receiving. 1 portion is filling for 1 adult, children 12 and under may share their meals or keep leftovers for a second meal.