Here at Magic Meals, we believe that good food is the foundation of a good life. We believe in using whole foods with the fewest possible additives, and nutritious, unprocessed, whole foods are the focus of our menus. This means that we choose our ingredients carefully, purchasing items that are in their most natural state possible. We use whole grains like brown rice, not enriched white rice. We peel, cut, cook and mash all our potatoes by hand. We buy produce that has not been cooked or altered other than cleaning or minor processing such as green beans that have been trimmed. Generally, we shop the perimeter of the grocery store and fill our cart with fresh meats and fresh or frozen produce. There are some exceptions, but they are carefully chosen in order to produce the highest quality product for all of our clients in a timely manner. For example, we do use canned tomatoes, as the time to peel and chop the amount that we need each week would be prohibitive, and the quality of fresh tomatoes varies so much throughout the year. We buy dried pasta, but we choose these carefully to avoid any unnecessary ingredients, and we purchase whole grain products. We do also occasionally use prepared seasoning mixes, though this is rare and we more often mix our own! If you have any questions about any of our ingredients, please don’t hesitate to ask. We want you to know how your food is made, and we want you to know the care that we have taken to prepare it for you!