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That's Hot: How To Heat Up Your Sakara Meals

The Sakara Life meal delivery program is designed to do many things: flood your body with plant-based nutrients, fight signs of aging inside and out, help you cultivate a disease-fighting gut microbiome, deeply hydrate your cells for beautiful skin…we could go on and on. But it’s also designed to take the guesswork out of eating clean and make feeling your best as easy, delicious, and fun as possible. 

Part of how we do this is by crafting meals that taste delicious cold, straight out of the fridge, so you don’t have to worry about cooking anything at any point in your day.

However, sometimes your soul craves a hot meal - we get it. Whether the weather outside is frightful, or you're the kinda gal who loves ending her day with a warm bowl of creamy whole foods, sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants - and we'll be the first to tell you to listen to that wise epicenter of love. 

Good news is, many Sakara meals can be heated up in their entirety, or have components that can be heated for maximum, body, soul, and heart enjoyment! Dreams do come true, Sakaralite.

Read on for how to turn that thought into a thing (or delicious bowl of creamy Sakara-Style Bolognese in this case...).

A few of our top tips:

  • How do you know if a meal is even better heated? Look for the little frying pan icon on the meal label.
  • While our meals can be heated, our packaging cannot. Repeat: do not heat your Sakara meals in their plastic packaging, at the risk of mealtime heartbreak.
  • A good rule of thumb is that cooked food will be extra-tasty heated up. Think soups, curries, lasagnas, pastas and sauces. Ditto for breakfasts like muffins and waffles. (Get ready to swoon when you get a whiff of a Sakara waffle toasting away.) An all-raw salad, like the Youth & Beauty, is pretty much perfection straight out of the fridge.
  • Did you know you can heat your greens? (Life. Changer.) A big, colorful veggie stir-fry is an excellent cure for the occasional bout of salad fatigue (yes, it happens to all of us sometimes). Hardier greens like kale, spinach and chard are particularly tasty when steamed with a little water or sautéed in a dash of your favorite oil (we love EVOO and coconut). More delicate greens like mesclun, arugula and romaine are best left cold.
  • You can use a toaster oven, regular oven, stovetop or even the office microwave to heat your Sakara meals (though we vastly prefer the first three).

How to heat your meals:

BREAKFASTS

Waffles, pancakes and muffins: Remove from packaging and place in toaster oven for 3–5 minutes. Stay close and keep an eye on things…you don’t want it to burn!

 

LUNCHES + DINNERS

Soups: Transfer soup to saucepan and warm gently over medium-low heat until preferred temperature is reached. Enjoy with accompanying mix-ins, side sandwiches, salads etc.

Curries: Remove meal contents (including curry broth and any veggies, rice, greens etc.) and transfer to saucepan. Warm gently on stovetop over medium-low heat until preferred temperature is reached. Alternatively, transfer entire meal to oven-safe dish and heat in oven or toaster oven at 350 degrees for 10–15 minutes.

Pastas + grain bowls: Remove meal from packaging and transfer to saucepan. Heat gently over medium-low heat, adding 2–3 TBSP of water midway through cooking to prevent meal from sticking to pan.

Lasagnas: Best heated in the oven! Transfer lasagna to oven-safe dish and heat at 350 degrees for 10–15 minutes or until preferred temperature is reached. Alternatively, place in saucepan over medium-low heat along with 2–3 TBSP of water. Cover and cook until warm, flipping halfway through if desired.

Flatbreads, burgers + salads with heat-able components: Remove meal components from packaging, setting aside the greens. Place items to heat on a lightly oiled sheet pan or oven-safe dish. Heat in oven at 350 degrees until warm, about 10–15 minutes. Alternatively, place in skillet over medium-low heat until warm. Serve warmed components atop or alongside daily greens, adding any remaining dressing.

Salads + greens in general: You can turn almost any of your Sakara salads into warm stir-frys! Warm a skillet over medium heat. Add your greens and salad toppings, along with about half of the included dressing/sauce. Cook until greens are wilted and other components are warm, 3–5 minutes. Serve with remaining dressing if desired.

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