Being Single is No Excuse for Poor Eating

If your days of cooking big family meals are over because your kids are grown and have families of their own, or if death, divorce or other life circumstances have left you living alone, there’s no excuse to eat poorly.

You just have to plan and portion meals differently, learn to buy just what you need or freeze some for later. Countryside Meats & Deli Owner Jarrod Bush can help you make the transition. He’s located at 781 Highgrove Place, Rockford.

“The good thing about us is you can order one slice of bacon or a pound of bacon that we can package up in three-slice portions and that’s true of any other meats we sell,” says Bush. “We understand you may not need a lot all at once, but it’s always better to cook at home because you know what’s in your food and how you’re preparing it.”

If you’re in a hurry, grab a sandwich or wrap made with Boar’s Head luncheon meats or pick up a ready-to-bake meal for later that night.

There are cases full of “oven ready” meals such as lasagna, stuffed green peppers, meatballs, Italian Beef, pulled BBQ pork, chicken pot pie, chicken Kiev and 25 varieties of bratwurst. There are also cheeses and cheese spreads, sauces, dips, dressings, marinades, seasonings, chicken, egg, tuna and crab salads, as well as cole slaw, broccoli slaw, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, Italian pasta salad, creamed and pickled herring.

Gourmet items include four varieties of chicken breasts stuffed with prosciutto, fennel, cheese and Italian seasoning; traditional bread stuffing, ham and Swiss cheese; or apples and cranberries.

Large portabella mushrooms are filled with crab meat and Swiss or Cheddar cheese and bacon. There are crab cakes, twice-baked potatoes and garlic cheese bread. Everything in the store is made onsite. Meats and many other products are purchased locally or regionally and all meat grinding is done on in house.

If you want to put something into the slow cooker for a tasty meal at the end of the day, choose from the well-stocked, clean and organized 20-foot-long meat case filled with top quality freshly cut Midwestern beef, pork, and poultry. ❚