Angel Food Ministries Revisited

If you’re not familiar with the organization you may want to start by reading my previous Angel Food Ministries review.

It is almost time to pick up my order again from Angel Food Ministries. I have ordered twice before. I am a careful consumer, very frugal in my spending. With all purchases, I watch for store sales and coupon regularly. The convenience and value of what I get in my Angel order saves both time and money over hopping around from store to store to get the same or similar products. My experiences have been positive to date.

I have ordered the convenience meals twice now. They were unavailable in my last order, on backlog for delivery. This can happen. Temporary supplier shortages are a reality even in big supermarkets. As a mom and pop storekeeper?s daughter I know from fact they do occur so sometimes substitutions are necessary. I told the organizers about my shortages and they made it right immediately. Things can happen.

I currently am counting calories to lose weight. I measure my food and mark calorie, carbohydrate, and protein values along with portion size naturally. Doing this makes me aware of my eating habits and helps me make better choices for myself. With my constant on-the-go lifestyle I am often away from the house at mealtime. The trips to fast food drive-ins have sabotaged my dieting so much that I put in place ways to circumvent my visits.

I now always carry a protein snack in my pocketbook along with a bottle of flavored water. It will get me by until I get home. Once home I grab a frozen dinner?either one I prepared from leftovers or one I bought somewhere. Presently I am using ones from the Ministries. I pop it into the microwave and am good to go a few minutes. I also save money on the over priced often unhealthy convenience foods.

Angel Food Ministries describes its senior/convenience package as follows:
Ten perfectly seasoned, nutritionally balanced, fully cooked meals?just heat and serve. Each meal has been developed with the dietary needs of senior citizens in mind, and contains 3 oz. of protein, a starch & two vegetables or fruit.”

Now its Senior Meals Direct packaging lists ingredients and gives excellent directions for cooking but does not list any nutritional value. I wrote a comment accordingly to Angel Food Ministries but have not found any response as yet. Therefore, I researched and researched on the internet until I came up with some answers. I would like to share my findings with you.

Senior Meals Direct?s meals are Traditions Meal Solutions? (www.traditionsi.com) self-described quality frozen and shelf stable meals. Go to http://www.traditionsi.com/Meals_NutritionalInfo.aspx. 63 entrees are listed in five different categories, namely beef, poultry, pork, seafood, meatless, and breakfast, by number. EXAMPLE: No. 80 Chicken Breast with Rice and Gravy, Carrots, and Green Peas. Click on the entree. Its nutritional information will appear. The information is complete and thorough.

I’m looking forward to picking up my April order. I plan on this every month. Where else could any shopper find the items in a signature package that includes 1.5 pounds of strip steak, a pound of steak strips, two pounds of chicken breast stir fry, two pounds of breaded chicken fillets, a pound of all-meat hot dogs, frozen foods like pizza, beef patties, blueberry pie, tortillas, french fries, and mixed vegetables, refrigerator foods like eggs and cheese, along with staples like milk, pancake mix, rice, and peaches in the same shopping bag for $30?

10 thoughts on “Angel Food Ministries Revisited

  1. I have really enjoyed the heat and serve meals but would like to know if it is possible to order more than what is offered each month. I went to the Senior Meals Direct website and got a list of the different meals they offer and would like to try all of them.

    1. Pam,
      As I read it you have to order whatever is in the package. Items do rotate. Me I love the breaded chopped beef but not the chicken it is packaged with so I wait patiently…. Let’s hope. Meanwhile use the site email and ask. Nothing lost.

  2. We just picked up our first AFM order this past weekend. So far, so good.

    We ordered a Signature Box ($30), a 7 lb Premium Meat Grilling Box ($23), and the Produce Box ($22). I priced out the boxes at my local Kroger’s (houston, TX) and found out that the Signature Box is by far the best deal – saved us about $12 over Kroger’s when compared to comparable off-brand items. Everything came as described and the produce was fresh and unbruised. We haven’t had any of the meat yet, but the fruit has been yummy (apples and oranges). The potatoes and carrots tasted great in a stew I made yesterday. The bread is really good too.

    My husband and I ate out at resturants and fast food joints 3-5 nights a week before trying out AFM, so we were just hoping for better than what we were eating anyway. We are happy so far and will have cut our food budget to about $350 this month instead of our normal $600. My husband and I were trying to find something to motivate us to cook at home more often and the grab-bag mentality of AFM works for me.

    February 2010’s AFM Signature Box looks even better than January’s – saving us about $15 over Kroger’s. We will probably be ordering a couple of those this time around, if the meat we try this week is good, and will be ignoring the other types of boxes since I can get almost the same prices on produce locally.

    Hope this helps!

    1. Dear Crystal,
      I appreciate how the much of the meat is packaged in individual servings. I’ve had some issues with most meat since stomach surgery so this is a great and convenient way to portion and cook for hubby and any surprise guests. I myself buy most of my fresh fruit and veggies at the local supermarket after scanning circulars for sales. I started buying several months backand feel that it is a convenient way yo get a good value without driving to every local store.
      Pat.

  3. Thanks so much for the info. I too tried to get the info from AFM with no luck.
    Great Lunch ideas for me. Although cooking is not as easy a a traditional TV dinner. Thawing first does help but who usually thinks that far in advance…LOL!
    I find the veggies sometimes get overcooked but the entree is pretty tasty. Cheeper and better for you than fast food. AFM is an hour drive one way for me but I do order occasionally with some friends.
    Thanks again for posting nutritional information.

  4. Dawn,
    I am sorry you had a hard time. There was some sort of problem with the theme. I hope it does not happen to you again or keep you from returning. I believe my daughter has it fixed now.
    The site for the nuntrition is very tricky to navigate, I wish it were simpler or that it was on the box.
    Thanks for visiting.
    Pat.

  5. Hi There,

    I had a dickens of a time leaving a comment for you. The site advanced many times when I was typing in the tabs.

    Anyway, thanks for the information about Senior Meals. I too wanted the nutrition information. LOVE THE INTERNET.

    -Dawn

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