Local chef offering up healthy meals with a twistFebruary 16, 2017
By OLIVIA INGLE
HUNTINGBURG — A new Dubois County business that launched today seeks to cater to busy lives by offering customers convenient and healthy microwavable meals.
“I’ve had many friends and family members jokingly ask me to be their personal chef,” said Tim Flick, Fueled Strength Meals’ owner, creator and chef. “This is my way to do that for the community.”
Flick cooks the Fueled Strength Meals in a commercial kitchen he recently built onto his Huntingburg home.
Fueled Strength Meals are fresh, never frozen, and are made from natural ingredients. They’re gluten-free, high in protein and low in carbs. The menu changes weekly, but includes dishes such as smoked pork, pistachio chicken, smoked port carnitas, chicken fajitas, Caribbean pork and braised pot roast.
The meals are $8 and customers order them in advance for carryout. They are available for pickup from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Downtown Fitness & Running, 311 Mill St., Jasper.
Flick has been a certified executive chef for more than 18 years and has extensive knowledge in the food and restaurant industry. He’s the former owner of The Mill House restaurant, has catered a variety of events and was a corporate chef for Gordon’s Food Service.
This new venture allows him to marry two of his passions — food and nutrition.
“This is something I’ve thought about for a while,” he said. “I love the food side of things. I’ve always been interested in the fitness side of it as well. The two together seemed like a perfect match.”
Flick is a fan of clean, unprocessed foods and has done a lot of research about their positive effects on a person’s diet.
“We always talk about how to treat illnesses or diseases, but not how to prevent them,” Flick said. “Cutting out gluten and sugar goes a long way.”
Flick said that not only are Fueled Strength Meals healthy, they’re are also centered on convenience.
“Everybody just has so much going on,” said Flick who has five children. “Like for us (my family), we’re sometimes at the ball field four nights a week. Something like that can really derail a diet. It swallows you up when you’re getting fast food, eating everything unprocessed, eating snacks at the ballpark, letting the kids drink cokes.
“It’s a vicious cycle.”
Flick’s oldest daughter, Emily, 27, is also passionate about food and nutrition and has been helping her father with Fueled Strength Meals.
Once he has the food aspect of Fueled Strength Meals running smoothly, Flick hopes to add an education component to his business by offering some cooking classes.
“I want to give them (customers) the same blueprint with what we’re doing with Fueled Strength Meals,” he said. “Fuel is the most important component of a healthy lifestyle.”
Fueled Strenth Meals can be purchased at FueledStrengthMeals.com.
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