Menus

Our meals will strengthen and comfort you – and they taste great!

 

We offer five different menus that are tailored specifically to meet individual dietary needs. Contact Nutrition Services Director Laura Strait at 612-767-7336 or nutrition@openarmsmn.org with any questions.

Our professional chefs prepare our delicious meals in-house using fresh and, when possible, organic produce. In fact, many of the fresh veggies are produced from our Open Farms program.

We currently offer clients a combination of frozen and fresh style meals in deliveries. Dinner meals include a pack of seven frozen entrées. Lunch meals include four frozen entrées, a fresh sandwich kit (makes two sandwiches), one entrée size salad, five servings of fresh fruit, and four servings of dessert.

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Here are descriptions of our five medically tailored menus:

  • Heart Healthy: This is our standard, heart healthy diet. It includes foods that are low in salt and saturated fat, and known to support good health for a range of needs. Features some “meat and potatoes” style foods that are designed to be healthy and nutritious. Examples: Beef bolognese with carrots, Roasted chicken with rice pilaf and green beans.
  • Kidney-Friendly/Renal: For clients who are on hemodialysis. Meals are low in potassium, phosphorus, and sodium, and are also high in protein. Examples: Chicken stir fry with rice, Lemon herb fish with quinoa and carrots
  • Flavor Neutral: For those with taste changes or swallowing problems. Low in spice and acid, with soft foods that can be mashed with a fork. Examples: Buttered noodles with peas and carrots, Meatloaf with mashed potatoes & broccoli
  • Vegetarian: For those who do not eat meat, poultry, or fish. May contain dairy or eggs. Examples: Quinoa saute and edamame, tofu stir fry with brown rice
  • Gluten Friendly Dairy Friendly: This menu is for clients who avoid gluten and dairy in their diets due to allergies or intolerances. Please note: Open Arms is not an allergen free facility. Examples: Chickpea masala with brown rice and edamame, Herb Chicken with wild rice pilaf and peas

Those who need a pureed diet can choose any of the above menus. This option provides texture modified meals for clients with more significant chewing/swallowing concerns.

Clients may also receive “add-ons” with their deliveries, such as nausea care packs, if they are experiencing certain symptoms as a result of their illness.

All of the above menu options are low in sodium and diabetes friendly. All meals from Open Arms are carbohydrate controlled and, on average, contain 3-5 carbohydrate choices (45-75 grams of carbohydrates).

At this time, we do not have a vegan menu. We may not be able to meet the needs of clients with specific food allergies. We are not an allergen free facility, so meals may contain traces of allergens, such as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, milk, and fish.

Clients may switch menus while on service. Depending on their needs, they may need to speak with a registered dietitian before switching.

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