Healthy eating in 2018, made easy at Palmer’s

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Chef Jason Bellaby prepares Granny Apple Kimchi, included in one of Palmer's new noodle bowls.
Chef Jason Bellaby prepares Granny Apple Kimchi, included in one of Palmer’s new noodle bowls.

If you don’t have a personal chef cooking you healthy, gourmet food in 2018, Palmer’s Market of Darien is the next best thing.
Palmer’s gourmet-go-to and take-and-bake dishes make it easy and affordable to keep your resolutions this year.
“It’s a lot of work making healthy foods at home,” Palmer’s Culinary Director Megan Palmer Rivera said. “Especially if your family isn’t on board, you have to buy a lot just to make small portions. Let our chefs do the work for you.”
Fresh and nutrient-dense salads, Asian-inspired veggie noodle bowls, grilled salmon “take and bake” honey mustard chicken and turkey meatloaf dishes are just a few of the flavorful options.
“If you let us do the cooking, you’re never stuck eating the same thing for days,” Megan said.
Vegan and gluten-free foods have become increasingly popular in the last few years and Palmer’s is always expanding its options — in a natural way.
“We like to make food that is naturally gluten-free or vegan,” Megan said. “We aren’t offering anything processed or with additives. It’s a simple, tasty take on healthy.”
Some of the new recipes include a vegetable-based detox salad and superfoods salad with goji berry, kale, sweet potato and brown rice.
Megan is herself a fan of integrating Palmer’s salads into her daily routine..
“Our southwestern quinoa with black beans, red peppers, edamame and a honey lime vinaigrette — I eat it every day for lunch,” she said. “It’s delicious.”
But healthy doesn’t end with salads.
“We are also focusing on healthy fats, like our grilled salmon with avocado butter,” she said. “Our avocado butter, made with olive oil, can go on anything, to give it flavor and richness that’s better for you.”
Another popular item — especially in the cold weather — are Palmer’s Asian-inspired noodle bowls. The bowls, made with rice and spaghetti squash noodles, are a low-carb and gluten-free option. Customers can choose from shrimp, chicken or sesame tofu bowls in the prepared foods section.
Before healthy options are introduced to customers, each is vetted by Palmer’s chefs.
“We test everything to make sure it’s appealing, visually and taste-wise,” Megan said. “With our healthy options, we find ways to add a lot of flavor — whether through fresh herbs, some lime or healthy fats.
“We never want you to feel deprived of a little decadence.”
Throughout the month, Palmer’s Market will be offering specials on healthy options.
Visit Palmer’s at 264 Heights Road, Darien, follow the family-owned market on social media and check PalmersDarien.com, for more information.