When professionally trained chef Jason Russo started a side gig to help out a friend with a personal training studio, he didn’t expect it to be a life-changing move. But in July 2014, he left his job as an executive chef in Toms River to pursue FITfood, his prepared-meals delivery service full time.
I first heard about FITfood through my chiropractor’s office in Long Branch. Russo, who goes by Jay, had catered a lunch there and everyone was raving about the food. I reached out to him because I thought it was a great idea and was thrilled to find out his home base is just about two miles from me. With menu items like quinoa meatloaf, jerk spiced chicken, and vegetable frittata, I just had to sample FITFood.
I lightly pan fry marinated chicken breast in a touch of coconut oil, then dress it in a sauce consisting of homemade chicken stock, fresh garlic, ginger, chiles, lemongrass, and a touch of raw honey. The stock is the body of the sauce, the garlic, ginger, and lemongrass provide great flavor, the chiles give it a little heat, and the honey provides just a touch of sweetness. It results in an amazing dish without all the sugar, sodium, and preservatives you’d get from typical takeout.
Lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and an array of vegetables are the foundation for our meals. But I try to not put ourselves in a box with regard to specific ingredients. Our weekly menu reflects the changes in the season.