Healthy eating has always been a lifestyle for Caitlin and Ricky Weirs, and now it’s their homegrown business.
The couple will hold a grand opening from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday at their new storefront location at R. Klean Meals, 1307 Ligonier St. , in Latrobe.
The Dairy Township couple started the business towards the end of 2020 by taking online orders for healthy customized meals. A little over a month ago, they added a storefront, backed by a new commercial kitchen, where customers can choose ready-made versions of some of their most popular menu items.
One of the best sellers is the Cheeseburger Bowl.
“All lean ground beef over rice, diced tomatoes, diced onions, and light cheddar,” Caitlin Weirs explained. “We have a light sauce with pickles.
“There are many different ways to reduce the volume of recipes. We like to take a regular recipe and make a slim version of it.
“We use fresh ingredients and season everything, but we don’t use heavy oils and butter. Everything is usually gluten-free.”
Other popular items on the menu include chicken meatballs, protein shakes in different flavors, and protein pancakes for breakfast.
The pancakes contain “oats, egg whites and low-fat cheese – all naturally high in protein – with vanilla and cinnamon. We give them turkey sausage,” she said.
Wiers and her husband, who exercise regularly, adopted a healthy diet to supplement their regimen. She is a runner who additionally works part-time as a finance manager.
He works as a railroad captain when he’s not busy in the kitchen of R. Klean Meals. A weightlifter and heavy bodybuilder, he was the overall winner of the 2019 National Fitness Committee Bodybuilding Competition in Pittsburgh.
Ricky Weyers took a break from bodybuilding to spend some time building the couple’s Healthy Meals project. His diet requirements for sports helped fuel the project.
“We had the idea for years, and eventually we had the right opportunity,” he said. “I’ve had friends for years who want me to prepare their meals for them and cook for them.”
As they do for themselves, he and his wife calculate the calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrate content of each of the dishes they prepare.
“I have learned a lot through my coach and have been evaluating every meal, every day, for a year in a row,” he said. “We did it a lot until it became normal.”
Since R. Klean Meals never included a dining option, Kaitlin and Ricky Weiers avoided one of the major hurdles traditional restaurants have faced: dealing with social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For people looking for ready meals, Kaitlin Weiers said, “We help provide them with healthier options, so they don’t have to turn to junk food.”
Patrons who wish to order customized meals from the company need to plan in advance.
Orders for any meals the customer desires within a given week must be placed through the R.Clean Meals website by 5 p.m. the previous Friday. The staff prepares and packs meals on Saturdays for pickup on Sundays.
To expand its geographic reach, Agenda schedules pick-up times for orders for customers to pick up at locations in Hempfield, Ligonier, North Huntingdon, Murrysville and Pittsburgh’s South Side, as well as the Latrobe location.
Takeaway items can be found in Latrobe’s storefront on Mondays from 11am to 2pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am to 7pm, Fridays from 11am to 5pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm
More information can be found on the R.Clean Meals Facebook page, or by calling 724-787-8245.
“People think about their health at this time of year, which is good for us,” Kaitlin Weirs said in the wake of New Year’s Resolutions.
Jeff Himmler is a writer for the Tribune Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-7622, email@example.com, or via Twitter .