Meals On the Go
KingCal Kitchen Offers Healthy Meal Prep Options
Writer: Nicole Sipe
Photography Provided by King Cal Kitchen & Josh Brown
The idea of KingCal Kitchen sprang from a need that wasn’t being met for Sam Nouri and his brother, Hamad. A professional bodybuilder, Hamad was used to prepping all of his meals and carefully monitoring everything he ate. But shopping, prepping and cooking all take a lot of time.
“Usually, [Hamad’s] Sundays were completely gone between going to the grocery store, bringing everything home, prepping the food, cooking it, weighing it, packing it into containers, and then doing the dishes and putting them all away,” says Sam, who co-owns and operates KingCal Kitchen with Hamad. The brothers thought that it would be great if there was someplace to pick up healthy, pre-measured, pre-packaged meals in Hamilton County, where they both lived, but no place like that existed.
“There were a few places in the country doing something like this, but we didn’t have an official place here in the area,” Sam says. So, the brothers decided to create their own place.
In 2016, they began KingCal Cafe, a store that offered healthy, pre-packaged meals. Their first location was inside the LA Fitness at 2744 E. 146th St. in Carmel.
“The LA Fitness location was just a grab-and-go store,” Sam says. “People would come in and buy their meals, and we also had a juice bar. We were cooking and packaging the meals from a commercial kitchen that we were renting in Carmel. But we got to the point where we needed more hours in the kitchen because we were getting busy, especially during the summer.”
They opened a second location, KingCal Kitchen on 1315 S. Rangeline Rd. in Carmel, in 2017. This allowed the brothers to expand their services to not just offer healthy, ready-made meals, but to also offer weight-management services. The Rangeline location also serves as a restaurant, so visitors can sit back and enjoy their meals in-house instead of just buying them to go.
KingCal Kitchen originally was targeted at bodybuilders and athletes, but the business caters to anyone wanting to eat healthy food made with fresh ingredients.
“All of our meals are fresh and we keep them refrigerated, we don’t freeze our meals,” Sam says. “Everything is measured. On the side of the meal, you can see the calories, protein, fat and carbohydrate content on them. For people who are trying to watch their calorie intake, all the information is there for them.”
Whenever possible, the meals made at KingCal Kitchen include locally-sourced ingredients.
The menu at KingCal Kitchen is varied and always evolving, but you can find white meat, red meat, seafood, vegan, breakfast and snack options available. Customers can choose from pre-packaged meals such as chicken with quinoa and bell pepper, beef teriyaki with jasmine rice and mixed veggies, or shrimp with spaghetti and spinach.
KingCal Kitchen also offers a limited hot lunch menu Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with freshly cooked items such as chicken kabobs with grilled bell peppers and naan, and lamb chops with grilled veggies and saffron rice.
Meals can be purchased individually, or you can sign up for one of KingCal Kitchen’s packages and buy all of your meals for the week in one shot.
“For example, you can do two meals a day based on chicken,” Sam says. “For one week, it would be $95. If you did three meals a day per week based on chicken, it would be $135. We have some couples sign up for five meals a day per week — the guys will take three meals a day and the ladies take two meals.”
For more information, visit kingcalmeals.com.