AYO Frozen Meals caught my eye at Target. I have never seen West African food in the frozen food section of the grocery store before and was excited to try them.
I recognized Top Chef finalist’s Eric Adjepong’s face on one of the boxes.
Fred and Perteet Spencer started the AYO Foods brand in Chicago. Naomi Waxman’s Eater profile from June 2022 shares their story. You can find them at the following stores listed on this page (Whole Foods and Target in the Twin Cities). In this article, Pertit Spencer mentions that her father’s stews could take six hours to cook. Part of their goal was to make their favorite meals more readily available in minutes.
At our local Target, they cost around $5.60 each. Today, I found them on sale at Target for 2/$9.
We tried the four meals available at our Target: Jollof Rice with Chicken, Groundnut Stew with Chicken, Waakye Beans and Rice, and Chicken Yassa.