You Gotta Eat: The Queen of Squash makes meals that taste good and are good for you

Published: Aug. 10, 2023 at 6:42 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - Some people think if it’s good for you, it can’t possibly taste good too.

The Queen of Squash in Peoria is challenging that notion; using fresh, local ingredients to prepare meals that are good and good for you.

Located at the Metro Centre in Peoria, The Queen of Squash has the philosophy 80% clean, 20% indulgent eating as a more sustainable way of living.

Owner Heather Wolbeck is a type one diabetic just like her grandfather.

“So, he ate the same thing, breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and when I was diagnosed, I thought there is no way I’m going to live the rest of my life eating the same bland stuff day after day,” Wolbeck said.

She started getting creative with her cooking; trying to make things sweet without sugar. This year, she opened her first restaurant.

This is truly the right job for Wolbeck, and customers love her thoughtful approach.

“I love when people love the food. That brings me joy,” she said.

The Queen of Squash is located at 1108 W. Glen in the Metro Center. It’s open 11-8, Monday through Thursday and until 9 on Fridays and Saturdays.

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