Everyone give a “whoop whoop” for Pete’s Paleo!
“Bringing fine dining to your cave” is exactly what they did for our family. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook and put together great dishes, but who doesn’t want a break once in awhile?! Especially if that break includes seasonal ingredients of the best quality.
Pete’s Paleo is a San Diego based company that prepares, packages and delivers paleo meals right to your door, or to drop off locations (if you live in the San Diego area). Pete is a trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu and uses his unique skills to put together amazing meals from local, organic, grass-fed/pastured, and sustainably farmed sources of food. All meals are gluten, soy, dairy, corn, egg, legume, preservative, GMO, and sweetener free!! Foods are cooked with avocado oil, animal fat, coconut oil and olive oil (low heat).
There are a variety of meal packages that you can purchase from Pete’s Paleo. We went with the “Family Dinner Plan” (4 servings of 5 meals). You also have options such as the “30 Day Challenge,” “14 meals/7 snacks” or “10 meals/5 snacks.” I love that Pete’s Paleo is set up to still encourage people to cook and seek out other foods within a week’s time. The convenience is nice, but having the skills to provide for yourself is very important!
Our food came packaged in BPA-free vacuum-sealed bags and shipped in an insulated box with dry ice. The foods ships fresh from Pete and should be refrigerated or frozen asap upon arrival. We refrigerated a couple meals (good for a week) and froze a few for later use (good for a couple months).
Pete’s meals are labeled and numbered so that you know what veggies and meats are meant to go together. For the most part we followed these recommendations, but you are free to mix and match. Meals are based on what’s in season, therefore the menu is always changing. You do have the option to opt out of receiving pork or duck products if you choose, but beyond that you get what you get.
Meals are sized to give an individual about 5 to 6 oz. of protein and 2 – 3 oz. sides. You may upgrade to a “Hero” size to double your protein. The regular portion was perfect for our family!
The big question: how do you reheat the food? We used our good old pots and pans to do the trick. I heated our stainless or cast iron skillets with a touch of coconut oil and sautéed the meat or veggies for 5 – 8 minutes over medium heat. I warmed squash and sweet potato mashes in sauce pans, stirring frequently. Here are a few examples of the deliciousness we received:
• Paprika braised brisket with acorn squash and smashed sweet potatoes.
• I added our own fresh spinach salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
The meat was melt-in-your-mouth tender and the flavors of each side were spot on!
• Duck tenders, golden beets, sautéed mushrooms and eggplant, and chard.
The duck was a first for me and it did not disappoint. I could have eaten far more than my share.
• Chicken with spaghetti squash and roasted tomatoes.
• Again, I paired this with a quick green salad.
Aside from the fantastic meals, you can also order Pete’s Paleo Bacon and I highly recommend you give it a try. Nitrite/nitrate and sugar free, this bacon comes with a combo of great spices, herbs and salt. It’s sold in 1 pound packages and can be kept in the fridge for 2 weeks or the freezer for 2 months (don’t think it would ever sit that long in our freezer!).
Slice it as thick or thin as your little heart desires.
You may roast it (I place it on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook at 400 F for about 18 – 20 minutes (depending on thickness)), or fry it in a cast-iron skillet.
The end result is bacon with incredible texture and flavor. It’s hard to go back to the pre-sliced, grocery packaged bacon we were once used to.
I’m a definite supporter of small companies such as Pete’s Paleo who make a commitment to spreading quality food to more people. I plan to keep some of Pete’s meals on hand to supplement my own cooking when schedules get crazy. For the quality of food I found Pete’s Paleo pricing to be very fair. It certainly beats going out to eat at a decent restaurant where you are unsure of where your food came from or how it was prepared!
Try Pete’s Paleo or recommend it to a friend. Click on the Pete’s Paleo banner on the right side bar of this blog to order your share today!