Take the week off from cooking!
Review by Stupid Easy Paleo Imagine a Paleo chef cooking you plates of amazing food each week - a variety of high-quality, sustainably-raised meats, locally-sourced vegetables, scrumptious snacks, and the most amazing bacon you've ever tasted - and all you'd have to do is place your order online. Go ahead. I'll wait as you wipe the drool off your keyboard. If you're in California, this daydream can actually be a reality, and Pete's Paleo - owned by Pete and Sarah Servold - is the company making it happen. They ship all over the state or deliver to different local businesses here in the San Diego area. For those of you outside California, don't despair! Pete's is planning to expand into a national program soon. Score! Watch their website for more details, and get on their mailing list. Back to the food...and let me tell you, it's delicious. Ever since Pete's started offering delivery to Invictus Fitness, the CrossFit gym I train it, I'd been curious about ordering. I love to cook and create recipes of my own, but sometimes even I need a break! Having someone cook for me - especially awesome Paleo food - is rare, so I decided to treat myself with an order from Pete's. That's right...some girls pamper themselves with new clothes or a mani-pedi, but I do it with food! It couldn't be easier to order: after a few clicks on their site, my order was placed and all I had to do was wait. Pete's lets you customize your order by selecting the number of meals (5 or 10 plus snacks), or adding extra veggies or extra protein for an additional charge.
Roasted abodabo chicken with asparagus and country yams
I excitedly opened my order on Thursday to find the drool-worthy menu and neatly labeled individual bags with tasty bites tucked inside. Each component - meat, veggies and snacks - is separately packed in vacuum-sealed pouches to keep it fresh and can be frozen as well...ultra-convenient if you are going out of town or want to stock up.
Pete's menu with awesome quote of the week.
All neatly packed and labeled
Individually sealed components
Even though I love to cook, I often find myself rotating through the same meats and veggies. Hello, food rut! One of the things I appreciated the most about Pete's was the variety: grass-fed beef; chicken, duck and turkey; pork and lamb; game meat like elk and bison; and seafood all make their way onto the menu. Produce is no different with a wide array that is mindful of seasonality and freshness.
Persian spiced pork cheeks with spinach and Susie's Farms spring mix
Jidori chicken breast stir fry with carrots, snap peas and roasted squash
Not only that, but Pete's culinary training clearly shines through in the masterful combination of flavors, perfectly adjusted seasonings and well-executed cooking techniques - all the meats were fork tender and succulent, for example. Perhaps the crown jewel in Pete's menu is his sugar and nitrate/nitrite-free bacon. I know, I know...many of you will claim allegiance to other brands or suppliers but I must say, I've never had any quite like this. It was perfectly seasoned and subtly smoky and rendered so the fat layers were light and crispy. Heaven.
Pete's bacon on top of my slow-cooked scrambled eggs
Mmmmm. Now I'm hungry again. Definitely go check out Pete's Paleo's site. I dare your mouth not to water!