So I have had a spaghetti squash sitting on my counter for about…oh…well awhile. It’s pretty hardy, so it hasn’t gone bad. What have I been waiting for? Well, I’ve basically been pretty lazy to bake it for an hour. Last night, I finally decided to look up a good spaghetti squash recipe. Pinterest and Nom Nom Paleo saved the day! I found a way to just stick it in the microwave and VOILA! It is ready for me in 10 minutes 🙂
This was seriously the easiest thing I could have done. All I had to do was cut it in half, brush some oil on it, add salt and pepper, and microwave it for 8-12 minutes! Scraping it out took a little extra time for me (it was my first time…yes, I’m a spaghetti squash virgin), but it was fun! It’s amazing how it all comes out in these beautiful yellow strands! I was able to put it all into a tupperware. I added some more salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for seasoning. I had a little taste, and it was great! I especially loved the texture.
I’m SO excited to have this during the week!! Easy, healthy, and delicious 🙂
Well, I promised some reviews about Pre-Made Paleo, so here is my first one! Just to give a little background, Pre-Made Paleo is based out of Atlanta, and the head chef is Chef Richard Bradford. Their meals are Whole30 Approved and they are designed to be prepared in 10 minutes! The meals are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free, and made without refined sugar. The meats are grass-fed, grass finished, antibiotic and hormone free, free range and pastured. The veggies are hand-picked, locally sourced, and organic when available. Overall, it’s quality stuff!
I contacted Chef Richard to see if I could try some of the meals and review them. He responded quickly and was excited to have me try them! For this review, I’m going to talk about the delivery of the meals, ease of preparation, portion size, and, last but NOT least, taste 🙂
I asked for the meals to be delivered to my office because I’ve had a few things “disappear” when delivered to my place in the city. It was delivered at 10:41am and left in front of my office. Chef I told me that the food would be on dry ice, so it should last the day. I put it in my car after I left work, and I didn’t return home until 9:30pm. I was pretty afraid the meals would be thawed out. I opened the box, and the dry ice was like magic! The food was perfectly frozen, and I threw them in the freezer right away.
For my first meal, I decided to have the Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Sauteed Kale, and Sweet Potato Salad. The “standard” is to have one protein and two veggies, unless otherwise indicated on the protein packaging. The food can be prepared on the stovetop or in the microwave! This was very exciting to me, especially for lunch meals in the office. Welp, my first meal was at home, so I did it on the stove top. Here’s a video from Pre-Made Paleo’s site to demonstrate preparation on the stovetop:
Here’s are some pics to show my preparation. As Chef Richard indicates in the video, right out the freezer, it takes 10 minutes to cook the meats, and the veggies take 4 minutes.. If the food is thawed, it takes half the time (5 minutes for meats, 2 minutes for veggies).
Then I cut open the bags and drained the excess water from the packaging and served my lunch to myself 🙂
As for ease of preparation, Pre-Made Paleo gets two thumbs up! It was super easy, unless you think boiling water is hard.
Well, here was my lunch. Does it look like enough to you? Well, it does to me. I was satisfied with the portions before, and after my meal.
So, no for the good stuff 🙂 Before I talk about taste, I can tell you that the turkey smelled AMAZING. I couldn’t wait to eat it! I took a bite of the turkey, and it was seasoned well and very tasty. I will say it was on the dry side, and I realized I made a mistake by draining the water. I kind of did that intuitively. However, I added a few drops of water, heated it in the microwave for a little bit, and it was MUCH better. I would say that the dryness was definitely attributed to user error 🙂 I really love sweet potatoes, and I was pretty excited to try them. I would have to say that they were definitely a winner as well. The kale was yummy as far as nutrient-dense greens go 🙂 It was very moist, not too salty, not too flavorless.
I would have to say that my first experience with Pre-Made Paleo was VERY positive. It was delivered as expected, easy to prepare, and it was quite tasty! I can’t wait to report on their other items (hint hint: they were equally, if not more delicious). Remember, these are frozen, shipped, and prepared meals. I can’t say I had any expectations set, but I can say that I was very happy with meal #1.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Chef Richard did comp these meals for me. However, my opinions are strictly my own. I was in no way influenced to review one way or another.
If you’re interested in getting some Pre-Made Paleo meals, follow this link. If you are outside Atlanta and in the continental US, they have 5 meal options, including a 3 meals sample option to try it out. If you purchase their 3 month option, each meal comes to $9.50. For 10 meals, each one comes to $12.50. This includes shipping AND the meals, which is pretty economical when you’re on the go! In my next post, I’m going to share about eating my first Pre-Made Paleo Meal at the office.
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