I’ve gotten emails asking if I know of any pre-made food services (like the pre-made diet programs that you often see on TV) that are actually healthy and easy to order. Until recently, I didn’t know of any and I always suggested finding a local service or chef who could prepare foods in advance.
A few months ago, I heard about a service of this type and decided to try it when I had a crazy travel schedule for a few weeks and wouldn’t have as much time as I normally do to cook.
Please note, this service won’t be a fit for everyone, but for some, it will be perfect!
Pete’s Real Food
I met the owners of Pete’s Paleo (now called Pete’s Real Food) Pete and Sarah, last fall and was really impressed with them. Pete is a gourmet chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and Sarah is the founder of a completely natural skin care line.
I ordered a few weeks of pre-made food from them (check out the menus… it was a step up from what I was cooking!) and it came in vacuum sealed pouches in a specially refrigerated bag (it stays fresh and is never frozen).
I put the bags in the fridge and heated one up for lunch the next day. I must admit that my hopes were not super high for vacuum sealed food. I picked the roasted pork and mashed parsnips.
Pete’s wife jokes (or maybe not) that she married him after trying one bite of his food, and after tasting it, I can see why.
I don’t mind pork or parsnips but neither one was on my favorite food list… until I tasted Pete’s. I have no idea how he made parsnips taste so amazing, but they were up there with the best foods I’ve ever eaten (maybe he can guest post that recipe… hint hint?).
Every other food I tried was equally amazing and my husband and kids agreed. Ordering pre-made meals all the time isn’t in our budget, but if it was, I probably would. If I were still single and traveling a lot, these would also be a great way to have healthy food ready to go.
Bottom line: If you want 5-star restaurant food without the restaurant, Pete’s Real Food is a great option.
Another thing that Pete offers is uncured slow-smoked bacon. Do not order it! Once you eat this bacon you will not ever be able to eat regular bacon again!
From Pete: “Pete’s Bacon contains no sugars, nitrates or nitrites. It’s dry cured with salt, herbs and spices and cold smoked for two days.”
We ordered some of this bacon because I’d heard it was good, and it far surpassed its reputation. The only problem is that I now find other store-bought bacon tastes awful in comparison.
Pete’s Real Food won’t be something that is in the budget for many people, but for those who are looking for gourmet pre-made meals or gourmet bacon, I can’t recommend it enough!
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