So this week I was able to try out the Paleo Meals To Go.These are kind of like other add-boiling-water-to-a-sealable-pouch meals that are on the market, but with the added benefit of following the Paleo Diet guidelines. This means the meals comprise mostly of meat, vegetables and/or fruit, eschewing grains, dairy and soy. I assume that the food is also minimally processed, as eating more natural food is also a goal of the Paleo Diet.
The first thing I should mention is that, before I even got a chance to try these meals out, I was contacted by a representative of the company to inform me that there might be a problem with the packaging. The rep indicated that the pouch supplier had cut some corners on their end of production, resulting in bags that leaked when used. The company is apparently making efforts to resolve this problem and stated that they will be replacing the pouches with an improved version that is not only free of leaks, but will have some added functionality, as well. I just have to say that I really appreciate the company letting me know before I discovered the issue on my own. As it turned out, only the dinners leaked, and it was pretty minimal.
So, fore-warned and prepared, my son and I prepared two dinners, the Bedrock Beef Chili and the Beef and Vegetable Stew. The instructions say to pour in 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ cups of hot water into the pouch.In both bases, we used 1 ½ cups, and I wish we had gone with the lowest amount of water possible, because both seemed to be a little soupier that I would have preferred.
The Beef and Vegetable Stew came with a little packet of sea salt. At first, I pushed it aside, as I believe the modern diet has way too much salt in it. However, I found out that Paleo Meals To Go feels the same way, and adding the salt was pretty essential to improving the taste of the Beef and Vegetable Stew, which was really bland without it. However, it definitely lived up to its name, as it was chock full of beef and veggies. It was a very satisfying meal.
The Bedrock Beef Chili was great, with lots of flavor and hearty chunks of sweet potato and vegetables. There was a brief scuffle while my son and I both attempted to claim the chili. In the end, a truce of reached, and we split both bags.
The next day, we tried out two different breakfasts on our way to a two-day camp. It was very convenient to prepare these meals in the morning to eat on the go (thus, Paleo Meals To Go!). We had the Butte Cacao Banana and the Palisade Pineapple Mango. Neither turned out to be as sweet as my son was hoping for, so I got to sample quite a bit of each. The Palisade Pineapple Mango was tasty and filling. The Butte Cacao Banana was good every other bite, when I got a chunk of banana in the spoon to sweeten the rest of the meal up. (I think this is the first time I have advocated for more banana in a product like this, as it is usually filler that displaces other, tastier morsels. However, in this case, it was a much desired contribution to the mix.)
All things considered, these meals seemed pretty healthy, and were definitely tasty, filling and easily prepared. My only regret is that the chicken meals weren’t available to try out when I was doing this review. I’ll definitely be trying them out later, though!