Sunday, April 28, 2013

Paleo Freezer Meals: Tastefully Simplified

Does your counter look mine right after everyone walks in the door at the end of the day?  It would help to have dinner already made, right?

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this special post by Katie Roose upon your request.  Don't worry, I am not about to give my blog over to a bunch of guest writers (I don't like when other people do that) or push direct sales.  Simply put: Katie is my friend and I think this can help us all.
I am definitely intrigued...
(Our weekly menu will be up later today as usual.) --Emily


Did you know that 81% of working moms don't know what's for dinner every night at 4:00pm? Although I don't have an 8-5 job, if I don't plan our weekly menu, I can relate to this statistic! My cue is usually when my husband texts, "What's for dinner tonight?" and I realize that I can't answer him until I scour the kitchen.

Even when I DO meal plan, taking the time to prepare a healthy meal from scratch during the "witching hour" is often tough. I have three small kids who are involved in football, tumbling and cub scouts, and quickie meals like mac 'n' cheese, corn dogs and chicken nuggets aren't an option in our house.

I prefer to plan ahead by having freezer meals assembled and ready to go on busy days or at a moment's notice. In fact, I've started hosting monthly Freezer Meal Workshops in my home to help others fill their freezers with quick, healthy meals. If you are a reader from Phoenix, I'd love to have you join us!  If not, I would love to help you from afar.

I'm not 100% on the Paleo bandwagon just yet, but I DO have a freezer meal plan to help those of you who follow a Paleo lifestyle. Emily mentioned last week that food is my "job" and that's true!  I am a consultant for Tastefully Simple. For those who are unfamiliar with us, we are a home-party business that sells products that can be made with two ingredients or less. And for those of you who are label readers, many of our products are all natural, so they are free of additives, preservatives or fillers and none of our products have added MSG.

Our seasonings and spices are particularly helpful for those who want flavor without adding a bunch of fat or sodium. For instance, one container of Garlic Garlic is the equivalent of 33 cloves of fresh garlic.  Our Onion Onion is the same as 10 small onions. (I always say that they are double named because they're very flavorful - a little goes a LONG way.)

The catch to this freezer meal plan is that you need Tastefully Simple products to make each recipe. But please don't feel tricked - this is honestly the only way I know how to make freezer meals and it's SO much faster to use dehydrated whole foods and less hassle than chopping, slicing and dicing onion after onion.

So if I haven't scared you off just yet, take a look at the Paleo meals I'd like to share with you...

Mediterranean Chicken Breasts
Asian Pork Tenderloin
Tasty Pork Chops and Apple
Simply Salsa Lime Chicken Strips
Mediterranean Fish
Sizzling Fajitas
Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Slow Cooker Spinach and Herb Meatballs

If you're interested in mixing it up in your kitchen with these new recipes, I would be happy to send you the grocery list and assembly instructions for all of these meals. Making all 10 meals (or 20 if you want to double everything!) will take you under 2 hours. Your freezer will be full of ready-to-cook Paleo meals that will help take the stress out of your busy evenings. 

Feel free to contact me directly to order the seasonings needed for the above recipes. Just for the Practical Paleo readers, when you purchase the six products below, I'm even going to throw in a half-priced Ultimate Steak Seasoning that is an amazing addition to your burgers, meatballs, salmon and steak. It's my favorite product from our new catalog!

Below is a list of the necessary products for this Paleo freezer menu:

Garlic Garlic
Onion Onion
Dried Tomato and Garlic Pesto Mix
Seasoned Salt
Simply Salsa
Spinach & Herb Mix

Once you've made the recipes in this Paleo freezer meal plan, you'll be hooked.  Many of our other freezer meal recipes can be tweaked to fit your Paleo family. When you're ready for more meal ideas, I would love to help!


Thanks, Katie!  Yum!  Will someone make those meals for me? ;)
In full disclosure to the rest of you, if you decide to order something within the next few weeks and mention you heard about it from me, I get the perks of being a "party hostess" which many of you know means I may get some product discounts.  I would have fun trying out those recipes and reviewing the products here!
To get the 1/2 priced steak seasoning, Katie told me you will need be sure to call or email her directly to place your order, so that she can manually add that to your order for you!  You gotta email her for the recipes anyways!
And now, her details and contact info:

Katie Roose is a busy homeschool mom to Ryan (8), Kaylin (6) and Jason (3). She is passionate about being a good "Household Manager" and loves to encourage women and parents in the areas of cooking, organizing, homeschooling and frugal living. She blogs at Intentionally Katie and is a Tastefully Simple consultant in her "free time". You can place orders for the products mentioned above on her website, plus get additional recipe ideas by liking her Facebook fan page.

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