I haven’t done a review in quite some time and I am SO excited to share this one with you, especially for those of you that live in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul if you didn’t know 🙂 )
I have known about Origin Meals for quite awhile now since last fall I was looking into pre-made paleo meals that I could bring with me on short work trips in small towns. I figured out other ways to eat paleo while traveling so I never got around to ordering any of the meals even though they looked and sounded amazing. I think since then they have completely updated their website and it is now as beautiful as the food they put out! Luckily for me Alyssa from Origin Meals found my blog and sweetly reached out to me to see if I would try their meals. Of course I said yes and made sure to meet up with her for coffee to discuss the company more since I love supporting anything paleo/real food/primal and small, local companies too! She is just as awesome as their food too, in case you were wondering! What really struck me was the founders’ story since it sounds SO much like mine! They found that eating a non-processed, whole food diet changed their lives enough that yhey wanted to begin helping others feel the same way, and Origin Meals came from that! Their food is prepared each week with a changing menu and is always fresh, healthy, and 100% paleo! They deliver them to 16 locations across the Twin Cities (mostly Crossfit locations) and you pick them up once or twice per week. Super convenient. They also break it down to make sure it fits Paleo Zone too! Pretty neat if you’re into that sort of thing 🙂
Now to the most important part, the food.
First I started with the Pesto Chicken Salad for lunch the day I received it. The kale pesto was awesome and super flavorful, my only issue was I wanted more of it! There was a variety of fresh veggies and the chicken wasn’t boring grilled chicken breast which made me happy since that is pretty common with grilled chicken on salads in a restaurant. Overall I would much rather eat this salad than some of the WholeFoods ones I make from the salad bar, mostly because I know a lot of what they offer has canola oil in it (ew).
The Braised Pork Hash I had for dinner the next night, and to be honest I really didn’t want it to end. TONs of flavor in the pork, and the aioli had the perfect amount of a spicy kick (can’t say no to Franks Red Hot… I ate my bodyweight’s worth in college, at least) I am a hash-happy lady and Alyssa mentioned that they always have several on the weekly meal plan which is awesome. Even though I got the normal portion rather than the XL (would be great after a hard crossfit workout or heavy lift, especially for hungry dudes) I was stuffed. Defnitely a good size portion for the price in my opinion! Plus you’ve got the convenience factor since all I had to do was heat it up for 5 minutes in a skillet. Bomb.com
Now because they are AWESOME they offered one of my local (sorry non-locals) readers a free meal to try! If you are interested enter the widget below!!! Bonus entry for checking out the weekly meal plan and commenting below with which you would most like to try! DOUBLE BONUS entry if you comment with one of the local farms Origin Meals sources their meat from 🙂
Snaps for local, paleo food!!!