Monday, September 14, 2015

Beetnik Paleo Frozen Entrees Review




I often dabble in the paleo diet, because I like the focus on unrefined ingredients and increasing protein while minimizing sugar. While I am by no means a devoted follower of the diet (I admittedly love carbs too much), I'm always looking for ways to make cooking and baking paleo part of my busy lifestyle. I was excited to find Beetnik Foods' line of frozen entrees while perusing my local Mom's Organic Market last week, which seemed to fit the bill perfectly. These paleo-friendly, microwave-friendly entrees use real, organic ingredients to make gourmet meals easy to make and accessible for both paleo devotees and aspiring foodies.

Beetnik centers their focus on utilizing simple ingredients to make meals with refined flavor. Their meals are certified gluten-free, certified paleo, non-GMO and USDA organic. For more information about their gluten-free protocols, click here. All entrees are gluten-free, but some do contain dairy. Read the label before buying to confirm allergens in entree. The chicken meatball entree I picked up contains eggs and tree nuts (almond flour).

My Mom's Organic Market store had a variety of entrees on hand, but I only sampled the two stocked chicken entrees, as I do not eat beef. The full range of Beetnik entrees can be found on their website at this link.

The first of the entrees I tried was the Peruvian chicken stew. When heated to perfection in the microwave, the stew liquefies forming a delicious creation that incorporates tender pulled chicken, tomatoes, peppers and lots of spices. This meal had a real spicy kick to it, which I enjoyed, and the portion is just enough for a satisfying lunch or dinner. The soup really was of high quality, and would easily best the offerings served up at cafes or other soup-serving restaurants, and I loved that the comforting food was the perfect fuel for studying or a late-night movie marathon.


Next up for a taste test was the chicken meatballs marinara with carrots and zucchini. Less soupy, this entree was bit more substantial, and edged out the stew, though both earned two enthusiastic thumbs up. I loved the richly seasoned, downright amazing marinara (which Beetnik should totally sell on its own), and the juicy, tender chicken meatballs. The accompanying carrots and zucchini added taste and texture, showcasing that frozen veggies really can preserve their taste and texture and shine when reheated. I used a spoon to scoop up every drop of the entree, and count the meal as one of the best I've ever had from the frozen foods aisle.


Overall, I really enjoyed both products, and will definitely be buying them again, especially as winter weather approaches. I'm so glad that I stumbled across them in the frozen foods aisle, and hope to see their products reach even more natural foods stores near me. I was impressed by the delicious flavoring of each, and the fact that both entrees feature 23 grams of protein or more, and have less than 8 grams of sugar for each carton. Thanks to Beetnik, it's easier than ever to have food on hand that is both nutritious and delicious, making eating healthy super easy despite the craziness of my schedule.


Beetnik Foods' products can be found in Mom's Organic Market stores around the Baltimore area, as well as in David's Natural Market and Roots Market in the region. Elsewhere across the county, their foods can be found at Whole Foods and other retailers. Find your local retailer using this tool on their website


Update 1/3/17: Since my first review, I tried the chicken creole, which I found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio. I loved the bold and spicy sauce the and the tenderness of the chicken. The white rice was tender and not overly mushy, as microwave rice tends to be. Overall, I loved the meal, and hope to find it in a grocery store near me soon.



Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I purchased this product independently, and the review is a reflection of my personal opinion.

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