Terra’s Kitchen Review

This week I was fortunate to be able to try Terra’s Kitchen Meal Delivery Service. You’ve probably heard of similar services, or have seen commercials for similar services on TV.
Unlike other meal delivery kit services, TK caters to those with special diets, and they use organic, grassfed ingredients. Their menu includes a broad selection of paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian items.
When you go onto their website, you get to customize your “vessel.” This was a little confusing at first. You select if you’d like 2 meals for a family of 4, or 4 meals for a family of 2. They put some menu items in your vessel that they think you might like. You can swap these meals out for different meal kits, you can also just purchase cuts of meat, snacks, or salad kits. From what I noticed, the minimum for a vessel was approximately $70 ($60-something to be slightly more precise). You can keep adding food to your vessel until it reaches capacity (they’ll let you know when that is).
So I filled my vessel to about 90-something% capacity.

The vessel arrived promptly when they said it would.


This box was huge and a little awkward, but the handles helped me carry it from the door to my kitchen.

When you open the vessel, you will notice 1) the food is still cold 2) the vessel is probably more organized than your refrigerator.

The instructions for your selected meals are also included.



You will also notice that everything is labeled so there’s no confusion. That circular sticker has a number on it. That number corresponds with the number printed on the recipe cards. So, for example, you’d know that all containers with a sticker number 218 went towards the Black and Bleu Steak Salad.

The recipes are easy to follow, and all took under 30 min to throw together. Veggies were prepped, everything is measured out, so there isnt much work to do.Ā 


We’ve eaten 3 of the 4 meals so far. At this point, I would give TK a rating of 4-4.5 out of 5.

The cons: FedEx picks up the vessel on their own, but since my order arrived on Saturday, I had to keep that giant box in my house until Monday–the next business day. Additionally, they encourage you to recycle, but sometimes it does feel like there is quite a bit of packaging to get through.

The pros: This a super convenient meal kit delivery service that utilizes high quality ingredients. Additionally, it offers a wide variety of meal selections that fit my dietary preferences.

Other TK meals:


(I added spaghetti squash to this meal).

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with TK. It’s reasonably priced for the quality of meats and it allowed me to try some new recipes.
If you’re interested in TK they are offering $30 off of your first vessel with the code: ALIPALEO30

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Roasted Pepper Turkey Patties

Hi All!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so let me fill you in on EVERYTHING!! On May 13, my PhD was officially conferred by USC. I am done with graduate school. 


I recently accepted a part time position at a local universy where I’ve begun teaching my own courses. I’m still on the hunt for a full time position, but this will give me some experience at the moment. 

Danny and I also went back to Playa del Carmen (where we had our honeymoon a year ago). In order to be in tip-top shape for our trip, we’ve begun weekly meal preps!

At first, these preps were a nightmare. I would spend four hours in the kitchen making all of our meals for the week (meals 2-4 for him, and usually just lunches for me). We still make breakfasts and dinners fresh each day. 

I’ve been doing meal preps for about 16 weeks now, and I’ve gotten much more efficient. I can usually prep everything in about 2 hours now. 
So here are some turkey patties that I prepped this week. Hope you like them!

Roasted Pepper Turkey patties

Yield: 12 patties

Macros per patty: 2g fat, 26g protein, 1g carbs
3lbs ground turkey (I used 93/7)

1 roasted bell pepper (came out to 5.5oz)

3 Mexican green onion stalks (tops and all, came out to 3oz)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1.5 Tbsp Spain’s Spices Lemon Pepper Seasoning (let them know Ali sent you)

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. 

I wanted to make 12 patties, which came out to about 4.3oz of mixture per patty. 

Form 12 patties and cook on a preheated grill. 

Cook thoroughly. 

Enjoy! I thought the brightness from the lemon pepper who work great with the roasted pepper and green onion. 

Spain’s Spices are low sodium seasoning blends. Their spicy happens to be my favorite. Be sure to check them out. 

Ample Meal Shake (Review)

Hey All!

I just had the opportunity to try Ample Meal. Ample is a nutrient dense shake that can be a meal replacement. I agreed to try the product because I wanted the opportunity to provide awareness about an up and coming brand that is focused on using naturally derived ingredients. 
  
(They’re going to be phasing this particular bottle style out).

So at first, I had some trepidation. 

   
 
Depending on the day, I either get 45-55 grams of fat in my macros per day. These shakes are not your average 110 calorie protein shakes. At 400 cal, they are a little on the heavy side. I was concerned that I’d drink it, waste 22 of my allotted grams of fat, and then be hungry again in an hour. But alas, I decided to try. 

The directions say to use water or milk. For the first time, I used about 1/2 cup cashew milk, and about 1/2 cup water then shook.

This shake is thick!! Super thick. 

The flavor was interesting. There are no sweeteners. It reminded me of a bran or Special K cereal (if you remember those!) Maybe even a little nutty. It was unique. I liked it though.

So the test was to see how long it would keep me satisfied. Surprisingly, both times I felt satisfied (not quite full, but satisfied and NOT hungry) for over 4 hours. I think the heavy fat content had a lot to do with that. 

The 2nd time I tried the shake, I added about a teaspoon or two of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves). It imparted a slightly sweet taste to the neutral shake. 

So, in closing, I would definitely drink again. The flavor is NOT super sweet. It will not obliterate a sweet tooth. It is not fully of chocolatey artificial flavors. It will, however, keep you satisfied with quality ingredients on days that you need some convenience in a bottle. 

Ample will be launching an Indiegogo campaign in the next few weeks. Check out their website to stay on top of their campaign, and maybe give their website a browse. If you care about quality ingredients and are like most people and have a hectic schedules, it might be worth a look!

*Full disclosure. I was given four bottles of Ample to try. I did not receive financial compensation for this review.*

al fresco chicken pasta

Sorry it’s been so long. I defended my dissertation yesterday and haven’t done much in the way of recipe development. 
Here is s recipe I threw together as meal prep for four lunches.

This recipe is gluten free but not 100% paleo because of the garbanzo beans, garbanzo bean pasta, and if you want to be technical, a small amount of sugar in the sausage. 

That being said, you could easily substitute spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or more compliant sausage. 

Ingredients:

1 package al fresco roasted garlic chicken sausage, sliced or diced 

8 oz pasta of choice (I used Banza penne, you could use zucchini noodles, shirataki noodles, or spaghetti squash)

3 roma tomatoes, diced

1 roasted bell pepper, diced

1 medium shallot, minced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1- 15oz can of garbanzo beans

About 1 cup chicken broth

Handful of freshly minced parsley

Zest and juice from 1 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste
  

Get a pot, fill with water and set to boil (for pasta). Don’t forget to salt. If you’re baking or microwaving spaghetti squash, get that going. 

In a large pan, brown your sausage. 

  
Remove and set aside. 

Using the same pan, let the diced tomato, garlic, and shallot simmer together. 

  

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add roasted bell pepper.

  
Check your boiling water. Add your pasta if it’s ready. 

Ok, back to veggies. Add sausage, chicken broth, and garbanzo beans. 

  

Check seasonings and let simmer. 

Check your pasta. Drain if ready. 

I did this for a meal prep, so I divided out the pasta in my containers. 

  

Just before taking off the heat, zest and juice your lemon into the veggie/sausage mixture. 

Either toss with your pasta, or parcel it out like I did. Add in fresh parsley. 

 
Approximate macros (based on 4 servings): 476 cal; 36 g protein, 65 g carbs, 12 g fat per serving.*

*These macros are based on these ingredients. Spaghetti squash and zucchini noodle versions would have less carbs and slightly less protein.  

Wilted Spinach, Butternut Squash Salad

This tastes amazing. Let me start by saying that. This is a great option for a side dish now that it’s getting colder. It’s not quite a salad, not quite a veggie dish, but I’m still gonna call it a salad. 

Ingredients:

1.5lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 medium red onion, diced

1 bag of spinach

2 Tbsp olive oil plus 1/4 c set aside

1 tsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp coconut sugar

1/2 c walnuts

1/4 c water

1/2 c red wine vinegar

1 small shallot, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Ready? There are lots of moving parts, so read through before you begin. Ok? Let’s begin. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Prep your butternut squash and red onion. 

  

  
Toss with 2 Tbsp olive oil and a heavy sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. 

Pour onto a cookie sheet and arrange into a single layer. 
  
Place in oven. Roast for 40 min (toss around halfway through).

In a skillet, warm your 1 tsp of coconut oil (on low). 

Add walnuts and toast. 

Add coconut sugar and water. Allow to reduce. Stir occasionally and remove from heat once walnuts are “candied.” DONT BURN! šŸ™‚

  
In your salad bowl, add red wine vinegar, shallot, garlic, dijon mustard, honey, and some sea salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in 1/4 c reserved olive oil. 

  
Add spinach, walnuts, and squash/onion mixture. Toss. 

  

Adjust seasoning if you wish. I served ours with some simple chicken. 
  

This salad would be great with a little goat cheese. Speaking from experience here. Either way, Enjoy!

Jumpstart Guide

Hi all,

I’ve created a simple plan to help you get on the road to health and fitness–all while taking your time and schedule into consideration. A lot of you know that I am a full-time graduate student finishing my PhD in History at USC while teaching part-time. I make time to workout 3-5 days a week and I cook nearly all our dinners. This guide is a synthesis of the tips, tools, and tricks that I use to stay organized.

This 30+ page guide contains templates for meal planning, schedule organization, an exercise glossary, and contains over 20 full workouts to help you get started (most should take an hour or less).

If you would like the guide, send $3.99 to aliwentpaleo@gmail.com via paypal (leave your email address in the message), and you will receive the guide by email within 24 hours.

I’m really excited to share this with you. It is my hope that this guide is accessible and will help you get on the road to healthier lifestyle habits–especially as we approach the New Year and New Year’s resolutions.

 

Ali

 

 

Brick Betty Virtual Trunk Show & Flash Sale!

  

Just in time for the holiday season! This Wednesday and Thursday, Brick Betty will be hosting two virtual trunk shows and flash sales. During these, there will be specials on a certain number of specific products. If you’ve been wanting to try Brick Betty’s line of premium athletic gear, now’s the time! They will even ben selling items in Girl’s sizes!

The link to these events:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1749484095270875/  for Wednesday’s sale

https://www.facebook.com/events/1726686617551629/  for Thursday’s sale

Don’t forget to select me as your Fit Pro!

Mixed Berry Chia Pudding

I got the opportunity to try some Wyman’s products this weekend. Wyman’s sells frozen fruit in convenient, resealable pouches with no unnecessary added sugar. 

I threw this recipe together and the result was a delicious, creamy tapioca-like pudding with no added dairy. You could easily sub maple syrup or stevia to make this vegan if you wanted. 
Enjoy! And check out Wyman’s the next time you go to the grocery store. 

Mixed Berry Chia Pudding

1/3 c. Chia seeds

1- 13.5 oz can coconut milk

1/4 c almond or cashew milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. honey

2/3 c. Wyman’s of Maine Fresh Frozen Mixed Berries

In a medium, resealable container, stir coconut and cashew milks into your chia seeds. Eliminating any clusters or lumps. 

Stir in remaining ingredients. 

Cover container and place in refrigerator for at least an hour (ideally overnight). 

Chia seeds will thicken the pudding the longer it is in the fridge. 

When ready to eat, serve in individual containers. 
  
Serves 2-4. 

Depending on how hungry you are šŸ˜‰ 

  
 

Lower Body Blaster

Looking for a quick workout to get you through your mid-week slump? I think I’ll do this or some variation of this today. Try it out!

5-10 min warm up on Rower

1. 3 x 10 DB Sumo Deadlift

2. 5 rounds:
50 weighted step ups (25/leg)
10 squats
Rest 60 seconds

3. 25 burpees

10 min AS MANY ROUNDS AS POSSIBLE

Farmers carry (using DB’s)
Walking lunges (bodyweight or use weight from farmers carry)
20 Mountain climbers

Then:

25 burpees after 10 min mark

4. Go to treadmill

10 rds
30 sec work: 30 sec rest
Deadmills (treadmill OFF, sprinting with belt manually)

Good luck with walking after!

If you’re unsure about an exercise, use google or youtube. As always, consult a physician before beginning a new workout regimen. And make sure you do not do an activity if it causes pain or discomfort.

Are you interested in purchasing Brick Betty gear at a discounted rate?! Consider joining the Brick Betty Network and becoming a brand ambassador.

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Brick Betty Network!

Fall Burst Cookies (aka Orange Fig Cookies)

Experimented with these cookies, and they came out well. Very fall. They almost even tasted like Fig Newtons, actually!

Fall Burst Cookies

* 3 cups blanched almond flour

* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt

* 6 Tbsp butter, softened

* 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar

* 2 large eggs

* 1.5 tsp vanilla extract

* 1.5 tsp almond extract

* Zest from one orange (split)

* 1 cup (approximately) dried figs, chopped

Frosting:

* 12-14oz coconut cream

* Juice from zested orange

* 1/2 of the orange zest

* 1 tsp vanilla extract 

* 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Prep your cookie sheets. 
Whisk together frosting ingredients and put in refrigerator. 
Combine dry cookie ingredients in one mixing bowl, and wet ingredients in another, larger bowl. 
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. 
Mix thoroughly. 
Use a Tbsp to drop cookies on the cookie sheet. 

  
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly before frosting. 
Drizzle or spread frosting, depending on its consisency. 

  
Enjoy!