Beetnik Organic Paleo Frozen Dinner: Shepherd’s Pie with Grass Fed Beef
In this review, I’ll talk about ingredients, my first impression/packaging, the competition, price, ease of use and, of course, taste. I also want to mention that if you have any other questions I do not address in this review, please comment.
This is the important part. Why? Because this is what differentiates a HEALTHY frozen meal from allllll the other ones. While there isn’t any shady business going on in this ingredients list (natural flavoring, sweeteners, etc.), you may be asking yourself if potatoes are actually Paleo. We all know sweet potatoes are.. but aren’t white potatoes forbidden? The folks over at Paleo Leap say it best…
“If you’re interested in eating only foods available in the Paleolithic, then potatoes would be out the window, but if you prefer to eat as healthfully as possible based on evolutionary principles, there’s nothing wrong with them.”
So, if you can move past the potatoes and look at this product as a healthful option then consider this variety over brands like Smart Ones, Healthy Choice, Banquet and many other icky choices. Also note that this is a certified organic product so there’s no need to worry over residue from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, among other things (see organic certification information here). All in all, this ingredients list is very sound.
First impression of Beetnik Foods and their packaging.
As mentioned before, I’ve walked by this brand at Walmart plenty of times and have always thought about trying one or more of their varieties. They instantly appealed to me for quite a few reasons but mainly because it’s so important to have easy food choices available, especially when first starting a healthy lifestyle. We’re a society propped up on convenience so a major problem begins to surface for Paleo beginners: having to cook everything from scratch. The saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” (Alan Lakein) comes to mind so I’d say it’s wise to pop a few microwavable meals in your freezer for those times you just can’t summon the desire to cook – especially for your newbies!
Their packaging has a natural/organic vibe with pictures of the prepared dish on the cover – I love that the different certifications are easy to spot! However, I feel like the food dishes could be a bit bigger, to show texture, etc.
Side note, congratulations to them for getting their brand into Walmart.. that’s HUGE. So many of the folks shopping there are in dire need of healthier options like this. ♥
Beetnik vs Competition & Price
Their competition (Tastefully Plated) is shelved just above Beetnik and, I don’t mind saying, their packaging caught my eye first due to the appealing view of the food itself. However, price wins with me almost every time and Beetnik came in 98¢ cheaper (and it’s organic). Plus, there’s a $1.00 off coupon available to print, which is redeemable on any of their products! Because of that, I paid $4 for this meal – not too bad. Any of their varieties can probably be made from scratch at a little cheaper cost than this but we’re willing to pay a bit more for convenience, aren’t we? (Similarly to purchasing coffee instead of brewing it at home.)
Just in case you’re wondering, I e-mailed the folks over at Tastefully Plated to ask if there are any coupons available and this was their reply:
Thank you for your interest in Tastefully Plated®!
Currently we do not offer coupons but another way you can save on the meals is by purchasing the meals online through Walmart’s partnership with Jet.com. At this time only (3) flavors are offered (Braised Beef, Braised Pork, Chicken Chimichurri). By typing in your zip code on the website, you may check if the meals are available in your area. Please note the more meals you purchase at once, the more of a discount you will receive.
We invite you to like us on Facebook or fill out the contact form on our website to receive updates on all of our Tastefully Plated lines!
Thank you and have a great day!
Your friends at Tastefully Plated
Clearly, Beetnik is the better option if you’re on a budget! To print their coupon, simply go here. It would be awesome if they had an option to mail the coupon to those who are not equipped to print but for now, I believe it can only be printed.
UPDATE: Beetnik reached out to me to let me know there are coupons available to me mailed – Score! Simply go here to request yours by including your home mailing address.
Ease of Use & Taste
The instructions were short and simple! I chose to bake mine since microwave use can be a bit controversial (see this EMF post by Dr. Axe) but also because foods just tend to taste better through the use of an oven. Don’t forget to pay attention to the frozen and thawed times. 😉
Upon opening the product, and before baking, I could immediately smell all the seasoning used – it was delightful! I set it on a baking sheet (even though the directions don’t specify to.. it just felt right) then popped it into the oven. 45 minutes later, I had a kitchen filled with the aroma of delicious food. Even my three year old was excited about what I was making! Eager to try this recipe, I opened my oven and pulled out this…
I was questioning whether or not this looked appetizing but thought maybe if I transferred it from the dish it came with to a plate, maybe that would help. And sure enough! It looked much better.
The flavor is really good! They didn’t skimp on the seasoning so it’s quite a strong, yet not overpowering taste. The ingredients list mentioned anchovy paste, and I’ve never had anchovies before, but I didn’t taste anything particularly fishy, so that’s good in my opinion. Whatever impact the anchovies have on this recipe seems to blend well and compliment the other ingredients! Also, the recipe was a bit soupy but that didn’t negatively impact my experience.
If you’re new to healthy eating, it’s important to understand that eating something as nutrient dense as this may take some time for your taste buds to adjust to. It will just taste different than what you’re used to! The chemicals in our food supply are addicting and trick your taste buds into preferring and consuming unhealthy foods. However, Beetnik products, among other brands, are filled with healthful, nutritious ingredients. Don’t let the fear or not liking it steer you away from not giving new things a try! I encourage you to stop by Walmart and pick up a few to make transitioning into a healthy lifestyle easier on yourself. Or, if you’re a Paleo veteran, someone else’s cooking often times tastes better than your own, right? 😉 At least that’s the case with me.. sometimes I just don’t want to cook! That doesn’t make me lazy.. okay.. maybe it does.. but it also means I’m a busy mom that, no matter what, wants to put health first and I invite you to as well.
Notes: This is not a paid review. I did not receive free products or money in exchange for my opinions. All opinions are 100% my own! If you have any suggestions of products you would like reviewed, comment below or e-mail me by using the contact form here.
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