real food for busy women: when you really can't cook

when you really can't cook

This series, "posts for Pat" is inspired by my friend Pat, who lives a life where frugality is better applied to time than to finances; hence it's sub-title: "real food for busy women".

We've covered several topics thus far: why you need a crockpot with the world's easiest crockpot recipe, how keeping a fruit bowl improves your nutrition just by spending a few minutes in the produce section when you grocery shop, a roundup of crockpot recipes that can cook all day unattended, and a bizarre post in which I timed a vegetarian recipe to see if I could make it in 15 minutes.

Today we're going to cover how to eat well when you really, truly have NO time to spend in the grocery store let alone the kitchen.

You know the week, we've all had them. The big project is due next week, and there's no telling how much overtime there'll be. An 8-10 hour window on a crockpot meal won't work; you'll be working 12-14 hour days. You REALLY, REALLY can't do anything about food this week...

when you really, really can't cook

For those times when you know the next week has a killer project due, and even crockpot meals can't work, I recommend Pete's Paleo meals.

Why? Because it's fresh (not frozen) meals prepared by a gourmet chef using locally-sourced pastured meat (pork, chicken, beef, duck, elk or bison) cooked with fresh organic vegetables.

All the meals are free of gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, legumes, preservatives, GMOs, artificial sweeteners, and natural sweeteners; Pete cooks in avocado oil, animal fat, coconut oil or olive oil. Meals are vacuum-sealed in BPA-free bags and shipped FRESH packed in an insulated box with dry ice via Fedex. You can eat them fresh the week after they arrive or freeze for up to two months.

In short, it's both the animal and plant nutrients you most need prepared yummily. You can fill in with fruit, or pick up a couple nice loaves of artisan bread to go with the meals if you wish, but the meals themselves can sustain you.

You can also get healthy snacks including paleo trail mix, paleo granola, beef jerky, duck jerky, and various baked paleo goodies for your sweet tooth from Pete's Paleo.

Orders placed by Monday at midnight will arrive that Thursday or Friday, so you do need to plan a week ahead to fuel your upcoming busy week.

You can order 10, 14 or 20 meal packs, extra-meat meals (hero protein) or extra-veggie meals (hero sides). You can exclude duck or pork if desired, and can get your meal pack with or without snacks.

If you add up what you spend on pizza, buckets of chicken, burgers, drive-through breakfasts and nasty frozen meals during a typical week like this, Pete's is very competitively priced too; but you get tasty nourishing food instead of crap.

When you need to stay focused and in the zone, quality nourishment from Pete can fuel your fugue state until you can get back into your own kitchen.

Disclosure: Affiliate