with "cream tar tar, natural flavor" etc?
This is why I ignore pretty much all requests to try "paleo" products for my blog. They are all garbage. I work with local farmers on infrastructure projects and I KNOW you can make convenient jarred/packaged things without crap!oil and other industrial junk. It's like they didn't even put in an effort. I know one of the cronies will probably find this thread and post "blah blah blah highest quality ingredient, most of which are blah blah blah free." Whatever, I suggest you avoid anything being advertised as paleo.
The soybean oil is inexcusable. If you don't have time to make your own mayo, Wilderness Family Naturals makes some good stuff.
Why on Earth would you put MAYO in a cauliflower leek puree?
This isn't that hard. Slap almonds on cod, cook. 5 minutes. Sautee some leeks and cauliflower in ghee or coconut oil or butter for about 10 minutes. Add your favorite bone broth and heavy cream. Take immersion blender to it. 1 more minute. Dinner is done. It probably takes 5 minutes to microwave that thing.
I mean we're all guilty of going for convenience sometimes, but something with an ingredient list that long is pretty much, even without the soybean oil, de facto not Paleo or even healthy.
That said, I was guilty of eating microwaved fish myself last night. Trader Joe's sells microwaveable tuna in thai coconut curry. The only ingredients are...tuna, coconut milk, and the curry spices (galangal, tumeric, kefir lime, salt, and sugar at the very end). I could recognize everything in the ingredient list (it is more or less what I'd put in the curry if I made it myself), there were no preservatives, PUFAs, it was gluten free, etc. So if you look, you might be able to find a few microwaveable meals out there that are not completely awful and comprised entirely of real ingredients. But as soon as they start adding soybean oil, run.
Unfortunately Paleo wasn't convenient or gourmet. It just WAS. So replicating is difficult in our world of convenience and adulterated foods. It is now a label as well as a movement for education, a true lifestyle is about execution of principle, conscious competent.
Right or wrong: microwave? cheats? tradition? integrity? social acceptance? business opportunity? Only small sampling of issues or concerns.
So finding the natural 'blend' of old world and modern is the challenge. Buyer beware and sharing of this information is vital. Many thanks for that. We are responsible for our personal choice. Also, please remember that intention is a part of the process. When movers and shakers of a movement set out to do the 'right thing', the process can become skewed and business takes over. Once involved in a company it is the responsibility of the participant to know what is going on, however, it is not always the case.
Changes can be made with out awareness and the original intent is no longer part of the vision. Hmmm, who is really in charge? It happens all the time and I feel that if I don't read labels each and every-time I buy a product (even one I have bought and trusted before) I can easily be duped.
Ultimately it is up to me (and you, the consumer). ~jgirl
I consider myself to be 90% Paleo. I allow the occasional Ezeikel bread slice with Almond Butter, time to time I go to sushi and eat rice wrapped vegetables with fish from an unknown body of water. I have not had time to really dive into Paleo Brands as I figured whatever they are freezing, I can freeze. But to think that I sometimes have had to fend off a couple days of feeling like I went off course when I eat corn chips at a Mexician Resturant!! Compared to what I read on those labels, most of which I would need the Internet to decyhper, a slice of Ezekiel Bread, a few yummy rolls of sushi or the rare basket of Corn Chips with fresh salsa is not looking so evil anymore.
Paleo is a life style, not a diet. Paleo may not be able to go the way of Nutrisystems or Weight Watchers with a convenient frozen food line. If you have to add stuff to preserve flavor or elongate sheld life you are furthering your distance from what most people define as "Paleo."
As previously stated, Paleo is not a diet and therefore for me, in order to stay within my comfort zone of Paleo "Living," I perimeter shop the grocery stores, eat as much fresh food as possible. If something I want to eat comes in a can, box, bag or is frozen, I tend to not buy it if there a more then 5 ingredients. Of those 5 ingredients, none of them will be maltodextrin, dextrose, sodium or any of the multiude of thicking, preserving or flavoring products. Regardless of the fact that them my come from natural foods that were processed in a way to create a usable byproduct i.e maltodextrin and soy lecithin.
Be Cultural, Be Mindful, Be Paleo, but above all else be Healthy!!!
Probably as paleo as you can get with packaged food.
The entire ingredient list:
Cauliflower Leek Puree (cauliflower, leeks, mayonnaise (soybean oil, egg yolks, whole egg, water, distilled vinegar, contains less than 2% of salt, sugar, lemon concentrate, calcium disodium edta added to protect flavor, natural flavors), spices, black pepper, xanthan gum) Almond Crusted Cod, (rockfish, blanched almonds, spices, cracked black pepper)l Spicy Vegetables, (onion, green bell peppers, tomato, olive/granola oil, jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers, fresh garlic, cilantro, salt substitute, [potassium chloride, contains less than 1% of cream tartar, silicon dioxide, natural flavor], paprika, garlic powder, celery seed, black pepper ) l CONTAINS EGGS, NUTS AND FISH.
There is no way I would eat that and I would LOVE to be able to buy convenience Paleo meals. I have Celiac & sensitivity to other grains and the main reason I eat Paleo is that it's the only diet I've found that doesn't have something in it that I can't eat. Soybean oil = very bad for me and I don't do Xanthan gum either because it's grown on corn. I also stay away from vinegar.
well, i hate to promote it because they already raised the price considerably, and some people adore it and some people can't STAND the flavor (we here love it) but US Wellness meats sells some pretty awesome grass fed pemmican bars (grass fed beef jerky, beef tallow, water, sea salt)
nice option for camping hiking etc or to go snack.
i also like hard salami (must be a decent brand, like Creminelli, good meat and no corn syrup) for an outstanding easy to carry paleo meal.
Plus, true hard salami like that is a raw meat and fat, never heated, which i also like. (nitrates don't bother me personally)