Product Review: Beetnik Foods’ Gluten Free Menu

16 May

Earlier this month I was contacted by Austin-based Beetnik Foods to try a sampling of their foods. While I’m not one to turn down a free meal, it’s not often that I’m impressed enough to share products on my website (if you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a little obsessive about what makes it on my front page). I was happy to see that their food philosophy lines up with mine – start with great ingredients, then make great food – and the food was delicious and easy to make. So I thought I would take a second and share my experience.

Beetnik creates and packages meals using pastured/grass-fed meats, sustainably caught seafood, veggies, and gluten-free pastas and sides, and delivers them across the US. Everything is prepared in their home kitchen, which is 100% gluten-free, under the supervision of an on-staff Nutritionist. The meals came to me frozen in individual packages, with instructions on how to cook each item on the package. A couple items didn’t have instructions (their sauces), but it was pretty easy to figure out what to do with them (i.e. heat them up!).

The items were made with minimal ingredients, and were very fresh. The pastas are gluten-free but not Paleo friendly in that they contain rice flour, and some items (like their ravioli and alfredo sauce) contain dairy. Some menu items clash a bit with my views on nutrition (egg white omelets? why no yolks?) but overall I can get behind most of their products.

Cooking the meal you see in the first picture took about 30 minutes, not counting the fact that I thawed out the beef tenderloins ahead of time. To prepare the pastas, I boiled them in water for a few minutes, strained and tossed them with olive oil. For the (pre-cooked) chicken and sauces, I dropped them in boiling water until they were heated through. The veggies I steamed in the microwave. I then tossed the pastas, sauces, and meats together in a skillet before plating each one. I was a little creative in that I mixed in spinach with my alfredo sauce, but other than that I kept everything as-is. The tenderloins I threw on the grill for a few minutes and seasoned with salt and pepper.

It was much easier to prepare and faster than a typical meal, but it definitely wasn’t a TV-dinner-style experience. But still, I could see Beetnik products being a healthy, fairly-priced alternative to grabbing take out on those nights when you don’t have the time or energy to make a big meal. Some items were a real treat – the tenderloins were out of this world, and the pasta was nice and firm.

Lastly, they are currently offering a nation-wide online Living Social deal for a week’s worth of gluten-free meals for $75 (usually $169), so if you’re interested in trying them out, now’s a good time. Based on some reviews I found online from earlier this year, Beetnik recently had a Groupon deal that was so popular they had issues fulfilling all orders on time – so I would order sooner than later if you’re worried about getting your product very quickly.

Their website also offers strictly Paleo-friendly sampling menus if you’re inclined. If you do try them out, be sure to come back here and let me know how your experience was.

11 Responses to “Product Review: Beetnik Foods’ Gluten Free Menu”

  1. crankypants May 16, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Thanks for the heads up on the LS deal, I just bought one! and for the review, too of course.

  2. Jeanne Pacilli May 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Who can afford this?

    • Russ Crandall May 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Jeanne, I think that when compared to a week’s worth of meals spent at a restaurant, Beetnik fares nicely (especially with their current special). I wouldn’t consider the price against grocery costs – it’s the convenience of having a packaged meal that’s ready to go and also healthy vs. eating out.

      • Amelia Dodson May 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

        I did the math and the deal is for 14 dinners (a week’s worth for two people), including sides and even a few desserts. At $75, that’s not much more than $5 per meal. If you take shipping into account, it’s still less than $7 per meal.

        I have no problem cooking real food most nights. But even I need a little break sometimes. Those nights are usually salad nights or we use up leftovers. It would be nice to have these as backup. I think I’ll give it a try!

        • CK1 December 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

          I think you’ll realize once you receive that there are not 14 meals included. First, there are very few starches to go along with the meats. No buns for burgers, no tortillas for tacos, no rice, etc. There are burgers, but what are you supposed to do, eat it plain? That’s not a meal.

          Also, an egg patty is not even close to a meal. This thing is only close to approaching any sort of value at $75. If you add up the calories I bet it’s way less than 14 MyFitFoods or SnapKitchen meals.

          Overall there is a lot of protein, but more than half are egg patties, there are no recipe ideas, and a lot more plain veggies than anything else.

          I also think they started skimping on the gluten free package as I didn’t receive shrimp. Who knows what else was left out.

  3. Lucy Hansen July 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Terrible experience with these guys. My food came spoiled and they refused to refund because of some fine print on their website “ship at your own risk” in tiny letters.

    Beware, their customer service it the worst!

    I lost $120 worth of food and all they offered to do was send me a coupon for 25% off. Seriously horrendous practice.

    DO NOT ORDER FROM THEM!

    • Lily November 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Yes, it is.

  4. Lily November 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    I had a different experience with this product. I contacted them and was shocked by their cavalier attitude and complete lack of interest. Their gluten free box is perhaps okay for those who don’t have Celiac disease or those who don’t have gluten intolerances. Some items are made on shared lines with wheat.

    • Matt December 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      I looked at their site and they definitely have warning if you’re Celiac. Not judging you or anything, but wouldn’t you take extra care to see if things were ok to eat before you buy them and complain? I’m a Celiac and I’m always on the lookout and don’t try to put blame on servers or restaurants for my lack of investigation.

      • Lily December 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        I stand by my review: the box was marketed as gluten free; gluten free labeling includes cross-contamination information as guided by the FDA.

        Nowhere on the page could you find a cross-contamination notice, the way anything does beneath ingredient labels. Yet it was marketed gluten free ‘Bootin’ The Gluten.’

        If you found it, it wasn’t on the page I saw advertised nor was it marked on their site. If they’ve changed that, I’m glad they did.

        This is extremely important information that should always be stated, not hidden pages away.

        While I was saddened that they didn’t handle that part correctly, I was extremely frustrated by the rep who I contacted. I believed it had been a genuine error or lack of knowledge on their part. She was rude and dismissive.

        That is why I make sure to share my story. Their food is NOT for Celiacs or people with gluten intolerance (who else would buy ‘Bootin the Gluten). God-forbid you have a problem with an order and need to deal with their customer service.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Product Review: Beetnik Foods’ Gluten Free Menu | Paleo Digest - May 16, 2013

    […] Domestic Man / Posted on: May 16, 2013 The Domestic Man – Earlier this month I was contacted by Austin-based Beetnik Foods to try a sampling of their […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 50,934 other followers

%d bloggers like this: