Sticking to a paleo diet isn’t always easy. With a strict list of foods you can and can’t eat, paleo dieters tend to find that mainstream meal delivery services don’t cater to their needs. Pete’s Paleo fills this niche by delivering strictly paleo prepared meals direct to your door.
After thoroughly researching everything Pete’s Paleo has to offer, I was impressed to find a range of prepared paleo meals that change with the seasons. In fact, you’ll be able to enjoy seasonal variety with a new menu of ten dishes every week using produce that’s currently in season.
Pete’s Paleo certainly delivers when it comes to convenience. There’s no prep or cooking involved and all you have to do is reheat your meals in the microwave. Although pricier than some other meal delivery services, I think Pete’s Paleo is worth it for time-pressed paleo dieters looking for the easiest way to maintain a paleo lifestyle.
Enjoy balanced breakfasts as well as mains
Meals made from scratch by chefs
4.5 ounces of protein and seven ounces of veggies in each meal
Current deal – $10 Off your next order. Code: FRESH10
Meals are pricey
No option to switch out proteins or customize meals
Not suitable for those with severe nut allergies
Busy people with little or no time to prepare home-cooked meals
Diet-conscious folks looking for quick, balanced meals
People who want all meals catered for, including breakfast
Those on tight budgets
Anyone with strict allergy requirements
Fussy eaters looking for lots of customization options
For a diet-specific menu, I was pleased to see that Pete’s Paleo offers a few different cuisines. These include classic American dishes, as well as Middle Eastern, Caribbean, and Mexican flavors.
Pete’s Paleo adjusts its menu according to the seasons. It offers ten dishes that change weekly based on the produce that local farmers are growing and harvesting at that time.
The “Eat What You Love” line allows you to pick a combination of meals each week that works for you. You can pick a minimum of five meals per week (ideal for one meal per day for one person) and up to a maximum of one meal per day for four people over a week.
As well as paleo, there are also meals suitable for those on keto, AIP-friendly, and low FODMAP diets, too.
There’s even the option to switch to a Lite Plan if you want to reduce your portion sizes. Likewise, larger portion sizes can also be requested (great for very active people in training or trying to put on some gains). These larger portions have double the amount of protein in each serving and come with an additional side for each meal.
It’s worth noting that, as a paleo meal service, there’s a lot of meat on the menu. For vegetarians, vegans, or flexitarians, this definitely limits the choice of meals available. I only saw a couple of veggie dishes on the menu, so Pete’s Paleo isn’t suitable for people looking for plant-based eating.
Like most other prepared meal services, customizations are limited. There are currently no meat or protein customization options on offer (other than “no pork”). While you can’t swap proteins, you can order a double portion with each meal. You can also add extra sides.
Pete’s Paleo meals are labeled as gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. However, whilst the facility making Pete’s Paleo products is gluten-free, it does manufacture dairy and nut products meaning that these meal kits may not be suitable for people with severe dairy and nut allergies.
For those with dietary restrictions – or who just want more control over their meals – Sunbasket’s Paleo plan may be a better choice. The Sunbasket plan offers meal kits as well as prepared meals, so if you don’t mind cooking for yourself, you’ll have more flexibility to swap out ingredients and alter recipes to your exact preferences.
If you’re not a picky eater and have no allergies, then Pete’s Paleo might be just right for you.
Since Pete’s Paleo provides premade meals, the unboxing process is pretty simple. Each box contains all of your ready-to-eat meals. When you open your box, you’ll find your meal selections packaged in vacuum-sealed trays.
A standout feature of Pete’s Paleo is that all of its meals are delivered fresh, not frozen. But this doesn’t mean you need to worry about your food going off quickly. Thanks to the sealed trays, your fresh meals will stay good for up to 10 days in the fridge or six months frozen.
Every meal tray is labeled with nutritional information and this information can also be found on the Pete’s Paleo menu page (so don’t worry if you throw out the label by mistake).
If, like me, you like to take care to recycle items of packaging at home, you’ll be pleased to learn that many of the materials used in Pete’s Paleo packaging are either recyclable or reusable. The gel packs contained in your delivery box can be reused, and the outer casing itself can be recycled according to your local and state guidelines.
The natural fiber pads are also recyclable. Simply remove them from the polyfilm and recycle them where cotton materials are accepted. The polyfilm on top of each tray can be recycled along with your plastic bags and the cardboard box containing your delivery is eligible for curbside recycling.
However, one of the trickier items to dispose of is the dry ice. If your delivery still has dry ice in it, you will need to place it in a well-ventilated room and let the ice sublimate (turn back into a gas). Dry ice should not be disposed of in a regular trash can.
Cooking with Pete’s Paleo is easy because there really isn’t any cooking involved! All of your meals will be delivered fresh and pre-cooked, so all you have to do is heat them up.
On average, meals take about two minutes to heat up in the microwave or a little longer if you choose to sauté them instead using a heated pan. When microwaving, don’t worry about removing the packaging first. The trays (including the film seal) are BPA-free and food safe.
Meals are fresh, not frozen, so there’s no need to thaw them out unless you choose to freeze them yourself. If that’s the case, then it’s recommended that you thaw them in one of two ways:
Put your meal tray in the fridge the night before you want to eat it.
Submerge the vacuum-sealed tray in a bowl of lukewarm water for 20 minutes (or until fully thawed).
Once you’ve enjoyed your meal, there’s no cleanup involved. Just recycle the package according to local guidelines in your area.
I was impressed with the variety on Pete’s Paleo’s menu – especially for a dietary-specific meal delivery service!
One of the things that most impressed me about Pete’s Paleo is the noticeable commitment to getting the seasoning just right. With meals like Dill Roasted Chicken with Sauteed Broccoli and Roasted Yams on the menu, there’s certainly no shortage of flavor.
Each meal is carefully prepared with 4.5 ounces of protein and seven ounces of veggies. Every dish is perfectly balanced so you can enjoy indulgent-sounding meals like Carolina Pulled Pork with Roasted Carrots and Collard Greens without worrying about nutrition.
Since meals change with the seasons, you’ll be able to try new tastes and flavors throughout the year. For example, the springtime menu includes delicious dishes like the Smoked Paprika Pork Cheeks with Zucchini and Cauliflower.
Unlike some meal delivery services, which place meals on rotation, the menu here changes every week based on what farmers are supplying so there’s no shortage of variety, which means you’ll never get bored.
Pete’s Paleo delivers to contiguous US states via FedEx and offers customers the option to track the status of their deliveries via email. However, I was disappointed to see that flexible delivery wasn’t an option.
If you want to pick a specific date or time for your delivery, you’ll have more success with other meal delivery services like Sunbasket, for example, which offers customers flexible days and times for deliveries.
Despite the fact you can’t pick set delivery days, the whole process is straightforward. Every order made by midnight PST on Monday is shipped on Wednesday to arrive by Friday. Orders made after that cutoff point are placed with the next week’s orders.
Pete’s Paleo organizes delivery this way because all of its meals are made fresh during the week. All products arrive within 1-2 days of dispatch. This is great for quality but if you need to reschedule your order then your options will be limited. You’ll most likely have to carry your order over to the following week.
For customers living in remote areas, Pete’s Paleo recommends upgrading your shipping to the Express service, to ensure that the delivery arrives promptly.
A great feature of Pete’s Paleo is its shipping guarantee. This backs up your orders in case they are delayed in transit, lost, damaged, spoiled, or stolen. If this happens, your order will be reshipped with meals of the equivalent value to your original purchase.
To manage your Pete’s Paleo subscription, you’ll need to sign up for an online account. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to place orders, make changes, skip deliveries, or cancel your subscription at any time.
Sign up for a Pete’s Paleo account: Enter your name, email address, and opt in/out of email communications.
Choose the plan you’d like: Choose between the New You plan (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner delivered to your door), Pete’s Paleo Lite (for smaller portions), the Eat What You Love plan (for frozen meals), or the Pete’s Paleo Breakfast Bundle (for healthier, balanced breakfasts).
Enter your address and payment information: Enter the address you want your meals delivered to and input your payment details. And that’s it – you’re done!
Once you’ve created an account you can manage your subscription by navigating to the website and clicking on My Account in the drop-down menu.
For example, if you don’t want to receive meals for one week, you can choose to skip a week. Or, if it turns out that the service doesn’t suit you, then you can cancel your subscription altogether.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there are lots of ways to get in touch with customer service representatives with Pete’s Paleo. For common queries, you can check out the comprehensive FAQ section on its website or, if you’ve got a more specific question to ask, you can contact a member of the team via email, phone, or live chat.
There’s nothing worse than finding out that it’s tricky to cancel a subscription service. After all, it’s impossible to know for certain if you’ll want to continue using your meal delivery service until you’ve actually tried it out yourself.
Once you’ve created your online account, canceling your subscription is pretty simple. Simply log in, navigate to My Account (you’ll find this at the bottom of the dropdown menu), and cancel your subscription.
$15.25 per portion
5 meals/week: $97.92
Free on most orders
Prices for Pete’s Paleo meals start at $15.25 per portion (based on the one person, five meal plan) and most orders come with free shipping.
There’s a range of different plans available at varying price points, designed to suit individuals or families. The company also offers options for larger or smaller portion sizes with cost factored in – I’ve not seen this offered anywhere else. For example, the Lite Plan comes with smaller portion sizes and costs $17.28 per meal based on one meal a day for seven days.
In my experience, prepared services that cater to a niche diet are always going to be more expensive. You’re paying for convenience and peace of mind. Pete’s Paleo is definitely on the pricier side, but there are some great deals on offer so you can try it out for less. For example, this was the current deal when I checked – $10 Off your next order. Code: FRESH10.
Another great feature of the service is the shipping guarantee that backs up your order in case your delivery is delayed or damaged in transit. If your delivery is lost, stolen, damaged, or spoiled, Pete’s Paleo will reship your order free of charge.
Pete’s Paleo is a great option for people who want to maintain a paleo diet without the stress of meal planning and prepping. With weekly menus that change with the seasons, the service is a great way to eat healthily when you don’t have time to spend in the kitchen.
That said, Pete’s Paleo is pretty expensive compared to some other meal delivery services and doesn’t offer much in the way of customizations. People who want to change up their meals – or actually prefer to cook – will struggle to find what they need.
In these cases, I’d recommend looking at alternative meal delivery services like Sunbasket
or Green Chef, both of which offer less expensive paleo meals kits that will keep you eating healthy.
Pete’s Paleo offers a range of meal packages starting at $14.96 per meal (based on the Breakfast Bundle package). Prices increase incrementally depending on the plan you opt for. For example, the Lite Plan averages $17.28 per meal based on one meal per day for seven days.
Yes, you can! Pete’s Paleo meals can be frozen and will keep in the freezer for up to six months. This is a great way to make your meals last longer. When you’re ready to eat your meal, simply thaw in the fridge overnight, or place in lukewarm water for approximately 20 minutes (or until fully thawed), before reheating as per the usual instructions.
Pete’s Paleo is a good option if you’re looking for a way to eat nutritionally balanced, paleo meals without having to worry about meal prep or cooking. However, as the meal delivery service is on the pricier side, it’s not going to be accessible to every budget. That said, Pete’s Paleo does price well in comparison to other organic, specialist meal delivery services.
You can cancel your Pete’s Paleo membership at any time. Simply log into your Pete’s Paleo account to manage your subscription. To do this you will need to click on Manage My Account in the dropdown menu which appears on the left-hand side of the Pete’s Paleo homepage.
Pete’s Paleo is not specifically designed for weight loss but for people looking to achieve a paleo diet to meet their health and wellbeing goals, then it can be a great option. All meals come with full nutritional information and there’s a Pete’s Paleo Lite option offering smaller portions.