Before we get into my Monday In Meals, I wanted to tell you guys about the special package that we received at our house last week. As soon as Qman saw it, he immediately started calling for his “scissors, orange.” Haha! He’s so darn cute.
Our family typically purchases our meat from Whole Foods, which, not surprisingly, is quite expensive. We do our best to shop the sales and stock up when the opportunity arises, but it’s always one of our biggest food expenses. It’s also the item that I’m always shopping for because I’m constantly searching for the best quality meat for the best price.
When ButcherBox reached out about trying one of their boxes, I was immediately interested. ButcherBox does all of the hard work for you by finding the best possible meat from trusted farmers and curating an awesome selection of cuts every month, which are then delivered to your front door. Boom. Love that.
ButcherBox prides themselves in providing the healthiest and highest quality beef, chicken, and pork. They hold all of their suppliers to strict standards and taste-test every cut before putting it into your box. Their beef is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, their chicken is free-range organic or pastured, and their pork is heritage breed and GMO-free. All of their animals are humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones. It’s just 100% healthy meat!
The price of ButcherBox is what ultimately sold me. Through partnering with a collective of small farms, the company is able to purchase in large quantities and pass the savings along to its customers. Their products are generally cheaper than what you’d find at places like Whole Foods and they’re delivered directly to your door. ButcherBox starts at $129/month and comes with 7-10 lbs of meat, which is enough for at least 20 individual size meals (at a 5 – 8oz portion size). The price works out to $6.50/meal and shipping is free to the contiguous 48 states. You can also select a variety of add-ons like ground beef, bacon, and ribeye to customize your box to fit your family’s appetite.
And, finally, when it comes to shipping, ButcherBox doesn’t mess around. All of their shipping materials are biodegradable or recyclable, and their meat is flash frozen at the peak of freshness and individually packaged. All of their boxes are filled with a specific amount of dry ice that’s carefully calculated based on your geographic location. ButcherBox ships Monday – Wednesday for arrival by Friday, so the meat can stay fresh on your doorstep for up to 12 hours. And, bonus, dry ice is REALLY fun to play with! 🙂
Ok, so I just professed my love for ButcherBox. If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, you can get $10 OFF + FREE BACON in your first order. Just use follow THIS LINK to sign up.
FYI: This post is not sponsored. I just really love the concept/product and wanted to share what it was all about since I figured a lot of you guys would be interested too. I do, however, earn a commission through the affiliate links included in this post. As always, THANK YOU for your support of CNC! 🙂
Monday In Meals
Ok, well, that whole ButcherBox thing was much more long-winded than I originally intended. Ha! It just goes to show you how much we love it! 🙂 Anyway, here’s a recap of what I ate throughout the day on Monday!
BREAKFAST: Healthy Hash Brown Bake (I used sweet potato tots this time) + roasted broccoli + toast with butter + iced coffee with coconut creamer and collagen
WORKOUT: CrossFit at Salt Shack
POST-WORKOUT: Whole Foods Cold Brew with a splash of Vietnamese Cold Brew
SNACK: Cheerios with sliced banana + unsweetened almond milk
LUNCH: Ground chicken with buffalo sauce + kabocha squash (Trader Joe’s now sells it frozen) with red onions and Monterey Jack shredded cheese
SNACK: Canned tuna mixed with relish + raw veggies for scooping
DINNER: Caesar Pasta Chicken Salad <— Designed to Fit Nutrition recipe and so darn good!
DESSERT: Protein Pudding (SFH Churro + 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter + cinnamon + splash of almond milk)
Questions of the Day
Where do you typically purchase your meat?
What was the best thing you ate yesterday?
Just another one of the reasons I eat mostly vegetarian
@Brielle Stark: Same! Legumes are my preferred meat now, and so cheap!
Definitely tempted to try that cold brew though!
@Brielle Stark: Agreed! I follow a vegan diet and am so glad.
Me too! Grocery shopping and cooking is so much easier as a vegetarian!
interesting. can you pick which meats? ie i wouldnt ever want pork
Yep, they have different box options! 🙂
I love Whole Foods Vietnamese cold brew! I noticed you get iced coffee from a few different places, how often is it sweetened? I try to keep mine unsweetened to help with sugar cravings, but I definitely look forward to Whole Foods coffee as a treat. Also what coconut creamer do you use?
I rarely add sweetener to my iced coffee unless it’s a little bit of Vietnamese cold brew, and I only ask for a splash to top it off. I use the coconut creamer from Trader Joe’s when I have iced coffee at home.
I’m curious to hear about the quality/taste of the meat- could you show us on the blog or Instagram stories when you incorporate them into meals? 🙂
I’m curious about the rationale for your interest in GMO-free meat, despite a lack of evidence that GMO products are unsafe. In fact, GMO food products have the potential to feed more people and to increase sustainable farming practices, and yet certainly seem to get a lot of bad press.
We have a similar subscription to Walden Local Meat. Great option if you’re in MA.
I got one of the Butcher Boxes last summer for a freelance post (I do freelance recipe development for several websites). I was supposed to receive two steaks, but I got an entire box. I ended up having to give a bunch of it away because there was too much for one person and I don’t eat red meat. The chicken was great though!
What kind of coconut coffee creamer do you like?
Silly question. What bread do you use? Looks like a gf one and curious since some taste like cardbord 😉
I really like the Canyon brand. They sell it at Target and Whole Foods! 🙂
We bought a quarter of a cow from a farm in upstate NY and the meat is so so good! Make chili with the ground beef and it tastes like heaven.
We get our meat from some local co-op’s. But our kitties’ raw meat diet comes in the mail the same way, every 7 weeks. We love the high quality and convenience. 🙂
I’m going to check out Butcher Box, thanks! I’m a life-long vegetarian, but my husband is not. I usually purchase meat for him at local farmer’s markets or through a meat CSA, but we don’t really have them this time of year. Like you, I’ve been on a never ending search for the best price and quality! Thanks for the tip!
I usually shop at WF too but I’m going to try Butcher Box. I love that they are vacuum sealed and frozen, and that the are delivered. Keeping me out of WF will make my wallet very happy!
We buy a quarter of a cow every March (would purchase more but we don’t have enough freezer space)! We also have a local farm that gives a discount on beef if you purchase at least 20 pounds. The one thing we struggle with is chicken. We eat a TON of chicken, but purchase it in bulk from the grocery store. Wish we could find a decent deal on this locally. LOVE bringing the kids out to the farms and showing them where their food actually comes from.
Most of our meat comes from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. We eat mostly chicken, turkey and fish in our house. I love that the items from BB are sealed and frozen! We go through food in our house FAST! The best thing I ate yesterday was a crockpot chocolate chip cookie (from Food Faith and Fitness http://www.foodfaithfitness.com/crockpot-paleo-cookies-chocolate-chip/). Holy yum!!
You mention that meat is expensive etc, why not eat less then? Or stop eating it?
All meat is so bad for the environment in terms of water usage, land use, deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, unecessary suffering of animals and more. It is also proven to be bad for your health, increases chances of heart disease and high colestrole. And it is expensive, at least if you want good meat where they haven’t pumped the animals full of antibiotics. Just saying!!
My ButcherBox package came 2 days late. The dry ice was long gone; the meat was room temp, completely thawed, and bleeding through the bag into the box.
Their support team does not seem to exist. I sent an email as soon as I saw that my shipment wasn’t delivered on time. Got the auto-reply from Zendesk saying my email was received, no actual answer to the ticket. I called and sent pictures of the thawed and bleeding meat. No reps available on the phone line, no answer to my emails.
Ughhhh, that stinks so much!