Over the weekend, I attended my first Wildtree party. For those of you that haven’t heard of Wildtree, it’s essentially a company that sells food products but they also host parties. At a Wildtree party, you make 10 meals that you then keep in your freezer until it’s time to eat them. You are given a shopping list ahead of time and then when you get to the party, you take your already bought food and combine it with Wildtree products to produce a delicious meal. I’m not sure if each party costs the same, but at my party it was $85 to attend. At the party, you are given recipes that utilize the products that are part of your $85 package. This package contains 10 recipes and meals which I think is amazing.
No, I wasn’t hired by Wildtree to do a post to help their marketing efforts, but I was really impressed with the company and my experience. The company was actually founded by a lady in the 1990’s who’s daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She created the company as she was trying to find delicious foods that her daughter could eat (this was back in the ’90s when diets were a little stricter for T1Ds, at least it was for me and I’m guessing her daughter). So maybe that fact swayed my opinion of the company a little bit but I really did enjoy my experience.
Normally, I am a little iffy about these type of “parties”, parties like Stella and Dot or Pampered Chef where I don’t necessarily think the price of the merchandise is really worth the product. However, in this situation, I was so excited about the fact that I would have 10 pre-made meals that the price didn’t phase me. Since I have my son, I hardly find time to cook anymore so this is a perfect solution.
Prior to the party, I was given a list of food to buy. The list contained a lot of vegetables and a lot of protein. I think I spent about $130 on the groceries but I think I could have gotten a lot of the ingredients cheaper by going to a different grocery store (like Costco maybe). Once I had the ingredients, I had to prep them. This mainly consisted of chopping up all of the veggies and a few of the meats. Then I had to put them in 10 different freezer bags based on each meal and I was ready for the party. It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes for the prep.
At the party, we were given our Wildtree products and recipes to combine with our already pre-cut veggies and meat. After combining everything, we were given stickers to put on the bags so that when it’s time to cook them, we have the instructions right on the bag.
What I loved about this was the fact it made me plan out 10 meals. I hate the prep work for making meals so now it’s already done. I also hate trying to find a new recipe so I end up making the same 4 dishes over and over, so this provided new, delicious recipes for me. I will still need to actually cook the meals but 4 of them are crock pot (easy enough!) and several of them can be baked, which doesn’t take too much time or energy. The meals are all very different too. The other main perk about this is that the meals are also pretty healthy. I don’t eat low carb but I don’t mind having low carb meals and all of these meals are just meat and veggies with some delicious seasonings mixed in. The recipes also had suggestions for sides to perfectly compliment the dishes as well.
I think it cost me a total of $220 which comes out to about $22 per meal but each meal makes enough for at least 2 nights so around $10 per night for dinner. I don’t usually look at the cost of meals like that but I don’t think $10 per night sounds too bad for a yummy meal (definitely cheaper than eating out).
The first meal I cooked was the Savory Grilled Tilapia. I didn’t grill the tilapia; I baked it instead. Overall, I would probably rate the meal a 7 out of 10. I’m not normally a white fish person so the tilapia was a little fishy for me. I think next time I would substitute the tilapia for salmon maybe. The spices on the fish were delicious though. All I had to do when it came time to make it was put it in the over and about 30 minutes later, I was ready to eat! No prep and minimal cleanup. I’m going to be making Mediterranean Roasted Veggies and Chicken tonight and can’t wait!
I got some great recipes, seasonings, and 10 pre-made low-carb meals ready to be cooked. There was also wine and good company at the party so I will call my Sunday a success. If I could get my act together, I think I would always make 10 meals at once because it makes life so much easier (I might need to invest in a bigger freezer if I do that though).