Reviews & Giveaway: Tessemae’s

Since we began Paleo Parents, we’ve been increasingly and routinely asked to review books and products by people in and adjacent to the paleo community. At this point, we get so many we are unable to actually do the reviews of the products in a timely manner! That’s why we recruited the Paleo Parents Review Team to fill in the gaps.

This week we have Anne reviewing Tessemae’s, along with a look at her recipe for Roasted Squash Salad. Stay tuned to the end of the post for a giveaway!

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​When Stacy asked for someone to review Tessemae’s I practically jumped for joy. I had the opportunity to try a couple of their sauces during a Balanced Bites seminar and was very impressed. After going home I did a little research on the company and was even more pleased to find out that all of the products are “clean”.  I could relate to the mother’s story of working on getting good quality foods into her family.

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What’s great for me about these is that my husband isn’t dependent on me being home to work my dressing magic. Besides, who doesn’t like having the convenience of grabbing and going? Since going Paleo and cutting out the “junk” it’s been almost impossible (until now) to find a dressing or marinade that doesn’t have something in it that less than desirable. Occasionally I’ve found a fresh dressing but nothing that is shelf stable like these are.

We’ve obviously used the Zesty Ranch and Lemon Garlic on salads, but that’s just the beginning [Note from Stacy: these are both Autoimmune-Paleo-Friendly and my 2 favorites!]. We had dinner with our favorite bloggers Stacy and Matt and I was responsible for the sides for their main dish of ribs (PS you need to check out their new book Beyond Bacon OMG yum). I saw we had some yellow squash, zucchini, red onion and grape tomatoes that would be perfect for a roasted vegetable salad.

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Roasted Squash Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 large yellow squash
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 Tbsp melted fat or oil (I used lard)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Handful of grape tomatoes, split in half
  • ⅛ cup Tessemae’s Balsamic dressing

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Cooking Instructions:

  1. I chopped the zucchini and yellow squash in large cubes, tossed with melted oil/fat, and salted and peppered lightly.
  2. Next I roasted for 45 minutes at 415 degrees.
  3. Once the squash was cool, I tossed with grape tomatoes.

Back in my pre-Paleo days Wishbone Italian was my go to for a quickie marinade. However, the Balsamic dressing made that pale in comparison.

Next up for our review, my husband used the Lemon Chesapeake to marinate chicken thighs we planned to grill.  They turned out so delicious that my 5 year old keeps requesting the meal!

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So far we haven’t found a flavor that isn’t as good as or better than the ones before.

My all time favorite has been their Hot Sauce/Wing Sauce (Hot). We marinated a pork roast and then grilled it and it was amazing! My husband loves spicy wings and we hadn’t found a recipe yet that met his need for wing spiciness without having dairy in it (as well as a lot of preservatives). Now that we’ve found Tessemae’s our quest has ended.

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I would run, not walk, to your local store or go online and buy this immediately. The taste, convenience, and ease of mind knowing that you are eating something both delicious and healthy can’t be beat.

ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN SAMPLE PACK OF TESSEMAE’S!

To enter:

Remember Matt’s rules of giveaways:

  1. Please use a valid email address when entering. I cannot use my dowsing rods to attempt to find which bytes form your contact address!
  2. Please follow all the rules so I don’t get frustrated by invalid entries. Nothing makes more of a sad panda than picking a winner who I have to disqualify.
  3. Please respond within 48 hours or I will have to pick a new winner! I have a certain set of skills that make me a nightmare to people who don’t respond: the ability to randomly draw again.
  4. Please be a US resident. My mana is too low to cast a Teleportation Spell!

Giveaway will end on Monday, June 17 at midnight – winner to be announced on Tuesday, June 18.

About Anne Mockus

Anne Mockus has written 9 post in this blog.

Hello my name is Anne & I am addicted to food. All kidding aside I clearly fall into the live to eat vs. eat to live camp. My husband was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis over 10 years ago and we've made lifestyle changes because of that. Roughly a year ago we became aware of the Paleo Diet and the health benefits that come from it. I won't lie & say that we jumped on board & didn't look back. It has been a rocky up & down path for us but we made the decision that our health & well-being were of utmost importance. Fortunately I love to cook (as does my husband) and we have friends that are very creative in the kitchen. All of the "deprivation" I thought I would suffer from hasn't happened. I have a 5 year old who is quite adventurous in his eating habits & naturally chooses fewer grains. We've started a blog to try & keep ourselves accountable (http://adayinourpaleolife.com/) as well as having a place where we can keep track of the yummy meals we make. I am passionate about sourcing as much of our food as I can from local farms with sustainable farming practices. I run a number of local co-ops and am one of the administrators of the DC Metro Co-Ops & Meat Shares group on Facebook.

  • Lynette Lipscomb

    I’d like to try the Lemon Garlic flavor.

  • Lynette Lipscomb

    I “like” Tessemae’s Facebook page

  • Lynette Lipscomb

    I follow you guys on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

  • Linda1957

    I’d be most interested in the Zesty Ranch. I’ve liked the Tessamae page on FB. Shared the post and I follow you on FB.

  • rebecca

    I would love to try the wing sauce!

  • rebecca

    I liked the Tessemae page

  • rebecca

    I like you on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

  • Amy Curtis

    Awesome sauce!! I just bought the wing sauce and zesty ranch. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Amy Curtis

    I “like” Tessemae page.

  • Martha Scaife-Bailes

    Would love to try all of them, but I like anything Balsamic.

  • Amy Curtis

    Follow you on Facebook.

  • Emily

    I really want to try the Ranch dressing.
    I’ve liked Tessamae’s page on FB
    I follow you on Facebook and pintrest

  • Alysia Caringi

    I’m excited to try the hot sauce. They carry Tessemae’s at my local whole foods but not the hot sauce! I like Tessemae’s on Facebook and I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

  • Angela P

    I follow you on facebook and I would love to try the Balsamic dressing. I have the Zesty Ranch and Lemon!

  • Heather

    I would love to try their Balsamic. I have liked their page and I also follow you on Pinterest and Facebook. Left positive on itunes too!!

  • ginawalker

    I would love to try their balsamic! I can’t get enough balsamic!

  • ginawalker

    I follow you guys on Facebook!

  • Bobbi

    I REALLY want to try zesty ranch!!
    I like Tessemaes FB page
    I follow you on FB and Pinterest!

  • Katie Knudsen Downs

    I can’t wait to try the BBQ sauce! My family loves a good BBQ and have been missing it since going paleo!

  • Katie Knudsen Downs

    Just liked Tessemea on FB, can’t wait to try their stuff!

  • Rachael Adams

    I want the hot sauce!

  • Rachael Adams

    I also like TessaMae’s page on fb!

  • Rachael Adams

    I follow you guys on EVERYTHING :)

  • Katie Knudsen Downs

    I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram :) Love your blog!!!!

  • Katie Knudsen Downs

    Gave The Paleo View podcast a 5 star rating in itunes! Love them!

  • Alicia K

    They all sound SO good but I would LOVE to try the Zesty Ranch! I miss ranch dressing terribly after going dairy free.

  • Alicia K

    I follow on FB, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

  • Alicia K

    I liked the Tessemae’s FB page!

  • Arin Jones

    I already love the Balsamic….but I’m looking forward to trying the Zesty ranch!

  • Janelle

    I really want to try the Zesty Ranch and the Buffalo Sauce

  • Janelle

    I liked the Tessamae’s facebook page!

  • Janelle

    I follow you guys on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter

  • Mallory

    Follow you on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter

  • Mallory

    Liked Tessemae’s on FB

  • Mallory

    I can’t wait to try the Ranch because I miss my Ranch dressing but don’t have time to make my own!

  • Amanda Rowland

    Follow you guys on facebook, twitter, and pinterest. Five stars to the podcast! Liked Tessemae page. Would love to try zesty ranch.

  • rc reed

    The balsamic sounds awesome.

  • rc reed

    Following Tessemae’s on FB.

  • rc reed

    Following Paleoparents on FB!

  • Bridget

    I am excited to try the balsamic vinaigrette. I use that sauce the most in my cooking.

  • Bridget

    I like the Tessemae page on FB

  • Bridget

    I follow you on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest.

  • Niki Sollinger

    Ready to try the Hot Sauce! Love the Zesty Ranch!

  • Callie Haddox Branch

    I’d love to try their BBQ sauce!

  • Callie Haddox Branch

    I Liked Tessemae’s on FB!

  • Callie Haddox Branch

    I follow you on FB and Pinterest!

  • Niki Sollinger

    Liked Tessemae’s page on FB.

  • Solducky

    The soy ginger loks yummy!

  • Niki Sollinger

    I follow Paleo Parents on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

  • Everyday Maven

    I have never heard of Tessemaes – can’t wait to check it out! I follow you on FB, Twitter & IG

  • Laura

    ive only heard good things about the zesty ranch, so thats what i would love to try first!

  • Laura

    im a fan of yours on facebook!

  • Laura

    liked tessemae on facebook!

  • Liz Overton

    I like the looks of the southwest ranch dressing!

  • Liz Overton

    I like Tessemae’s on Facebook!

  • Liz Overton

    I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

  • Mileni Tung

    I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest! I now follow Tessemae’s on Facebook and purchased my first bottle (bbq) at Wholefoods. Looking forward to trying it. I also rated you on itunes :-)

  • karen

    I would love to try the ranch!

  • karen

    i follow tessemae on fb

  • karen

    follow paleoparents on fb

  • lora

    i visit the website every day

  • Robin

    I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest.

  • Robin

    I like Tessamae’s on FB.

  • Robin

    I am excited to try the ranch. I am obsessed with the Balsamic Vinaigrette and am ready to try new flavors.

  • Kristina Lovell

    I’d love to try the Zesty Ranch!

  • Kristina Lovell

    I “like” Tessemae’s on Facebook.

  • Kristina Lovell

    I follow you guys on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. :)

  • sooz

    I love Tessemae’s. I first tried them at a demo at Whole Foods in Springfield. The lemon garlic is my favorite. I use it almost daily.

  • sooz

    I follow you on facebook, twitter and Pinterest. Can’t wait to meet you at the Meetup!

  • jessica kenney

    I would love to try Matty’s BBQ Sauce. My hubby and kids love BBQ, but it always has so much junk in it if we buy from the store, and I have yet to find a recipe that we like when we make it from scratch. It looks tasty. Can’t wait to try out the entire line of sauces :)

  • jessica kenney

    I liked Tessemaes on FB.

  • jessica kenney

    I follow you on FB, and Pinterest (mrsspotsykenney).

  • Carolyn

    I love dipping my food in sauces and is one of the things I missed most… until I tried Tessemae’s Hot Sauce and BBQ! I am super excited to try the Lemon Garlic!

  • Carolyn

    I follow Tessemae’s on Facebook…

  • Carolyn

    I follow you on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!

  • Jen Irlbacher

    I’ve already tried the Lemon Chesapeake and it reminds me of a Low Country Boil! I’m excited to try the Ranch, and I know everyone loves the Lemon Garlic!

  • Jen Irlbacher

    I like Tessemae’s on FB

  • Jen Irlbacher

    I follow you on FB, Twitter, & Pinterest.

  • tiptoeskst

    I think I’m most excited to try the Hot Hot Sauce…we like things spicy in this house!

  • tiptoeskst

    I follow Paleo Parents on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest.

  • tiptoeskst

    I went and liked Tessamae’s!

  • Katherine Converse Fritz

    Matty’s BBQ Sauce is incredible! need to try the lemon garlic, but everything is SOO Good it’s always sold out atthe Whole Foods I shop at. I “liked” Tessamae’s on FB a while ago, and have told everyone at my CrossFit about the BBQ Sauce- maybe that’s why it’s always sold out!!

  • orca_chick

    I love, love, love Tessemae’s! We can only get a few of their dressing here in California right now but I’m really hoping the buffalo sauce and southwestern ranch make it out this way sometime soon!

    I also liked them on Facebook!

    I follow Paleo Parents on Facebook as well. :)

  • Pogonia

    I would love to try the Lemon Lemon Garlic; but would also love to send a bottle of the Hot Hot Sauce to my future SIL in Alaska. :)

  • Pogonia

    I liked Tessamae on FB under SJ Roragen

  • Pogonia

    I liked Paleo Parents under SJ Roragen

  • Hilary Thorpe

    I want to try the lemon chesapeake (although they all look amazing!)

  • Hilary Thorpe

    I like tessamae’s on fb!

  • Hilary Thorpe

    I follow you guys on twitter!

  • Hilary Thorpe

    I follow you on FB!

  • Hilary Thorpe

    I follow you on pinterest!

  • Hilary Thorpe

    And I follow you on instagram!

  • Kelsey

    I can’t wait to try the Zesty Ranch… I just had Matty’s BBQ Sauce on pulled pork. Amazing!

  • Kelsey

    I like Tessamae’s on Facebook. I am so happy I found out about their dressings it’s keeping my Paleo life style creative and delicious!

  • Kelsey

    Paleo Parents I am following you on Instagram!

  • Jennifer Bates

    How can you pick just one to try? I can’t wait to pick them all up. Ranch and peppercorn top my list I think though.

  • Jennifer Bates

    I liked Tessemae on fb

  • Jennifer Bates

    I follow you on all of the above.

  • Abby Wiley Frelich

    Zesty Ranch is invited to the party in my tummy!

  • Abby Wiley Frelich

    I like Tessemae’s on FB

  • Abby Wiley Frelich

    I follow PP on FB, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter!

  • Abby Wiley Frelich

    Left a new (and glowing) review on iTunes for the podcast!

  • chunkytales

    I follow you guys on Pinterest and Twitter!

  • chunkytales

    I like Tessemae’s on FB!

  • chunkytales

    LOVE to try the ranch flavor!

  • chunkytales

    Just left a review! PS my FB name is Sar Cramer and my twitter is @sicrames :)

  • Rachel K

    I’d most like to try the Soy Ginger for stir fry!

  • Rachel K

    I LIKE Tessamae’s on Facebook.

  • Rachel K

    I follow you on Facebook.

  • http://www.changeofpaceforme.com/ Kristen

    What a great giveaway! I follow you guys on Facebook!

  • http://www.changeofpaceforme.com/ Kristen

    I’d love to try the ranch.

  • Tara S

    Wing sauce and ranch…there’s no such thing as a Paleo ranch, I swear!

  • Tara S

    I cyberstalk you on FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…all of em.

  • Shannon Offerman

    I can’t wait to try the ranch!

  • Shannon Offerman

    I follow you on all those social media sites.

  • Shannon Offerman

    Liked the tessamae’s page!

  • april

    I’m most excited to try the Hot Wing sauce, mild.

  • april

    I like Tessamae’s on facebook.

  • april

    I follow you on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

  • Marie Nicole Hemphill

    I am most excited to try the mild Hot Wing Sauce!

  • Marie Nicole Hemphill

    I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest.

  • Marie Nicole Hemphill

    I like Tessamaes on Facebook.

  • Shari

    I would love to try the Hot Wing sauce! And the Ranch!