Order Delicious and Healthy Meals From Blue Sage Cuisine (Review)

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Happy 2017!! 2016 was a great year for myself and my family. This year I do want to make a resolution, to eat healthier. I now work part time in the afternoons/evenings, so trying to come up with healthy meals at lunch time and dinner time is becoming quite the task. For lunch sometimes I grab fast food for a quick option which isn’t healthy, or sometimes I skip and eat a snack at work which is not healthy either. I get home after 6pm and the last thing I want to worry about is what meal I will be cooking. I would rather spend quality time with my family. Sometimes I wish their was an easier way.

Well, I found one! I was contacted recently by Blue Sage Cuisine, a local catering company out of Jacksonville, FL. They provide locally sourced, scratch/made organic/natural cuisine, including Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free options.They offer weekly meal prep and delivery. After speaking to the very sweet owner, Jasmine Wooden, I was very intrigued and definitely wanted to give this a try.

Here is some information about Blue Sage Cuisine:

At Blue Sage Cuisine , we provide locally-sourced food choices that are scratch-made and preservative-free. From corporate business needs and private parties to holiday dinners and weddings, we cater events of all kinds while maintaining the highest quality ingredients and service.  We provide plated family-style, full service buffet and drop off service for weddings to small groups and everything in between. Our intimate service allows you to have personalized, high-quality service in the comfort of your home, office or any space that meets your needs.  Since everything is made fresh, you can customize your menu to meet your dietary or personal preferences. We also offer fully Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options.

We are passionate about serving the highest quality natural and organic cuisine. That means we work with local farmers and fishmongers to ensure we receive sustainably sourced, wild caught seafood, free-range and grass fed meats and organic produce. We make everything that we can from scratch to ensure that we know every ingredient that goes into your meal. You can trust that you are eating only what is listed on the ingredients and nothing more!  We believe that food is primary to good health and what goes into your body is of the utmost importance. We can’t wait to serve and share our passion with you!  Be well!

When you go to www.bluesagecuisine.com, their are many tab options at the top. Check out the “Meals” tab. This will show you the food that Blue Sage Cuisine offers. From Brunch to Soups and Salads, everything looks and sounds so yummy! They also serve a wide range of Vegan meals. To get started with Blue Sage Cuisine, click on the “Contact Us” tab. Then, click on “Info Sheet-Meal Delivery”. Fill that form out and Blue Sage Cuisine will be in touch with instructions on how to order.

When you are ready to order, you will see the weekly menus being offered for the following week. They are currently delivering to a select location in each of the following areas: Mandarin, Nocatee, Baymeadows/9A, Stands/UF, and San Marco. In order to pick up your meals on a Monday, your order must be placed by the following Saturday. Jasmine will explain all of that information in her email to you.

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You can choose from a weekly lunch option which includes 5 different meals. You can purchase the “regular” lunch serving size, which is what I reviewed, or they have a larger portion option for an additional cost. All of the meals are packaged in BPA free containers and they are re-heatable making it very easy!  The meals I received in the regular portion lunch option are below:

Lemon Chicken Pasta

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Chicken Chili Verde

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Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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Mediterrannean Plate

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Turkey Burger and Sweet Potato Fries

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Each meal comes with heating instructions and calorie count. These meals make it super easy for my busy mornings/afternoons before I head out to work. They are also great for a quick and easy dinner just for myself. All of the ingredients are very fresh and everything was so tasty. Each meal kept me full until dinner time.  My husband tried the Mediterranean plate and he is pretty hooked!

I was able to choose a Family Meal as well. Each meal feeds a family of four. They all looked so good, it was hard to choose. Each comes with a salad or side dish.

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I chose the Lasagna Bolognese which comes with a salad. 

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The family meal was more than enough food for my family of 4. We had plenty of leftovers for the next day! The food was so good and I love that it is a much healthier version.

In conclusion…. the website was very user friendly, ordering process using PayPal went smoothly, and the meals are affordable, healthy and delicious. If you are looking to start eating healthier or are in a time crunch to prepare meals, then definitely give Blue Sage Cuisine a try!! Check out the below coupon for a discount on your first order during the month of January!

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I received meals in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Nocatee M Shack Restaurant Review @MShackBurgers

 

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I always get excited to hear of a new restaurant opening here in Nocatee. More food options is always a good thing. I have heard many friends speak highly of M Shack located at St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. Everyone raves of their burgers and shakes. I didn’t get a chance to try out the Jacksonville location, however I was happy when I learned of one being built right here in my neighborhood. I had the chance to take my family to the new Nocatee location and review some of the food on their menu.

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Location Details:

Address:
641 Crosswater Parkway
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

Phone:
(904) 395-3575

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

 

Welcome to M Shack, a collaboration by the Medure brothers – Matthew & David – fusing the old fashioned burger joint with style and fresh ingredients. M Shack burgers are made with all natural, hormone-free beef ground fresh daily. Juicy, all beef hot dogs, hand-cut fries, mouth-watering milk shakes and more help complete their unique menu.

 

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M Shack currently has 4 restaurants, with the newest one being in Nocatee that opened this summer. The new Nocatee location seats 75 indoors, with additional patio seating for 50. When you walk in you can grab a menu at the counter and decide what you would like to order. Once you decide you order right at the counter, grab a table number, and sit down and wait for your food to be brought to your table. They have a great variety of items on the menu to order. They have a full bar as well with beer on tap and “Adult”spiked milkshakes. Overall the restaurant has a very nice atmosphere.

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Food that we reviewed: 

 

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Small sized Cookies and Creak Milkshake ($4.00) and Small sized Marshmallow Brûlée ($4.00). My daughter ordered the Cookies and Cream and my son ordered the Marshmallow Brûlée. Both of them raved about how they tasted, and I must agree. I tried both and honestly was hesitant to give them back! They tasted amazing! We even got to see the bartender torch the top of he Marshmallow Brûlée shake just like they do to Creme Brûlée. As you can see in the pictures, 2 thumbs ups for M Shack shakes!!

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Build your own burger is priced starting at $4.25 for a single patty which I ordered. Options are a single patty, double patty, turkey, salmon, crab cake, veggie or marinated chicken.  They have free toppings such as lettuce, tomato, raw onion, pickles, banana peppers and more. There are also additional toppings you can get for a small charge. I ordered my single patty with lettuce, tomato, raw onion, and Avocado which was an additional charge of 95 cents. Worth every penny since they did pile on the Avocado! I ordered my burger as medium well and it was cooked perfectly. The burger was nice and juice and tasted amazing.

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Swamp Burger ($7.50)  is a signature beef patty topped with pulled pork, house made BBQ sauce, pickles, swiss cheese and a ranch coleslaw. My husband was craving pulled pork so once he was this burger on the menu he knew it was for him. He ordered his medium and it came out cooked perfectly. He said the BBQ sauce paired with the ranch coleslaw gave it a delicious flavor. He can’t wait to order this burger again.

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We ordered a side of Taco Fries ($6.50) to go with our burgers. These are friend with house made queso, sour cream, chili, bacon, scallions, fritos® and house-made pico. We have never had fries like this before, they were so good! Even my kids loved them. The size was perfect for sharing between my husband, myself and 2 kids. The chili was delicious and give you plenty of it!

 

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Off the Tiny Tots menu my daughter ordered the Grilled Cheese ($3.25) which has classic and american cheese on potato bread.  She said it was very tasty and gooey with cheese. It was a good size to0.

 

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Off the Tiny Tots menu my son ordered the Hebrew National All-Beef Dog ($3.50) on toasted bun. My son is currently addicted to hot dogs and said this one was one of the best he has had. It was a good size and nice and juicy.

 

All of the items are A la carte, so they do not come with a side. They do have a variety of sides you can order including tator tots, onion rings, fries and more.

 

All of the food was delicious that we reviewed,  and we definitely will be back. I am very happy that M Shack is here in the neighborhood and look forward to returning with my family to enjoy another meal and seeing some of my neighbors.

 

Check out their full menu to see what items they have to offer.

http://www.mshackburgers.com

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*My family and I received a complimentary meal in exchange for this review. I am not affiliated with the company, and all of the opinions in this post are our own*

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Being that I’m a neurotic mom myself, before purchasing the necklace I questioned, “How safe are these?”  We already know that succinic acid is natural and beneficial. To maximize the safety of our necklaces all beads are hand-knotted in between every bead.  This prevents beads from scattering if the necklace should break.  All necklaces are fastened with a plastic pop-clasp which will automatically open under a defined tension.  While your baby sleeps, it is advised to remove the necklace or wrap around the baby’s ankle.  As always, all jewelry should be worn under adult supervision.

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