Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Steve's PaleoGoods In The News!

At Steve's PaleoGoods, everything we do goes back to one thing - the kids.  Through the proceeds of your purchases of PaleoGoods, we are able to support Steve's Club National Program, our 501(c)3 non-profit that provides fitness, nutritional guidance and personal development to at-risk youth nationwide.  

We are always excited to spread the word about Steve's Club and the immense amount of good it's doing in the lives of the kids that are members at our more than 20 Local Clubs across the country.  Recently, our Head Caveman Steve had the opportunity to speak with NBC 10 Philadelphia and the Courier Post about Steve's Club National Program, it's mission and how Steve's PaleoGoods helps make it all possible.

Check out the Courier Post article "Pennsauken Gym Helps Kids Get Healthy" here:















And be sure to watch the NBC 10 Philadelphia feature story here:
















And as always, Thank You for your support!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Zucchini Noodles in Roasted Red Pepper Butternut Sauce (with Savory Chicken Thighs)

We love our good friend Liz Wolfe (a.k.a. Cave Girl Eats, a.k.a. Real Food Liz)...we love her even more when she comes up with amazingly delicious recipes like this one.  The name might be a mouthful, but when you start creating this masterpiece in your own kitchen, you won't even care.  This is the perfect weekend dinner to share with that special someone in your life, even if that's yourself.



Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 2-4

For the sauce
  • Cashew cream (see below)
  • 1 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 1.5 cups butternut squash, chopped
  • 1 whole roasted red pepper from the jar, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt or more to taste
  • Fresh rosemary (optional)
For the cashew cream
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup raw cashews


For the base (you'll use this for the chicken AND the sauce)
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 2 Tbs. butter
For the chicken
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs, cut into long slices and tossed in salt & pepper (to taste)
For the zucchini noodles
  • All you need is a spiralizer - find it here (Seriously. You need one of these.)
  • Oh, and a large (or 2 small) zucchini

What to do
First, roast the butternut squash.
  1. Toss the squash in butter to coat.
  2. Cook at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the pieces are completely soft and cooked through.
Meanwhile, make the cashew cream.
  1. Put the cashews and water in a blender and blend for 30 seconds (yep, you need to blend that long - until the cashews are completely dis-integrated)
  2. Set the cashew cream aside.

Make the "base"
  1. Sauté the onions in butter in a large skillet over medium heat until soft (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds)
Turn up the heat to medium-high and add the chicken thighs.
  1. Add the chicken thighs to the "base" mixture and sauté until fully cooked (about 10 minutes)
  2. (Yes, the onions will get a little brown!)
  3. Scoop out the cooked chicken, and add any remaining base mixture to the sauce.
Finish up the sauce.
  1. Combine the remaining base mixture, the chopped roasted red pepper, the roasted butternut squash, and the cashew cream in a saucepan.
  2. Use a hand blender to pureé (you can also use a blender; just make sure you vent the lid or allow the sauce to cool before blending or it will asplode)
  3. The sauce should be thick and creamy.
Make the zucchini noodles.
  1. If you like "al dente" pasta, top the raw zucchini noodles with sauce and chicken.
  2. If you like softer pasta, add the zucchini noodles to the saucepan with the sauce and cook briefly to soften.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We're Hiring! - Customer Service Specialist

Customer Service Specialist for Steve’s PaleoGoods

Steve’s PaleoGoods (www.stevespaleogoods.com) is a food company that provides all-natural products focusing on the “Paleo” and gluten-free market.  Our products include beef/chicken jerky, grain-free granola bars and cereals,  dried fruits, as well as a full line of dressings and marinades. 
A percent of proceeds from our PaleoGoods go to support our 501c3 non-profit, Steve’s Club National Program (www.stevesclub.org) that provides fitness, nutrition, and mentorship to at-risk youth in cities across the country.  This is an integral part of what we do, and the growth of Steve’s PaleGoods allows us to continue to fund that mission.

Our Team: We’re a small team where each person directly contributes to the success and growth of the company.  Every team member is expected to think strategically, and also roll up their sleeves to implement those strategies.  In this fast-paced environment, the most successful team members are able to manage projects from start to finish, be proactive to improve operations, and continue to grow the brand.  A positive attitude and team approach is a must, especially when problem-solving and taking on new responsibilities. 

Title: Customer Service Specialist

Objective:  Your overall objective is to answer inbound customer service emails, provide canned responses when necessary, escalate when appropriate, log all interactions, and delight our customers.

Candidate Profile: 
·       Experience with retail, account management, customer service a plus
·       Bachelor’s degree required
·       Paleo and CrossFit a plus
·       Exceptionally good tone in email
·       Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and professionalism required
·       Positive attitude, patience, hard work, team player, and authenticity a must
·       Proficient in computer skill, MS Word & Excel


Responsibilities:

o   Answer all inbound customer service emails to info@stevespaleogoods.com account. 
o   Respond to all customer service emails within 1 business day.
o   Forward all wholesale and retail emails to the appropriate team member, escalate emails and concerns when appropriate.
o   Follow up on all outstanding customer service issues, make sure to close the loop
o   Initiate the correct response to customer needs (process returns, issue credits, re-ship products, etc.).
o   Log all interactions, track # of inquiries of each type.
o   Initiate outbound emails and calls when necessary to address customer service issues.
o   Answer calls to the main HQ phone number.
o   Assist with customer service for wholesale accounts (follow up with wholesale customers by email and phone).
o   Create a monthly report to share with the team.
o   Provide a weekly update during team meetings.
o   Help with events, data entry, and admin tasks when necessary.
o   Delight customers!
*The responsibilities listed reflect the current needs of the organization, but as a small organization, these may change over time.

Location and Schedule:  This is a full-time position (40 hrs/wk), in our Pennsauken, NJ office. 
Salary:  Salary for this position is $35k/year, paid bi-weekly, subject to deductions for taxes and other withholdings as required by law or the policies of the company.  Our employees are the key to our success, and we reward strong contributors.  Salary increases are merit-based, and can happen at any time during the year.
Benefits:  Health insurance included, 401k (eligible after 1 year), 10 days of paid vacation, flexible schedule, and casual work environment.
Start Date:  ASAP
To Apply:  Please send cover letter and resume to admin@stevespaleogoods.com

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Live's Changed At This Years' Steve's Club Leadership Camp

At Steve's PaleoGoods, we believe if you teach a child to lead, they can change the world. Helping at-risk youth realize their potential through fitness, nutritional guidance and leadership skills is the driving force behind everything we do. Your purchase changes lives--15% of our proceeds do directly to Steve's Club National Program. There are 22 local chapters of Steve's Club around the country. 
 
A few weeks ago, 30 Steve's Club kids, from across the nation, came together for a Leadership Camp in beautiful Indian Gap, Pennsylvania for a week of fitness, learning and laughter. The kids went through a rigorous application process to be chosen for this life-changing opportunity. They answered questions about their future goals, accomplishments they are most proud of, and their definition of leadership. 
 
"Being a leader is not about being in charge or giving commands," said Caleb from Colorado. "It's about doing the right thing and encouraging others around you to do that too." 
 
The Steve's Club National Program staff led by Steve Liberati, Lee Knight and Tiffany Dalagelis created a week-long itinerary packed with workouts, inspirational guest coaches, and team-building activities focused on problem-solving, communication, and leadership. Guest coaches from around the country flew in to participate and facilitate. Coaches from Local Clubs included Coach Blanco from SC New York CityCoach Rebecca from SC Nashville, and Coach Eric from Unbroken Kids
 
Josh Murphy from CrossFit HQ, Tanner Cook, who taught Olympic Weightlifting, Abe Pelton and Drew Kenney of the US Marine Corps, Austin Malleolo and Denise Thomas from Reebok One and CrossFit Seminar staff, Greg Amundson  of CrossFit Amundson and Erin Kelly of CrossFit 1Force rounded out the Guest Coach line up. 
 
"There aren't words to explain the impact of Leadership Camp," said Denise. "I wondered what words of wisdom or tools could I offer the kids, but in the end, I received the life lessons. Steve's Club Leadership Camp is the product of tireless effort, constant love and care, and always finding a way to say 'yes' when it would be easy to say 'no.' It's an honor to be invited, and I will always support Steve's Club."
 
This is the second year for theLeadership Camp. In addition to providing fitness and enrichment activities, the kids had fun too! They went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, played sports and enjoyed campfire activities like singing and making s'mores. The amazing support from our donors and the CrossFit community, as well as the sale of Steve's PaleoGoods, allows us to continue to host this Leadership Camp at no cost to the Steve's Club athletes that are selected.  The goal is to expand our reach, and invite more kids to attend next year.
 
"Everyone has a calling in life," said Ray from Steve's Club Camden. "Steve's Club Leadership Camp showed me anything is possible. Leading others is my true calling."
 
"This camp experience is a first for many of our kids," said Steve. "It's a place for them to learn and grow, but also a place to relax. Some of the realities of their lives are  impossible to imagine. Many aren't safe walking around their own neighborhoods. Steve's Club is a safe environment and an extended family for these kids. Your purchase truly changes lives." 
 
"I'm no longer afraid of being caught up in the streets," Ray added. "I am stronger physically and mentally. Thanks to Steve's Club, I am ready to change the world!" 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pumpkin Granola Quick Bread

Smell that?  It's the smell of autumn coming fast and furiously...also known as the smell of all things pumpkin!  Our Pumpkin PaleoKrunch Bar is back in season (much to MANY people's excitement) and we're always looking for new and delicious ways to use our Krunch!  

Our great friend, Juli, over at PaleOMG knows how to tickle our tastebuds and didn't let us down with this awesome Pumpkin Granola Quick Bread recipe.  Almost better than the taste is the fact that it takes a mere 40 minutes from start to finish.  So cut yourself a slice, grab a pumpkin spice latte and enjoy!



Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup Steve’s PaleoGoods Cinnamon PaleoKrunch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place pumpkin, banana, honey, vanilla extract, sunflower seed butter, dates, and eggs in a food processor and mix until well combine and smooth.
  3. Next add your coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and powder, and salt and mix once again until completely combine.
  4. Pour ingredients into a well greased bread pan (I greased mine with coconut oil) and spread out.
  5. Now top the bread mixture with your Krunch cereal, just like a topping, and use a knife to mix the cereal in throughout the bread. All you need to do is stick your knife straight in and make designs in the bread. I did a zig-zag motion, but whatever floats your boat.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until you stick a toothpick into the middle of your loaf and it comes out clean
  7. Let cool.
  8. Top with grass fed butter or coconut butter. Enjoy the simple, delicious life.
Notes
Feel free to use a nut butter instead of sunflower seed butter