One of life’s simple pleasures has to be good food shared with family, something we can be thankful for this time of year. But for many of us, deciding what to cook on any given night can be challenging, especially if you wait until 5pm to make a plan.
Fortunately, Matt Lucas of Free Range CrossFit in Tempe, Arizona has made the burden of locating excellent Paleo or primal recipes extremely easy. He has created a website called The Foodee Project which not only has a huge archive of great recipes, but also delivers a meal of the day.
I asked Matt to tell me a bit more about the Foodee Project and his plans for its future.
When and why did you start the Foodee Project?
The Foodee Project was conceived a little over two years ago. The idea stemmed from a desire to make grocery shopping as easy as possible for people (the members at my gym) looking to start or continue to follow a Paleo diet. My plans were grand and far reaching but hardly realistic at the time. I remember sitting in my living room while my parents were in town visiting, trying to explain my idea for this project to my mom. I quickly lost her as I proceeded to give her a 10 minute brain-dump of all my brainstorming from the previous month. We decided it would be best to start small and grow from there. That conversation birthed the “meal of the day” concept where we would search for and post a new Paleo friendly meal to the blog every day. On a fun side note, the name of the project is a twist on the word ‘foodie,’ which I was dubbed by a member from our gym (Will P) because I continually talked about food and inquired about everyone’s meal from the previous night while instructing our classes. Thanks Will 😉
How many people/blogs are contributing content?
We are blessed with a very smart, friendly, open-sourced community. Primarily based online, the transfer of knowledge is lightning fast and the number of contributors is growing at a staggering rate. This is great for anyone seeking knowledge on the Paleo lifestyle, but also increases the likelihood of converts from the general population. Win-win! There are many great Paleo/primal/food bloggers that regularly contribute their new content to our site. I still think one of the most exciting aspects of running this project, though, is making the rounds on some of my favorite blogs to search for new people sharing their experiences with this lifestyle we promote.
How has your site grown since its launch two years ago?
When the site first launched it was meant to help the members of the CrossFit gym I was running. I was flattered when a few of the local gyms inquired about a widget I had developed for our gym’s website that showed the meal of the day in our sidebar. Quickly I was receiving emails from gyms around the country/world that wanted the widget for their site, it was nuts! Currently, our meal of the day is broadcast to over 700 food, health, and CrossFit and fitness websites with thousands of people finding meal inspiration each day.
Wow, that is amazing! Is that growth matching your expectations or has the project taken on a life of its own? And what are your plans for it in the coming year?
The growth of the Foodee Project and the Paleo/primal lifestyle has been very exciting. We just redesigned our site last month in order to pave the way for some exciting new features and to refine the grocery list generator. Our focus on meal inspiration and simplifying grocery shopping continues to guide our development. Expect continual refinements to our existing tools and fun twists on how you find meals for your week coming soon! Something we are currently exploring is the social aspect of preparing and consuming food. 2012 should prove to be a fun year of exploration!
Thanks, Matt, for providing this great service to the community.