Meal planning and healthy eating

Meal planning with Mindful Chef

Before the twins came along Hubby and I would spend a long time planning our weekly meals, preparing food, sourcing quality ingredients and cooking together. A glass of wine in the kitchen and chatting together about our busy day.

Nowadays, however, cooking a meal has become somewhat of a chore, since having our children. Because life is, quite frankly, manic.

I get a weekly shop delivered to our home and I will ALWAYS order the same thing without any variations. This is because I find it hard enough to feed four people each day without having to come up with elaborate recipes all the time. I don’t give it much thought…but it is getting rather boring and we are stuck in a recipe rut.

Eating dinner is now something that Dave and I mostly do separately; I eat with the kids around 5pm and he grabs his meal later on when he gets home from work. Not very romantic nor special at all.

So when Mindful Chef kindly got in touch with us recently and asked if we would like to try one of their boxes, I was so excited. Quick and easy to order online, you (or they) can select from some delicious recipes, they source and deliver (everything packaged and ready), you cook and enjoy!

Meal planning - family cooking

What I really, really liked was that the delivery came in labelled packets with exactly the right amount of ingredients for the amount of people you select. Therefore no extra food waste or faffing about – just open the brown packet with all the fresh ingredients inside, and get on with cooking. Plus they come with easy-to-follow recipes for each meal.

We went for the:

  • Beef rendang with lemongrass, mangetout & brown rice
  • Pork & apricot kebabs with pistachio & mint quinoa

Here I am making Dave and I the beef dish one evening (which sounds quite complicated to make but it really is not!).

Planning a weekly meal Ingredients and meal planning Cooking a family meal Making a meal in our family kitchen Cooking a mealMeal: beef rendang Beef: cooking with Mindful Chef

We are going to try the pork meal with the twins this week as I am sure they will like the kebabs.

Mindful Chef’s focus is on helping people to lead a healthier life. They introduce new healthy recipes every week, each one of is 100% gluten free and will never contain any refined carbs.

This delivery that we received was x2 recipes for x4 people costing around £36.00, which includes a 25% discount. This works out at around £4.50 per portion.

This concept is such a great idea for special occasions like date nights, having friends/family over for dinner or just a great way to plan meals during the week. It takes the hassle out of organising and meal planning and makes it fun and enjoyable!

Love, Jess x


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  1. Flying solo
    July 2, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I’m the same in a recipe rut we have given up red meat too making it more to think about! Will have a go at this delivery

    • Jess
      July 4, 2016 / 11:49 am

      I find myself buying the same things each week for convenience – was nice to try something new xx

  2. July 2, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Ooo interesting concept. I’m thinking of switching over to gluten free for a while and see if it makes a difference but I just can’t work out how to make the switch. This might actually be the solution to my problem. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Jess
      July 4, 2016 / 11:52 am

      I never really think of gluten but this is ideal that somebody else devises recipes to solve it. Plus they taste good too xx

  3. July 4, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Oh that looks lovely and your kitchen is beautiful!! Would love to give something like this a go but with 6 children no one caters for larger families.

    • Jess
      July 4, 2016 / 11:55 am

      That’s shame – although I am sure you could perhaps contact them directly. We have been really pleased with the service xx

    • July 5, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Hi Debbie,
      It would certainly be possible to order a four person box and a two person box, you would however have to set up two account with different email addresses, as the website wouldn’t allow it any other way. If you have any other queries please feel free to get in touch by emailing

  4. July 4, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I have definitely lost my love for cooking of late, I lack inspiration and due to online shopping I tend to buy the same things each week. In fact it is all a bit of a chore at the moment. I love this idea – I might just have to give it a try!

    • Jess
      July 4, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Agreed – find it all such a chore and tend to stick with the same things, because I know they’re easy! Whoooops x

  5. July 4, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    I’m rubbish at meal planning. The compromise I finally reached with myself is to plan the meals but not the days we eat them. That way we have stuff in but aren’t too constrained. Great post and fab photos. #marvmondays

    • Jess
      July 4, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks lovely and good tips – I need to get better at planning meals xx

  6. July 4, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    I absolutely love this idea! We end up on repeat most weeks and it does get boring. I’m definitely going to be checking this out. Jemma x #marvellousmondays

    • Jess
      July 5, 2016 / 1:46 pm

      Repeat here too!! xx

  7. July 4, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    It looks so delicious! We used to be strict with our mealplans too but now I never have a clue what to eat and the mojority of the time I opt for convenience. So chicken fajitas, lasagne, anything I can throw together and know how to make. We’re not very adventurous so this little box sounds fab! #marvmondays

    • Jess
      July 5, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Snap!! That’s why I liked it – gave me the ideas so I didn’t have to think too much…plus its healthy too xx

  8. July 6, 2016 / 8:21 am

    Oh wow, this looks incredible (and love your kitchen). We’re totally crap at meal planning and this looks like it’d be such a fab idea, my OH would especially love it, he’s super creative in the kitchen. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Jess
      July 6, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Thanks lovely – rubbish here too! Pasta and sausages are always the easy options!! xx

  9. July 6, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    I am totally with you Jess about ordering the same things each week with the online shop. I am in a huge meal rut and need our meals shaking up, and this looks a great idea. Especially as there is no waste, and hopefully the recipes are easy to follow x

    • Jess
      July 6, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      They are easy to follow – love the simplicity of them (even though they sound complicated). Really good concept xx

  10. July 7, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    I love this idea of this. Meal planning is one of my least favourite things to do and I always end up cooking the same things again and again. I make an effort to try new dishes but when I’m short of time or energy, always revert back to the ol’ faithfuls. Beef rendang sounds divine!!

  11. May 16, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Great detailed writeup. I always wondered about these home delivery meal prep services. They seemed expensive to me especially for a whole family but seems like it would be a good way to get in a habit of eating healthy.

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