One of the things I have wanted to try for a while now is a recipe box delivery service. The issue I had is that I not only wanted to go gluten-free but I also wanted to ensure that I was eating organic produce to start a completely clean way of eating. I did some research and tweeted a few companies but the one who came back to me and ticked all of my boxes was The Mindful Chef.
For the first two boxes of my review, they have chosen the products for me. I have already made a video unboxing the first delivery which you will find over on my YouTube channel.
Each recipe that was sent had the ingredients to make 2 portions of each dish. On the first day, Ross ate the Burger with me (without the mushroom part as he hates them!). After that, I saved one portion of the other two recipes to eat the following day.
So, what did I think of the recipes?
The first one that I made was Beef and Mushroom Burger with balsamic red onion and rosemary carrot fries. The recipe card stated that it was a total of 505 calories and took 25 minutes to make. This was easy to put together. All the ingredients were in one bag (bar the meat which was stored in a separate cool bag) and the recipe instructions were very straight forward and simple to understand. The only extras you need for all of the recipes are salt, pepper and oil – I use coconut oil.
The second was Sweet and Sour Pork with mangetout, yellow peppers and black rice. Again very straightforward, simple recipe instructions and easy to follow. The recipe card stated that it was a total of 669 calories and took 30 minutes to make. Having never tried black rice before I was intrigued to see how it turned out.
The third, and final recipe of the week was Red Thai Chicken Curry with Courgetti and Cashew Nuts. This again was easy to understand. The recipe card stated that it was a total of 537 calories and took 30 minutes to make. Thankfully, I have a spiraliser so the courgetti was no issue for me! Although, if you don’t have one then it would be easy to use a peeler and turn it into a tagliatelle version instead!
Order and Delivery
I can’t give you any feedback on the order process yet (that will come in a couple of weeks) but I can tell you that the delivery is really easy. Mindful Chef send their deliveries out on a Monday from 9am to 5pm on a nationwide basis. They also deliver on a Sunday between 4pm and 8pm if you live within the M25 (knock the deliveries on a day if it is Bank Holiday). You get a text on the morning of the delivery letting you know when it is going to arrive. They state that it does not matter if you are out as the meat is packed in a sheep wool cool bag which keeps it fresh for 36 hours. In fact, I didn’t realise this when it first arrived and I left the white wool cool bag out over night and the meat was perfectly fine the next day and survived the rest of the week in the fridge without going off! They can deliver to your workplace and I love the fact that their boxes have an integrated handle making them easy to carry home. It usually weighs approximately 4kg. Existing customers have until Thursday at 2pm to place their order for the following Monday, however, new customers can receive an order the following week if placed before 5pm on Friday
It is obvious that they are all fresh and, where they can, the organic origin is confirmed. Their meat comes from Eversfield Organic in Devon and Mindful Chef also confirm that they support ‘ugly’ veg meaning that even if it is a funny shape, it is still organic and makes the grade for your box. They buy directly from West Country suppliers after the orders close on Thursday. The produce then arrives with them over the weekend and they deliver at the start of the week. The ingredients will then last until near the end of that working week.
Everything is packed extremely well. Any cans or larger items are stored at the bottom of the delivery box, the dry ingredients are in a paper bag marked with the recipe type and things like the thai curry paste, honey and rice are measured out into little pots or bags.
Making the food
I have to say that I think that they slightly underestimate the cooking time. My recipes stated 25 minutes and 30 minutes. It definitely took me around 10 minutes longer – I guess my cutting and peeling prowess is not up to scratch!! Other than that, the instructions are really clear and easy to understand and I love the fact that you don’t have to measure anything out.
Every single recipe I made tasted lovely. I found the thai curry a bit spicy – but I guess that is just a ‘me’ thing and it might be fine for others. My favourite last week was most definitely the burger. The meat was made into patties just using some wholegrain mustard. There was hardly any grease off any of the meat when I cooked it and you could really taste the quality.
This box would have cost me £42. That is £7 per meal and includes delivery. I have to say with the fact that you don’t have to worry about measuring anything out or find the ingredients or even think about what you are going to cook of the evening I find this worth it. Especially considering the fact that everything is organic. Plus, you don’t have to go out to the shops to buy any of it. I have purchased organic produce in Waitrose recently and it did cost a lot! I must also say that the portion sizes are VERY generous and you could get away with stretching a 2 person recipe into serving 3 if you wanted to.
Overall I am very pleased with The Mindful Chef recipe box service. I have another couple of weeks to trial but I think that it is very likely that I will be continuing with my subscription.
If you would like to order with The Mindful Chef then you can order up until Thursday for deliver the following Monday. You can order a minimum of 2 recipes which cost £16 to include delivery. Find them at http://www.mindfulchef.com/ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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