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I'm always keen to find new recipes, and really liked the concept behind the Mindful Chef. Dubbed 'the health recipe box', it focuses on fresh, organic produce - and everything is sent to you in exactly the right portions to avoid food waste.
Mindful Chef very kindly offered to send me a box of goodies, and within my box were two recipes - Singapore style sweet potato noodles with shredded chicken, and an aubergine, courgette and beef lasagne. Both gluten free and containing no refined carbs.
Sadly, I was very ill when Mindful Chef sent me the recipe box, so I only got to try one of the recipes - but I gave the second to my friend Lauren (see her blog here) and she happily tested it out for me! Lauren tried the sweet potato noodles recipe and reported back that it was so good, she can't wait to make it again!
Meanwhile, I taste-tested the beef and aubergine lasagne on my non-gluten free guinea pig/boyfriend/personal trainer Steve. He was very obliging and devoured the meal pretty quickly. I only tried a little but it was very tasty - the recipe was clear and easy to follow. I loved the fact it put balsamic vinegar in the sauce - a handy tip I've used quite a few times since!
I also REALLY loved the fact Mindful Chef uses 'imperfect' veg. All the ingredients are organic and the veg may not be the perfect size or shape, but it all tasted absolutely delicious and when it came through it was all fresh and ready to go.
The Mindful Chef recipe boxes are available for one, two or four people. They work out about £4.50 a meal which, to me seems a little pricey, but I don't often buy organic foods so this might be why it's more than I would usually spend.
That being said, it's a lot cheaper than eating out or getting a take-away and it's perfect for those nights when you really can't be bothered. Everything is just there, ready and waiting, and the instructions are really clear. One thing I will say is if you don't have the most kitted out kitchen you may need to invest in a few tools. For example, the sweet potato recipe assumes you have a Julien peeler (I don't) or spiraliser (luckily I have one of those!) but you could easily improvise.
Overall I was impressed. If I knew I had a particularly busy week I would probably invest in this, as it makes life a lot simpler and also the recipe cards look really stylish and you can save them up so you can make them again - a lasting investment. I can't wait to give the sweet potato noodles a go now I am feeling better!
I was sent the two-person recipe box to try from Mindful Chef. Find out more about their recipes boxes and the different menus available here.