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It looks like plastic, feels like plastic but is 100% compostable – introducing Natureflex. We’ve been working hard with suppliers behind the scenes to transform our packaging to one which is more environmentally friendly. Whilst most plastics can take years to decompose, Natureflex can decompose in 60 days under the right conditions. 

Made from renewable raw material wood pulp this packaging will be able to keep your food fresh and is fully compostable too. We are still in the testing phase but think this might be one of the solutions in our bid to move away from plastics towards a more circular economy.

There are two ways you can dispose of Natureflex:

  1. Compost at home (it feels wrong but we think it’s the future)
  2. Place in your local food waste bin where it will be industrially composted

If you don’t have a local food waste collection now is the time to start putting pressure on local councils. By diverting organic waste from landfill we can help aid responsible waste management by reducing greenhouse emissions. Food wastage accounts for over 20% of all landfill – read more here

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Mindful Chef by Olivia Parker - 1w ago

Did you know that 1/3 of all food produced globally  (about 1.3 billion tonnes)  is wasted every year? Food wastage is responsible for over 7% of greenhouse gas emissions and 20% of landfill.

According to WRAP, in 2015 we wasted over 7.3 million tonnes of food in the UK. That works out at about 112 kg of food wasted by every single one of us. That’s an awful lot of food to be wasting each year, made worse by the fact that there are so many people not fortunate enough to have access to food every day.

Recipe boxes are great because:

  • They eliminate food waste completely
  • You’re sent all of the ingredients pre-portioned – no leftovers you forget to eat and end up throwing out
  • They can help save you money – you won’t buy unnecessary extra ingredients

We are extremely proud of the work we do to reduce food waste and have heard first hand the positive experiences our customers have had reducing their own food waste. It may only be a small step but it seems to be one in the right direction. 

Our next big goal is to reduce our reliance on plastic packaging and create a circular economy of packaging.

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Summer is well and truly here and there is nothing we enjoy more than quick and tasty dinners enjoyed al fresco. That’s why we launched our NEW summer salad series for the Mindful Chef menu.

We’ve now replaced last month’s salads with 4 NEW recipes to keep dinner time exciting! Forget the stereotype that all salads are ‘bland’ and will leave you hungry; our 4 tasty salads make a substantial dinner, proving they can be both delicious and filling.

These new speedy salad recipes can all be made in under 20 minutes, with minimal prep, and are packed with nutritious, seasonal produce to help you look and feel your best. These recipes are available alongside our existing weekly recipes, meaning every week you can now choose from 16 options!

1. Asian-style steak, peach & noodle salad

600 calories • 50g carbs • 27g fat • 44g protein

We’ve served succulent slices of steak with fresh sweet peaches, cucumber and sugar snaps, nestled in brown rice noodles with an Asian-inspired dressing. We source our delicious peaches from Mudwalls Farm in Warwickshire, they’re an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps form collagen to support healthy skin, amongst other benefits.

Recipe here.

2. Grilled tahini aubergine, chickpea & cherries

488 calories • 53g carbs • 28g fat • 20g protein | Vegan

We’ve layered chargrilled aubergine and courgette ribbons over chickpeas and a sweet cherry salsa for a light and refreshing summer salad. A tahini and pomegranate molasses drizzle adds a subtle sweetness as do the juicy fresh red cherries. Like our peaches, we get our cherries from Mudwalls Farm. they’re best enjoyed between June to August and are a great source of potassium to assist kidney and heart function.

Recipe here.

3. Caribbean chicken & charred corn salsa

500 calories • 22g carbs • 28g fat • 47g protein

Bring a taste of the Caribbean to your kitchen with our jerk chicken salad! We’ve served succulent chicken breast, from Traditional Norfolk Poultry, with a charred sweetcorn, coriander & lime salsa stirred through creamy avocado and crisp gem lettuce!  The sweet heritage tomatoes are grown by family-run farm Valefresco in the Cotswolds. They add a splash of vibrant colour and a boost of powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. They’re

Recipe here.

4. Hot smoked salmon, courgette & herby yoghurt

477 calories • 35g carbs • 24g fat • 34g protein

We’ve paired hot smoked salmon with courgette ribbons, freshly podded garden peas, baby potatoes and heritage tomatoes, dressed in a dill, lemon and coconut yogurt dressing. The flaked hot smoked salmon, is sourced from John Ross Jr who have been the proud holders of the Royal Warrant for over 25 years: a true testament to the quality of their fish. It adds a boost of omega-3 fatty acids for heart health.

Recipe here.

These 4 recipes will be running in addition to our 12 weekly recipes, available On the Menu from Friday 15th June. Get £10 off your first recipe box by entering code BLOG10 at checkout.

Mindful Chef recipe boxes provide you with the tools to cook delicious nutritious meals, in under 30 minutes. Each box contains recipe cards, pre-portioned ingredients and fresh meat, fish and produce sourced from small award-winning British farms.

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When it comes to lazy weekend brunches, Bristol has it all. From comfort food favourites to feel-good vegan feasts, you’ll find it all in our roundup of the city’s best healthy brunches.

Tradewind Espresso

Why we love it: “If we can make it from scratch, we will” is the motto of Tradewind Espresso. From homemade nut milk to artisan sourdough, everything is fresh, seasonal, and sourced as close to home as possible. The Buddha Bowl is amazingly good. Packed with ancient grains, roasted squash, greens and tahini dressing, it makes for a real feel-good brunch.

Best for: An all-day breakfast menu means Tradewind is just the spot for late-risers and brunch-for-lunch fans.

118 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2RP

tradewindespresso.com

Spoke and Stringer

Why we love it: This cafe-cum-surf shop brings Australian vibes to our favourite brunch classics. In place of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, you’ll get beetroot-cured salmon gravlax, thyme scrambled eggs and samphire. And if you fancy a veggie fry up, expect it to come with rainbow chard and homemade smoky beans.

Best for: Sunny weekends. The beachy vibes, outdoor seating, and vibrant food come together to create the perfect summer brunch experience.

The Boathouse, Lime Kiln Road, Bristol, B51 5AT

Spokeandstringer.com Souk Kitchen

Why we love it: Move over bacon. At Souk Kitchen you can get a Greek marinated Pork T-bone with a delicious tabbouleh salad, all before 11am. The rest of the menu features plenty of healthy brunch staples, all with a Middle Eastern and North African twist.

Best for: Those looking to expand their brunch horizons. The guys at Souk Kitchen are experts in bringing together bold dishes and local ingredients in a really memorable way.

59 Apsley Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2SW

277 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP

soukitchen.co.uk

Cafe Kino

Why we love it: Cafe Kino isn’t just a lovely brunch spot – it’s a community space and non-profit cooperative too. The breakfast menu is simple, but 100% vegan and full of local and organic ingredients. Try the Full Kino for a classic Full English with all the trimmings.

Best for: Brunch with friends. This spacious community meeting place is perfect for a good catch-up over a hearty breakfast.

108 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU

Cafekino.coop

St Werburghs City Farm Cafe

Why we love it: St Werburghs City Farm Cafe takes farm-to-table to the next level. All the meat, vegetables and salad and wild ingredients are sourced from the farm itself, making for a sustainable and scrumptious weekend breakfast.

Best for: Family brunches. Tuck into a hearty, healthy breakfast then let the kids get stuck into the daily activities taking place at the city farm.

Watercress Road, Bristol, BS2 9YJ

swcityfarm.co.uk

Looking for healthy food delivered to your door? Try your first Mindful Chef recipe box with £10 off, simply enter BLOG10 at checkout.

Mindful Chef recipe boxes provide you with the tools to cook delicious nutritious meals, in under 30 minutes. Each box contains recipe cards, pre-portioned ingredients and fresh meat, fish and produce sourced from small award-winning British farms.

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Start your weekend the right way with our roundup of the hottest healthy brunches in Brighton. Whether you’re hankering after gluten-free pancakes or an epic vegan fry-up, we’ve got you covered.

Silo

Why we love it: The brunch at Silo isn’t your usual breakfast fare, but then this isn’t your usual restaurant. With a commitment to serving sustainable and local food with zero waste, Silo takes every plate of food very seriously. Brunch included. Enjoy small plates of Sheffield farm pigs cheek with yorkshire rhubarb, coddled egg with kimchi, and white beans served with Babington leek.

Best for: A special occasion brunch where the food takes centre stage. This definitely isn’t hangover food.

39 Upper Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 4AN

silobrighton.com

The New Club

Why we love it: Inspired by the artery-clogging brunches of the US, The New Club has all the comfort-food factor of a slap up American breakfast – without the gallons of fat. For a tasty twist on a brunch classic, try the pea pancakes with smoked salmon and poached eggs. Add in a sea view and a Union coffee, and you have a pretty dreamy weekend morning.

Best for: The breakfast after the night before. A Vegan Full English is just the ticket if you’re feeling fragile.

133-134 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2HH

thenewclubbrighton.com

Lucky Beach

Why we love it: Lucky Beach proves that healthy brunches aren’t all vegetarian sausages and tofu scrambles. Their dishes are bursting with colourful ingredients like beetroot tahini, fermented chili sauce, jalapeno cornbread and tofu feta. The end result is a vibrant brunch with a kick.

Best for: Sunny weekends. This seafront cafe comes to life when the sun’s shining, so grab an outside table and make your brunch a lazy one.

183 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB

luckybeach.co.uk

The Green Kitchen

Why we love it: The Green Kitchen is the friendly vegan cafe that we all need in our lives. With a resident dog, and a 100% plant-based menu that features all our veggie favourites, it’s just the place for a chilled out brunch with friends.

Best for: Anyone looking for a healthy vegan brunch that won’t break the bank.

greenkitchenbrighton.com

8 Preston Rd, Brighton, BN14QF

The Longhouse Cafe

Why we love it: Avo on toast? Check. Buckwheat pancakes? Check. Turmeric lattes? Check. If you’re after textbook brunch grub, The Longhouse Cafe is where it’s at. As an added bonus everything is plant-based and homemade. Even their irresistible sugar-free cakes.

Best for: A catch-up over brunch. This place is too cool not to share with your friends.

16 York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU

facebook.com/thelonghousecafe

Looking for healthy food delivered to your door? Try your first Mindful Chef recipe box with £10 off, simply enter BLOG10 at checkout.

Mindful Chef recipe boxes provide you with the tools to cook delicious nutritious meals, in under 30 minutes. Each box contains recipe cards, pre-portioned ingredients and fresh meat, fish and produce sourced from small award-winning British farms.

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Ever wondered what you should be eating before a barre workout, or any similar class for that matter? As the official nutrition partner of Barrecore – London’s original barre studio – we’ve rounded up the best foods you should be reaching for, to carry you through your workout and help you perform at your best.

Like to workout in the morning?

We advise having a quick, small snack about an hour before a morning class. A handful of almonds or cashews is perfect for this; they’re a great source of protein and healthy fats, which will provide you with sustained energy. Alternatively, a banana is an excellent source of carbohydrates, your body’s preferred fuel source, and so will provide you with the energy you need to keep you going. Pre-workout nutrition is just as important as post-workout nutrition, so don’t be tempted to workout on an empty stomach, as it’s likely you won’t be able to keep up the intensity. 

Working out at lunch?

If you’ve scheduled a Barrecore class for lunchtime, ensure you’ve eaten a proper breakfast that morning, with a balance of protein, fats and carbs to keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable. We suggest our Mexican breakfast, or if you’re pushed for time opt for a bowl of overnight oats. The complex carbohydrates and protein will keep you fuller for longer and give you the energy you need, whilst also helping to support muscle recovery. Make sure you also keep well hydrated throughout the morning prior to your class.

Exercising in the evening?

Whilst it might be tempting to grab a quick sandwich on your lunch break, if you’re planning to exercise in the evening, it’s so important to ensure that you’ve eaten a balanced meal earlier in the day. 

At Mindful Chef we never include any refined carbohydrates in our recipes, as they cause a spike in your blood sugar (and a dip in your energy levels). Instead we suggest including a complex carbohydrate in your pre-workout meal such as sweet potato, brown rice or quinoa. A healthy fat, like avocado, nuts or coconut, as they’re also an excellent source of energy. And finally, a source of high quality protein like grilled chicken, eggs or beans, to keep you full along with some nutritious vegetables to give your body all the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) you need.

Try this delicious roasted pear, walnut, avocado and buckwheat recipe for lunch before your next evening barre class.

Looking for quick and healthy evening dinners? Save time and order your first Mindful Chef recipe box with £10 off. 

Mindful Chef recipe boxes provide you with the tools to cook delicious nutritious meals, in under 30 minutes. Each box contains recipe cards, pre-portioned ingredients and fresh meat, fish and produce sourced from small award-winning British farms.

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We started Mindful Chef with one mission – to make healthy eating easy. We also wanted to build a sustainable brand that we could be proud to run.

We are mindful that fresh food delivery naturally creates waste as a by-product, so we are always working hard to improve our packaging and make it more environmentally friendly.

How to recycle your Mindful Chef packaging - YouTube

What is the packaging made of?

The insulation that keeps your perishable food cold and fresh is made from state of the art recycled off-cuts from the cotton industry. Within this you will find our eco friendly ice packs, made from a non toxic polymer gel. Together they keep the contents chilled for up to 48 hours, meaning you do not need to be in for delivery – and our drivers will leave your box in a safe place!

Both the insulation and ice packs are 100% reusable and can be returned to us (see below!). Our Mindful Chef pots, craft bags and boxes are all 100% recyclable.

How can Mindful Chef help you recycle?

We have a FREE nationwide packaging returns service, which allows customers to return 4 weeks worth of packaging to us for re-use. Please see our helpful FAQ for more information.

We are also currently trialling a London collection service, whereby if you live within the M25 our drivers will collect your packaging when they delivery your next box. Please flat pack your boxes and leave them out with your insulation and ice packs only.

By all means don’t let that stop your creativity. We’ve seen customers re-use our packaging in many wonderful ways, from frost protection for plants in winter, to cushion stuffing, cat bedding and one customer who’s turned her insulation into wall art. The opportunities are endless, share your stories with us on social using #mindfulchef

Plastic Free by the end of 2018…

We work closely with our suppliers and are motivating them to help create more environmentally friendly packaging. We have set an ambitious goal to make Mindful Chef plastic free by the end of the year.

Order your first Mindful Chef recipe box with £10 off.  Mindful Chef recipe boxes provide you with the tools to cook delicious nutritious meals, in under 30 minutes. Each box contains recipe cards, pre-portioned ingredients and fresh meat, fish and produce sourced from small award-winning British farms.

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With warmer weather on the horizon, our research shows that a quarter of us will opt for lighter dishes, such as summer salads. We’re excited to announce that Chef Louisa has created 4 delicious, healthy summer salads for the Mindful Chef menu to run alongside our existing weekly recipes. Meaning you can now choose from 16 options every week!

Forget the stereotype that all salads are ‘bland’ and will leave you hungry; our 4 tasty salads make a substantial dinner, proving they can be both delicious and filling.

These new speedy salad recipes can all be made in under 20 minutes, with minimal prep, and are packed with nutritious, seasonal produce to help you look and feel your best.

1. Harissa chicken, cucumber ribbons and orange

526 calories • 42g carbs • 20g fat • 50g protein

We’ve served a delicious harissa spiced chicken breast with juicy fresh orange slices and hydrating cucumber ribbons. Our vibrant radishes, grown by Peewit Produce in Worcestershire, add a peppery flavour and crunchy texture; but the pièce de résistance is the moreish turmeric, lemon and coconut drizzle, which adds an anti-inflammatory boost.

Recipe here.

2. Warm red pesto beans, artichokes and rocket

457 calories • 39g carbs • 28g fat • 14g protein | Vegan

This warm and satisfying summer salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavours from red pesto coated butter beans, sundried tomatoes and fibre-packed artichoke hearts. The rocket, from ValeFresco our partner farm in the Cotswolds, adds a peppery punch to this salad, whilst slices of creamy avocado and a scattering of pumpkin seeds provide omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Recipe here.

3. Zingy salmon, heritage tomatoes and mangetout

503 calories • 45g carbs • 21g fat • 37g protein

We’ve baked Scottish salmon with an Asian-style dressing of grated ginger, tamari, honey, chilli and lime, served on a bed of brown rice with crisp mangetout and juicy heritage cherry tomatoes. Our heritage tomatoes, like our rocket, are grown by Valefresco in the Cotswolds. Rich in vitamin C and lycopene, heritage tomatoes are famous for their unique taste, colour and health benefits. The addition of olive oil in this recipe enhances absorption of antioxidant lycopene.

Recipe here.

4. Spiced steak fajita salad, peppers and avocado

560 calories • 39g carbs • 30g fat • 38g protein

We’ve spiced flat iron steak with ground cumin, smoked paprika and garlic for our fajita-inspired salad, served alongside roasted red peppers, creamy avocado and baby spinach, a nutritional powerhouse. The grass-fed beef comes from award-winning butchers Farmison, based in the Yorkshire Dales.

Recipe here.

These 4 recipes will be running in addition to our 12 weekly recipes, available On the Menu from Friday 15th June. Get £10 off your first recipe box by entering code BLOG10 at checkout.

Mindful Chef recipe boxes provide you with the tools to cook delicious nutritious meals, in under 30 minutes. Each box contains recipe cards, pre-portioned ingredients and fresh meat, fish and produce sourced from small award-winning British farms.

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Co-founders Myles and Giles go head to head cooking our Rump steak with roasted peppers and artichokes! The Challenge: Who will save more time, food waste and money?

Mindful Chef vs Supermarket: Rump steak with roasted peppers & artichokes - YouTube

Time

All of our healthy recipes are created in-house by Chef Louisa and take less than 30 minutes from prep to plate. This speedy summer recipe took just 21 minutes vs 34 minutes for the shop-bought version. The reason being, with a Mindful Chef recipe box, not only do you cut out shopping time but prep is also faster, as all the ingredients are pre-measured.

Food Waste

Each year 15 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK alone, 4.2 tonnes of which is edible! We are tackling this problem head on by sending out pre-measured ingredients, leaving you with zero food waste when you cook with Mindful Chef.

In the particular comparison, the supermarket equivalent lead to 1.4kg of leftovers – this was a mix of perishables and cupboard items, like herbs and spices, many of which we are guilty of not touching again.

Cost

Our rump steak with roasted peppers and artichokes costs £17 for two people, when purchasing like for like ingredients in the supermarket our food bill came to £27.75. That doesn’t even account for ‘extras’ that end up in our shopping trolley.

Whilst some of the additional produce may be used in other meals, the average family still throws out £700 of food every year, proving waste is likely from a supermarket shop.

One Feeds Two

For every Mindful meal sold, we donate a school meal to a child living in poverty through our partner charity One Feeds Two. We’re the first recipe box in the UK to be pioneering this one for one model and together with our customers we’ve already donated over 400,000 meals!

Ready to save time, money and food waste? Order your first Mindful Chef recipe box with £10 off. 

Mindful Chef recipe boxes provide you with the tools to cook delicious nutritious meals, in under 30 minutes. Each box contains recipe cards, pre-portioned ingredients and fresh meat, fish and produce sourced from small award-winning British farms.

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The name Mindful Chef, embodies all that we aspire to be.  In September 2017 we partnered with the inspirational charity One Feeds Two, so that for every Mindful meal sold, we donate a school meal to a child living in poverty.

Mindful Chef & One Feeds Two charity are working to provide school meals - YouTube

We’re proud to be the first recipe box in the UK pioneering this ‘one for one’ model and together with our customers support we’ve donated over 400,000 meals to date!

Our ambition is to donate 1 million meals, that’s the equivalent to feeding 5,000 children through an entire academic year. Not only does it give a child a free meal, it’s also getting them back into education, which is imperative to furthering their development through life.

With our strong values around the suppliers we work with, the healthy ingredients we use in our recipes boxes and our impact on the environment, plus our efforts to raise awareness of initiatives like our ‘one for one’ charity model and B Corp – we hope to create a social movement and encourage our peers to be more mindful in business too.

We can’t thank One Feeds Two enough for facilitating this and our customers for supporting us.

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