From well known names such as HelloFresh to organic, plant-based or chef-led options, we’ve tested out the best recipe box delivery services so you can find the perfect option for you. Read on for our full review of the Mindful Chef recipe delivery service.
Since 2015, Mindful Chef has been delivering healthy recipe boxes (think minimal sugar and refined carbs) across the UK. The name ‘Mindful’ applies to both its approach to healthy eating and its values – it uses only ethically sourced produce, is a certified B-Corporation, and donates a school meal to a child living in poverty for every meal it sells.
Choice: The ordering process on the website is very simple and there’s an impressive variety of meals to select, from a lemongrass tofu noodle bowl to roast pork with pear, crispy sage and celeriac. You can choose up to five recipes per box (plus whether to serve two or four) and there are plenty of vegan and pescatarian options included. All recipes come with full nutritional information.
Occasion: The meals on offer are more everyday rather than special occasion, although that’s not to say they’re ordinary.
Quality: Meals feature 100 per cent grass-fed, free-range meats and sustainably sourced fish, and produce from ethically minded small farms and independent producers. Everything in our recipe box is fresh and high-quality, and perishable ingredients are kept chilled with eco-friendly cotton insulation and ice packs. Recipes are easy to follow and the end results are delicious and heartily portioned. One thoughtful touch we like: Mindful Chef emailed slightly revised cooking instructions for one meal based on community feedback and retesting by its chefs.
Packaging and delivery: Your Mindful Chef account lets you customise deliveries across the month. Recipe boxes come neatly divided by meal in brown paper bags (useful so ingredients don’t get confused). All packaging is either recyclable or reusable, like the insulation and ice packs, which can be posted back to Mindful Chef free of charge.
Value for money: These are recipe boxes for those who want interesting, varied everyday healthy meals that don’t compromise on quality. Pricing varies (meat and fish dishes are generally more than veggie ones) but is reasonable, starting from around £6 per portion, and not too much more than you’d pay for a supermarket ready meal.