Off The Wagon
In my last post, I had mentioned that we had stumbled into a “vegan junk food” funk. Upon going vegan last Thanksgiving, my wife had initially experienced some great physical changes, but some of those changes declined or reversed as we fell into the funk. We were still eating vegan, but had gotten lazy, and were making poor choices. We needed to get back on the proverbial wagon. That is when my wife came across the push we needed: Meal Mentor.
I have to admit I was skeptical. My wife (Neile) insisted that the meals looked delicious and that the grunt work of creating shopping lists and piecing meals together would be taken care of. I was still skeptical, but there was really no choice in the matter as she had already downloaded some sample meals to try out. We gave them a go and found that they were not only delicious, but also healthy, and easy to prepare. At this point I was on-board. We purchased the monthly subscription for $18.99 and have not looked back. If a subscription is not your flavor, then she also offers a number of different cookbooks, and two additional books of “Minimalist… Living”.
Lindsay S. Nixon, aka “Happy Herbivore“, is the creator and founder of Meal Mentor. In a Google search, the site title and description reads “Meal Mentor-Plant Based Meal Plans and Community”; that is exactly what it is and more! Vegan and plant-based meals are the focus of all the recipes. Lindsay expedites the shopping experience for you by providing a detailed grocery list that also contains modifications to make the meals gluten free and low fat. Prep and cook times are also provided allowing you to budget the appropriate amount of time for each recipe. There is even a helpful bulk cooking guide where you prepare bulk ingredients for several recipes at once. Or if you have only one day a week that you can devote to cooking there is a guide to doing that as well. Calories and macro-nutrients are even broken down for those concerned with tracking their intake. We are mid-way through our fourth week of “Meal Mentor” dinners and if asked to give a rating purely on the eating experience, then I would enthusiastically give it a 9.5/10. The only reason for subtracting from a perfect eating experience would be that we tend to like things a bit more on the spicy side than the recipes call for. Obviously, that is our personal taste, so we simply modify the “heat” additives appropriately.
Each week, we get a notification of the upcoming weeks meals. We then print and compile them in a binder for easy access and storage. I take a photo of the grocery list with my smart phone and use the photo as a reference when shopping. It is as easy as that. For my personal convenience, the only feature that is missing is a printable list comprised of the ingredients that are not currently in our kitchen.. I’m laughing at myself for not wanting to print a second copy. I could simply cross out the items that I already have, but I feel the need to add my $00.02 to advocate for any other stubborn folk like myself who prefer not to carry a paper copy with them in the grocery store. Please note that the issue is one of personal logistics on my end verses any question of the adequacy or ease of the grocery lists provided.
***Update*** Within minutes of posting this review, Lindsay informed me via Twitter of this simple hack that solved my grocery list issue: check it out!
Upon hash tagging one of our first “Meal Mentor” meals in social media, I became aware of the many others sharing our journey. Instagram and Twitter are flooded with #mealmentor, #mad4mealmentor, and #happyherbivore. I have followed, been followed, and communicated with quite a few other “happy herbivores” that share their experiences and photo-journal their daily creations. Once you join, you are permitted to join the sites forum where members ask questions about modifications, share, and compare notes. To say the least, it is a welcoming and inspiring community of people interested in sharing their love of the recipes and a plant-based way of life. For anyone interested in getting started with a plant-based diet with a community of support, then I recommend you look no further. I wish I had more to say other than that I am completely satisfied. Even if I was not, Lindsay offers a 100% 30-Day Money Back Guarantee on all purchases. Try out the 7-Day Sample Meal Plan and let me know what you think!
For the Win!
Finally, a portion Meal Mentor’s proceeds get donated to elephant charities. You simply cannot beat eating well, being an ambassador to the planet through plant-based eating, and a friend to animals in need. In no way, shape, or form was I influenced or compensated to write this review; it is just a great company that provides a service I believe in. Thank you for reading and be sure to subscribe below to be notified of my latest content and offers. Until next time, be well!
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