Here’s how to actually save time while cooking

Almost everyone has dreamed of having a personal chef at least once. Who doesn’t want healthy and tasty food every day that you can eat from the comfort of your own home, without spending hours preparing it? Of course, in the fantasy, someone else is also taking care of all those dirty dishes.

Well, the reality is that most of us will not have personal chefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to live off fast food or spend most of the evening cooking to enjoy a good meal. Many people who want to save time on cooking have turned to the services of meal kits.

I have personally tried several popular meal kit delivery services such as HelloFresh and Purple Carrot. Unfortunately, despite the benefits of these services, saving you time is not one of those benefits. Luckily, I found a service (Mosaic Foods) that saved me cooking time while still helping me eat delicious food.

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There are two main ways meal kits are supposed to save you time, and they don’t require you to go to the grocery store and have the ingredients in the right portions. Today’s grocery stores are different than they used to be.

While it used to be necessary to walk down the aisles, you can now order groceries in advance to just pick them up or pay for delivery on most chains or through a third-party service. Home delivery of groceries is great, but it’s more common now than it used to be.

Dividing everything into portions certainly saves measurement time. However, there are still many tasks that the customer must complete. Depending on the dish, you can chop, fry, grate, stew, mix, etc.

These recipes tend to be much more complex than what the average person might try to make on their own. Even when several people are cooking, it can take hours to prepare everything. After that, you will be left with a mountain of dirty pots, pans and dishes that need to be washed. Overall, it just doesn’t save time compared to other meals you could make.

Pizza with roasted grapes and butternut squash

Pizza with roasted grapes and butternut squash

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Mosaic is how I actually save time on cooking

Pumpkin spices and all that delicious


When I want to eat homemade food, but not spend hours preparing it, I reheat food from Mosaic Foods. As with meal kits, these meals are delivered right to my door. Deliveries are in 100% recyclable packaging.

One of the reasons I was drawn to Mosaic is that they offer vegan food delivery. Too often, if you want vegetarian food, you are lumped together as a vegan. I need to eat meat-free, but I still love cheese, eggs, honey, and other ingredients that are suitable for vegetarians but not vegans. They also offer vegan food delivery for anyone with such a dietary need.

Butternut Squash & Sage Past by Mosaic

Butternut Squash & Sage Past by Mosaic

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These meals contain vegetables, whole grains, and ripe fruits. They do not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives. Mosaic chefs prepare all dishes by hand. Then they freeze. One of the reasons they freeze it is to make it easier for customers like me to store food and prepare it whenever they want. Another reason is to reduce food waste, otherwise people who don’t cook fast enough would have to throw away the ingredients.

We have been taught to believe that frozen food is unhealthy because it is often unhealthy. Many frozen foods in grocery stores contain far more sodium than our diets require and don’t offer many nutrients. But frozen doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy – just ask the food experts! If you freeze healthy homemade food, freezing will not lose its beneficial properties and taste.

Speaking of taste, let me tell you about the Pumpkin Spice and All Delicious set I ordered. It costs $131.80 and comes with LOTS of items that, again, I didn’t have to rush to eat because they’re frozen. I put them in the freezer and ate them at my leisure. For most dishes, all I had to do was put them in the microwave or oven. The exception is smoothies, which I had to put in a blender with milk (I chose sesame milk).

Mosaic Curry Lentil Soup

Mosaic Curry Lentil Soup

Hanna Kowalczyk-Harper for Hearst

Includes Coconut Chickpea Curry, Pumpkin Harvest Bowl, Nut Sage Pasta, Pumpkin Nut Risotto, Carrot Spice Smoothie, Lentil Curry Soup, Ginger Soup, Quinoa and Vegetarian Soup, Pizza with pumpkin and roasted grapes, an oatmeal bowl with cranberries and cinnamon, Italian Sausage and pumpkin lasagna, BBQ meatloaf and mashed sweet potatoes, and a papaya ginger smoothie.

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