Here’s how to save time while cooking

Almost everyone has fantasized at one time or another about having a personal chef. Who doesn’t want healthy and delicious food every day that they can eat from the comfort of their home, without spending hours preparing it? In the fantasy, someone else does all those dirty dishes too, of course.

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

I’ve personally tried several popular meal kit delivery services, like HelloFresh and Purple Carrot. Unfortunately, while there are benefits to these services, saving you time is not one of those benefits. Fortunately, I have found a service (Mosaic Foods) that has saved me cooking time while helping me eat tasty food.

Why don’t children who eat food save much time?

There are two main ways that meal kits supposedly save you time and they are by not having to go to the grocery store and by having your ingredients in the right portions. Grocery shopping today is different than it used to be.

While it used to be necessary to walk the aisles, now you can order food ahead of time to simply pick it up or pay a fee for delivery with most chains or through a third-party service. Groceries delivered to your door are great, but it’s more common now than in the past.

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Having everything spread out certainly saves measurement time. However, there are still many tasks for the client to do. Depending on the food, there is chopping, sautéing, grating, simmering, mixing and more.

These recipes are often much more complex than the average person would attempt on their own. Even with multiple people cooking, it can take hours to complete everything. Afterward, you still have a mountain of dirty pots, pans, and dishes that need washing. In general, these just aren’t time savers compared to other meals you might make.

Roasted Grape Butternut Squash Pizza

Roasted Grape Butternut Squash Pizza

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Mosaic is the way I save time cooking

Pumpkin spice and everything good


When I want to eat a home cooked meal, but not spend hours preparing it, I’ve been heating up meals from Mosaic Foods. Like meal kit services, these meals are delivered right to my door. Deliveries are made in 100% recyclable packaging.

One of the reasons Mosaic attracted me is because they offer vegetarian food delivery. Too often, if you want vegetarian meals, you’re in the vegan crowd. I need my meals to be meatless, but I still enjoy cheese, eggs, honey, and other ingredients that are vegetarian friendly without being vegan. They also offer a vegan meal delivery for anyone with that dietary need.

Mosaic Pumpkin Sage Pasta

Mosaic Pumpkin Sage Pasta

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These meals are packed with vegetables, whole grains, and ripe fruits. They do not include artificial ingredients or preservatives. Mosaic chefs make all of their food by hand. Then they freeze it. One of the reasons they freeze it is to make it easier for customers, like me, to store the food and cook it when it’s convenient. The other reason is to reduce food waste, otherwise people who don’t cook fast enough would have to throw away ingredients.

We’ve been taught to believe that frozen foods are unhealthy because, well, they often aren’t. A lot of frozen meals in grocery stores contain much more sodium of what our diets require and don’t offer much in the way of nutrition. But frozen doesn’t have to mean unhealthy, just ask the meal preparers! If you freeze healthy homemade foods, freezing will not cause them to lose their health benefits or taste.

Speaking of taste, let me tell you about the “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice” package I ordered. It’s $131.80 and it comes with LOTS of meals that again I didn’t have to rush through because they’re frozen. I put them in my freezer and ate them as I pleased. For most meals, all you had to do was pop it in the microwave or oven. The exception is the smoothies, which I had to put in my blender with a bit of milk (I chose sesame milk).

Mosaic Curry Lentil Soup

Mosaic Curry Lentil Soup

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Package came with Coconut Chickpea Curry, Pumpkin Harvest Bowl, Sage Pasta, Pumpkin Risotto, Carrot Spice Smoothie, Curried Lentil Soup, Ginger Quinoa Vegetable Soup, Pumpkin Toasted Grape Pizza , Blueberry Cinnamon Oatmeal Bowl, Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Lasagna, BBQ Meatloaf and Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and a Papaya Ginger Smoothie.