I’m so busy! How can I even cook this way?
My elderly parents want to eat whole food, plant-based, but need easy options, like a meal delivery!
How can I help my kid in college be less of a junk-food vegan and eat more healthy?
Sometimes I don’t even have things to take to work for lunches—HELP!
I get these messages in my inbox and hear them from clients A LOT! If you’ve heard yourself say these things, I’ve got an option for you.
While I promote and teach cooking whole food, plant-based at home, I understand there are times we need a little convenience…without sacrificing our health or our ethics. Through my work with Glen Merzer on his Food is Climate book, I was introduced to MamaSezz, a whole food, plant-based meal subscription service. Not only is MamaSezz healthy, it’s zero waste and 100% responsible for their packaging, extremely rare! It seemed like a perfect match and something I had to try.
MamaSezz is a whole food, plant-based meal delivery service co-founded and run by Meg Donahue in Vermont and New Hampshire. Their mission is to provide great tasting, whole food, plant-based meal components so people can live their best lives. Their meals are endorsed by many health organizations, including the American Institute of Cancer Research, with “0% B.S. (you know, Bad Stuff)”. They started with local delivery, but now ship throughout the continental United States.
Meg started MamaSezz after looking for whole food, plant-based meal subscription programs and finding none. She had dramatically improved her health, and the health of her mother, by switching her diet, but just wanted a reprieve from the time and energy spent cooking. Hence, MamaSezz was born! Watch the truly inspirational MamaSezz story here:
Diagnosed with congestive heart failure, 80 year old Millie’s health was completely transformed by a whole food plant-based diet…and so a business was born…
MamaSezz sources their high-quality ingredients from suppliers and farmers who also utilize sustainable practices, which I very much appreciate! They use organic ingredients as much as possible.
I got A Taste of MamaSezz sample bundle, similar to their Get Me Started Initial Bundle, to try. It arrived via FedEx in a single box with several ice packs in it to keep it chilled. Everything was in great condition and icy cold. It included:
- Power Breakfast Smoothie
- Lazy Lasagna
- Ginger Garlic Protein Strips
- Pecan Balsamic Dressing
- Tuna “ish” Salad
- Mama’s Burgers
- All Day Not-A-Cookie
Everything was all prepared and ready to heat and eat. (Note, these are really just staples or meal-starters, we had to add our own fresh veggies, bread, condiments, etc. for a complete meal. I’ve noted below what things I added to each meal shown.)
These are not shelf-stable, most need to be refrigerated, but they had a two-week use by date, which was great (although we ate it all up long before that).
We didn’t have to figure out how we were going to use these items because MamaSezz includes a great document with serving suggestions, meal plan, shopping list, and recipes! Everything took just a few minutes to put together.
Power Breakfast Smoothie
The Power Breakfast Smoothie was a cinch to put together. You simply add some plant-based milk and a couple frozen bananas in the blender, add the mix, and blend! I also added some leftover Swiss chard stems I had in the fridge. This blend has beets in it, which I could taste, but they weren’t so overpowering that the smoothie tasted too beet-y. This packet actually made four smoothies. We thought it was pretty tasty!
I added: Plant milk, frozen bananas, Swiss chard stems.
As I mentioned, these packets are really great starters to build your meal. The recipe document suggested adding chopped spinach or zucchini to the Lazy Lasagna before heating and since my garden is pumping out zucchini right now, I gladly made that addition! I also added some salt, nutritional yeast, and fresh basil to pump it up. MamaSezz doesn’t add extra salt or too many seasonings to their items to accommodate different tastes, and ask customers to add extra seasoning as desired.
This was creamy, pasta nicely cooked, and easy! It was a little bland, but the seasonings I added perked it right up.
I added: Zucchini, salt, nutritional yeast, and basil.
Garlic Ginger Protein Strips & Pecan Balsamic Dressing
Omigoodness! These Garlic Ginger Protein Strips are the BOMB! They are big, juicy, perfectly-seasoned soy curls and it took every ounce of willpower for me not to just eat them straight out of the bag while standing at my kitchen island! I cut them into chunks and added to a salad dressed with their Pecan Balsamic Dressing. That dressing is thick and fantastic, and there are many servings in the packet.
I added: Salad greens, zucchini, green onion, tomato, and bell pepper.
BTW, I don’t have another dish to show you using these strips because the next day I DID eat them right out of the bag and finished them up! Oops…
Tuna “ish” Salad
This was a very easy lunch! The Tuna “ish” Salad is delicious and made with minced soy strips rather than beans, like most mock tuna salads. It’s loaded with crunchy celery, onions, and dill pickle, and very lightly seasoned with Indian black salt and kelp to give it that traditional tuna salad taste. That being said, the kelp is minimal, so much so that I didn’t even know it was in there until I looked at the ingredients online. So if you don’t like fishy mock tuna, you’ll love this one. There was enough for four sandwiches in the packet I got. Super delicious!
I added: Whole wheat bun, plant-based mayo, mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomato, zucchini and peach slices.
I was excited for this as I cannot find pre-made burger patties in the grocery store without oil! These had a great texture and unbeknownst to me before I made my burger, a Tex-Mex flavor. I followed their suggestion for a French Onion burger, caramelizing onions in a water sauté and sautéing mushrooms, but the Southwest flavors kinda interfered with the overall French onion idea. That being said, this was a great burger! I would just add avocado and tomatoes next time. They have a High Protein Burger in their À la Carte store, which may be more neutral in flavoring.
I added: Whole wheat bun, plant-based mayo, mustard, Swiss chard and lettuce, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms.
The All Day Not-A-Cookie
Alan said this cookie is what you’d get if an oatmeal cookie and a Power Bar had a baby! They are chewy and dense, really filling and tasty. For me, they remind me of the Grandma’s brand Oatmeal cookies my mom put in my lunch box growing up—you know, those two big soft cookies wrapped together in cellophane? They are a filling snack, even a meal replacer!
It’s Zero Waste!
Keep your box and all the shipping materials so you can send the packaging materials back to be reused and recycled! I simply kept the box in the garage and put the rinsed out empty packets in it as we went. When we finished it up, I dropped the box off at my local FedEx spot with my included shipping label and tape to go back. Easy!
Why Would I Recommend This?
Here’s the thing, yes, I think it’s important to cook our own food. However, life does get busy and if that prevents you from eating healthy, I want you to have an option. MamaSezz is that!
If I was not retired from the fire service, I can guarantee that I would buy MamaSezz and keep a bunch of it in the fire station freezer to use on those crazy busy shifts where we don’t get time to make our meals. And it’d also be great to take with me when I worked shifts at different stations, where the crew family-style meal might not have worked for my way of eating.
This is also a great option if you’re new to plant-based eating and need help getting started. All you need to do is shop for some healthy ingredients to go with so you have complete meals. It’s like training wheels so you can learn how to eat whole food, plant-based, until you master a new way of cooking.
Who does this work for?
- Busy families, especially if you have days full of kid activities
- People who take lunches to work, even fire stations!
- Long-haul truckers who need to make meals in their extended cabs on the road.
- Someone just learning to cook whole food, plant-based, oil-free and needs a helping hand.
- College students!
- Seniors living independently but wanting some cooking help.
- RVers! Easy meals on the road.
- Travel food…you can make this in a hotel room with a microwave!
- First responders, nurses, shift workers
Go to MamaSezz to try it out and get started. You’ll get FREE SHIPPING and really great food.
PS…I really recommend the Garlic Ginger Protein Strips!
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Cindy wants you to be Trimazing—three times better than amazing! After improving her health and fitness through plant-based nutrition, losing 60 pounds and becoming an adult-onset athlete, she retired from her 20-year firefighting career to help people just like you. She works with people and organizations so they can reach their health and wellness goals.
Cindy Thompson is a certified Health Coach, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Firefighter Peer Fitness Trainer. She is a Food for Life Instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Rouxbe Plant-Based Professional, and Harvard Medical School Culinary Coach, teaching people how to prepare delicious, satisfying, and health-promoting meals.
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