I'm a mom and a yogi and I've been in the food industry for over 30 years. I believe that our health is directly related to what we put in our bodies. I believe in eating as many different kinds of food as you can in a week and I believe that unless you have an allergy or health issue there are no foods that are off limits. When my kids were little I learned to hide extra veggies in almost everything I cook and I continued that practice when I opened my restaurant, Nina's. My food is healthy, generally low-fat and chocked full of herbs and vegetables for full, layered flavor. I am happy to cook tasty vegetarian, yummy vegan, inspired gluten-free and/or dairy free and for any other need or allergy. Call with any questions. 785-760-5412
This is the menu for May and June, since I'm cooking for most of you in the later part of May and a few of you the beginning of June.
Eggy, cheesy goodness. These little bites are filled with potato, bacon, spinach and mushroom with mozzarella cheese and a pinch of dill encased in egg mixture. Probably bite is a misnomer. They're probably really Breakfast Two Bites.
Soups and Stews
Summer Creamy Cucumber Soup
My favorite hot weather cold soup. Creamy pureed cucumber with fresh mint, onion, garlic and a creamy dairy based broth. Refreshing and cooling for hot summer lunch or dinner.
African Peanut Soup
Kids and parents love this soup. To kids it tastes like peanut buttery goodness, to parents it's nutrient rich filled with hidden veggies and comfort. Green peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, creamy yellow potatoes, corn, tomatoes, kale onions and garlic. Vegan,
Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Not the veggie burger of your youth. Can be vegan. Black beans and sweet corn mixed with brown rice, onion, garlic, lime, cilantro, chili powder and cumin and an egg to bind it all together. . Four- six patties. Can easily be frozen
Nina's Curry Chicken Salad
From my restaurant, Nina's, this chicken salad is full of chunks of juicy chicken, with roasted almonds, onions, and celery tossed in curry and Indian spices. Served on a bed of lettuce or as a wrap.
Turkey Sloppy Joes
The sloppy joes of our childhood with a healthy twist. Ground turkey lowers the fat, without compromising the protein. A little dash of carrots, green peppers and spinach, pureed into the sauce pack in the nutrients without changing the comforting flavor.
Sausage and Veggie Bake
A simple and satisfying taste of summer for the middle of the week. Pureed zucchini, green pepper, kale and carrots make this marinara extra nutritious while chunks of chicken sausage, green pepper, zucchini and tomato make it satisfying.
July Yogini Bowl
This month's bowl is a base of quinoa with lots of crunchy veggies. Lightly steamed broccoli nestles with raw cucumber, spinach, grated radish, beet, carrot, sunflower seeds drizzled with lemon mint yogurt.
Being intentional about what goes in your body is the first step to great health. We have busy lives and parent busy kids, so it's not always easy or practical to eat fresh healthy meals that you prepare yourself. A Yogi Kitchen to the rescue! Melissa comes to your home and prepares special dinners for you and your friends or stocks your fridge and freezer with healthy meals your whole family will enjoy.
How It Works
While I'm always happy to develop a menu with you, I create an monthly menu and post it here. You can mix it up however you want, take a dish from the monthly menu and then I can offer the rest customized just for you. Go over my offerings, then choose delicious meals for your family. Decide how many you need to feed and if what kind of leftovers you need. A few leftover portions? A whole extra meal for each person. It's up to you.
Once you have a basic idea, call me or email me and we can customize however you want. We'll decide day/s to cook, who will do the shopping, you or me, or whether we should order online and how that works.
After this conversation, I'llI send you a deposit invoice for 50% to secure that date. If you want to shop for yourself, I email you a shopping list. I assume that you have basics, olive oil, salt, pepper, pots and pans, knives and cutting boards and something to blend (a blender, food processor or immersion blender)
I charge $20 an hour to shop for you, Most shopping trips are 2 hours. If I shop for you, we discuss your preferences for organic, local and natural.
On your scheduled day, I show up at our agreed upon time and cook. You come home to delectable smells and a refrigerator/freezer full of food. Everything is labeled with name of dish, date it should be eaten by and reheating instructions.
Since every family/client is different prices vary widely.. Very generally, I charge a family of four who orders 3 entrees and a soup with two servings per person $275-$350, groceries not included. This family shops for themselves.
Does that sound too expensive? We can customize based on your budget. Sound like too much food? We can customize based on your family's appetite.
Everything I make is from scratch and I am terribly flexible about allergies and food issues. Gluten-free, no problem. Vegetarian? Vegan? I love to create tasty, delicious food based on your preferences!
Check out the August Menu coming soon!
Contact for Melissa's travel schedule and prices. Available in Lawrence, KS, the Boston area and New York, New York
Whether for adults or kids, plan a gathering around a cooking lesson. Something you've always wanted to learn to make? Want someone to facilitate your make your own pizza slumber party for your tween? You provide the materials and Melissa preps, teaches and cleans. Shopping can be arranged. $35/hr min. 2 hrs. Anything you see here is a jumping off point. A Yogi Kitchen is creative and flexible. Contact Melissa and we'll start brainstorming together.