Mindful Food

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 April menu! 


Contact for Melissa's travel schedule and prices. Available in Lawrence, KS, the Boston area and New York, New York

Soups and Stews
Moroccan Chicken Stew
This has been a family favorite for about eight years. It's tomato based with cumin, turmeric, chickpeas. green peppers, potatoes and a hint of cinnamon floating tender shredded chicken. This can be an entree if you serve it over rice.


Thai Coconut Broccoli and Coriander Soup 
Super fresh tasting with pureed broccoli, spinach, coconut milk and cilantro.  Healthy, vegan and can be eaten hot or cold. ​


Entrees

​Pulled Chicken and Mashed Potatoes
Like puled pork, but with chicken in a sweet tangy sauce with garlic mashed potatoes or  roasted potatoes, your choice. 


Mixed Greens with Turkey 
A traditional southern recipe, collards, kale, mustard greens cooked with turkey drumsticks and a little vinegar to bring out flavor.  Then the turkey is shredded and mixed back in with the greens. Can be vegetarian or vegan by taking out the meat or substituting tofu. Served with rice or quinoa.


Bok Choy and Tofu Stir Fry
A simple go to dish full of flavor. Lightly fried tofu can be replaced with chicken.  Bok Choy, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil. 


​Tuscan Bean Salad
Cannellini beans, chopped tomatoes, celery, lemon, garlic, red onion, fresh basil. Delicious and filling on a bed of lettuce. Vegan.


Spring Risotto
The tender and fresh flavors of Spring. Asparagus, baby spinach and basil tossed in lemon, white wine and parmesan for fresh spring flavor. Vegetarian.


May Yogi Bowl

Chickpeas and kale in a roasted garlic and red wine sauce.  Lemon roasted sweet potatoes and your choice of roasted salmon or roasted chicken on a bed of quinoa. 


Eggplant  Lasagna
Vegetarian and gluten free with less cheese and lower fat than traditional lasagna, but still creamy and yummy. Eggplant takes the place of the noodles and the ricotta is mixed with creamy baby Bella mushrooms and parmesan. Homemade marinara with carrots for a little extra nutrition. 


Mexican Fried Rice
Green peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, ground turkey or ground chicken sauteed with  rice, cumin, oregano and scrambled egg. Just like traditional fried rice, but with Mexican flavors. 















nEED A pARTY iDEA?

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.

Breakfast Frittata, one with ham, spinach, cream and cheddar. One with vegetari

A Yogi Kitchen Catering and Cooking

May/June Menu

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.