Frequently Asked Questions
How is Meal Mentor different than all the cookbooks out there?
#1 If all you needed was recipes, why are still going to Chipotle?? Why are you still eating what you’re eating?
A meal plan is a game plan. Having a solid direction to move in instead of “figuring it out” is the shortcut step you needed to go from thinking about eating differently “someday” to actually doing it.
- Seasonal Menu.
- Useful shopping list.
- Step-by-step instructions for pulling it all together.
- Cookbooks don’t have this. They have no game plan.
#2 Most cookbooks and recipes assume you want to create elaborate gourmet meals on Tuesday. Who has time for that? Meal Mentor is about making it work. Simple, good meals that fit into the lifestyles of real, busy people. Whether you cook ahead on the weekend or have 15 minutes at night.
#3 We also don’t use weird, obscure ingredients you have to drive to Whole Foods for. We use ketchup, and mustard, canned beans, and salsa. All normal stuff.
If you don’t want to think about it…
If you don’t want to spend hours on food prep…
If you just want it to work!!! Meal Mentor is for you.
How many hours per week does this require?
You’ll need to shop for food (or use Instacart or other delivery) and then prep and cook. If you opt to do all the cooking all at once, you’re looking at 3 to 4 hours, but once you get the hang of things, it’ll take even less time. Cook while listening to your favorite podcast or binge on Netflix! And if you prefer to cook nightly, you’re looking at 5-25 minutes a night.
What if I’m gluten-free / soy-free / hate mushrooms / allergic to corn / not vegan?
Meal Mentor doesn’t pick sides. While the meal plans are 100% plant-based, you could add chicken, or fish, or cheese to your portion of your family's portion. Half of our members do that.
The meal plans are also soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free friendly, meaning if that’s you, you’ll never have to make a modification or substitution. If you have another allergy or aversion, no biggie, all the recipes are flexible and forgiving. SEEING all unique interpretations each week by your fellow members is the best part.
I just had to say thank you on every level for this, the directing and the variety. I've been struggling to the point of tears trying to figure this out. My journey now has a solid direction!
Can’t I just write my own meal plans?
Yes! You could — and if you have 2 free hours every week to flip through cookbooks, scan the internet for ideas, find recipes that use the right ingredients, write out a detailed shopping list and check it against your inventory, then you absolutely should. That’s a great use of your free time.
OR you could skip through all that tediousness and use those two hours to shop, cook and be done for the whole week.
That’s me. If I’m lucky to have 2 free hours, I definitely don’t want to do THAT. I’d rather read a book while I do my laundry.
I also need the meal plan and shopping list to just hit my inbox every week. Otherwise I’ll make an excuse, say I’ll do it later, and then end up going to Chipotle 5x a week.
What if I like doing my own thing?
If that’s working for you, and you don’t want to change anything, keep on keepin’ on. Whenever I try to “wing it” — with anything in life — vacations, afternoon plans, feeding myself (!) I always execute poorly.
I mean… just look at the difference in my family.
The only change? Meal Mentor. I thought meal planning would eliminate my flexibility and freedom, but I never realized how much time I lost being unprepared all the time. Or how trying to pull something together last minute took MORE time. Even if you don’t follow each plan perfectly, having a solid direction to move in allows you to be more spontaneous later.
What if I don’t batch cook?
Batch cooking is fantastic, but not required. The recipes are fast enough for nightly cooking, but I encourage cooking ahead on the weekend to reheat all week.
What if I don’t need to lose weight?
Meal Mentor is a tool that helps you actually fit cooking into your busy life. Because people start eating better, they start feeling better and lose weight as a bonus. If weight-loss isn’t one of your goals, simply follow the add-on suggestions with every meal.
Will this help me lose weight?
Absolutely, and in a healthy way. “Start meal planning” is the #1 diet advice for good reason. You can always control what goes in your mouth. You can’t control your schedule or the weather, or your kids. ;) But you can control what you eat. As a VIP member you’ll also be eligible for the Slim Team (our official weight-loss program). 80% of weight-loss is diet. My abs are made in the kitchen.
What if my family isn’t vegan?
Most of our members aren’t vegan. Many are vegetarian, many more are trying to be, and even of those that ARE, their families are not. While the meal plans are suitable for vegans, this is definitely not a “veg*n” community.
Will my kids like the food?
Most members are parents feeding fussy families :) They’re always sharing what meals went over well and provide tips. It’s nice having that resource: other parents cooking the same thing as you.
I had to jump on the Cinnamon Roll in a Mug bandwagon, and I made one for me and 2 of my little boys (8 and 11). I was skeptical of my 11 year old actually eating / enjoying it because he is sooooo picky. Amazingly, after he ate it he asked me to show him how to make it so he could make one before school in the morning!
We are one week in using the meal plans, and my picky kids ate every meal! I put off getting the meal plans for so long b/c I thought my kids would reject the food. Wish I had done this long ago!
How often do the recipes repeat?
In 2015, the individual plan had a total of 562 new recipes with only 68 being repeats (and almost all of those being breakfasts). The family plan had 476 new recipes, with 46 repeats. There’s a minimum of 8 new recipes every week. The ones we DO repeat, are requested by members because they were so beloved.
Will it save you money?
Just read what our members have said:
Amy Torres saves $1,425 a year with lower grocery bills.
Last month my average shopping cart was coming up around $80 per week [shopping with the meal plan]. Before that, I would easily spend around $140 (mostly eating out). This week I only spent $0 on groceries!
How did she spend $0? She checked her pantry before she went shopping.
Before the meal plans, I was not skilled enough in planning meals to have food ready to take to work for lunch, or for when I worked late and came home too hungry to cook. Also, I live in a relatively high cost area. So, with the meal plans and not having to eat at restaurants or take-out places frequently, I save at least $200/month ($2,400/year). This does not count the saving from regular weekly grocery shopping, which is significant. That is why I always say that I can't afford not to do the meal plans!
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*Notes: The total value of goods is $381.85, calculated as follows: $19.99 (detox plan) + $19.99 (weight-loss book) + $13.99 (best of cookbook) + $227.88 membership (12 months @ $18.99/mo) + $99.99 (training video) = 381.85 (support + Facebook group is priceless!)