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Mosaic

Mosaic

Reviewed August 2022

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What is Mosaic?

Mosaic is a meal kit service started in 2018 by two friends who were trying to provide a solution for busy people who want to eat heathy. They discovered that fewer than 10% of Americans eat the recommended daily intake of vegetables and wondered what they could do to help people eat healthier. Chopping up veggies and prepping food can be so time-consuming that people tend to fall back on fast food or other less healthy options.

They got to work in the kitchen and came up with recipes that were healthy and super-convenient. Most of their food is ready-made. You just take it out of the freezer and microwave it. They not only offer dinner and lunch options, but also breakfast items and smoothies.

Mosaic kit

Who is Mosaic best for?

Mosaic is great for busy people who want to eat healthy. If you don’t have time to cook and are looking to increase your veggie intake, they’re the service for you. They offer mostly single-serving meals, but they also have family-size meals. Their service is great for single people because of the many single-serving options. It could also be good option for people looking for something healthy to take to work for lunch. You could microwave the single-serving meals at work.

What are some examples of Mosaic meals?

Here are a few items that we ordered.

Coconut Chickpea Curry

A curry and chickpea stew with pumpkin, ginger, cauliflower, cilantro and tomato, served over lentils and brown rice

Coconut Chickpea Curry

Ginger, Quinoa, and Veggie Soup

A broth of ginger, turmeric and lemon with quinoa, chickpeas, spinach and sweet potatoes

Ginger, Quinoa, and Veggie Soup

Yuzu Greens Smoothie

A green juice with pineapple, banana, and yuzu (an Asian lemon)

Yuzu Greens Smoothie

Does Mosaic taste good?

Overall, the taste was sort of disappointing. Some foods were pretty good, but some were not so good. If you’re looking for a convenient healthy meal, however, maybe your focus is more on getting your veggies that eating a fabulous-tasting food. Since all of the foods are frozen, they lack the crispness of eating fresh vegetables.

How long does it take to prepare a Mosaic meal?

Mosaic meals are fast and easy. You just take them out of the freezer and microwave them. There’s basically no prep involved.

Curry box

Does Mosaic save you time?

Mosaic will definitely save you time because there is no prep. You don’t need to spend time cutting vegetables and cooking on the stove because the meals are already prepared for you. In addition, you save the time by not having to plan meals or go grocery shopping. Also, cleanup is a snap because you just throw away the box after microwaving.

Is Mosaic easy?

Mosaic is super easy. You don’t have to worry about complicated cooking techniques or anything because everything is prepared for you. Mosaic is great for the non-cooker, the person who doesn’t enjoy cooking or doesn’t have time to cook.

Mosaic recipe cards

How much is Mosaic shipping?

Mosaic offers free shipping if you buy 12 or more items. This is nice because most meal kit delivery services charge for shipping.

Mosaic box

Where is Mosaic available?

According to their website, they deliver to most major metro areas in the Eastern and Western United States. I live in a smallish city in California, and they delivered to me. You can check if they are available in your area at https://www.mosaicfoods.com/pages/check-availability

What packaging does Mosaic use?

Mosaic is the most environmentally friendly of the meal kit programs that I’ve tried so far. They say that 100% of their packaging is curbside recyclable or made with post-consumer recycled fiber. They even use dry ice instead of a frozen gel-pack. You just put the dry ice in the sink and let it melt away. Of course, dry ice needs to be handled with gloves because of its extremely low temperature.

Mosaic packaging

Can I recycle Mosaic packaging?

Check with your local recycler, but Mosaic claims to use only curbside recyclable packaging or post-consumer recycled fiber.

Does Mosaic have dietary options?

When you order, you can select one or more of the following dietary options, and it will filter out meals that don’t meet your needs.

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Wheat free
  • Nut free
  • High protein

Can you lose weight with Mosaic?

Mosaic’s focus is more on getting people to eat healthier and increase their vegetable intake. Of course, a side benefit of that may be that you might lose weight if you weren’t eating so healthy before.

Is Mosaic healthy?

Mosaic’s mission is to put good food on every table. Their whole purpose is to get people to eat heathier by removing the obstacle of having to invest time into meal prep.

How do you order from Mosaic?

Ordering from Mosaic is easy. First select how many items you want to receive. You can select that you want to receive 6, 12 or 18 items. Remember that shipping is free if you select at least 12 items. Next select how often you want to get a shipment. The frequency options are every week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 4 weeks.

Mosaic website

How much is Mosaic?

Mosaic is not cheap. Remember that the foods are mostly organic and ready-made. That costs money. If you are looking to save time and eat healthy, it may be worth it to you though. The price of the items depends on what you order. Here are the prices.

  • Veggie bowls $9.99
  • Pizzas $11.99
  • Family meals $4.99 per serving (4 servings in meal)
  • Mosaic+ Gourmet bowls $11.99
  • Smoothies $7.99
  • Soups $8.99
  • Oat Bowls $5.99

Does Mosaic save you money?

Mosaic will save you money if the alternative is eating similar quality food out. If the alternative is you cooking, it may or may not save you money. It may save you money partially because there will not be food waste. You only pay for what you will eat. You don’t have to worry about buying a large container of an ingredient if you need just a small amount.

Pros

  • Healthy – Whole grains and lots of veggies
  • Super convenient – frozen and ready to heat
  • Freezing extends shelf life – They say that their bowls last for over three months if kept frozen. All foods have expiration dates on them.
  • Free shipping for 12 or more items
  • Donations - For every Mosaic box sold, they donate two pounds of food City Harvest, a non-profit organization in the New York area.

Cons

  • Expensive – More expensive than other meal kit services
  • Taste – The taste was not as good as the food from other meal kit services that I’ve tried.
  • Items out of stock – When I ordered, some items were listed as being out of stock. Also, they replaced an item with another item without notifying me.
  • Changes – You can’t change food from future orders until after the previous box arrives. If you don’t make any changes, they will assume that you want the same items delivered again.
  • No app? – They don’t seem to have an app like other meal kit programs have.

 

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