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5 ways to create a Mindful and Capsule Kitchen

You might remember my previous post on Mindful Eating and how to get started, this week I am going into how to create a Mindful and Capsule Kitchen.

Mindful Kitchen is all about delicious, healthy and easy-to-cook meals made from good quality organic and natural ingredients – and this is where the capsule kitchen comes in.

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I had a few main goals I wanted to focus on when starting my capsule kitchen project, these being:

  • Simplify shopping and cooking
  • Focus on cooking with and eating seasonal produce
  • Be able to make healthy, nourishing & delicious food easily
  • Use all real ingredients (fruits, vegetables, grains, high-quality proteins, dairy, nuts, seeds, beans etc).
  • Waste less food
  • Always have the right ingredients on hand for a quick meal

With my goals and lifestyle in mind, I made a list of my favourite ingredients and committed to trying out the ‘Capsule Kitchen‘ concept for a month.

Every kitchen is a good kitchen. It doesn’t matter if you have the trendy colours, beautiful cabinetry, or the countertops of your dreams. It doesn’t matter if there are paint stains in the sink and indistinguishable yellow patches on the laminate counters. I love my tiny little kitchen and I spend so much time in this part of our home, regardless of all its quirky imperfections. Is it my dream kitchen? Of course not! I think very few of us actually have spaces in our homes that fulfil our dreams of a perfect aesthetic… through Instagram and Pinterest would probably disagree with me. I’d love to have matching cookware and butcher block countertops and to get rid of all this stainless steel, however, without all of those “improvements” this will still be a good kitchen. It will be the perfect kitchen, in fact, because it’s with a loving heart and hands that each meal is prepared.”

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It all started by thinking about my lifestyle and answering the following questions:

How do I like to cook?

I like fresh foods that can be made quickly and prefer to improv-cook or loosely follow a recipe without a lot of up-front planning. Knowing this, my capsule kitchen is heavy on versatile fresh items that are easy to prepare.

What do I use every week?

As breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, I tend to make something different every day; anything from Avocado Deviled Eggs with seeded toast, full English Breakfast or just Seeded toast with Nutbutter and Berries!

Lunch is usually dinner leftovers or I’ll quickly whip up something healthy and nourishing like a Salad in a Jar, Avocado with Fried egg on seeded toast etc.

I have dinner early, around 5 PM and have a cup of golden (turmeric) milk around 8.30-9 PM – it helps me with my sleep and my inflamed hip.

What are the items I rely on in my pantry?

Grains, beans, cooking oils, and two or three of my favourite herbs and spices are my go-to items. I am getting back into baking bread and cakes, so flour and sugar, for example, are something I have been stocking up on recently.

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By using these above-mentioned guidelines, I was able to pay attention to what I was buying, rather than just grabbing what looks good at the grocery store or making lists based on specific recipes. I’ve now been doing my capsule kitchen for a good few years and it has become a big part of my day-to-day life as my overall health depends on it. Here’s what’s happened:

1. I’m saving time in the grocery store

Having a setlist means I can zip through the store in a lot less time. No more worrying that I forgot something or wandering through the aisles.

2. I always know what to buy

I pull up my reusable capsule kitchen list on my phone (MealPlanner App), check off the items I’m missing and head to the store.

3. My meals are more creative

For this, I use an app called ‘Eat More Plants‘, which has recipes based on diets, health conditions and types of food and more. It’s been really helpful when planning my meals.

4. I always have something for dinner

Because I have a realistic idea of the basic staples I need in the house, I’m a lot more likely to have something for breakfast, lunch & dinner. This means more feel-good meals which my body craves for. I’ve been told I am pretty good at putting together a nourishing meal with random ingredients.

5. I am wasting less food

By having fewer items to keep track of on any given week and by creating meals based on the ingredients I already have at home, I’m less likely to throw away food.

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6. I am saving money

I have set a weekly budget of £10, but have also allocated a £20 budget for a big monthly shop where I stock up on all the essentials I will be using throughout the month. I tend to buy seasonal items that are less expensive – I start with ingredients I already have in my pantry first instead of shopping for a recipe.

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Most importantly; I have a realistic idea of our lifestyle and cooking preferences, so I’m only buying things I love to cook & eat.

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*Do connect with me on Instagram at @KiranSinghUK, @SoulfullyNourishedUK & @SlowSimpleIntentional for behind the scenes, daily updates, inspiration and more!

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I am Kiran and I'm a Lifestyle Coach, Podcast Host, Vegetarian Nutritionist, NLP Master Practitioner, Author and an Interior Designer.

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