MindFull Meals Delivers Healthy Dishes Right to Your Door in Westchester

Carrot noodle pad thai | All photos courtesy of MindFull Meals

The Newburgh-based MindFull Meals delivery service makes healthy eating hassle-free and downright delicious for Westchester foodies.

For most people, eating healthy or adopting a vegan or gluten-free lifestyle starts with a choice and a commitment. For Mike Barootjian of New Windsor, it began with a bet. “About 10 years ago, a friend bet me I couldn’t go vegan and stick with it,” he explains. “But I felt really good. I lost a lot of weight, and I felt good about myself.” And upon giving up gluten, too, he felt even better.

At the time, he was working in a pizza shop and, while he sold pepperoni pizzas with one hand, he crafted a menu of vegan choices with the other. “It was very, very successful,” he says. “It was life-changing for me.”

Mike Barootjian

Knowing his way around a kitchen and armed with a slew of homegrown healthy recipes, Barootjian hatched Party Animals Catering about four years ago, offering a hearty array of vegan and gluten-free “party food,” like buffalo cauliflower bites, rice balls, mackin cheeze balls, baked ziti with cashew ricotta, and crabless cakes of chickpeas, artichoke hearts, and a rainbow of peppers with house-made tartar sauce. Cannoli cream pie, fashioned from tofu, was for dessert.

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Party Animals developed a fast following — not only among vegan and gluten-free eaters — and within a few years, customers began requesting individual meals. Barootjian was happy to oblige, but he was hesitant. “This is party food. I eat it and I love it, but there’s a time and a place for it,” he explains, as many items are fried.

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So, with the dexterity of a seasoned chef, and in the middle of a pandemic, the 31-year old Barootjian pivoted and kicked off MindFull Meals, a subscription-based (for the most part) delivery service, while continuing to operate Party Animals Catering. He runs both out of a commercial kitchen in Newburgh.

With MindFull Meals, customers can place a one-time order of six meals (delivered on Wednesdays), or subscribe and save. The menu rotates weekly, and all offerings are plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, soy- and oil-free, and served in compostable containers. A sticker is affixed to each item detailing ingredients, calories, and grams of macronutrients (proteins, carbs, fats).

Everything is locally sourced and organic whenever possible. “I shop local and I’ve established connections with a few farmers,” Barootjian says. He’s even got someone nearby growing all his micro-greens.

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Customer favorites include the breakfasty pineapple pecan upside-down oatmeal and the luscious eggplant rollatini, generously stuffed with cashew and tofu ricotta, topped with marinara sauce, and served with crisp broccoli on the side. The savory and ultra-satisfying chickpea Buddha bowl involves chickpeas, Yukon Gold potatoes, spinach, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, bell peppers, dill, cranberries for a hint of sweetness, and a side of cashew sour cream.

16-ounce containers of original house-made sauces can be added to any order, along with sweet “cheats” like cannoli-stuffed French toast and that aforementioned cannoli cream pie (say when).

MindFull Meals is available for delivery throughout Westchester County, and the code WESTMAG5 at checkout scores a $5 discount.

MindFull Meals
Newburgh; 888.845.MEALS

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