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Mindful Eating Made Easy

Local, Sustainable & Organic Meal Prep

Our Story

We aim to help busy individuals nourish their bodies

At mademeals, we believe our food choices can change the world. We aim to help busy individuals nourish their bodies, regenerate the environment, and contribute to their community through healthy, high-quality prepared meals.

How? Each time we eat, we have the opportunity to help create a better food system. Our food choices impact everything from our own nourishment to their greater effects on the environment and local community. We want to empower our customers to make choices that will positively affect their health, the environment, and the treatment of farm animals.

While we understand that busy schedules make it difficult for us to maintain constantly mindful of what we eat, our mission focuses on these four key factors to conscious eating, so that you can leave all the hard work to us:

Using high quality ingredients
While it can be difficult to spot if the ingredients in grocery stores or restaurants are high-quality or responsibly grown, our prepared meals are made using only the highest-quality foods. We are committed to using local, non-GMO, and almost entirely organic foods; responsibly-raised and hormone-free meats; and sustainable seafood.

Regenerating our land
Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse Climate Change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil Biodiversity. By building our menus around crop rotations that work best for farmers and supporting responsible growing practices, we help support the replenishment of farm soil while reducing reliance on pesticides and fertilizers.

Reducing food waste
With food waste totaling up to 40% of everything produced in the US, we are committed to addressing this issue and have shaped our business in a way that reduces our food waste to virtually zero. By taking our orders in advance, we only source the ingredients required to produce a week of meals at a time. Any leftover produce is composted or donated to local food organizations for distribution to those in need.

Our Team

Jesse McBride Read more

Jesse McBride

Founder / CEO

Hi!
My name is Jesse. I'm the founder of mademeals.

The seed for my business was planted in 2016, after I was diagnosed with mild ulcerative colitis, (an inflammatory gut condition).

It was at this point I began to examine what I was eating more closely. I started trying to improve my diet, going mostly gluten and dairy-free, and searching out organic produce, wild-caught fish, and antibiotic & hormone-free meats. But finding the time to plan and prepare meals in a more mindful way was a challenge.

And thus, mademeals was born.

Our mission is to help our customers eat mindfully by delivering fully prepared meals made that are ready to heat and eat each week.

We source our ingredients from a network of over 200 local, organic and humane farmers, and support regenerative farming practices. We prepare everything from scratch at our commercial kitchen in NJ, and deliver the meals weekly, chilled (not frozen), to the doorsteps of our customers in Hudson & Bergen Counties and NYC.

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Pete Hanna

Head Chef / Kitchen Manager

While pursuing a career as a pharmacist, Pete found himself uninspired. At the same time, he was involved in many creative outlets, including painting, photography, going to bboy jams, and cooking. He soon discovered that food was at the core of who he was.

"I have early memories of waking up on Saturday mornings to the smell of bastarma, a spiced and cured beef that got smuggled in from Egypt with perfectly soft scrambled eggs, foul madamas with coriander, onion, tomato, fresh toasted pita bread, spreadable Bulgarian feta cheese, and my moms homemade pickled eggplant. My grandma and mom cooked what felt like everyday. I was exposed to so many cultures of food at a young age; being first-generation Egyptian American, for starters, I had many friends whose parents were from other countries like Peru, Vietnam, Korea, Colombia, Mexico, and Italy."

Originally from NJ, Pete moved to Dallas with his parents when he was 7, where his culinary career bloomed. He found his way back to NJ at 33, and we are honored to have him on our team.

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Aaron Smith

Delivery Manager / Driver

Aaron is our awesome Delivery Manager.
[Bio coming soon]

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Julian Cardenas

Cook

Julian is our hard-working cook who primarily handles our proteins. [Bio coming soon]

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Rita Cardenas

Prep Cook

Rita is a natural in the kitchen.
[Bio coming soon]

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Carlos Bardales

Prep Cook

With years of studying exercise and nutrition science, Carlos has a knack for healthy food, prepping and plating.

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