4 weeks of dinner plans — done for you

eat Healthy-ish

Zestful Kitchen's 4-Week Healthy-ish Meal Plan. 

Building Kitchen Confidence—One Dinner At A Time

Cooking delicious, healthy-ish meals for you and your family shouldn’t feel like conquering culinary school every time you pull out your cutting board. 

This 4-week meal plan teaches you need-to-know kitchen skills + combines them with complete grocery lists + easy-to-follow recipes that don’t just excite your taste buds—they nourish your soul.

Because everyone deserves to feel the thrill of confidently crafting meals from shop to prep to plate.

this meal plan isn't for everyone. 



but if you…

Consider yourself an everyday cook—as in, you’re no Martha Stewart but you’re also not receiving casting calls for Worst Cooks in America

Care about what goes in your body—but mostly care that it tastes delicious and doesn’t require sacrificing your soul to make

Want to feel confident stepping foot in the kitchen—knowing what you’re about to make won’t just taste incredible, it’ll nourish your loved ones too (including you!)

Don’t have hours upon hours to spend every night making dinner—but are growing a bit tired of the same 3 recipes you mastered in college

Have tried meal plans or delivery kits before—only to find them overpriced, underwhelming, or ultra-restrictive

then you're in the right place


I needed some serious inspo for cooking at home. This took my cooking to the next level so now I'm actually confident about making recipes. This meal plan makes my life easier and I enjoy it. 

– Pia

These storage tips are about to change my whole life! I literally learned so freaking much in the first video. Going to the store tomorrow to get all of the ingredients for this week's meals! 

– Hannah

I love that I don't have to worry about planning dinner anymore! I've gone through the meal plan three times now! Since it's 4 weeks long, no one gets bored of the recipes. Actually, it's opposite, we all look forward to them!

– Jan

the reconstructed meal plan

what others offer

  • A “meals in minutes” plan.
  • A diet plan (no thx).
  • A “prep all your food on Sunday” and reheat all week.


what we offer

  • Chef-inspired recipes for everyday people with regular schedules (aka: YES, you will have the time)
  • Balanced recipes that taste incredible and nourish body, mind, and soul
  • Prep like a chef + always eat fresh


I 100% believe everyone can feel confident in the kitchen—not just chefs. Cooking is an opportunity to experiment, have fun, learn, and dare I say—cut loose? 

That’s what this meal plan is all about—creating kitchen confidence that goes beyond the 4 weeks.

Where artists fall in love with brush strokes or charcoal smudges, I fell deeply in love with the culinary arts—fascinated with the way proteins change as you grill them, water droplets cling to vibrant heads of lettuce, and colorful plates come together to entice all the senses.

I’m on a mission to bring an elevated kitchen experience to the tables of everyday home cooks. To make cooking healthy-ish meals exciting, accessible + delicious.

I'm taking all of the meal prep and planning skills that I've honed through developing 700+ recipes and giving them all to you in a concise 4-week meal plan! 

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what to expect at our table

Hone your skills

In addition to 4 full weeks of delicious, nutritious meals—you’ll learn an insane amount of basic kitchen skills: slicing, dicing, knifing, flavor pairing, meal prepping, and so much more.

take the guesswork out of cooking

Gone are the days of opening your pantry + fridge 10 times hoping something yummy pops out at you—now you’ll know exactly how to make a tasty meal with whatever’s on hand.

Stock like a pro

Understanding how to keep a kitchen stocked like a pro might be the most useful skill on planet Earth (Dramatic? Maybe. Accurate? 100%.)—and now you can.

kitchen confidence

And at the core of all this? Confidence. Confidence that you can make a variety of heavenly meals, you can tackle a recipe no matter what it calls for, you can feed yourself (and your family) food that you’re proud of.

Let’s talk Meal Prep ingredients

The 4-Week Plan (Your new kitchen companion)

  • Digital + Printable PDF (so you can take it with you no matter what)
  • Recipes for 4 weeks of dinner (covering a wide variety of flavors, proteins, and methods)
  • Grocery lists for each week (with overlapping ingredients so you don’t waste any food or $)
  • Weekly Chef prep list (so you can prep smarter, not harder)
  • BONUS: Recipes for some of the best preppable-breakfasts and delicious desserts

Your Kitchen Community (Private Facebook Community just for participants) 

  • Quick tutorials covering technical skills like chopping, roasting, searing, and more (watch whenever you need to refine your skills)
  • Access to Lauren anytime—ask all your burning questions
  • Accountability + Support (because cooking together is always better)

BONUS (Ingredient Swap List)

  • Know exactly what to swap when you…run out of the right ingredient, simply don’t have it, OR want to try something else

BONUS (Flavor pairings + how they work)

  • Become a more confident cook by knowing what flavors go together and why. 

Bonus (how to eat well while traveling)

  • Don't let traveling disrupt your healthy eating goals. With this guide in hand, you'll have a game plan for anything! 

Your recipe for success

When creating the 4-week Healthy-ish Meal Plan, it was extremely important to me that I didn’t just SHOW you how to craft delicious, quality meals—I wanted to EMPOWER you to feel confident creating them yourself. I wanted to know that once the 4 weeks were through, you could conquer the kitchen without me. 

What I love most about this meal plan and how we've structured it, is that you eat really well and learn a lot along the way. What could be better?


what proteins are included?

We’re covering nearly all the proteins you can think of. Chicken, beef, turkey, fish…it’s all accounted for here!

am I able to swap ingredients if I don't like something?

Of course! You’ll receive an Ingredient Swap List you can use on your own, OR, simply ask in the Facebook Community if you’d like a little inspiration or help!

what if I'm gluten-free or lactose intolerant?

A lot of the recipes are naturally gluten-free and many don’t include dairy, but as a whole, this meal plan isn’t created for any special dietary needs.

what do you mean by “chef prep”?

Contrary to what most meal plans want you to believe, prepping all of your food on Sunday (then reheating throughout the week) isn’t actually the smartest way to prep. Instead, chefs typically do all of their chopping, slicing, and dicing ahead of time  (we’ll do it once a week on Sundays!) and utilize those chopped veggies or portioned ingredients in fresh recipes all week. Tastes better AND saves tons of time.

how long will dinner take everynight?

Thanks to your Sunday-night prepping, dinner should only take about 30 to 45 minutes to make and plate!

do I have to follow the meal plan to a t?

I get it, life happens—and sometimes dinner plans change. But to get the most out of the 4-week Healthy-ish Meal Plan, I suggest dedicating the next 4 weeks to the plan. That way you’ll be cooking the same dinners, at the same time as everyone else in the exclusive Facebook Community and can receive support and accountability along the way.

Don't settle for unsatisfying dinners and expensive meal kits. 

The secret is in the prep work, and I'm here to share it with you.