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Mesa de Vida’s recipe starters were created to make it easier for you to cook a healthy, delicious meal to enjoy at your table of life more often.

Saute, Simmer, Slow Cook, Season; Soups, Stews, Skillet Meals, and More. Mesa de Vida does it all!

You don't need to be a gourmet chef to enjoy meals that will make you feel great, and you'll be proud to serve to your family and friends.

Tired of unhealthy and expensive takeout? Don't want to chop a basket full of vegetables or buy every spice and herb under the sun just to make one recipe?

Take a shortcut with a jar of Mesa de Vida instead!

Let our concentrated, complex blends help you transform simple ingredients into an amazing meal any night of the week.

Taco Pasta Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | August 4, 2020

This family-friendly taco-inspired pasta recipe can be on your table in about 15 minutes! This is a healthier, “gourmet” version of the burger “helper” meal kits that are loaded with artificial ingredients,… read more

Stuffed Meatloaf and Rice Taco Skillet

By Kirsten Helle | July 16, 2020

This fun and exciting stuffed meatloaf and rice taco-inspired skillet comes together in one pan for the ultimate 30 minute, family-friendly meal! Meatloaf can be a quick weeknight dinner winner when you… read more

Braised Zucchini and Chickpea Stew Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | July 13, 2020

A plant-based nutritional powerhouse stew. This easy recipe transforms cooked chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) and zucchini into a rich and hearty stew that takes about 30 minutes, start to finish. A… read more

Easy and Delicious Torta Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | June 30, 2020

Mesa de Vida’s Smoky Latin Recipe Starter & Seasoning Sauce makes this flavorful, healthier torta recipe a quick and easy, delicious meal to enjoy any night of the week! A healthier, easy… read more

Jambalaya Inspired Pasta Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | May 29, 2020

The savory, spicy Creole flavor of jambalaya meets up with pasta in this easy and incredibly delicious jambalaya pasta recipe! If you’ve had something like this at a chain restaurant (that was… read more

5 Recipes Perfect For Memorial Day Weekend – with a #GlobalGourmet Twist

By Kirsten Helle | May 22, 2020

Looking for some globally-inspired, healthy recipes to make this Memorial Day weekend? Mesa de Vida is here to make it easy for you to make it amazing! Here you’ll find 4 of… read more

North African Inspired Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebab Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | May 22, 2020

Tender, flavorful chicken and vegetables glazed in a rich glaze with North African inspired flavors. Complete these delicious and easy kebabs with a garlicky herb yogurt drizzle for a fabulous meal that… read more

Caribbean Glazed Grilled Chicken Recipe with Mesa de Vida

By Kirsten Helle | May 21, 2020

Our Caribbean-inspired cooking and seasoning sauce makes an extraordinary (because you don’t do ordinary) marinade and grilling glaze for any protein or vegetables you’re grilling up. Almost like homemade from scratch! We… read more

Creole Braised Chicken Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | May 11, 2020

Succulent, flavorful chicken stewed in a rich and tasty braise that starts with Mesa de Vida Creole Cooking & Seasoning Sauce. This easy yet impressive recipe is sure to become a healthy… read more

Turkey-Bacon Soft Taco Recipe

By Kirsten Helle | May 5, 2020

Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Cooking & Seasoning Sauce will help you make some of the most delicious homemade tacos you’ve ever had, without all of the work! With a jar of… read more

Flavor You Can Trust

Hi, I’m Chef Kirsten Helle Sandoval, the founder and C(hef)EO of Mesa de Vida. I’m a performance and recovery chef to professional athletes, nutrition consultant, and a busy mom. 

I lost over 100 pounds when I set out to create a healthy family legacy through real food. I'm also a living kidney donor, and mom to two kids with a rare genetic condition, so I am committed to my health, and the health of my family.

I'm also an unabashed food lover. There was no way I was going to compromise health or great flavor in the name of convenience. (If you feel the same, you're in the right place!) 

I knew there was a way we could have it all: exciting flavors, convenience, ingredients that boost flavor AND nutrition, versatility, and above all GREAT taste.

I just had to create it for us. And thus, Mesa de Vida was born!

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"I was thrilled when Mesa de Vida cooking sauces effortlessly added a world of flavor to my Whole30 dinners."

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Jen Kendall

Whole30 Approved Program Manager

"Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces are absolutely magical for creating healthy, fast, and insanely delicious meals that burst with flavor. From tasty proteins to veggies to eating spoonfuls right out of the jar, Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces make Whole30 cooking a dream."

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Alyssa Anthony

Whole30 Brand Partnership Manager

"I eat 90% of my meals at home, live for cooking, and mostly only like to cook from my own recipes. However, Mesa de Vida has become a welcome "helper" and "secret weapon" in my kitchen, because I can get all those levels of flavors that I would otherwise spend up to hours building, from a jar! Super clean, full of flavor, and super multi-functional in the kitchen!"

"Simmer your way around the world and transform simple ingredients into meals that taste like they took hours over the stove. These rich, concentrated flavor bases are just the beginning of a choose-your-own-adventure kinda dinner." Whole Foods Market, What's New Feature

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