I’m a big fan of Martha Stewart. Her effortlessly chic New England vibes captured my heart even as a kid when I would randomly watch her show with my Aunt on summer afternoons. I actually have been calling myself the Roseanne Barr of Martha Stewarts for quite some time now. Yes, I love living well and creating a well-curated life, but I hail from the Midwest, have a much more foul mouth and am definitely trashier.
Before I started cooking and developing recipes of my own, I would often use Martha’s recipes (unless there was an Ina Garten one–then it was serious battle of the recipes). Her fresh-is-best mentality always got me. So when Martha & Marley Spoon, her new meal delivery kit, sent me a few meals for the hubby and I to cook up, I was EXTRA ready to get one step closer to morphing myself into the lifestyle queen herself.
Similar to other meal delivery kits like Blue Apron & Hello Fresh, you choose up to four meals each week that either serve two or four people. The menu changes weekly, and offers a variety of healthy and hearty dishes, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options thrown in, too.
The ingredients for each meal are packed neatly into a paper bag in pre-measured portions. Other than chopping up fresh ingredients, there’s very little prep needed (you’d be surprised how much of a time suck hunting down and measuring out ingredients is). In terms of involvement and level of cooking experience needed, I’d say someone who has some background would enjoy these the most, but you don’t need to be a pro at all to make a delicious dinner out of these. One downside–I didn’t think the time estimate for some of the recipes was entirely correct. One of them took a lot longer to make than the 35 minutes listed.
I’d say in terms of gourmet, this falls between Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. It’s not as epicurean as Blue Apron, but has more pizzazz than basic Hello Fresh meals. So it’s great for the not-too-picky-but-kinda-picky palette. The quality of ingredients, from the produce to the meat, is great, as well.
One thing that pleasantly surprised me about the meals was that the serving sizes were hearty. We tend to eat big dinners, and this was enough for the both of us, whereas Blue Apron’s serving sizes were too small for us, leaving us hungry for more.
We received the following meals, which I’ve rated by stars, with 5 stars being the best:
Soba Noodle Salad with Eggplant & Crispy Shallots – ★★★★ (pictured below)
This one really surprised me, because it ended up being super filling. I’m a sucker for a roasted cherry tomato and the roasted eggplant had a meaty texture. The soy sauce-based dressing tied all of the ingredients together, and the crispy shallots were hard not to devour on their own.
Roasted Carrots & Quinoa Salad with Miso Salad – ★★★ (pictured below)
I take points off this recipe because the miso dressing called for too much lemon, making our mouths pucker with each bite of the salad. If that was dialed back, it would have been the perfect complement to sweet roasted carrots, spinach and quinoa. We had this as a late lunch and it tided us over well.
Skillet Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti – ★★★★★
I let the husband try his hand with this recipe, and he didn’t disappoint. It came together faster than I could finish a glass of wine (which is sayin’ a lot!). I loved the canned cherry tomatoes that came with this, which made for a flavorful sauce. The chicken was tender and deliciously smothered in melted mozzarella. Bonus: I think that’s the first time the hubby has used our broiler, so he learned something new!