I received two meals c/o Martha & Marley Spoon ↑
Hi friends! Today I want to share my experience with Martha & Marley Spoon, a meal delivery service that delivers fresh, pre-measured and packaged ingredients to your door. This was my first time ever trying a meal delivery service and I gladly accepted the opportunity to test how (and if) it could fit into my meal schedule.
Martha & Marley Spoon reached out to me a few weeks ago and offered to send me two different recipes. I happily accepted their offer and picked their “Skillet Stroganoff and Rice” and “Cumin Chickpea & Lentil Salad.” Every week, Martha & Marley Spoon features five new recipes that you can choose from. As part of their plan, they have a “2-person” or “family” option, and you can choose to order 2-4 meals/week.
As I mentioned, the ingredients come pre-packaged and measured out. ↑ The photo above is all the ingredients for the “Skillet Stroganoff and Rice” recipe. I do love the concept of pre-measured ingredients, especially since I mostly cook for one person and am more prone to waste.
√ Recipe selection
I was really impressed with the unique meal options and the subsequent taste of both recipes. Both were incredibly flavorful because of the natural seasonings they provided (lemon, spices, herbs, vinegars, etc.) I had never tasted anything similar to either recipe, so two thumbs up to the chef(s)!
I had no issues interpreting any of the instructions included on the recipe cards, which is so important when you’re trying to get a meal out quickly! I also only needed to have basics on hand such as salt, pepper, and olive oil.
√ Portion sizes
While the meals are meant for 2 people, I actually got about 3-4 meals out of each recipe when I added a few extras during lunchtime. This was huge for me! I am all about saving money and time.
From their website, Martha & Marley Spoon opts for organic ingredients when possible, and carefully selects its producers. Their meat is sourced from local farmers who raise their animals humanely and without the use of antibiotics and growth-promoting drugs. Fish is either wild-caught or frozen right at the docks.
√ Environmental impact
The packaging materials are all recyclable. They will even provide you with a free returning shipping label in order to recycle the materials for you.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
× Preparation/cooking time
While I am always willing to invest time and energy into a home-cooked meal, this service is not meant to help you prepare a dinner in 15 minutes or less. Between the chopping and cooking, each recipe took me 45 minutes to 1 hour to prepare. This is something to keep in mind for any readers who are considering a meal service option in order to cut down on cooking time.
× No option for substitutions
I didn’t see an option on the website to swap out any of the recipe ingredients. I picked the “Skillet Stroganoff and Rice” recipe because I rarely cook with red meat and wanted to test out a new recipe. However, the recipe came with white rice (I would have preferred brown) and sour cream (I used plain greek yogurt.) I ended up just throwing away the sour cream because I don’t eat it, which was unfortunate.
× Food needs to be prepared shortly after arrival
My box arrived on Wednesday afternoon, but I didn’t make the “Cumin Chickpea & Lentil Salad” recipe until Monday evening. I knew that I had probably waited too long, (the website says that all meat, fish or dairy products are delivered cold and can be stored in the fridge for a minimum of 4 days) but my cucumber was completely rotten and I had to throw it away. The downside to this service is that you need to prepare the food a few days after arrival, which can be difficult when other life commitments come up.
“Cumin Chickpea & Lentil Salad” ↑
Would I realistically use this service?
Yes! I actually subscribed to Martha & Marley Spoon to see if this will fit into my budget and schedule long-term. Two meals per week costs $48 dollars, but I used the coupon code “DINNER30” to get $30 off my first box. As I mentioned above, I got about 6-7 meals out of the ingredients they sent, which comes to a total of $7-8/meal. I typically spend about $75/week at the grocery store, so that leaves me $27/week to spend on other ingredients and snacks. This summer is really crazy for me, so I’ll you know in a few weeks how this is going!
A big thank you to Martha & Marley Spoon for their wonderful customer service and for the opportunity to try something new!
- Have you used Martha & Marley Spoon before?
- How long does it normally take you to prepare dinner?
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