Apr 28, 2017

Martha & Marley Spoon - Cooking Redesigned

Seems like there is very little time in the day to do much between taking the girls to their events, cleaning, blogging, and everything else that needs to be done. Sometimes dinner is an afterthought and I'm throwing whatever I can find in the pantry and fridge together, or just scrapping cooking altogether and going out to eat.

I wanted to try something different, so I reached out to Martha & Marley Spoon.  They sent me four courtesy meals in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are my own.  Your experience may vary.

How it works: go to Marleyspoon.com and select which plan you would like.  They offer 2, 3, and 4 meals per week for two or four people.  We received the family box (for four) with two meals for two weeks.  You then select your meal choices from their weekly menu.

Our first week we selected Roasted Spiced Chicken with Cheesy Baked Broccoli and
Teriyaki Salmon Burgers with Pineapple and Sweet Potato Fries.  Our second week we selected Ham & Asparagus Skillet Pancake and Orecchiette and Sausage. 

Then, a box is delivered to your door with all the fresh ingredients in it. You can watch my first unboxing here: 

Unboxing of Martha & Marley Spoon live #sp
Martha & Marley Spoon - Fresh Meals Delivered to your Door!
Posted by Metro Detroit Mommy on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Each meal comes with most of the ingredients you will need plus a meal card with detailed instructions and image of the final product. Here is the Teriyaki Salmon Burgers with Pineapple and Sweet Potato Fries.

So, while we have almost everything in the box to make a meal. The meals take a bit of time to prepare.  There is a lot of cutting, mixing and prepping involved.  I noticed that each meal also used a few bowls in the prep process, all were under an hour from start to finish, but none allowed me to put the food in the oven, and relax for a few minutes.  Each meal came with just enough food for a family of four depending on the age and appetite, if you have hungry teens, you might need to supplement with other foods.  We have five children, ages seven years, four years and twenty months and the meals were perfect.  The three girls split two servings.

All four meals contained recipes I would have never thought to make on my own and it certainly did expand my culinary repertoire.  Chancellor and I enjoyed each meal, however, the girls were less than thrilled.  Chalk it up to being kids, new foods, and flavors, etc.  I'm sure if we did this regularly that they would get used to it.  I would probably also let them have a say in the meals we choose.

The meal that the kids enjoyed the most was the Ham & Asparagus Skillet Pancake (pictured below).  The whole concept was amazing and I saved the recipe card so I can make it again (but with different ingredients).

The meals currently range from $8.70 to $9.50 per serving, which is much less that going out to eat.  I likely saved money because I didn't buy food that was wasted either because I didn't use it before it went bad or leftovers sat in the fridge and didn't get eaten.  I love the convenience of having the fresh ingredients for dinner delivered to my door and my meals being pre-planned.  I look forward to signing up, but I'm going to let my kids have more of a voice in the meals and I will take a bit more liberty when making the dishes to customize them to suit our families tastes.

Want to try it out?  Drop by MarleySpoon.com and get started.

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