If you’ve ever flipped through a Martha Stewart magazine and wished you could cook like her, now you can with Martha & Marley Spoon. This meal kit delivery service is curated by Martha herself, following her philosophy of using high-quality ingredients to create hearty, satisfying meals.
How It Works
Start by deciding if you’d like two, three, or four meals each week, if you’d like two servings or a larger meal of three-to-four servings, and if you’d like vegetarian options only. Select your meals from 10 recipes that change weekly. The weekly minimum is two meals of two servings each.
Recipes are clearly marked to let you know if they are vegetarian or if the main protein is meat, fish, or poultry. Clicking on a recipe for more details lets you know about any allergens present, how long it takes to prepare, and the skill level necessary to cook the meal.
Some vegetarian recipes are also vegan, such as cauliflower steak with almond-olive relish and beans. There are also designations for low-calorie recipes, one-pot meals, and kid-friendly dishes. Many people find that after reviewing the ingredients, recipes without the kid-friendly label are definitely something their kids would try, such as the salt-and-pepper pork chops. It takes a few extra moments but reviewing the ingredients helps you make the best choices for you and your family.
Other popular meals include:
- Italian sausage pasta soup with beans and kale.
- Glazed sesame drumsticks with miso-butter carrots and kale.
- Chicken and spiced potatoes with onions, kale, and sour cream.
- Beef and ginger fried rice with bok choy and pickled radish salad.
You may plan your meals and decide when to skip deliveries up to five weeks in advance. All of this can be done through the app or on the website and you’ll receive emails 10 days before your delivery to remind you if you haven’t selected your meals yet.
Why Try Martha & Marley Spoon?
Simply, because it’s Martha! Martha & Marley Spoon emphasize seasonal ingredients and farm-to-table practices, working directly with suppliers to reduce prices and the amount of time your food spends in storage and transit. They send the freshest food possible straight to your doorstep.
Their website and app give you access to an archive of over 18,000 recipes, so you can continue to cook like Martha anytime.
Martha & Marley Spoon have also partnered with Amazon Fresh, so if you’re already buying groceries online you can easily add their meals to your order. The meals may not be the same as what’s available each week directly through their website but you can’t beat the convenience, especially if you find a favorite dish that you’d like to cook again.
Some customers have reported receiving little extra gifts in their boxes, such as cookies or a wooden spoon, a touch that reminds them that Martha Stewart herself is behind this service.
All the cardboard and plastic from the packaging can be recycled. The cold packs are reusable but when you’re ready to dispose of them, put the gel in the trash and recycle the plastic.
The price varies depending on how many servings per meal and how many weekly meals you’re ordering. The most expensive plan is two meals per week of two servings each (the minimum order) for $12.00 per serving. The cheapest plan is four deliveries per week of meals that are three to four servings each for $8.20 per serving. Delivery is always free.
- Recipes use fresh, seasonal ingredients.
- Every recipe is six steps or fewer.
- There’s always free delivery.
- Enjoy the convenience of ordering through Amazon Fresh (although their delivery charges apply).
- Not necessarily great for someone with no cooking skills.
- Recipes take a little longer to make and may require more pots and pans, which requires more cleanup.
- The price is a little higher than grocery shopping but it’s cheaper than some take-out meals.
- Recipes note some common allergens but they can’t guarantee no cross-contamination for allergens such as gluten and peanuts.
If you are already a Martha Stewart fan or if you’re the kind of person who generally shops for high-quality ingredients, Martha & Marley Spoon is the perfect service for you. It’s especially great if you’re trying to feed kids a healthy dinner or want meals large enough to have some leftovers. You can stretch your dollar while providing healthy meals and saving time by not grocery shopping.