If you’re like me, you hate the question, “What’s for dinner?” Typically, its my own self asking, and I still stress about getting all of the ingredients and actually finding time to cook. I also am not a cook by any means. So when I saw Martha Stewart had a meal delivery service I decided I had to try it! Martha & Marley Spoon shipped me 3 meals free of charge for this review.
This post also contains affiliate links to her service & Amazon products. All of the opinions are my own. See full disclosure.
The idea that I could make a delicious dinner in 30-45 minutes that was fresh really appealed to me. Plus, I knew I would be getting a GOOD recipe if Martha put her name on it!
Jennifer Aaronson is the other half of the company. She is a culinary director and a mom of 2 picky eaters.
What makes Martha & Marley Spoon Different than Other Meal Delivery Services?
- Martha is behind it!
- Easy to Use Website (and also on AmazonFresh)
- They also have an cool app
- Variety of Meal Options
- High Quality Ingredients
- Easy Dish Bags to Know What to Use When
For me, I was initially attracted because of Martha’s name.
Then I saw the website — and I loved how easy it was to use! You literally just go to their website, choose the week you want food delivered and pick your favorite recipes.
There are 10 recipes per week to choose from, and they are clearly labeled by benefit like “Kid-Friendly,” “Healthy,” “Under 30 Minutes”.
You can also use the Martha & Marley Spoon app to select your meals and delivery days!
I was also really impressed by the quality of their ingredients. They work directly with local suppliers and producers to provide fresh ingredients to your doorstep.
The dish bags also made it easy to see which ingredients to use with each meal. Your cold items are packed separately.
Who is Martha & Marley Spoon Good For?
- Busy professionals wanting a simple to make meal
- Someone wanting to look to cook
- College students
- Someone looking to make cooking an adventure
- Empty Nesters
- Couples (I loved the 2 serving option!)
- Busy families looking for a meal for 2-4 people
Trying the Recipes
First up: Black Bean & Quinoa Taco Bowl
- 30 Minutes
- 2 Servings
This meal was probably my favorite of all three, but the Beef Stir-fry was a close second.
It took me a bit longer — 45 to 50 minutes, but I’m not a cook by any means. I also was taking pictures every step of the way so I think most could do it in that 30 minute time-frame.
And you know how sometimes something doesn’t end up looking like the picture? This totally looks the same to me! I was so proud, and it tasted AMAZING!
Here’s everything that was in the Dish Bag, and then I also had the beef ready to go in the refrigerator.
Like the Taco Bowl, this recipe also took me about 45 minutes. I was taking pictures and being very mindful of what I was doing though – I do think I would get faster at it! This one was also a prep time of 40 minutes so I was about right on schedule.
Last Recipe: Seared Steak with Onion Rings
I saved this recipe for last because I thought it would be my favorite. Ironically, it was my least favorite to prep. It did taste really good though! The salad was so yummy and something I would have never tried on my own.
The onion rings were also so simple to make; however, I think I needed more experience cooking a steak on the stovetop. I had things popping everywhere! I eventually covered it to save the walls (no backsplash), but I think it dried it out a bit. We still enjoyed it though, and it was still better than something I would have normally cooked.
Would I order Martha & Marley Spoon’s Meals Again?
Totally!! It was so much fun getting to try something new, and they made it so simple. It also saved me money from mindlessly walking around the grocery store wondering what to pick up.
Things to Know Before You Order
Right now Martha & Marley Spoon’s meal delivery service is only in some areas; however, it’s here…I feel like they have to have a pretty good range. lol! We aren’t the first to get anything!
The shelf life for the meals is short — the cold items can go in the fridge for a maximum of 4 days.
You’ll also need a few things on hand that I didn’t think about to start with. Now, if you’re semi-domestic you probably already have these…but I’m a far cry from Martha (though I’m getting closer now!).
What You Need on Hand
This part honestly threw me for a small loop. I’m sure it’s on their website, but in my excitement I missed it. So just in case you’re as pumped as I was to cook a yummy dinner, keep in mind you’ll need a few basics.
- Salt & Pepper
You’ll also need a few cooking tools on hand.
I used the following (links are Amazon Affiliate links):
I tried to find products either that are the same as mine or very similar to link up to. That way it keeps it easy on you as well. You may also find Martha & Marley Spoon on AmazonFresh, but it’s only available in certain areas.