Martha and Marley Spoon Meal #1

Today was the first meal from Martha and Marley Spoon (a Martha Stewart company). We chose the “creamy butternut squash pasta with kale chips and hazelnuts.” M&MS (not to be confused with M&Ms–yummy!!), as I will refer to them, was $76.00 for 4 meals so it ends up being $9.50/person per meal. They gave some additional options for food preferences, including “no spicy” meals. Yay!!

M&MS assumes you have more kitchen tools than other companies did. They expected you to have a microplane or grater and an immersion blender, food processor, or blender. An immersion blender? Really? Luckily, I had the other two and used the blender.

The recipe called for penne pasta, yellow onion, garlic, butternut squash, hazelnuts, parmesan, kale, crushed red pepper, and vegetable broth concentrate. I wasn’t sure what I would think about the butternut squash, and it turns out I don’t love it and I don’t hate it. I guess that means I’m indifferent to it. In addition, I don’t like any nuts (Picky Point #18), except for peanuts–which technically isn’t a nut but a legume. I did TRY a hazelnut and it was gross, so I substituted peanuts for my meal.

We used half of the crushed red pepper, cuz you know I can’t do spicy. It was tolerable. If you look at the picture, there is a TINY block of cheese. As you can probably guess, the hubby said that would definitely not be enough. He pulled some out of the fridge and grated about four times the amount we were given.

They give you a lot of food. They gave you twice the amount of penne pasta that you would need and said to save the rest for another meal, which was surprising. I could only eat half of my meal tonight, but we may have also used more of the pasta than was recommended. The kale chips were not too bad initially, but I had to keep chewing and chewing and chewing.

Overall, I was indifferent. I wouldn’t make it again. The hubby liked it though.

My rating: 2.5/5             Hubby rating: 4.25/5


Green Chef Meal #3

The last meal from Green Chef was “five-spice pork with coconut-ginger quinoa, green beans, corn, and endive.” It was the easiest meal to prepare. Either the menu was easier, or we are getting more savvy at roasting, searing, simmering, and sautéing.

I was not optimistic about the white quinoa with coconut and ginger. I don’t like coconut (Picky Point #16), and the only ginger I like is in ginger ale. I couldn’t really taste the coconut, but I definitely got the ginger. I didn’t hate it, but didn’t like it either.

The pork chops had five-spice seasoning on them. Five-spice includes star anise, peppercorn, cinnamon, clove, and fennel seed. I could definitely taste the clove; it is a very distinctive taste (and not a good one–Picky Point #17).

Then there was a hoisin-tamari sauce mixed in with the pork chops, red onions, ginger, and garlic. I tasted the hoisin-tamari sauce prior to mixing it in and was surprised it wasn’t spicy. I expected spicy. Translation: I wouldn’t have otherwise tried it if not already in my house.

I ate all my veggies! I’m pretty sure it was because there was no funky sauce on it. It was roasted in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Easy peasy. I really don’t see the need for all these crazy sauces, but that’s the 4-year-old in me. One thing I can definitely say about Green Chef is you don’t leave the table hungry (unless you are too picky to eat the food).

My rating: 2/5          Hubby rating: 4.25/5  (He’s so easy to please!)

We are taking a week off from our meals since we are going on vacay, so don’t expect an updated blog post until later next week. Keep trying new foods, and let me know in the comments what new foods you tried this week.