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


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