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Available in Pasadena: Cook Like Martha Stewart with Martha and Marley Spoon Meal Kits

By: CANDICE MERRILL
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 | 10:58 AM

I’ve been looking at meal kits for some time now. There are so many to choose from, but when I received an offer to try a meal kit that included cooking maven, Martha Stewart’s recipes combined with small, local Californian producers, I was sold.

My first step was to choose from the many weekly dishes available. My choices were: Steak au Poivre, Hoisin Chicken Cutlets, and Kimchi-Spiced Pork Burgers. There are also vegetarian choices. I put my order in for two servings (the ingredients and recipes are tailored to how many servings you need) and in a few days I received everything I needed to cook meals just like Martha!
The box was sturdy and lined with insulation. Inside were the recipes cards, bags labeled with the dish and full of fresh vegetables, sauces, and seasonings, two freezer packs and the protein individually bagged and labeled…easy-peasy. After oohing and ahhing over the contents, I decided on the chicken as my first dish.
I received two meal-sized chicken breast, two scallions, 8oz of baby bok choy, toasted sesame seeds and oil, 7 ounces of vermicelli rice noodles, tamari, butter, and hoisin sauce. All I need was salt and pepper, neutral oil and pots, pans and bowls. It took me about 40 minutes all together to prepare the buttery soy noodles, bok choy and hoisin chicken. Remember, you are the cook so if you, like me don’t like to flatten the chicken don’t do it, just cook it a little longer. I don’t like sesame seeds so I left them out. I also like a little heat so I added some sambal to the hoisin sauce. The resulting dish was delicious and I had no waste and no leftovers. My husband and I ate it all.

My favorite meal from the box were the Kimchi-Spiced Pork Burgers, these were served with a Crunchy Cabbage Slaw. I have never used Kimchi paste before and I have now found a new favorite ingredient. It’s a bit spicy, somewhat salty and has a slightly acidic taste. It’s a great umami flavor and added a kick and brightness to the burgers. This meal was quick and easy to prepare. It took me about 20 minutes in total to prepare dinner for two.
I saved the Steak au Poivre for our Sunday dinner. Oven-roasted carrots and a fresh salad accompanied the steaks. The steaks were lean, grass-fed sirloin which I seared in my George Foreman grill. A delicious sauce of beef stock, shallots, mustard and butter topped the steaks. The carrots were prepared simply by roasting in the oven with a simple coating of oil, salt and pepper. The salad was dressed with Champagne vinaigrette. What a great Sunday dinner and a perfect way to punctuate our meal-box experience.
So how does this all work? Each week Martha & Marley Spoon has an assortment of meals to choose from. You pick what you like, in the serving size you need. Pick a delivery day and sit back and wait. You are not required to order every week, you can skip weeks that you maybe busy or on vacation or just don’t want to cook. The delivery includes everything you need to make the meals you choose. Ingredients are grouped according to dish and large recipe cards with pictures and step-by-step instructions are included. No muss, no fuss, no waste, no shopping!
For more information about Martha & Marley Spoon deliveries visit www.marleyspoon.com or call (866) 228-4513.

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