Tech-based meal and grocery delivery services such as Marley Spoon are taking the load off weekly grocery shopping and daily meal preps. One of the leading edge companies behind the pre-packaged meal kit-with-recipe concept, Marley Spoon released an iOS phone app to put the joy of cooking back into home cooking and encourage more dining in.
Through the Marley Spoon app, you can order chef inspired meals and more conveniently scan for recipes to download. Available on the App Store, the iOS app can be downloaded for free. An Android version of the app for Google Play is in the works.
Offering access to chef-inspired and chef-created recipes, the app is available to Marley Spoon members and nonmembers. At the touch of an app screen, customers can edit their orders, change delivery times and manage their accounts. They can also rate given recipes, do recipe searches by ingredient and send free recipe boxes to friends. A free recipe box is a nice gift for any occasion.
Boston residents can enjoy the benefits of Marley Spoon meal kits and recipe boxes. The company delivers to most zip codes in Massachusetts. Marley Spoon also delivers in many areas of the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, California and other states. Shipping is free of charge.
Packed with fresh ingredients, instructions and the recipe(s) for whatever you plan to cook up, meal kits arrive at your door in neatly labeled boxes and dish bags. Each meal is kitchen tested before delivery. The step-by-step cooking instructions are meant for conventional stoves and ovens. Microwave chefs will need to either adjust cooking time or learn to work the stove and oven. But you can whip up a full course meal on a regular stove range in as little as 30 to 40 minutes if you follow the cooking and food prep instructions. These instructions also list the cookware, utensils and additional ingredients for your repast. The main ingredients are pre-measured and pre-portioned to eliminate guesswork, reduce waste, and avoid or at least minimize leftovers.
Different recipes are published each week. With the iOS app, you don’t need to look at recipe cards. For example lamb and spicy sweet potatoes, served over lime yogurt, takes about 40 minutes preparation time. The main ingredients of lamb, sweet potatoes, scallions, yogurt, cilantro and a few spices are packaged into a meal kit. You provide the salt, pepper and olive oil. To cook, you need a large skillet to fry/sauté and a rimmed baking sheet to oven roast cut wedges of sweet potato. The lamb is seared and fried. The scallions are stir fried with the lamb. It’s a one skillet meal with a side of sweet oven-roasted potatoes and cilantro salad mixed with yogurt. The Marley Spoon iOS app lets you access and view the entire process.
If heart healthy is your culinary goal, Marley Spoon has a versatile variety of vegan/vegetarian recipes, such as black quinoa with charred romaine and black bean burgers with sriracha mayonnaise. A neat fish dish is cod and orange braised fennel served with Parmesan asparagus fries. Take a guess at preparation time for any of these recipes before looking at the cooking instructions on the Marley Spoon iOS app.