"The Distinctive Life" presented by the Distinctive Collection

20 21 bhgrecollection.com | | THE DISTINCTIVE LIFE® Volume �� meet their tastes or dietary needs. We love how responsive the brand has been when it comes to evolving the Martha & Marley Spoon gourmet meal options. In a recent article in Martha Stewart Living, the company announced that its culinary options were expanding, providing up to 20 recipes per week. They also announced that, in response to feedback, the meal kit service would be “adding new and creative recipes featuring proteins like meat and fish, healthy options that are low carb and packed with whole grains, and dishes that cook in less than 30 minutes.” Among the newest menu options, Martha & Marley Spoon provides new vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, including a gourmet “Crispy-Skinned Curry Salmon with Lentils, Carrots & Spinach” that is “packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D,” according to the magazine. SUNBASKET Filled with menus developed by chef Justine Kelly (formerly of Slanted Door and Iron Chef), Sunbasket focuses on nutritious gourmet meals and sustainability. Simply Recipes voted it among the best at-home meal kits for vegan and healthy meal services. Why? The magazine applauds: “Sunbasket balances organic ingredients with flavorful recipes in meal plans that work with almost any lifestyle.” They love that the gourmet meal kit offers “fresh, organic produce and responsibly sourced meat and seafood, and 10 custom meal plans, including vegan, Paleo, Mediterranean, and diabetic-friendly options.” Dishes are innovative and globally inspired, with up to 25 new recipes available each week. Gourmet meals like “Yucatecan salmon with tomatillo verde sauce and zucchini, braised beef panang curry with jasmine rice and sweet peas, and chorizo flatbreads with sunchokes and sunny-sideup eggs—all prepared in 45 minutes or less,” are among Simple Recipes’ favorites. PURPLE CARROT VEGAN MEAL KITS Food & Wine named Purple Carrot the best at-home meal kit for vegans on the market today. The magazine explains: “Just like every other dish, vegan meals should be full of flavor and texture, which is why users love deliveries from Purple Carrot.” Their plans include “quick and easy” options that allow you to finish their dishes in under 30 minutes. These are perfect for those who want delicious, healthy meals but don’t have a lot of time or are relatively new to home cooking. Recipes focus on seasonal ingredients, and the kits offer tips on how to up your culinary game, should you have the time and the inclination. While the “quick and easy” plan has several options for elevating the meals, the Chef’s Choice plan is their much-lauded gourmet option. Whether your taste runs toward their “Scallion Mushroom Dumplings with Sesame Kale Salad and Kimchi Mayo” or “Crispy Harissa Tofu with Jeweled Israeli Couscous and Lemon-Mint Cucumbers,” you’ll savor every mouthful. SAKARA LIFE AT-HOME MEAL KITS If you are searching for a ready-to-eat, plant-based meal kit delivery service, Food & Wine also raves about Sakara Life – there’s no prepping, planning, or cooking involved. Slightly more expensive than many of the other meal kits, Food & Wine enjoys not only the sumptuous options, like “black garlic BBQ burger with pickles, superseed avocado salad, and roasted potato wedges,” but their attention to wellness overall. As the magazine explains, Sakara Life offers “six programs targeting a variety of wellness needs, like improving digestion and boosting energy.” It’s almost like having a nutritionist and a personal chef arrive at your door. HELLO FRESH AT-HOME MEALS Editors at Southern Living tasked themselves with finding restaurant-worthy at-home meal kits that their readers would love. Among their favorites is the popular Hello Fresh service. Southern Living reveals diners can “whip up chef-curated meals that will delight your Southern taste buds.” Although the magazine does offer this tongue-in-cheek warning: “It’s going to be tough to decide between Low Country Shrimp & Grits, BBQ Cheddar Pork Burgers, and Cheesy BBQ Pulled Chicken Bowls for dinner.” Hello Fresh also made Food & Wine’s list of the best gourmet at-home meal kits. The magazine notes: “As America’s most popular meal kit, HelloFresh is distinguished by its chef-designed recipes and easy-to-follow instructions. It offers four no-fuss plans with 20 different recipes every week—meat and veggies, vegetarian, low-calorie, and family-friendly—and allows you to customize your order by the number of meals and servings you want each week.” The service also allows you to change meals and pause your subscription easily. Of course, with options like “jammy pork tenderloin with shallot-thyme pan stuffing and roasted green beans” and “shrimp and zucchini ribbons with basil oil GOURMET CUISINE