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The Science of Delicious

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

chef-ovalWhile preparing delectable and nutritious meals can be more art than science, there is no doubt that here at MagicKitchen.com, we use copious amounts of both as we create edible and scientific works of art. The process begins and ends with you, our valued customers, in mind, as we strive to create both appetizing and convenient meals that are delivered to your doorstep for you to enjoy whenever you desire. And here’s that process in its entirety.

After our chefs, who work out of four separate kitchens, have created their wholesome masterpieces on paper, they then select the freshest and tastiest ingredients, such as Valoroso pear tomatoes from Italy, Japanese panko, homemade pesto and hormone free chicken. They then work their “magic” on these ingredients and transform them into the savory entrees, side dishes and desserts that will soon arrive at your home and more than please your palate.

Chicken-ana-LuisaOur chefs pride themselves in being able to create a variety of dishes that meet whatever requirements you might have, from satisfying comfort food, like our deep dish chicken pot pie and magic meatloaf to diabetic-friendly meals such as our Chicken Ana Luisa or Lemon Rosemary Pork. Our chefs also utilize their culinary and scientific knowledge to create dialysis and heart-friendly, low sodium and carb, renal diet and gluten free meals.

No matter what menu you choose from, either our home-style or special dietary, we offer you a variety of yummy options to select from, whether it’s a meal bundle or you decide to mix and match your entrees, sides and desserts in order to create your perfect meal, our chefs and support team will ensure that your choices will more than exceed your expectations.

After the meals are cooked in our kitchens, they are immediately flash frozen to lock in freshness and nutrition, carefully packed and then shipped to their destination…your kitchen table. Once they arrive, all you need to do is reheat, serve and then rave about how delicious they are. Or, simply unpack them and place them in your freezer to be raved about later, at your leisure.

moneybackFinally, we have such faith in the quality of both our ingredients and chefs, that we will replace any dish that does not meet your expectations in terms of taste and/or quality, or we will provide you with a full refund; your choice. However, since we began operations back in 2005, we have rarely had to provide replacement meals or monetary refunds.

So there you have it, the art AND science behind how we design, prepare, create and deliver such enticing entrees, succulent sides and delightful desserts. So, if you haven’t already, why not give us a try, and if you already have why not expand your horizons and try different dishes? After all, the only thing you have to lose is your appetite.

Steve, MagicKitchen.com blogger

Did you Know we Have Gluten-Free Meals?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

gluten-free1Some people aren’t aware of the extent of our menu for people on special diets. but it’s true we do have  gluten-free meals for purchase. The benefits of gluten free living are many. Of course, for some it is a necessity. For those with Celiac disease, gluten is the enemy, and even a hint of an ingredient with gluten can make them very sick. Also for those with IBS, gluten is something to avoid.

But what about people without those afflictions? Many people in the US and Canada are going gluten free because it makes them feel better overall. I personally know a man in his fifties who tried it for a few weeks and felt less…shall we say, flatulent. Others with types of auto-immune disease are trying it as well, in hopes of relief from their symptoms.

Many people across the country are using gluten-free diets as a weight-loss plan. Why not? It eliminates pasta, bread and pastries. If you’re eating a lot of those, cutting them out will definitely cut the calories down. But as Prevention.com warns, “Gluten-free products can be high in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, and some people who go gluten-free actually gain weight. That said, so long as you continue to eat a balanced diet, cutting gluten probably won’t cause any harm.”

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Chicken ana Luisa, a gluten free meal

Whatever your reason for going on a gluten-free diet, we have you covered with gluten free meals which taste delicious, and will make your day so much easier with less meal prep.

For those with Celiac Disease, you should know that:

  • Our products have not been individually lab tested but we have offered this list of items to our customers for several years with no reported problems.
  • We use the following criteria to determine if our products should be listed as gluten-free: Celiac.com list.

 

 

Health at your Doorstep

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Mailman delivering a parcelEating healthy is smart, but not always simple. MagicKitchen.com is dedicated to shouldering the burden of planning and preparing healthy, tasty meals. These high-quality meals are cooked fresh and delivered right to your doorstep.

Home-cooked meals are being hijacked by fast food restaurants and heavily processed foods. For many, hectic school or work schedules leave little time for cooking, learning to cook, or learning to cook healthy.

Take your typical college student who is prone to what is commonly known as the “freshman 15″. One study, published in Nutrition Journal, found that 1 in 4 freshmen gain 5% or more of their body weight. College weight gain is a real phenomenon. The transition to college life brings new challenges, such as finding time for exercise, eating breakfast, and avoiding unhealthy snacks, fast food, or high-calorie drinks. Campuses can be an unhealthy food trap, with options that are often costly or far from nutritious. A student with food allergies has even less options available.

College students are time-limited and stressed. The last thing they want to do after a day of course work, studying, taking exams, and writing essays is take the time to plan and cook a healthy meal.

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Ground Turkey with Creamy Noodles

Others may have the time, but lack the strength or ability to cook healthy meals at home. Do you have a senior loved one or friend? Shopping, cooking, and cleaning alone is often out of the question. Eating healthy is a challenge and a concern that robs family members of peace of mind. Countless studies show that eating healthy makes a drastic and immediate difference in the strength, energy, and quality of life for seniors. A diet tailored to the nutritional needs of seniors is important for optimal mental and physical health.

Our meal programs offer fresh-tasting, nutritionally complete meals that cater to the needs and preferences of all our clients. It’s the closest thing to having a personal diet chef planning and preparing meals to your like.

In a perfect world, well-balanced, perfectly portioned dishes would be planned, prepared, and ready to eat when we need them. Such meals help maintain healthy weights, keep blood sugar and energy levels stable, and supply all necessary nutrient requirements. But do you have to wait for a perfect world?

Though we can’t promise a perfect world, we can promise an easier one. How can MagicKitchen.com meal programs make your life easier?

  • Portabella Shiitake Ravioli

    Portabella Shiitake Ravioli

    No stress. Healthy meals at your doorstep with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We promise to replace (or refund) anything you try and don’t like at no cost to you. Isn’t that a breath of fresh air?

  • Taste verdict? See our testimonials to hear what others have to say about our delectable dishes. They don’t taste like bland, boring diet food. We offer a variety of meals for a variety of palates. You can cherry-pick your meals or have us pick them based on your personal taste preferences and dietary needs.
  • Cost-effective. Our meals are healthy for you and your wallet. We even take care of delivery costs for regular orders placed every 30 days or less and at $125 or more.
  • That’s right. No strings attached. No contracts to sign. Going out of town? Are meals piling up in your fridge? Not a problem. Just ask us to start and stop sending when you want.

Read more on our meal plans page >>.

Roxana, MagicKitchen.com blogger

Staff Product Picks

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Chicken ParmigianaWhat dishes at MagicKitchen.com do the staff love best? Here are our picks for 2014!

Greg, CEO: My picks are the Chicken Parmigiana and the Mama’s Beef Lasagna. What can I say, I like Italian!

Crab-stuffed-SoleMichelle,  President:

Crab Stuffed Sole: This brand new low carb entree is deliciously light and flavorful.  The lemon butter sauce is smooth and creamy….a perfect complement to the crab stuffed mild white fish.  I love it paired with the creamy spinach.

Chicken Parmigiana: This dish is perfect every time I have it.  It pairs beautifully with a salad or pasta.  Perfect for a quiet dinner at home or for entertaining, it makes for a deliciously simple satisfying meal.

 

ShortRibs_BeerWineMelody, Website Manager: My favorite two dishes… it’s so hard to pick! Chicken Pot Pie is one. I’ve always liked it, and this is the best one I’ve ever had. The pastry is flaky and delicious, and there’s something…thyme? in the gravy that just makes it perfect.

The other would have to be Seared Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine Sauce. I’m a sucker for braised beef, and this is so perfectly tender, then it has the rich sauce.. Lovely. I can’t believe I didn’t pick a dessert! (My favorite dessert is the Panna Cotta- I had to say it!!)

 

Beef WellingtonAndy, Warehouse Manager:  I would have to say my favorite food that I have tried is the Filet of Beef En Croûte Wellington . It is full of flavor and is so tender, I can cut it with a fork.

My second favorite would have to be the Gourmet Cupcakes-Strawberry, Black Tie and White Tie. I love how moist they are. The only time my kids are still it seems is when they tried these cupcakes. Now I get asked on a regular basis when more cupcakes are coming home.

chocolate-ganache-cakeErika, Customer Service extraordinaire:  If I must pick two of my favorite dishes I have to include dessert. I just love that flavorful taste that the chocolate ganache cake gives my taste buds, it is so smooth and just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness!!!

As for my main course tough choice again, but I’m going to have to go with the short ribs in red wine sauce paired with some creamy spinach. Yum! So tender, flavorful and DELICIOUS!!!! As for the creamy spinach my first time trying it and I have to say I never knew spinach could taste that good.

 

If you want to give meals as gifts this year,  a great idea is to give a gift certificate, so the person can pick their own meals!!

Easy Steps For Ordering Nutritious And Delicious Meals Online

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Chicken Marsala from MagicKitchen.com

Chicken Marsala from MagicKitchen.com

It’s easy to order Nutritious And Delicious Meals Online with MagicKitchen.com and her sister sites.

Looking for HomeStyle and Gourmet meals online? Try MagicKitchen.com’s HomeStyle menu, where Main courses, soups, sides and desserts are sold separately so you can mix and match. You can buy items like Chicken Marsala or Beef in Bordelaise Sauce, add a side dish like Rosemary Potatoes or Rice Pilaf,  Green Beans in Mushroom Cream Sauce or Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, then finish the meal off with a Family Size Vanilla Bundt Cake or a creamy Tiramisu.

Want a few meals for your freezer but don’t want to spend the time selecting them individually? Try one of our handy bundles, like Customer Favorites or Comfort Food. We have eight Meals for One Bundles for singles.

Glide over to DiabeticMealPrograms.com for a lot of good information about diabetes, and links back to our excellent menu for diabetic meals. You’ll be surprised at the sophistication of our meals, with dishes like  Creamy Tarragon Mahi-Mahi with Mushroom and Artichoke.

GoodLowSodiumFoods.com will tell you more about the dangers of a high sodium diet, and lead you to our special low sodium menu. Meals like Ginger Pepper Beef with Rice will make you forget you’re on a special diet!

At RenalMeals.com,  we know that when you have kidney disease, following a renal-friendly diet is a critical step to supporting good health. But that can be very intimidating, both for you and the person cooking for you. MagicKitchen.com offers meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, allowing you to get on with your life. Cod with Miso Ginger, Black Beans & Carrots and Shrimp & Pesto Fettuccini are two of the options on this menu. On all of our meals, the nutritional panel is provided on the website and on the actual meal.

Dialysismeals.com gives information about the dialysis diet, as well as bringing you back to the MagicKitchen.com dialysis menu, where you can find dishes such as Barley and Beef Stew, Lemon Rosemary Pork with Savory Rice or Shrimp & Vegetable Linguine.

So you see, you can easily order for multiple people on MagicKitchen.com, it’s so easy! And if ever you have a problem, don’t hesitate to call toll-free 877-516-2442, and a real person will take your call. We’re the customer service specialists!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

 

 

What are MagicKitchen.com Employees Reading?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

We want you to get to know us a little better, so here are a couple of comments from employees about the books they’re reading right now:

My latest read is Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I wouldn’t normally open up a fantasy story (besides something Harry Potter related) but this book is a deserving exception.

What brought me to buy this book was the TV series on HBO. I’ve always been one of those people to read the story before seeing the movie and then be horrified by all the important things left out in the movie. However, the way HBO fixed this problem was by creating an entire season of a show dedicated to one book. That way they could retain the integrity of the book and not diminish any sort of character development or anything else of great importance to a reader. I applaud HBO for doing such a fabulous job on this project.

When I was finished watching the season and complaining that the next season wouldn’t be out until next year, I went to find the book. My boyfriend, who never reads anything besides car magazines, wanted to read it too so we got it on my Kindle to read when the other person was away at work.

Game of Thrones is such a great read. It’s a very dark story set in a time and place that doesn’t exist but it is incredibly real. The time is similar to medieval times in that everyone wears chainmail when they joust and drinks wine out of some kind of animal’s horn. There are seven different lands in the kingdom that all have their own Lord but there is one King who rules over all. Needless to say, there is much conflict in the kingdom over land, money, relationships, and hidden, oncoming dangers that everyone is worrying about in the back of their minds. There is a touch of ancient magic in the story which brings it out of reality of bit, but I think it adds another dimension of interest. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read about the living dead, dragons, and wolves with extremely loyal personalities?

What really impressed me after seeing the story on TV and also reading it was the fact that almost every single detail was in the TV series. Most of the dialogue was word-for-word and even the color of the knights clothing was the same. I kind of feel like an HBO advertiser, but seriously, their huge budget went to great use on this project.

I haven’t finished the first book yet, but since I already know what a cliffhanger it will be I know I’ll be wanting the second book right away. The only question is… should I wait until I watch the series on HBO in 2012 or should I go ahead and devour the entire book collection before it is aired?

Signed,

Mindy


Melody says:  I’m reading “The Help” right now, thanks to a friend of mine who is vacationing down here and finished it!  I’m of an age that remembers the civil rights movement pretty clearly, and this book is un-put-downable!

Great characters speaking in authentic voices, and a fresh idea on how to portray that era is what makes the book so enjoyable. I saw that the movie is out, and that made me want to read the book. When I saw my friend reading it avidly, I hoped she’d be leaving it behind, and bingo!