Magic Kitchen prepared meals are normally offered in servings for two or four. Their menu of gourmet meals can support nutritional lifestyles such as diabetic meals, low sodium meals, and senior meals. Renial diet and dialysis friendly meals are also available.
- The company is located in California and offers a large selection of meal bundles.
- Some individual prepared meals are available also.
- Magic Kitchen ships frozen prepared meals nationwide.
- Most of their meals can be reheated in a microwave, and some can be reheated in an oven.
Magic Kitchen Reviews
Ziti with Meatballs: A Real Treat
Wow. This may be one of the best traditional pasta dishes I had from a meal delivery service. The ziti was perfectly cooked and reheated still al dente. The meatballs were small, but there were six of them, and they tasted pretty darn close to homemade to me. The big winner here was the sauce, which had a homemade texture only to be matched by perfect seasoning and flavor. The package says this meal serves two, which it can, but can be a real treat for a hungry person. And I saved More with my MagicKitchen Coupons.
Stuffed Pepper: I would Order this Meal Again
I enjoyed this meal very much. The stuffed pepper was large and filled with tasty meat and rice. Traditional recipes of this comfort food classic come with tomato sauce on it, which I think would have elevated this meal to near perfection. The rice side dish was good too. The rice was fluffy and full of flavor, which is difficult to do from the microwave. I think I would have preferred a vegetable side dish, instead of more rice, but I would order this meal again.
Chili and Rice: I Would Order this Again
I actually had this for lunch and found it to be quite enjoyable. There could have been more rice, as I had some trouble covering the bottom of my plate with it, but the chili was good. Add some of your own hot sauce if you want it spicy, the heat level is understandably mainstream.
There is a substantial amount of meat in the chili, and a sliced vegetable I could not make out. A carrot maybe. It was surprisingly filing too. I would order this prepared meal this again.
Beef Short Ribs: I Expected More
I was very disappointed with my Braised Short Rib meal. I should have looked at the picture on their website closer, but I assumed I was getting beef short ribs on the bone. Instead, I received a few thin slices of dry meat under a gelatinous (you can see it in the picture) and flavorless gravy that didn’t melt when I reheated it.
The tiny serving of instant mashed potatoes didn’t do anything for me either. The beans were plentiful and okay, but I expected more.
Scalloped Potatoes: I Threw this in the Garbage
Imagine taking a peeled Idaho potato, slice it, and put it in your microwave. That is what these scalloped potatoes were like. There wasn’t any seasoning, and the creamy sauce one would expect from this traditional dish is reduced to a tiny blob of a substance (pictured in the center of the plate) similar to old wallpaper paste.
As much as I love potatoes, I threw this in the garbage.
Macaroni and Cheese: A Must Order
There is something about a Macaroni and Cheese meal that works for people of every age, and Magic Kitchen did a great job in bringing this comfort food classic to the world of meal delivery. The sauce is thick, and the noodles are perfectly tender. The sauce is made from cheddar cheese, and the flavor comes through loud and clear. It already tastes good as soon as you see the sauce bubbling in the tray when you take it out of the microwave. A must order if you have, know, or occasionally baby sit any children.
Linguini and Baby Clam Sauce:
Another very good prepared meal which I recommend to the seafood lover. The linguini is tender and not mushy at all, but the sauce is exceptional. Hats off to the chef for using imported baby clams instead of the industry-standard surf clams. The difference is all in the flavor, which extends to the sauce. I would have liked to see more of them, and perhaps a vegetable side dish, but at $8 a serving is it well worth adding to your order.
No Identification of the Contents
Thank you for my order received in good condition. My only comment is that some dinners, of the 10 I received, had opaque coverings with no identification of the contents, making a guessing game until cooked.
Food was Okay and Better than Cooking Myself
I tried a few different meals and dinners from Magic Kitchen. Overall I thought they were good. The mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese were very good. The shipping was flawless. I waited around for the delivery guy to come, but when I couldn’t wait longer I put a note on the door asking them to put the carton in the backyard. When I came home that’s where I found it.
I do find the website hard to find things but I am the first to admit I am new to the Internet. The stuffed pepper meal may have been my least favorite of my order. There is a lot of rice in the stuffed pepper and then you get a side of rice. This meal didn’t come with any vegetables except for the pepper. I would have liked to get some sauce for the stuffed pepper too.
The meatloaf came with servings for four so I thought I would have a lot or a while one that I would slice up. A serving is under 4.oz. and has a lot of fat. It was okay, and I thought it had a little bit of a “hot dog” taste to it. I don’t think it reheated too well in the microwave either. There was a lot of water in the tray. But their food was okay and better than cooking myself.
I’ve Been Ordering Regularly for a Year
Magic Kitchen is among the first of the heat-and-eat delivery services I’ve tried and I’ve been ordering regularly for a year. I selected Magic Kitchen first among others because they have many selections that are free of soy and vegetable oils; overall, Magic Kitchen keeps the list of ingredients short and natural.
We buy primarily gourmet pasta and meat dishes through delivery services as an alternative to restaurant convenience, so I can’t fairly extend my review to Magic Kitchen’s vegetable dishes, desserts, or meal plans.
We use a small convection oven and hot plate – not a microwave – so convenient packaging is important. Magic Kitchen uses sturdy oven-safe paper trays and “boil-in-bags” for most of their items. Shipping timing and quality has been perfect every time.
The prices are reasonable, and the more costly items are good quality and generously portioned. We’ve found that some products are a good foundation for other things (a pat of garlic butter, a can of tuna, and some fresh sage – mac and cheese) and some are perfect with just a bib (rosemary lamb shank). So overall, our cost per plate is steady and our nourishment and satisfaction high. I do highly recommend Magic Kitchen.
Meals for my Mother Who’s on a Renal Diet
I was searching for meals for my mother who’s on a renal diet and came across magickitchen.com. I was relieved to find the meals were within reason, she enjoyed them, and the shipping worked out well. The 7% off is a nice appreciated touch. Their website was easy to use (for those who are familiar with handling the internet). I definitely will be buying her more meals, since she cannot cook these days due to a number of reasons.
Good for the Price
I tried several dinners from Magic Kitchen with mixed reviews. The packaging said to not remove the film and cook for four to six minutes. I reheated three meals for my family in this manner, and all of the meals were overcooked. We had to get a pizza. The next night I cooked them for only two minutes and they came out perfectly. One of the meals had a broken seal, but it didn’t matter.
Braised Beef Brisket
This is a meal I reheated for half of the suggested cooking time. It was an wonderful meal. The meat was real and tender. It is hard to see in the picture, but it came with five slices of beef. The rice was good, but the strings beans were farm-fresh crispy and fresh.
Braised Short Ribs
This is the second meal I cooked using half of the recommended amount of time. This meal was very good. The slices of short ribs were thick, the mashed potatoes tasted like they were homemade, the gravy was delicious, and the string beans were perfect.
The other meals I had were all way overcooked. I followed the directions exactly as they were on the label (4 minutes) and they were tougher to cut than beef jerky. I thought it was odd the stuffed pepper didn’t have any sauce or cheese on it. I am giving Magic Kitchen a fair review because I was only able to eat two of the meals I purchased, but the dinners I did have were very good. If you do buy these meals I suggest you try to reheat them at two minutes first.
We Loved the Meals
The food arrived right on time, and was frozen solid. The food looked good even in its frozen containers! Nice presentation, they obviously take some care with it. We loved all the meals, and we’ll definitely order again. The meals will make a great gift, too! Try that Ricotta cheesecake, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
Good for the Price
I agree with most of the other visitors that Magic Kitchen is good, but probably not as good as some others I have tried. I do admit they are more money, so the food I tried is good for the price. I prefer not warm up meals in the microwave because the food doesn’t come out as good as some other companies. I had some difficulty understanding the website, but they are good meals for the money.
Above Average Meals
I have found the quality of the Magic Kitchen prepared meals to be above average. I consider them to be fairly priced. Not as good as going to a restaurant, but far superior to cooking myself
Enjoys the Meals
I enjoy Magic Kitchen meals. I have always found their meals to be good. Their customer service is excellent too.
Excellent at Getting my Problems Resolved
The people on the phone are great. They are quick to take your order and very helpful to make suggestions on meals to choose, side dishes, etc. We have found them to be very reasonable when it comes to price and fixing issues when they come up. They are excellent at getting my problems resolved. My favorite MagicKitchen.com dishes are the apple and sage stuffing, chicken Ana Luisa, and BBQ baby back ribs.
Customer Service Sets the Situation Right
We have enjoyed nearly all of the entrees we’ve ordered from the HomeStyle menu and they come with easy heating instructions. Once, some meal containers arrived broken. Customer service was amazing. They set the situation right immediately and gave us a gift coupon. We’re a busy professional couple and Magic Kitchen is a Godsend for us. Just ordered another 4 weeks of meals!