Madison and Rayne

By the time dinner rolls around, I am completely and utterly exhausted.  Instead of thinking about a creative and healthy meal to make with the ingredients in my kitchen, I am convincing my boys to stop jumping off the couch and managing typical chaos.  So that’s why I was so incredibly excited to learn about Madison and Rayne, a Chicago based meal service that takes much of the prep and clean up work over so I can enjoy meals with my family—and maybe even snag a few minutes to myself as well.

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Madison and Rayne is the delicious brainchild of Melanie Mityas and Josh Jones, who saw a need for busy Chicagoans to have access to high quality food prepared with fresh, local ingredients—in their own home.  Healthier and tastier than takeout, Madison and Rayne provides shortcuts so you can focus on what’s important.  No running to the grocery store, looking up recipes on Pinterest…the prep work is gone.  And clean up is pretty simple too, since they will recycle much of what they personally deliver to you in the first place.

Wondering what a Madison and Rayne meal looks like?  Well, I had the pleasure of trying it out on a busy weeknight with my two energy filled little boys and high energy husband….and it was a huge hit with all of us.

This post is sponsored by Madison and Rayne. I received a free sample of their product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

THE DELIVERY

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While we were all out and about during our day, our chef was busy preparing our customized meal.  We chose to order the Roasted Amish Chicken Breast entree and the Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese salad, and the ingredients were promptly delivered to our house in the early afternoon.  After quickly putting the supplies in the refrigerator, we continued on with our day until it was time to cook.  My boys were so thrilled to be focused on building sandcastles instead of supermarket shopping—and so was I!

THE PREPARATION

About an hour before I planned to serve dinner, I leisurely poured myself a glass of wine, turned on some music, and read through the recipe cards.  The instructions were so incredibly detailed and thorough, spelling out cooking tips such as what it means to sear meat, using proper equipment and whatnot, that I felt like my own Chicago version of the Barefoot Contessa.

Since we were having both a salad and entrée, it was extremely helpful for both the containers and recipe cards to be color coded so I knew what belonged together and how to organize my cooking space in the best way.

The salad was pretty much put together by itself and all I had to do was toss the mixed greens, quinoa, goat cheese balls, and berries with the balsamic vinaigrette.  After sneaking a quick taste, I knew that it was going to be a delicious meal from start to finish.  Not going to lie, I could eat this salad five days a week…it was THAT GOOD.

As for the chicken, I at first was a little overwhelmed because there were so many different containers.  But after reading through the recipe cards, I realized that there was only one pot I had to dirty to complete the entire meal.  Yep, you read that right, ONE POT.  Great news for any home cook, especially those busy moms who have to orchestrate homework completion after dinner like myself.

Madison and Rayne Recipe Cards -www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

Since the recipe cards were so clear with hands on time and total time to table listed, as well as equipment I would need and what to do before I started cooking, I was able to take a quick break from time to time to check in on my boys and dance along with them when their favorite song came on the radio.

I must admit that I assumed that the roasted Amish chicken breast would take a bit more time to cook through than the card listed, but they proved me wrong because I was able to finish the chicken in the oven, and both the fennel and fingerling potatoes were perfectly cooked and moist once I added the smoked tomato bisque to the pan.  It truly was a quick and easy dinner on a busy weeknight.

 

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Madison and Rayne Chicken and Tomato Bisque - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

After 30 minutes (I did take some dance party breaks after all), our meal was perfectly cooked and on the table.  Since an adult sized entrée feeds two children, we were all well fed, and happily so, with three adult servings, My boys told me that they enjoyed the chicken the most (it was much more moist than when I usually cook, most likely because of the tomato bisque that served as a delicious sauce), while my husband loved the vegetable combo and I was head over heels in love with the mixed greens salad.

Another thing I loved?  The easy clean up.  All I had to do was put one pan and our dishes in the dishwasher.  As for the plastic containers that held the ingredients, I gave them a quick rinse and put them back into the Madison and Rayne reusable bag so that they could be recycled when a team member came to pick them up later in the week.

Madison and Rayne Meal - www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

THE PROS

No grocery shopping.  Easy preparation.  Delicious food.  Quick clean up.

THE CONS

The only thing that was a bit tricky with the meal I prepared was making sure I had the right equipment to use.  I originally was using a pan that had a rubber handle, but since that couldn’t be put into the oven, I had to swap out pans early on in the cooking process.  If that detail was spelled out a bit clearer in the recipe cards, it would make cooking even more effortless.

So, would I used Madison and Rayne again?  Without a doubt.  I’m telling you, it was such an easy way to give my family a healthy meal that tasted just as great as restaurants, without the restaurant prices.

And I’m happy to offer my readers $30 off their first order with the code AMANDA30.  So be sure to customize your own meal here and get ready for an easy yet delicious meal and tag me in your photos using #queenofthelandoftwigsnberries across all social media.

Bon Appetite!

Amanda

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Comments

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    That sounds like a perfect weeknight solution. I know I don’t have time to make fancy schmancy meals and this service makes everything easy.

    • amandasimkin says

      As funny as it sounds, their recipes also inspire me to add a little pizzazz to some of my old weeknight recipes as well!

    • amandasimkin says

      Ha, that’s awesome. I believe the names Madison and Rayne come from the owner’s two kids (their middle names if I remember correctly).

  2. Julie Fine says

    Amanda, I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed the bisque! It’s one of my absolute favorites, those potatoes are too good to share. If any of your readers have any questions about our service, ordering or delivery– please let me know! We love helping out busy moms, busy families and providing yummy meals amongst the chaos!

    • amandasimkin says

      So glad to share your awesome service with my readers. We will be ordering some meals soon since the school year keeps us so busy and on our toes!

    • amandasimkin says

      Agreed. And since the ingredients will stay fresh for 3 days after delivery, it is nice to have some planning flexibility as well.

    • amandasimkin says

      I just hate it when I have to run to the store at the last minute with my kiddos, don’t you? Thankfully Madison and Rayne solves the problem for me!

    • amandasimkin says

      As I mentioned in my review, one adult entree feeds two kids. We had three adult servings for myself, my husband, and my two kids.

    • amandasimkin says

      From what I gather, Blue Apron is a few different meals…I like that I can order just one specific meal and not feel pressured to make all of them.

  3. Kelly Wendorf says

    I love Madison & Rayne, but I dislike that they now require you to purchase at least two meals to place an order. :/ I liked being able to just get one.

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