Marley Spoon delivers delicious recipes and fresh, seasonal ingredients straight to your door. You can choose from a weekly menu featuring 10 chef-created recipes, including recurring customer favorites, vegetarian meals, and kid-friendly recipes. Each option is clearly marked to note whether it features meat, fish, or just veggies, plus other characteristics of concern to diners with diets restricted by necessity or preference — they note gluten free, dairy free, kid-friendly, quick to prepare, vegetarian, and spicy meals to help you make the best meals for you. Each recipe serves two people (there is a minimum four portion requirement per box), and shipping is free!
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This is a review of a normal weekly box, but they also offer a fabulous Martha Stewart’s Marley Spoon Thanksgiving box. Available along with your subscription or as a one-off, the Thanksgiving box includes four sides and a dessert (you can order with or without a turkey)!
The ingredients for each meal are packed in a paper bag separately. The overall packing scheme arrangement is slightly different than that of other meal kits — instead of packing everything within padded insulation, the shelf-stable ingredients and most veggies were sent in the bags, separated by recipe, and only the refrigerated ingredients were sent in the padded bag.
The bag for the cold ingredients is made of recycled fibers. Martha & Marley Spoon always throws a bulb of garlic to use in any recipes for which it may be needed.
Inside was our meat, cheese, and even fresh pasta!
They also included two cute tote bags in this week’s box! We love these for hauling library books around.
Each Martha & Marley Spoon recipe card includes a full color picture of the plated dish, prep time and number of servings. The dishes are elegantly plated in the pics, and you can use them as inspiration for setting out your own food.
Here are the three recipes for April 2018! I like having the prep time estimate provided, and I often choose the order in which to make my meals based on that and perishability of ingredients. Typically, I’d start with any seafood dish, then do anything with fresh greens next.
The back includes the full recipe (with pictures!) and allergen and nutrition info. The instructions are easy to follow, whether you are a novice or pro. Usually, you start by washing and prepping all the ingredients before cooking. Within the detailed, step-by-step instructions, ingredients are set in bold type for ease of recognition. Info panes in the sidebar list any ingredients and tools you’ll need from home (pans, cooking oil, etc).
Often they include some special offers or coupons in the box.
This one had a $20 dollar and free shipping gift card from Green Blender.
Everything in this box!
We got a giant bulb of garlic! Even when we use lots in the recipe, we always have some leftover for our own dishes.
Cheese Ravioli Florentine With Creamed Spinach. 15-20 minutes, Easy, 738 Calories per serving
First up is a lovely Italian dish! Ravioli is usually served with either broth or pasta sauce — for this recipe, it was bathed in a creamy sauce with spinach and finished with fresh tomato, crunchy croutons, and shredded Parmesan. This dish was a little unusual in its incorporation of bread pieces, but the mix was delightful. I also love the colors! Although it didn’t contain meat, the ravioli was filling and satisfying as a dinner meal, and the croutons added an extra layer of textural appeal. The limited number of ingredients allowed for a quick and easy prep, with the only time-consuming task being the preparation of the croutons.
Minute Steaks And Potatoes With Sugar Snap Peas & Chimichurri. 30-40 minutes, Easy, 670 Calories per serving
Steaks and potatoes is a fool-proof combination! It’s not the first time we’ve received this kind of recipe from a meal subscription — but we’re not complaining, because it’s also one of our favorites. Martha & Marley’s bright herb and vinegar based chimichurri sauce complements the steak very well and works with every element of the dish. I also liked the addition of sugar snap peas, which grow even sweeter when cooked. And who doesn’t love roasted potatoes? This meal is pretty easy to prepare and cook, all I needed was 30 minutes and it’s good to go!
Potato Fish Cakes With Slaw And Caper Aioli. 20-30 minutes, Easy, 908 Calories per serving
The fish cake was surprisingly easy to make, and I was impressed at how well the fish and potato worked together to make a patty with a lovely consistency, and the white fish paired better than the salmon often employed for this purpose. It crisped and held together better than expected, and topping it off with a slaw and caper aioli created a wonderful textural contrast and complement to the creamy, spicy cakes. It was tasty, and I wish we had more. These were very easy to make, and they were a perfect way to get my “crab-cake” fix at home!
Three recipes with ingredients in just one box makes meal planning painless and is a great way to work gourmet meals into your routine!
We loved these meals, and everything arrived in great shape and ready to prepare. Knowing that all the ingredients you need for cooking (apart from oil, salt, and kitchen staples) is inside the box definitely makes it more handy. It gives me more time to prepare or do other tasks at home. The recipe difficulty, calories content, and estimated cooking time are also given, which helps with figuring out when to make each meal to fit your schedule and diet. The quality of directions is similar to other meal kit subscriptions, and the superiority of ingredients was really excellent! I love that they use high-end ingredients in the original packaging — it’s like you picked them up yourself at the market. It’s hard to pick a favorite from this week’s selection because all three recipes appealed to us and made us feel satisfied, but I think the ingenuity of the pasta dish took the day!
Have you tried Marley Spoon? What do you think?