Marley Spoon: Picadillo-Style Chili with Olives & Currants + $30 Off

Since today is supposed to be a day about love, and the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I thought I’d feature one of my Marley Spoon reviews. If you’d like to try out this weekly meal subscription service for yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.

My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.
This week included a repeat recipe of Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Root Vegetable Fries that I’d already reviewed fully before. Since this was my second time with the recipe it came out even better.  The breading stayed on and it was delicious.  It’s one of my fave Marley Spoon recipes and one I could easily replicate on my own.  Definitely consider trying out the recipe for yourself.

Now for the other recipe in my box:
Picadillo-Style Chili with Olives & Currants
Download the recipe here.
I love Cuban style recipes and when beef is mixed with things like raisins and currants, so I decided to give this one a try.

Our Fresh Ingredients…
We get some rice cooking and then prep our ingredients.
We cook the aromatics and spices in oil and then add ground beef.  After it’s browned, we add in vinegar, tomatoes, water and salt.  Then cook until thickened.
beef with-sauce
We slice up some olives, then top our chili with them and the currants.
Our finished dish:
Taste: Like!
I’m not the biggest fan of olives so I went light on them. I thought this had a nice flavor and was a unique spin on chili.  I do wish that the olives and currants were cooked for a bit with the chili, rather than just added on as a topping.  I think it would have added a lot to the flavor.  This recipe was easy to put together and didn’t require a ton of prep or clean-up.  Overall, a nice twist on a familiar recipe.
Portion Size: Generous (there were leftovers)
Good for Entertaining?: While the flavors are interesting, it’s probably not something I’d entertain with.  It’s more of a cold Sunday indoors type recipe.  I do think that some fried plantains would pair well with it as a side.

The chicken dish was even better now that I’d gotten the hang of the recipe.  I liked the creativity of the chili and the ease of preparation and clean up.
Both recipes called for easy to find ingredients, so they’d be a snap to recreate on your own.
Overall, a great box.

Have you tried any food subscriptions?
If so, what were your expectations and did the box meet them?

Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
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Author: Writer Preziosi

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure, was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon.

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