Marley Spoon: Tamari-Miso Beef Burgers & Indonesian Chicken Kebobs + $30 Off & Martha’s Thanksgiving Box!

So today we’re heading back to the kitchen with one of my Marley Spoon reviews. If you’d like to try it 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.

But before we get into the recipes, I have some news from Marley Spoon.  They are now offering a Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Box.
There are two box offerings each for 8 to 10 people:
Martha’s Thanksgiving Feast
martha-stewart-turkey
Price:
$179.00
Includes: 1 turkey, 3 sides & 1 Pie

Thanksgiving Sides & Desserts
martha-sides-dessert
Price:
$119.00
Includes: 3 sides & 1 Pie
Recipes and Ingredients for:
Martha Stewart’s Turkey 101 with Gravy—only in “Martha’s Thanksgiving Feast” Box
Classic Stuffing with fresh herbs and dried cherries
Big Martha’s Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes a favorite from Martha’s mother
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with pomegranate & warm apple cider vinaigrette
An All-American Brown Butter Apple Pie
Included with your purchase is a 1 year (10 issue) subscription to Martha Stewart Living! See full magazine offer details in your Thanksgiving Day Box.

If I were hosting Thanksgiving, I’d definitely consider grabbing one of these boxes.  It would be wonderful to have all the Thanksgiving shopping just show up on time at my front door.  And I’ve made Martha Stewart’s mashed potatoes and I can attest that they are quite tasty.

Now onto the recipes!

Tamari-Miso Beef Burgers with Japanese-Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries
Download the recipe here.
Who can resist a burger?
burger-recipe
Our usual fresh ingredients:
burger-ingredients
We start with lots of chopping.  Sweet potatoes get turned into fries, tossed with oil, seasoned and roasted in the oven.  When they are finished they get sprinkled with furikaki.   Cucumbers get sliced while beef, scallions, panko, miso and salt are mixed to create two patties.
burger-chopped patties
We sear the burgers, then add cucumbers and mirin.  We make a tamari mixture then add that to the skillet, making sure to coat the patties with sauce.
burger-sauce cooking-cucumbers patties-cooked
We top the burgers with the cucumbers, tamari sauce and lettuce with our fries on the side.
ms-burger
Taste: Love!
I couldn’t believe how tasty these burgers were.  The cooking technique on them made them so juicy and delicious.  This was a pretty straightforward recipe as well. No too much chopping or too many pans or steps.  If I can find these ingredients again I would definitely make this in a heartbeat.  The only downside to point out is that the Japanese seasoning didn’t really adhere to the fries all that well and for me the taste wasn’t all that strong.  It was still quite good though.
Portion Size: Excellent
Good for Entertaining?: Yes.  I’d make this as part of a global pub style menu.  For an appetizer I’d serve a beer cheese dip with soft pretzels.  I’d probably also add some regular potatoes and do a mix of sweet and normal potatoes for the side dish.  Dessert would feature a boozy cupcake like these Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Buttercream.  Drinks would include an assortment of beer and hard cider along soft drinks.

Indonesian Chicken Kebabs with Pickled Cucumber and Coconut
Download the recipe here.
Who can say no to meat on a stick?  Plus I really wanted to try the rice that featured peanuts and coconut.

kebab-recipe
More fresh ingredients:
kebab-ingredients
Unfortunately, I was missing one very important ingredient: the Indonesian curry powder.  I’m not sure what type of seasoning makes up an Indonesian curry so I opted not to try to substitute anything and just make the recipe without it.  I figured I could always add some type of seasoning later if it needed it.
So first we cut up our chicken and marinate it in soy sauce, salt, pepper and oil.
marinated-chicken
Meanwhile we chop up our onion and garlic and cook our rice.  The curry powder is supposed to go into the rice, but ours will just end up with salt for now.
chopped-onions marinated-cucumbers
Meanwhile we add vinegar and soy sauce to a bowl and let the cucumbers marinate.
We toast the peanuts and the coconuts in a small skillet and then after 2 minutes transfer them to a bowl.
chopped-nuts-coconut toasted-nuts-coconut
We skewer the chicken and broil them in the oven.
raw-kebabs
We mix half the coconut peanut mixture in with our rice and then reserve the remainder to top the kebobs.
When we are done, we have this:
ms-chicken-kebab
Taste: Love!
I don’t know how the curry powder would have transformed this dish, but I thought it was delicious on it’s own.  I couldn’t stop eating the coconut and peanut rice, and I will definitely try that as a side dish for other meals.  The prep on this wasn’t too difficult but it did have quite a few steps.  Personally I’d probably have marinated whole chicken breasts and grilled them, as I don’t think skewering them added much to the dish (except prep time).  The pickles weren’t too sour and added a lot of freshness.  This was well-balanced and healthy.  Another winner!
Portion Size: Excellent with extra rice
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, but I’d be sure marinate and prep the skewers well in advance, so I could toss them in the oven right when guests arrive.  For an appetizer, I’d make shrimp summer rolls with a peanut dipping sauce, and add on a fresh green salad with lemon dressing as a side.  Dessert would feature a coconut cake and drinks would include a spiked tropical punch and a passionfruit iced tea.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Love!
I think this is my favorite Marley Spoon box to date.  I picked up techniques and recipes that I can use at other times and both were delicious and not too difficult to prepare.  The only downside to this box was the omission of the curry powder, but the rice didn’t suffer without it so I’m not complaining.

Have you tried any food subscriptions?
If so which one, and what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
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.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Grilled Romaine Steak Salad & Honey-Mustard Chicken + $30 Off

So today we’re heading back to the kitchen with one of my Marley Spoon reviews. If you’d like to try it 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.
I also discovered the link to download the recipes cards.  So you too can now attempt these recipes at home!
Grilled Romaine & Steak Salad with Lemon-Grana Padano Dressing
steak-salad-recipe
Download the recipe here.
Marley Spoon always has excellent quality beef and I’ve never grilled romaine before so I thought I’d give this one a shot.

Our usual fresh ingredients:
steak-ingredients
We need to season the romaine and then we grill it.  Unfortunately, I feel like the grill time was a bit too long since I ended up with very little romaine.  I really don’t think there’s enough to account for two salads.
lettuce
The steak gets grilled, while we make the dressing.
steak-cooking dressing
The romaine and steak gets sliced.  This is all the romaine I had with just one of the steaks sliced.  I just don’t think there was enough romaine for two salads.  Thankfully my boyfriend wanted to use his steak and cheese to make a sandwich so all the romaine went to my portion.
chopped-steak-greens
In the end this was my salad – using half of all the other ingredients and all of the romaine.
grilled-romaine-steak-salad
Taste: Like
This had a nice taste although the dressing was a bit strong on the lemon flavor.  While the dressing had cheese, it wasn’t particularly creamy and I think a touch of something like greek  yogurt would have added another element to the dish.  This recipe was easy to put together, the ingredients were excellent quality and I did find the process of grilling romaine interesting.
Portion Size: Problematic.  Plenty of steak, cheese and dressing. Not enough greens.
Good for Entertaining?: No.  I just don’t think the salad is interesting enough for entertaining and this isn’t something I could make ahead.
Honey-Mustard Chicken with Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad
honey-mustard-chicken-recipe
Download the recipe here.
Marley Spoon always has excellent quality beef and I’ve never grilled romaine before so I thought I’d give this one a shot.

More fresh ingredients:
chicken-ingredients
So we start by making some honey mustard and then marinating the chicken in half of it.
marinating-chicken
We boil the potatoes and prep the other produce for our potato salad.  The chicken grills and we periodically baste it with the extra money mustard.
cooking-chicken marinade
The salad comes together will potatoes, celery, dill, apple, mayo, vinegar, potatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper.
potato-salad
When all is said and done this is our chicken:
honey-mustard-chicken
Taste: Love!
I’ve had a lot of honey mustard, but the marinade on this one was awesome–whatever mustard Marley Spoon is sending is just amazing.  There were some issues with the chicken – having two cuts of chicken meant they cooked at different speeds.  It would have been much better to have all one cut.  Personally, I’d have opted for boneless chicken thighs.  No fuss or muss and lots of flavor.  As for the salad, I was initially concerned about how these flavors would pair but it was delicious and refreshing.  The dill really married well with the apples and complimented the chicken nicely.
Portion Size: Adequate for Chicken, Generous for Potato Salad
Good for Entertaining?: Yes!  I’d definitely use this for a barbecue with dishes served family style, and just make some small modifications.  I’d opt to do boneless chicken thighs and while I liked the salad, I’m not sure it would be as popular at a party so I’d sub the apple in the recipe for hard-boiled egg.  For additional mains, I’d serve chicken and beef hotdogs and sausages with rolls and tons of toppings.  Additional sides would include a corn salad and a tortellini pasta salad.  For drinks I’d have an assortment of beer, brewed iced tea, and white peach sangria. For appetizers, I’d include  roasted shrimp cocktail and a simple and tasty spinach dip with an assortment of chips and veggies for dipping.  Dessert would feature a fruit salad, cheesecake brownies and apple pie streusel bars.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Like!
Both recipes had appealing flavors that offered me techniques and ideas I could use in my recipes and entertaining.  My only issue with this box are the practical problems of not having quite enough romaine and the different chicken cuts requiring different cooking times, which is why it didn’t get a higher rating.

Have you tried any food subscriptions?
If so which one, and what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
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.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Chipotle Chicken Chowder & Cumin Steak + $30 Off

So today I’m going with a Foodie Friday theme and pulling out one of my Marley Spoon reviews. If you’d like to try it 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.
I also discovered the link to download the recipes cards.  So you too can now attempt these recipes at home!

Cumin Steak & Roasted carrots with Cilantro, Raisins, and Cashews
Download the recipe here.
While I hate cumin, I love everything else in this recipe so I figured I’d give it a shot and just omit the cumin.  I’ve also never cooked with “sumac” and I was intrigued.
cumin-steak-recipe
Our usual fresh ingredients:
cumin-steak-ingredients
We wash and cut some carrots and put them on a baking sheet to roast in the oven.
prepped-carrots littlest-carrot
And as I’m cutting them I find the absolute cutest baby carrot in the world.  Seriously so adorable.  I feel guilty eating it.  I mean I still will, but I’ll totally feel bad about it.
sumac-sauce
Meanwhile, we take the raisins, vinegar and sumac in a small pot and simmer over medium heat.  They get removed from heat and the raisins are left to soak while the carrots cook. The sumac sauce looks a little questionable, but there’s no looking back now.  The carrots get removed from the oven and we add our simmered sumac sauce (say that fast 3 times) over it.
yogurt-sauce
Next we make the yogurt sauce just by mixing a little water, salt & pepper to make a sauce.

The steaks are supposed to have cumin, salt and pepper, but I just add my own steak seasoning instead and cook them in a cast iron skillet.
raw-steak
chopped-ingredients-cumin-steak
We top them with our nuts & parsley and then have this:
cumin-steak
Taste: Hit!
I was so pleasantly surprised that the carrot dish tasted lovely.  It kind of had a Moroccan vibe that was delicious.  The steak was excellent quality and paired well with the yogurt sauce and carrot side.  This one was super easy to prepare as well.  I wish they were all this simple.
Portion Size: Excellent.  Good portion of steak, plenty of carrots.
Good for Entertaining?: Yes.  The steak recipe is pretty basic, but the carrot dish is really interesting and definitely something I’d add to a dinner party menu. I’d serve the carrot side dish with a Middle Eastern inspired menu.  For the main I’d feature a Moroccan lamb stew, with the carrots and Persian jeweled rice for sides.  The appetizer would be something fun like these Sambousek egg rolls.  Beverages would highlight rosewater and include a rosewater lemonade and a Raspberry Rosewater Martini.  Dessert would be something like a Greek Honey Pie and fresh fruit.

Chipotle Chicken Chowder with Corn Bacon and Potatoes
Download the recipe here.
I’m a sucker for Chipotle, add bacon to that and well, I just couldn’t say no.
chowder-recipe

More fresh ingredients:
chowder-ingredients
Lots of chopping for this one, including shucking corn and cutting kernels off.  I cannot fully explain how much I suck at cutting kernels off a raw ear of corn.  They just go everywhere.  Please Marley Spoon, do this prep for me.  Send me a damn bag of pre-cut raw corn. No one wants to spend their weekend searching for lost corn kernels beneath their fridge and kitchen island.
chopped-ingredients-chowder chowder-chopped-meat
Next we’re cooking up some bacon until it’s crispy and removing it form the pot.  We add in the veggies we’ve chopped, then it’s Chipotle, chicken broth and water.
We cut up the chicken and add it to our pot, then let it cook some more.
cooking-bacon cooked-bacon chowder-cooking-ingredients
Then, we get the fun of picking thyme leaves from their stems because no Marley Spoon box can be complete without us having to pull tiny leaves off something.
We add some cream and salt and pepper.  The bowls get topped with bacon and we have this:
chipotle-chowder
Taste: Okay, but a touch chunky and thin
Portion Size: Generous
Putting aside the annoying meal prep, the flavors in this soup were good, but I really wanted the potatoes to be cut smaller and for the soup to be just a touch thicker and creamier.  While I know it’s a chowder, the size of the potatoes really made it fall more toward a stew.
Good for Entertaining?: Probably not.  The prep is annoying and I’d need to play with the recipe to get it where I wanted.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Like!
Both recipes had good flavors and the Steak recipe taught me a new and really interesting side dish.  I’d love to see some more unusual ingredients (like the sumac) pop up in future boxes.

Have you ever cooked with Sumac?
Do you like to try unusual ingredients?
Dish!

THE BACKSTORY
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.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

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