Marley Spoon: Broiled Beef Stir Fry & Grilled Sausages & Baked Navy Beans + $30 Off

So to ease myself back into my writing routine, I thought I’d spend Monday in 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.

Broiled Beef Stir Fry with Broccoli, Rice and Sweet Onion
Download the recipe here.
This looked easy and perfect for a weeknight.
beef-stir-fry-recipes
Our usual fresh ingredients:
beef-stir-fry-ingredients
We start with cooking some rice and preheating the broiler.
chopped-veggies teriyaki-sauce
A bit of ingredient prep and then we make our marinade with garlic, ginger, tamari, mirin, sesame oil and water.
mixing-beef-veggies before-oven
We coat our meat and veggies and then add them to a baking sheet.
after-oven
Now here’s where it gets tricky for me.  I’m supposed to broil this, but my oven is older than I am and can’t accommodate a full size cookie sheet.  You also can’t adjust the distance of the item you are broiler from the heat source.  I opted instead to roast it in the oven.  This of course, made it less brown, but I figured it shouldn’t impact the overall taste too much.
Our finished product:
marley-spoon-beef-stir-fry
Taste: Love!
I loved how easy this recipe was.  You used minimal dishes, and the prep was very straightforward and not time consuming.  It had a nice savory flavor and would work perfectly for a weeknight. I can see myself adding this into my regular dinner rotation.
Portion Size: Excellent
Good for Entertaining?: Probably not.  While this tasted great, it’s not as unique or fun as I’d normally go when entertaining.

 Grilled Sausages and Scallions with Baked Navy Beans
Download the recipe here.
I let my boyfriend choose the other dish from this order and this was his selection.
sausages-recipe

More fresh ingredients:
sausages-ingredients
We start with prepping our ingredients.
garlic-onions beans
We heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet and then add onion, garlic, salt and pepper.  We add honey and mustard, then beans and chicken broth.  The skillet gets transferred to the oven where it continues to bake.
grilling-sausages cooked-sausages
We roast the sausages and scallions in a grill pan and then dress the kale to make a salad.
greens
When all is said and done, this is our dish:
ms-sausage-beans
Taste: Not my favorite
I’m not a huge fan of beans, but I thought the mustard and honey added a nice flavor component.  This dinner wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t wow me.  I also thought the kale salad was an afterthought and didn’t really add much flavor to the dish.  The beans seems to take a bit longer to cook than the instructions listed, but the prep was easy and not half as involved as most Marley Spoon recipes.
Portion Size: Excellent with tons of beans
Good for Entertaining?: No.  Not interesting or flavorful enough.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Like!
I loved the stir-fry recipe and feel like I got something new to add into my weeknight rotation. Even though the sausage dish wasn’t too exciting, it was easy to prepare and there weren’t any offensive flavors.  I’d love to see more recipes like the Beef & Broccoli – tasty, quick and don’t require you to clean eleventybillion pans.

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: 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