I have found that each has their own style of food and recipes. Plated and Blue Apron are a little fancy. Hello Fresh is more “normal food”. So what sets Martha & Marley Spoon apart?
Well the Martha is Martha Stewart – but I worried with that – would it be too fancy or, as my husband likes to say, FOO FOO?
They provided me some options – one was as simple as Steak and Potatoes – while the other I let be a bit of a grab bag. I couldn’t quite decide – so I let them pick for me. So what are their menu choices this week:
– Steak & Mustard Pan Sauce with Roasted Sweet Potato & Kale
– Broiled Chicken & Tomatoes with Mashed Potatoes and Pesto
– Skillet Spaghetti & Meat Sauce with Cheesy Romaine Salad
– Cheesy Baked Pinto Beans with Cilantro Jalapeno Rice
– Carrot Hummus Flatbread Pizza with Arugula & Goat Cheese Salad
– Fried Fish Tacos with Tangy Slaw & Sweet Potato Fries
– Curried Tomato & Lentil Stew with Cilantro & Toasted Naan
– Braised Black Bean Stew with Cheesy Grits and Crispy Shallots
– Spiced Chicken & Vegetables with Olives and Caramelized Lemons
– Cherry Dijon Pork Medallions with Winter Spinach Salad
And I think THAT is what it truly comes down to – do you find dishes that sound good?
With these meal delivery services – I like to have a combination of things I like and things that are new to me. I don’t want the same old dinners I would just make on my own. I want thing elevated – at least a touch.
Steak and smashed potatoes seems pretty normal – but this one had me making and then cooking a vinaigrette – which I hadn’t done before! I topped my whole meal with it!
And smashed potatoes are never a bad thing…and easy to recreate at home – you boil small potatoes for 15 minutes until smooshable – put them on an oiled cookie sheet – smash them with the bottom of a glass – drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper – then bake for 15 minutes more. They get crispy!
My “grab-bag” recipe was Sambal Turkey Meatballs with Cocnut Rice and Lettuce Leaves. Think of it as lettuce wraps with meatballs. I liked the idea of it because there were no eggs in the meatballs.
Both recipes went together quickly and were easy. It’s always a good idea with any of these that you read the recipe through before you start. Everything you need (other than oil, salt, pepper) will be included – but it’s good to have a grasp of what all you’re in for!
For this recipe I had to add some ginger – so here’s a tip for ginger – you’ll need to peel it but the skin is very soft. So just take a spoon and scrape it off – that way you don’t lose a lot of the ginger!
You can order your dinners for 2 or 3-4 people and choose 2, 3 or 4 meals per week. As with any service – delivery is free, you can skip a week if you need to, etc. There are different meals each week and you can look ahead as well.
So check out Martha & Marley Spoon to see if the recipes are up your alley and give it a shot. We enjoyed both the recipes we tried and would definitely order from them again! (How can you go wrong with Martha?!) All the links in this post provide you $30 off your first box from Martha & Marley Spoon. (They are affiliate links so it also helps me as well!)