After trying Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Plated I tried Marley Spoon. As I did with the previous companies I tried it for 3 weeks so I could get a feel for what I liked and didn't like about it. I got 3 meals a week (that each had 2 servings) so I tried 9 different meals. While I tried 9 meals you might notice there are only 8 pictures. Seems I forgot to take a picture of one meal. Oops!
The first dish I made was a Pan-Seared Cod with Greens and Garlicy Smashed Potatos. In addition to the garlic the potatoes had vinegar in them which gave them a really unexpected taste. I thought it was great but my husband wasn't a fan. Overall this was a solid dish.
While I cook soups and stews regularly I don't normally make stews with beef in them so this Beef and Root Vegetable Stew was a nice change. It was delicious and pretty easy to make.
These Black Bean Burgers were delicious in taste but the execution/directions was a bit of a fail. You were meant to make the black bean mixture, refrigerate it and then shape it into a patty to cook it. The mixture was so soft and wet that even after leaving it in the fridge for double the time and adding some extra bread crumbs from my cupboard I could barely get it into a patty shape to cook it.
The second week started off with a Quinoa and Lentil Curry which was good but nothing super special.
The Pepperonchini and Broccoli dish was pretty good but it is not one of the recipes I have made again though I would consider it.
This Kale and Squash Flatbread was really good and not something I would normally think to make. The orange salad on the side was also really good and refreshing.
These Fish Tacos with Orange and Jicama Slaw were probably the best things I have gotten from any of the boxes. I have made these tacos again at least half a dozen times since we first got them in the box. They are super easy and very refreshing. This is a great summer dish so I plan to share the recipe for this one sometime soon.
This curry was also a hit. I have not made it again but would definitely if I was ever in the mood for a curry.
- It was nice to only have the ingredients I needed for a recipe and not to have to buy a whole bottle of something I will only use once.
- There were multiple recipes that I have made again or plan to make again.
- Made me cook things out of my comfort zone and use ingredients I don't normally use but I feel like the ingredients weren't quite as out of my comfort zone as with Blue Apron.
- There were 10 meals to choose from (7 that are new every week and 3 that are encore recipes so stay the same for a month at a time) and I could choose any 3 without restrictions.
- As I said in the pros there were not as many ingredients I had never used/had never heard of. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as it will make these recipes easier to recreate but didn't push me as much to try new things.
- Not quite as many options to choose from as Plated.
The cost this one was within a dollar or two or Blue Apron and Hello Fresh so that overall was a neutral point. Plated is the only one with a noticeable price difference. I think the balance of the cost and larger number of options makes this the one I am most likely to continue to order from of the services I have tried so far.