Marley Spoon Recipe Box – Review and Giveaway #78
Whilst I enjoy cooking and the creative process of deciding what ingredients to pair with what, it is sometimes a blessed relief not to have to think ‘what to cook’ of an evening. This is where recipe boxes come in. A box of ingredients arrives at your door with accompanying recipes. All you have to do is make them. I recently tried a Marley Spoon recipe box for two, with three meals provided. I’m pleased to announce that I also have one to offer as a giveaway to one of my readers.
Marley Spoon offers fresh seasonal ingredients and wholesome recipes. Vegetarian boxes are available and that’s what I plumped for. I found the meals easy to prepare, despite them being a bit more elaborate than our normal weekday fare. Everything is already portioned up, so it’s just a case of chopping and cooking. The accompanying recipe cards are easy to follow with clear step by step instructions and have an enticing picture on the front, so you have an idea as to what you’re aiming at.
My main difficulty was in deciding which Marley Spoon recipe to try first. I chose the smoky black bean burger with lime & coriander quinoa. I was slightly daunted at taking on something I thought would be a bit fiddly; I needn’t have worried – supper was on the table in less time than it normally takes me to make something a lot more basic. Black beans are a favourite with us and CT is particularly keen on burgers, so this was a real winner. Baby spinach leaves were provided instead of lettuce to go in the burgers which made a nice change. I would have preferred wholemeal bread to the white baps we got, but that’s a minor niggle.
I was particularly impressed with the packaging. The box that the food was delivered in was not covered in packing tape, as is so often the case, but was cardboard only, with neat tucking and folding to hold it all together. Insulating sheep’s wool lined the cool bag, rather than the usual plastic suspects. Moreover, there was little in the way of filling material either, yet everything arrived in good condition. Most of the items were in paper bags with only spillable/squashable foods and greens being wrapped in plastic.
One of the things I really like about recipe boxes is that they can give me new ideas to expand my own repertoire. Crispy chickpeas and carrots is something I make quite often, but I’ve never thought to combine them with Swiss chard and tomatoes as in the Marley Spoon recipe, spelt & chard bowl with crispy chickpeas & carrots. My favourite meal was the mixed mushroom stir-fry with teriyaki tofu & soba noodles. It was rich with umami flavours and I adore shiitake mushrooms. The crunchy mangetout made a welcome contrast to the mushrooms and noodles, both in colour and texture. We ate this in a leisurely fashion with chopsticks, whilst CT reminisced about his trip to Japan.
All in all, I was very pleased with the Marley Spoon recipe box. The meals were healthy, generous and well thought out and both CT and I really enjoyed them. The ingredients were all of good quality and the vegetables were fresh. There was a nice variety of recipes provided and two of them were completely vegan. The only dairy present in the third meal was a pot of yogurt, which if you were vegan you could replace or just not use. Unusually, there was no cheese at all! Don’t get me wrong, I adore cheese, but it’s good to have a break from it from time to time.
A Marley Spoon recipe box with three meals for two costs £34.80 including delivery. Boxes for four people are also available as are options for two or four meals.
Marley Spoon Recipe Box Giveaway
Marley Spoon is kindly offering one lucky Tin and Thyme reader a three meal recipe box for two. The recipes and ingredients are likely to be different to the ones I received. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK mainland address. Winners will need to respond within 5 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.