For Throw Back Thursday, I’m going back to one of my February Marley Spoon boxes. Marley Spoon is a weekly food subscription service and if you’d like to give it a try 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.
You slice your chicken, add it and your veggies to a platter, top with some sauce and sprinkle with a bit of parsley.
Then you have this:
This was easy and super tasty, even my boyfriend who isn’t always into some of Marley’s recipes, really liked this one. The sauce has a strong flavor but it works with the other ingredients and the chicken was really fresh.
Portion Size: Ample
Good for Entertaining?: Yes. I thought the flavors on this were great and could work with a lot of different cuisines. I’d probably start with a baked goat cheese dip topped with apricots, walnuts and honey with pita for dipping. Along with the chicken dish, I’d serve a marinated seafood salad and dessert would be raspberry lemon bars. For a cocktail I’d serve a drink I stole from PF Chang’s which is just iced black tea with Mango rum and a touch of lemon juice.
Seared Strip Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Celery Root Purée
I love the quality of meat from Marley spoon and I’d never cooked Celery Root so I thought I’d give this a try.
More fresh ingredients:
Brussels sprouts get roasted in the oven, while the celery root gets cooked in a saucepan with milk and rosemary. I had worried the rosemary seemed a bit much, but I was willing to go on trust.
Meanwhile we sear the steak and sauté some shallots.
I removed the celery root and puréed it in a blender since the last time I used the stick version there was a lot of collateral damage.
In the end we have a lovely well balanced meal:
Taste: So Close & yet so far
Portion Size: Ample
The steak was lovely and the celery root came out with an amazing texture, but there was one huge problem. The puree tasted like eating a Christmas tree. The rosemary was so overwhelming that it rendered the dish inedible. My boyfriend asked “Who would do this?” I have no idea who thought it was a good idea but it ruined what could have been an amazing dish.
Good for Entertaining?: Only with tweaking. I’d obviously omit the rosemary from the Celery root puree. For an appetizer, I’d keep things light with a roasted shrimp cocktail. (I’m partial to this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa.) I’d add some goat cheese stuffed mushrooms as an additional side and serve a pinot noir for an alcoholic drink. Dessert would be something chocolate, probably a Chocolate sour cream bundt cake.
The only flaw with this box was the rosemary in the puree. Without that, I would have had two amazing dishes. The brown miso in the chicken dish and the celery root in the steak recipe, were new ingredients for me and probably ones I wouldn’t have picked out on my own. I love that I got to try them out and learn how to incorporate them into dishes.
Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service? If so, what did you think?
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