Marley Spoon: Steamed Salmon with Herb Mayo & Avogolemono Soup + $30 Off

For Throw Back Thursday we’re going to head into the kitchen with one of my past Marley Spoon boxes that I hadn’t gotten a chance to review for you yet.  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.
Salmon Recipe
Steamed Salmon with Herb Mayonnaise and Roasted Vegetables
I’ve really enjoyed the Salmon dishes I’ve tried from Marley spoon and this one looked super fresh and easy.

Our usual fresh ingredients:
Salmon Ingredients

Potatoes Asparagus
We start by roasting some potatoes on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes then we add in asparagus and roast again for about another r10.
Packet
Meanwhile we season our salmon with salt and pepper, and make an aluminum foil packet.
Soup Ingredients ChoppedSauce
We prep our scallions, capers, dill, parsley and lemon then make our green mayonnaise.
When we’re done, the dish looks like this:
Herbed SalmonTaste: Fabulous!
This dish was easy, delicious and super fresh.  I thought the mayo would be too heavy but the sauce was perfect with the fish.   You could easily make this on a casual weeknight or for a dinner party.  This one was a winner.
Portion Size: Good. Excellent size on the salmon, but we could have used a few more potatoes.
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, but I’d probably turn use Greek yogurt in lieu of the mayo.  As a side I’d go with a Mediterranean spin and do a feta and orzo salad.  For cocktails I’d go with something light, like a white wine spritzer.  For an appetizer, I’d make some kind of fancy hummus, like this amazing looking Farmer’s Market Hummus from Spoon Fork Bacon.  Dessert would be a lemon tart with fresh raspberries.

 Soup Recipe
Avgolemono Soup with Orzo and Meatballs
I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting soup recipes and this one featured meatballs so I had to try it out.
(Plus I always feel extra proud when I manage to successfully prepare a recipe that I can’t properly pronounce.)

More fresh ingredients:
Soup Ingredients
Scallions
Vegetable prepping time.  We also start some chicken broth and water boiling, and soak some panko. (Why does “soak some panko” sound vaguely dirty?  Like it’s code word for weird Japanese porn.)
Next we combine our beef, scallion whites, soaked panko and seasoning then get to rolling some balls (Well, that one’s a little more obvious.)
We throw some orzo into our broth, then we add the meatballs.
Meatballs Cooking
We make a mixture of eggs and lemon juice, then we temper it by mixing in some hot broth. We remove the soup from the heat, slowly add in the egg mixture.  Season it to taste and we’ve got our hard-to-pronounce Greek soup.
Soup in Pot
The salad is just some thinly sliced romaine with scallion greens and a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Salad
Our finished ballsy soup:
Soup
Taste: Good, but a touch sour
Portion Size: Generous
I liked this soup, while my boyfriend found it to be too sour.  I did agree that a lighter touch with the lemon would have made the soup much tastier.  The salad seemed pretty unexciting and like a bit of an afterthought.  Some tomatoes or feta would have made it feel more like a more satisfying side dish.  This soup was certainly not a terrible dish, but it would have definitely benefited from some tweaking.
Good for Entertaining?: Probably not.  The soup wasn’t compelling enough for entertaining and there just wasn’t much to the side salad.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Like!
I adored the salmon recipe.  It was exactly the kind of recipe I want from this subscription – fresh, fast and easy to make again.  The soup wasn’t a huge hit, but it wasn’t bad either and since I’ve never made a Greek soup before it was a fun thing to try out.

Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service?  If so, 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.
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COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure, was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

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