Marley Spoon: Grilled Romaine Steak Salad & Honey-Mustard Chicken + $30 Off

So today we’re heading back to the kitchen with one of my Marley Spoon reviews. 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.
I also discovered the link to download the recipes cards.  So you too can now attempt these recipes at home!
Grilled Romaine & Steak Salad with Lemon-Grana Padano Dressing
steak-salad-recipe
Download the recipe here.
Marley Spoon always has excellent quality beef and I’ve never grilled romaine before so I thought I’d give this one a shot.

Our usual fresh ingredients:
steak-ingredients
We need to season the romaine and then we grill it.  Unfortunately, I feel like the grill time was a bit too long since I ended up with very little romaine.  I really don’t think there’s enough to account for two salads.
lettuce
The steak gets grilled, while we make the dressing.
steak-cooking dressing
The romaine and steak gets sliced.  This is all the romaine I had with just one of the steaks sliced.  I just don’t think there was enough romaine for two salads.  Thankfully my boyfriend wanted to use his steak and cheese to make a sandwich so all the romaine went to my portion.
chopped-steak-greens
In the end this was my salad – using half of all the other ingredients and all of the romaine.
grilled-romaine-steak-salad
Taste: Like
This had a nice taste although the dressing was a bit strong on the lemon flavor.  While the dressing had cheese, it wasn’t particularly creamy and I think a touch of something like greek  yogurt would have added another element to the dish.  This recipe was easy to put together, the ingredients were excellent quality and I did find the process of grilling romaine interesting.
Portion Size: Problematic.  Plenty of steak, cheese and dressing. Not enough greens.
Good for Entertaining?: No.  I just don’t think the salad is interesting enough for entertaining and this isn’t something I could make ahead.
Honey-Mustard Chicken with Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad
honey-mustard-chicken-recipe
Download the recipe here.
Marley Spoon always has excellent quality beef and I’ve never grilled romaine before so I thought I’d give this one a shot.

More fresh ingredients:
chicken-ingredients
So we start by making some honey mustard and then marinating the chicken in half of it.
marinating-chicken
We boil the potatoes and prep the other produce for our potato salad.  The chicken grills and we periodically baste it with the extra money mustard.
cooking-chicken marinade
The salad comes together will potatoes, celery, dill, apple, mayo, vinegar, potatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper.
potato-salad
When all is said and done this is our chicken:
honey-mustard-chicken
Taste: Love!
I’ve had a lot of honey mustard, but the marinade on this one was awesome–whatever mustard Marley Spoon is sending is just amazing.  There were some issues with the chicken – having two cuts of chicken meant they cooked at different speeds.  It would have been much better to have all one cut.  Personally, I’d have opted for boneless chicken thighs.  No fuss or muss and lots of flavor.  As for the salad, I was initially concerned about how these flavors would pair but it was delicious and refreshing.  The dill really married well with the apples and complimented the chicken nicely.
Portion Size: Adequate for Chicken, Generous for Potato Salad
Good for Entertaining?: Yes!  I’d definitely use this for a barbecue with dishes served family style, and just make some small modifications.  I’d opt to do boneless chicken thighs and while I liked the salad, I’m not sure it would be as popular at a party so I’d sub the apple in the recipe for hard-boiled egg.  For additional mains, I’d serve chicken and beef hotdogs and sausages with rolls and tons of toppings.  Additional sides would include a corn salad and a tortellini pasta salad.  For drinks I’d have an assortment of beer, brewed iced tea, and white peach sangria. For appetizers, I’d include  roasted shrimp cocktail and a simple and tasty spinach dip with an assortment of chips and veggies for dipping.  Dessert would feature a fruit salad, cheesecake brownies and apple pie streusel bars.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Like!
Both recipes had appealing flavors that offered me techniques and ideas I could use in my recipes and entertaining.  My only issue with this box are the practical problems of not having quite enough romaine and the different chicken cuts requiring different cooking times, which is why it didn’t get a higher rating.

Have you tried any food subscriptions?
If so which one, and 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.

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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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