Marley Spoon: Chimichurri Steak & Moroccan Lamb Stew + $30 Off

For throwback Thursday, I’ve got one of my stockpiled Marley Spoon reviews. If you’d like to try 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.
steak-recipe
Chimichurri Steak with Cilantro Rice & Sautéed Collards
Download the recipe here.
Marley Spoon’s steak is always amazing so I had to give this one a try.
Our Fresh Ingredients…
steak-ingredients
We slice and dice our veggies and herbs.
steak-ingred-choppedchopped-collards
Then we cook the shallots and cilantro stems in oil, and add our rice.
sauteeing-shallots
We make a chimichurri dressing from the rub, vinegar, oil and water.
chimichurri-sauce
The steaks get seared and then are allowed to rest.
cooking-steak steak-resting
We cook the collards in the same pan the steak was seared in.
cooking-collards
steak-in-sauce rice
We finish steaks by tossing them with dressing, fluff our finished rice and then we end up with this:
marley-spoon-chimicurri-steak
Taste:
Love!
The chimichurri dressing was wonderful and gave so much flavor.  This recipe was incredibly easy and very flavorful.  It came together fast and tasted well balanced. The side dishes were simple and fresh and allowed the steak to be the rock star of the meal. I adored the Elvio’s chimichurri seasoning and would love to add some to my pantry.
Portion Size: Excellent.
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, for a dinner party.  For cocktails, I’d pair this with a Mint Juleps and a Blackberry iced tea.  My appetizer would be a marinated seafood salad and I’d serve some herbed focaccia bread on the side.  My dessert would highlight fruit and I’d go with something like this Grape Galette and espressos.

stew-recipe
Moroccan Lamb Stew with Farro, Carrots & Apricots
Download the recipe here.
I love Moroccan flavors and how they mix fruit into savory dishes so I opted for this recipe.
More fresh ingredients:
stew-ingredients
We start with some chopping and zesting.
stew-chopped
Then we move on to cooking our ground lamb with some salt and pepper.
lamb-cooking
Spices get added, along with the carrots, apricots, tomatoes, farro and ½ cup of water.
stew-cooking
We finish the stew by covering it and transferring it to the oven.  It bakes until the carrots and farro are tender.
thickened-stew
We make a parsley salad with some oil, salt and pepper.
parsley-salad
Our finished masterpiece:
marley-spoon-morrocan-lamb-stew
Taste: Love!
First, this all takes place in one pot!  That alone can win me over.  Second, the flavors were delicious and even though the seasoning mix included some cumin (the spice I hate above all others) it was well balanced enough that it didn’t overpower the dish.  I’ve discovered that I really enjoy farro and I thought the parsley salad added a nice fresh component to the dish.  Stew is perfect for a cold night and this recipe was a great variation on the typical stew.
Portion Size: Generous
Good for Entertaining?: Yes.  I’d add this as part of a family style meal.  For  drinks, I’d experiment with a rosewater punch and offer an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version.  The appetizer would be a Middle Eastern style platter with some dips like hummus and baba ganoush, nuts, cheese, dried fruit and some fresh pita. I’d include another main dish option that highlights poultry, like Harissa Roasted Chicken.  As an additional side, I’d add a simple platter of roasted veggies.  Dessert would feature a Moroccan fruit salad and a Honey cake like this amazing one at Cake Crumbs and Beach Sands.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Love!
These dishes were flavorful, interesting and easy to make.  I made both on weeknights and it worked out just fine.  Both meals were healthy and balanced  with really fresh meat and excellent portion sizes.  This box was definitely a win.

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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.

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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, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. 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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