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Marley Spoon Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2016

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Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon
2.7 overall rating
11 Ratings | 10 Reviews

Marley Spoon delivers a weekly box of fresh ingredients and delicious recipes to your door. Each week, they offer a different menu, and you can select which dishes you’d like to make, how many plates of each dish you’d like to serve, and when you’d like to receive your delivery. You can also skip a week at any time. This review is for the Family Box which is meant to serve 2 adults and 2-3 children.

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The Subscription Box: Marley Spoon

The Cost: Two Person Box: 2 dinners ($48 a week) 3 dinners ($61.50 a week) 4 dinners ($76 a week) Family Box: 2 dinners ($76 a week) 3 dinners ($106.80 a week) 4 dinners ($139.20 a week)

COUPON: Save $35 off your first box with code DELISH!

The Products:  All of the pre-portioned fresh ingredients you need to make the chef-designed recipes at home.

Ships to: “We deliver 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”, along with Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, plus parts of California and Nevada (shipping is free). 

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Each week Marley Spoon offers 5 different recipes for the Family Plan and 7 different recipes for the Two Person Plan. I selected 3 recipes for my family this week. A few days before my package arrived Marley sent me an email letting me know which equipment I would need for these recipes like baking sheets, sauté pans and a cheese grater. It also let me know I would need olive oil, salt and pepper.

Labeled Bags

The majority of the ingredients for each recipe came in a labeled paper bag which is nice to keep things separate and organized in the refrigerator. Everything was packed very carefully and neatly.

More Ingredients

Some other ingredients like eggs and chicken were packed in the bottom of the box under ice packs.

Frittata Front

Frittata Back

Recipe 1: Sausage and Cheddar Frittata

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Calories per Serving: 855

Frittata Ingredients

Many of the ingredients Marley Spoon sends are organic which I really like.


The first step was to make simple drop biscuits using baking mix and cream. They came out tender, but had no flavor other than flour. I was disappointed that these didn’t have some seasoning in them to punch them up a bit.

Frittata Prep

I don’t eat eggs and have never made a Frittata before. I was excited to pick this recipe and make it for my husband though. It was easy to beat the eggs, grate the cheese and slice the scallions.

Frittata Raw

After sautéing the scallions and crumbled sausage I poured in the raw eggs and shredded cheddar. Then the whole pan went right into the oven to bake.

Frittata Cooked

The frittata came out beautifully! I was very proud of myself for learning to make something completely new, even if I wouldn’t be the one eating it.

Finished Frittata

My box came on a Friday so I made this dish Saturday and my husband really enjoyed a homemade Saturday brunch. Leftovers were a nice lunch the next day.

Pasta Front

Pasta Back

Recipe 2: Cheesy Pasta with Peas and Meyer Lemon

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Calories per Serving: 735 calories per serving

Pasta Ingredients

Unfortunately when I unpacked my bag to make this the thyme was completely black and bitter so I had to throw that out.

Pasta Prep

The prep was very easy for this dish. Boil the pasta and peas and while that’s cooking grate the cheeses, slice the scallions and zest the lemon.

Pasta Sauce

The cheeses are mashed with water and then oil and scallions to make a sort of creamy sauce. The cheese didn’t really dissolve into the water as a sauce, but I like the idea of it. I also juiced the lemon (as well as zesting it) and added that to the sauce to make up for the lack of thyme.

Pasta Finished

Unfortunately I got distracted and overcooked the pasta so I used a box of ditalini I had on hand in place of the campanelle they had sent. Nobody in this house wants mushy pasta! This pasta with peas tasted good, but it was nothing special. I didn’t get the lemon flavor at all. We all added a lot more grated parmesan to it and my husband and I both added lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Chicken Front

Chicken Back

Recipe 3: Crunchy Parmesan Chicken with Rice and a Salad

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Calories per Serving: 720 calories per serving

Chicken Ingredients

I was looking forward to this recipe most of all. My kids are very picky eaters but both like chicken cutlets. Unfortunately the package of chicken wasn’t properly sealed and leaked raw chicken juice into the bag which also contained the butter. When I opened the bag it just didn’t smell right. I wasn’t risking anyone getting sick so I tossed it out. I didn’t have chicken on hand to go ahead with the recipe and after working all day we decided to just throw in the towel and head out for pizza instead.

Chicken Leaked

Green Thyme

Of course the thyme in this bag was perfectly fresh and green and I wish I had known so I could have used it the day before for the pasta with peas. Oh well…

Verdict:  I liked the concept of Marley Spoon, but I was disappointed with ingredients that weren’t fresh. However their customer service is fabulous! I contacted them about the chicken and they responded very quickly apologizing and giving me a credit for a free meal. I think for my particular needs (young picky children) I’d only do the two person box in the future. Coming home from work and having all the ingredients in the house and not having to think about what to make for dinner was a real treat for me. I also like that I can choose which weeks to have delivery and which weeks to skip if certain recipes don’t appeal to me or we’ll be away. Overall one was really enjoyed, one recipe was kind of boring, one didn’t get made. It wasn’t a big success, but I’d give it a shot again.

What do you think of Marley Spoon? Have you made some fabulous recipes with them?

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Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon delivers pre-portioned ingredients for Martha's most delicious recipes directly to your door. Choose from 29 weekly recipes, schedule delivery and start cooking!
Jessica Telesmanich
Jessica Telesmanich
Jessica's addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she'll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.

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Ooh I really want to try this, it’s more affordable than some of the other meal boxes out there. I live alone, so I don’t need three meals for two people a week, which is the least amount most boxes deliver. Anyway, they don’t deliver to Rochester NY apparently, but I hope they start soon!

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Jessica Telesmanich

You can do two meals for two people a week. I’m reviewing that box soon 🙂

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Stay away from Hello Fresh! Just had an AWFUL CS experience with them. They would not refund the money for a box -$129! – that contained the wrong ingredients for the recipes!

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I had a bad experience with Hello Fresh, too. They double charged me and it took them forever to refund me.

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Am I the only one that thinks these dishes have too many calories? The portions do not look huge for the amount of calories given.

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s. j.

I totally agree. There are way to high in calories!!! For that reason alone I am not signing up!!

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I am loving Marley Spoon. Of all the reviews I have seen of them this is the only one with damage. I am glad to know they handled it well. Food boxes are becoming addicting. The mental energy it saves me is so worth it.

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I know people who have tried Marley Spoon and loved it also. I think it was just a random unlucky occurrence. I would definitely be willing to try them again.

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This is disappointing… I loved Blue Apron except that the meals took me (a novice) a really long time to cook, and I’m a little strapped for cash… I was hoping this would offer an alternative (easier meals, slightly cheaper). But after this review, I think I’ll have to pass until they get their quality control issues resolved.

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Ugh!! My pad autofilled in a word. It’s Newleaf Wellness not newlywed. Sheesh.

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You should check out newlywed Wellness. She puts together prep ahead frozen meals recipes for your slow cooker. Some good recipes and easy to freeze a bunch (not cooked – you put the ingredients in freezer bags).

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