Marley Spoon: Review


Marley Spoon offer fresh ingredients and tasty recipes, delivered to your door, weekly.

The key words used by Marley Spoon to describe their service are wholesome and delicious. For this review, we were sent the Family Box with two meals. A meal in the Family Box is designed to serve 2 adults and 2-3 young children.

In our Family Box, we received ingredients for 1) a Wholesome Shepherd’s Pie (made with Sweet Potato and Lentils) and 2) Grilled Chicken Burger. The box arrived and the chicken and cheeses were in a chilled section.

Wholesome Shepherd’s Pie

This is a vegetarian dish with sweet potato, onion, celery sticks, thyme, cheddar, tinned tomatoes, tinned lentils, Worcestershire sauce, veggie stock pot and spinach.

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The ingredients come with a guide. In this case, it stated that the prep time for the pie was 50 minutes. I got to work.

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The prep involved peeling and chopping the sweet potatoes, onions and celery. The sweet potatoes went on to boil. There was a huge amount, and we used a soup pot to boil them all.

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The onion and celery were softened, and the thyme, tomatoes, stock were added. Shortly after, the lentils, spinach and Worcestershire sauce were put in. We moved it a larger pot because our frying pan just wasn’t up to the job!

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Once mashed, the chedder was mixed in the the sweet potatoes. The pie mix was placed in a pie dish, and the topping added.
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A quick spell under the grill and the meal was ready.

The results were extremely satisfying. It was bursting with flavour and all very wholesome and healthy. It was a very filling meal. Emma (my wife and a pescetarian) said it was the finest Shepherd’s Pie she had ever had.

To state that this served 4 – 5 people was more than reasonable. They would definitely all be large portions – very generous.

Grilled Chicken Burger

Actually, Grilled Chicken Burger with melted mozzarella & herby wedges, to give it it’s full title. A really simple dish. Bash the chicken breast flat, slice up the potatoes into wedges and that’s pretty much all the prep.

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Actually, there was a touch more. The pack included a herb mix to go on the potato wedged, some part-baked ciabatta rolls, delicious fresh tomatoes and rocket, mozzarella and some condiments for the rolls.

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The potato wedges take 23 minutes or so, which is enough time to get everything else done. It didn’t take much time at all.

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The end result was gratifying. The herbs on the wedges were lovely and the quality of the food was great. Even little things like the little pots of tomato ketchup were of a high quality. Lovely touches!

The box contained high quality food and easy to follow instructions. You get to pick which dishes you want so there’s no nasty surprises.

55 Comments

  1. Petra Beck
    16 April 2016
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    I once cooked a 5-dish Chinese feast, it had crispy beef, sea spiced aubergine, egg fried rice, battered prawns and a vegetable stir fry, all made fresh and from scratch. It was awesome and my kitchen smelled like a Chinese restaurant for 3 days.

  2. janet humphrey
    16 April 2016
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    Have cooked an Indian feast for my husbands 50th birthday using spices picked up in our holiday in Kerela and Delhi. Pretty amazing meal and was enjoyed by our families and friends

  3. Margaret Gallagher
    16 April 2016
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    The grandest meal I’ve ever prepared is a a 3 course lunch for 12 -prawn salad starter beef wellington and all the trimmings including homemade hollands is sauce and peach melba for dessert

  4. karen wells
    16 April 2016
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    It’s usually Christmas Day and Boxing Day dinner for the family as the rest of the year I usually eat a lot of microwave meals.

  5. Sharon H
    17 April 2016
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    I cooked a 7 course meal for 18 for mom and dad’s 50th anniversary, although I did have a bit of help preparing.

  6. kate CARRINGTON
    17 April 2016
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    i dont really have a lot to cook for just at xmas so then make an extra effort make homemade puddings slow cooked beef mmmm

  7. Joan Workman
    17 April 2016
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    Christmas lunch for twelve with all the trimmings, including a paella for those who didn’t like roast meat and dishes for my daughter who has nut and gluten allergies.

  8. Clara mcghie
    17 April 2016
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    Christmas dinner is as fancy as I get!

  9. Ruth Harwood
    17 April 2016
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    We once had a three course meal in a five star London hotel that was just AMAZING!!

  10. Ray Dodds
    17 April 2016
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    Fish and chips my cooking is really appalling

  11. jodie beaumont
    17 April 2016
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    christmas lunch- starter, main and dessert for 5

  12. Joanne Tinkler
    17 April 2016
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    It’s got to be Christmas dinner….it’s like a mammoth feast every year!

  13. Lisa Parker
    17 April 2016
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    It would have to be Christmas dinner for me! A lot of hard but rewarding work.

  14. Emily Hallett
    17 April 2016
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    Nothing too complicated for me, but I did host Christmas one year.

  15. Vivien Baird
    17 April 2016
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    My chicken curry with Peanut Butter Pie for afters

  16. don erwood
    17 April 2016
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    The grandest meal I prepared was a seafood banquet for my mum for mother’s day.

  17. michelle o'neill
    18 April 2016
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    the christmas dinner for the whole family!

  18. helen tovell
    18 April 2016
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    A tea party for my mum with little sandwiches homemade scones and homemade min cakes and biscuits a lot of time and effort

  19. azra dedic
    18 April 2016
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    Nothing grander than Xmas dinner for the whole family!

  20. 18 April 2016
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    I’ve never cooked a really grand meal although I have cooked Christmas dinner for quite a lot of guests and mad 3 roasts, 3 different stuffings, potatoes two ways, and a large selection of vegetables, plus starters and desserts.

  21. Kay sale
    18 April 2016
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    Has to be a chateaubriand with dauphinois potatoes. I made this for a special anniversary meal.

  22. Jo Carroll
    19 April 2016
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    Has to be a Xmas dinner with all the trimmings for twelve adults and six children back in 2013….never again! πŸ˜‰

  23. Annabel Greaves
    19 April 2016
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    Christmas dinner – phew!!!

  24. Tracey Peach
    19 April 2016
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    I’ve never had any grand meals sorry

  25. Susan Smith
    19 April 2016
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    I once cooked a curry from scratch including nan bread and samosas, it took me all day, but was worth it, felt really chuffed, i had achieved all this

  26. JULIE WARD
    19 April 2016
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    I’m not a good cook but no one complains (or they daren’t) about my fish pie

  27. Katie Skeoch
    20 April 2016
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    I once made a family sized moussaka, it was delicious!

  28. Lauren Reed
    21 April 2016
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    A mean chilli is probably about as adventurous as j get but it tastes amazing!

  29. Sarah Lambert
    21 April 2016
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    My husband mainly dies the cooking but I make a great spag Bol πŸ™‚

  30. rebecca nisbet
    21 April 2016
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    steak with a homemade mushroom sauce, with hedgehog roasties and asparagus, the other half loved it!

  31. 22 April 2016
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    I recently made a very nice Pad Thai that the whole family enjoyed – after looking up the recipe online – It was surprisingly easy needing very few ingredients and tasted very authentic – It will definitely be a regular supper in our house now

  32. MANDY DOHERTY
    23 April 2016
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    Christmas dinner is the grandest meal I’ve ever made

  33. Angie Hoggett
    26 April 2016
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    It’s got be xmas dinner with all the trimmings, I made a starter and dessert and everything was made from scratch

  34. Rachel Butterworth
    26 April 2016
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    I have made Christmas dinner once, thought it would give my mum a break.

  35. Gwyn Sharps
    27 April 2016
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    A range of exotic curries for 17 guests.

  36. helen w
    27 April 2016
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    i was on work experience at RAF Halton and they asked me to help out for the Ladies Dining in Night which was in the officers mess and we cooked everything from scratch and my first job was to make Pate wow that was amazing for starters and then they had a steak dinner and we fried new potatoes in loads of jars of marmite (they tasted gorgeous) and then a posh cake and custard pudding i had the most wonderful time

  37. Rebecca Pickering
    27 April 2016
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    I can’t say I do ‘grand’ meals, but I do like to experiment with different ideas.

  38. Caroline J Robinson
    28 April 2016
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    My first family Christmas dinner with 12 family members I was up through the night on xmas eve to prepare, setting the table etc, I tried to be adventurous with a bird in a bird turned out too dry, veggies too soggy, best think was the gravy lol needless to say I havnt done it since much to my families relief but I did get 10/10 for effort

    • 19 April 2017
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      Well done to think of somtheing like that

  39. Kat Glynn
    28 April 2016
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    I cooked a huge three course dinner for sixteen people for my dads 70th birthday. It took a lot of planning and prep, and I was definitely glad when it was all over x

  40. Jodie Harvey
    28 April 2016
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    i wouldnt go as far as grand but i do make a good spag bol! garlic baguette and homemade wedges to go with it πŸ™‚

  41. Lauren Old
    28 April 2016
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    I once made a coq au vin for my family when I was at school which took a lot of preparation!

  42. Chris Fletcher
    28 April 2016
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    The grandest meal I ever prepared (in terms of size) was when I was at uni and I cooked for my coursemates – there was about 20 of us so it was quite some doing! I knocked up a huge amount of my extra hot chilli con carne that I had batch prepared in advance and had to reheat in some very large pots, it was quite some feast and with all the crates of beer consumed turned into quite a shindig!

  43. tricia cowell
    28 April 2016
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    I cooked an Indian meal from scratch for six people. It was a lot of hard work, but well worth the effort. This was for my daughters birthday last year.

  44. Allan Wilson
    29 April 2016
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    Did a huge meal for 10 friends all from scratch, took about 4 hours prep!!

  45. Georgina Sudron
    29 April 2016
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    I would say chicken tarragon it did seem grand to me as it was the first time I made it also it turned out really well

  46. Angela Elliott
    29 April 2016
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    The grandest meal that I have ever had was a “picnic in a cool bag on the lawns of Buckingham Palace for the Queens “party in the Park for her Golden anniversary. The surroundings made it the grandest meal”

  47. Laura Harrison
    30 April 2016
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    Yummy fish pie, was very tasty xx

  48. Emma Fox
    30 April 2016
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    A Boxing Day dinner – I do not normally cook for a number of people so this was very stress full. We only had a chicken dinner!

  49. 30 April 2016
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    I once won a 7 course meal at Gary Rhodes restaurant in London. it was amazing. From Fillet steaks to creme brulee, I was in heaven.

  50. Teresa Sheldon
    30 April 2016
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    East Sunday roast for all the family love doing it and it all seems to go well and everyone seems to enjoy it

  51. Sam McKean
    30 April 2016
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    I love to cook for friends and try and do something different. The last grand meal was three different curries with associated side dishes and rice, all cooked from scratch. It took all day, but my kitchen smelled amazing!

  52. Gemma Massey
    30 April 2016
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    A Chinese banquet for my family x

  53. 30 April 2016
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    It only gets fancy at Christmas! πŸ™‚

  54. Jane Middleton
    30 April 2016
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    Lovely roast chicken

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