We all love the idea of cooking with fresh ingredients, whipping up exciting menus to tantalise the tastebuds and treat our family to culinary delights every day of the week. But in practice, a busy family schedule isn't always conducive to serving up nutritious and exciting meals.

Fresh food delivery boxes (such as Riverford, Hello Fresh, Gousto and Abel & Cole) have been around for a while, but fresh meal delivery boxes are hot on their heels. Overseas, in places like New York, families are already used to the idea of ordering a box of meal ingredients, to be cooked into portioned meals - yet here in the UK, it is still somewhat of a novelty. Marley Spoon, a meal ingredient delivery company, is here to make this way more commonplace, with its delicious ingredients, attention to detail, beautiful packaging, and detailed yet easy to follow instructions.

Every week, the in-house chefs design seven meals. These can be fish, meat or vegetarian and all created with fresh, seasonal ingredients in mind. You then select from the meals on offer that week and the ingredients and six-step recipe cards are delivered at a a time of your choosing to your home. There is no waste, as the portions and ingredients have been measured and weighed exactly. You can tailor your box to be for between two and eight people, and select how many meals you would like.

We have teamed up with Marley Spoon to bring you a selection of family recipes as Marley Spoon are launching a brand new family plan service!

Chef Kate has created a hearty dish with plenty of flavour and fresh ingredients. A healthy alternative to beef mince, turkey is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol, but without compromising on taste or texture. The secret ingredients to making it a special chilli con carne? The hint of brown sugar and dark chocolate which rounds the dish off beautifully. Add a spoonful of sour cream – cook, relax and enjoy!


  • 1 onion
  • 2 red pepper
  • 10g fresh coriander
  • 1 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 black beans
  • 70g tomato puree
  • 3 dark chocolate
  • 10g Mexican chilli con carne spice
  • 300g basmati rice
  • 200g soured cream
  • 1tbsp dark brown sugar


  • STEP 1

    Cook rice

    Rinse the rice under cold water. Place in a medium saucepan and add 1/2tsp of salt. Cover with 600ml of cold water. Bring to a boil. Cover with a tight fitting lid, reduce the heat to low and cook for 12-14mins. Set aside with the lid on until ready to use.

  • STEP 2

    Prepare vegetables

    Peel and finely chop the onion. Wash, deseed and roughly chop the peppers. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Wash, pick and roughly chop the coriander leaves and finely chop the stalks.

  • STEP 3

    Cook vegetables

    Heat 2tbsp of oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and red pepper pieces and sauté for 4-5mins, until soft.

  • STEP 4

    Brown mince

    Add the Mexican spices (to preference) and turkey mince, break up with a wooden spoon, stirring until cooked through, about 4mins. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the black beans.

  • STEP 5

    Add tomatoes

    Add the tomato paste and the tinned tomatoes. Fill the empty tin with water and pour into the saucepan. Add the chocolate, 1tbsp of sugar (preferably dark brown), coriander stalks, half the leaves and salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 15mins, stirring every so often.

  • STEP 6

    Add beans

    Now add the beans and cook for a further 5mins to warm through. Use a fork to fluff up the rice. Plate with the chilli, then garnish to preference with the remaining coriander leaves and a dollop of seasoned soured cream.

Recipe: Marley Spoon

Photography: Alex