Because a big part of Plated’s appeal is the high quality of the protein that comes with each selection, I was anxious to see if the vegetarian selections could impress me as well. This week’s picks packed a lot of flavor while remaining vegetarian and Lenten friendly. Plated delivers ready-to-prepare meals to your doorstep. It’s perfect if you want freshly-prepared meals using top-quality ingredients. With just a little chopping and stirring, you have a restaurant-quality meal that you can brag about. You can always preview menus ahead of time, so you can pass on selections that don’t move you. This is usually not an issue — some weeks we order a half dozen meals because the selections are so appealing. The portions are generous, and we usually have enough that we can let the kids experience some great new flavors too!
It is worth noting that the recipe card has received a makeover. It still has a list of ingredients, items you may need to prepare the dish, and cooking tips. The tips have moved to the back of the card to make room for a larger picture of the dish. The big change is a clean-up of the font — they lightened the general font and highlighted ingredients within the instructions to make it easier to follow at a glance.
When you sign up for Plated with this link or use code b0c635, you’ll get 2 free plates with your first order. Sometimes we order and sometimes Hello Fresh. It just depends on what meals we’re interested in. [Hello Fresh: Take $40 off your first box with coupon code 7UT7K8]
Fresh Spaghetti with Pan Roasted Artichokes, Garlic, and Lemon: The bright lemon and garlic wine sauce really complemented the hearty fresh pasta and Italian vegetables — we wished there was more of it.
Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Tartines with Kumquats: Tangy kumquat and the mustard dressing livened up the classic goat cheese and beet pairing. Fennel, asparagus, and mushroom added depth and crunch. A really great open-faced sandwich, albeit a little bit messy.
Ginger Trout en Papillote with Miso Butter, Sweet Potatoes, and Snow Peas: The intensity of the flavor imparted by the en papillote method was surprising — the ginger/lime combo worked superbly for this technique, and the trout is wonderful, firm and delicately flavored choice. The sweet potato and snow peas added great contrasts in texture. Even Brandy (who doesn’t care for fish) loved this one.
So that’s what we made with our box this week! You can use code b0c635 to sign up for Plated and get 2 free plates with your first order!
Each meal includes easy-to-follow directions, and almost everything you need is included: from the often organic meats to the fresh herbs. You need only contribute the most basic of culinary skills, and Plated will walk you through the rest. Have on hand basic kitchen utensils and you can transform the contents of your Plated box into a photo-worthy culinary masterpiece in under forty-five minutes (usually less). I love the way each meal incorporates only a couple key herbs or spices; the flavors shine through, and the recipes remain easy to follow.
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The Description: Ingredients for chef-designed meals delivered to your door. You select the chef-created recipes on the Plated.com website and Plated sends you a box of food and recipes.
The Price: $60 per week