Ever see one of those make your own meal delivery systems and think wow that looks amazing, but hesitate because you don’t know if it will be delicious , if you can recreate it and if it’s even worth your money? Well so have we! That’s why last week we decide to give Plated a try.
As simple as one, two, three. We went on Plated’s website and with in a few minutes we placed our first order. The website was very user friendly. All you had to do is pick the week/weeks you would like to cook, and then select as many or as few dishes from their over the 15 plus different dishes and dessert options offered within that week. They show you pictures of what the finished dishes will look like, their ingredients and caloric count. What’s also great is that you have so much flexibility. You can select each dish in two, three, or four servings, and then adjust moving forward. Not all us want to nor can rush straight home to cook a home cooked meal every night, but when we do it’s awesome to arrive to a box full of quality ingredients just ready to be turned into a meal. We set up our deliver date, and our box was delivered as promised. We choose to try the twice a week, two servings delivery option. This one was perfect for a couple or roommates, as well as a single New Yorker; offering a gourmet meal for tonight and left overs for the following day’s lunch or dinner.
We opened our chilled box to find fresh, portioned ingredients, and a menu page, with step by step pictured instructions to keep us on the right track from start to finish, and a picture of what our dish should look like when plated. Thank You! We love great meals, but can we actually execute it ??? We swore we would follow the instructions and only as the ingredients and ratios instructed.
Our first meal was the Steak Gyros. It was an opened face gyro with a twist. We topped warm naan bread with roasted peppers, seared steak, arugula, and a creamy greek yogurt sauce, made with feta, and sumac. I can not say enough about how perfect and delicious this dish came out. We chopped our veggies then roasted them. Marinate our steaks, which added so much more flavor then simply tossing your meat in a hot pan. It was tender, had a nice sear and was a cooked to a perfect medium. The arugula added a nice bitterness and the creamy sauce had the right amount of tang. We found this dish to be mouth watering, well balanced, satisfying, and very filling.
We were feeling confident after the perfect execution of our first dish so were not intimated that our next meal was Cod Basquaise. It’s classic dish from the Basque region of France, which traditionally features tomatoes and green peppers cooked down in olive oil. In Plated’s twist they swapped in colorful yellow bell peppers and red piquillo chiles, served with poached cod over a bed of tumeric-infused yellow rice. We started off by making the rice using butter, a spice blend of garlic, onion, and turmeric powder, which gave the our rice it’s citrus color. We then chopped our veggies, and sauteed them in olive oil until they were caramelized. At that point we added the piquillo peppers, tomato, garlic and white wine. We let that simmer until the liquid reduced by half, and at that point we added the cod, reduced the heat and let the fish poach till it was opaque. The plating of the dish made it look fancy and exciting to eat; it was literally summer on a plate. The tumeric elevated the rice dish, and the cod was flaky and cooked as well as any restaurant meal we’ve had. Although the dish was great, and easy to follow, it could of used a bit more salt, but other than that, it was another hit.
After having tried it ourselves, we can assure you that Plated uses high-quality farm-sourced seasonal ingredients, as well as responsibly sourced meats and sustainable seafood. Not only is it good for you but also for our planet. They are reasonable priced any were from $10-$13 per serving (depending on if you choose the two servings or four serving option for the dish); That’s basically the price of Chipotle. They offer vegetarian meals as well as desserts. We feel it’s a good fit for anyone who isn’t the natural born chef, or doesn’t have the time to go grocery shopping. Plated takes away the guess work and the need to purchase a bunch of ingredients in large quantities that may spoil in a short period of time, or you might never use again. It cuts down on food waste and exposes you to try new ingredients. It was our first time cooking with sumac and tumeric, and it shows you how simple it is to use different cooking techniques all in the comfort of your own kitchen. It was pretty fun. If you follow their instructions you are guaranteed a delightful meal, that you can take pride in making. If you are foodie, enjoy really good food and these types of programs have crossed your mind, give Plated a try! Their website offers 50% off your first week and if you wish not to continue for what ever reason, you can cancel at anytime. You have nothing to lose.