Plated Week 2 Meal 3

On Sunday I made the Butternut Squash Ravioli with Spinach Pesto.  It was the most delicious meal, but also the most time consuming by far.  It estimated 30-40 minutes, which I honestly don’t know how anyone could do unless they are ravioli making wizards.  My half-Italian husband even helped throughout the whole process and we took 55 minutes total.

20150111_115924I’ve made ravioli before, but only with homemade pasta, never with wonton wrappers.  When we made it before, we used a ravioli press hubby’s Nana (Italy born and bred) gave us.


Lots of chopping as usual, the squash needed chopped, the garlic, the walnuts, and the oregano.  I realized I had NEVER seen oregano on the stems before, only already shredded like you would buy in the spice aisle of the store.




I got to use the immersion blender, I did not think that it 20150111_121633would be able to handle whole spinach and basil leaves, but it did!  Even if it did take 5 minutes and cause my hand to hurt.






My husband did most of the ravioli making, I was working on the filling and pesto.  I did a couple though!  We ran out of filling though, and ended up with only 13 raviolis and 5 extra wonton wrappers.20150111_123756


But in the end, we had two delicious plates of ravioli to eat.  This was definitely a weekend dish, I’m glad I didn’t try to do it on a weeknight after work.  20150111_125010

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Plated Week 2 Plate 2

Friday night I made Steak Gyros with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce and they were quite tasty!!  I’m still not good enough to get under the estimated time frame, but I’m working on it.  Plated said these would take 20-30 minutes, it took me 31 and I even had help!  These were 530 calories per serving, and very filling.


My husband helped with some of the chopping and flipping the meat.  As always, chopping and slicing was the most time consuming item.  One important thing we forgot to do was to dry off the shredded cucumber, it made the yogurt sauce very watery.


I think the worst part about Plated is all of the dishes it creates.  SO many dishes to wash!!  But the food is really good, healthy, and I am learning new skills.



Despite following the directions, we seemed to have a lot of extra onion mixture.  My husband and I just aren’t that big on raw onion, so we did use it as more of a garnish.  Also, I diced it instead of slicing.

20150109_191536Overall this was a fairly easy dish, and I could see myself making my own yogurt sauce in the future, or maybe even tzatziki!

Plated Week 2 Plate 1

Last night I made Blood Orange Wild Sockeye Salmon with Brown Butter Gnoochi.  It was the best plated meal yet!!  The meal was 790 calories per serving, and said it would take 20-30 minutes.  It took me about 35, but I at least was able to unload the dishwasher and wash dishes throughout the process.20150106_175340

There was a lot less chopping in this meal, just garlic, sage, and kale.  But there was SO MUCH KALE!


I’ve made kale before (and kale chips nom nom nom), so I know it loses a lot of volume when it’s cooked.  The recipe said to discard the stems, luckily my two dogs LOVE crunchy veggies and were happy to eat the scraps.  My older dog looks at them as treats and takes them into the other room to enjoy in his standard treat spot.

I felt that of all the recipes so far, this was one I am most likely to try to cook on my own.  The easy glaze of a blood orange + soy sauce + Worcestershire sauce is something I could whip up without a fancy recipe card, and my hubby LOVES gnoochi.   And now I know how to brown butter!  I mean, it’s pretty easy.  You just put butter in a pan and stir it occasionally until it’s brown.  But I do feel like Plated is teaching me a lot of new cooking techniques.

Here’s a photo while it’s cooking, I was using the same spatula in both pans, so that’s why there is kale on the salmon.


20150106_183841I thought I had a picture of the two finished plates, but unfortunately my phone misled me.  Could have been operator error.  But here’s a picture of my half eaten plate, haha.

20150106_183848My puppies were very interested in what we were eating, and made sure that they were available if I were to drop anything.  They got a treat on Sunday when I accidentally spilled lentils all over me and the couch, I’m sure they were hoping for a repeat!





A couple people have asked me if Plated is worth the cost.  It’s not cheap, it’s a minimum of $12 a plate, so $24 for a meal for 2.  It’s not cheaper than cooking.  That being said, if I was to attempt to recreate this, I would easily spend over $24 in gathering the necessary ingredients.  You can’t typically buy just a tablespoon of this or a single spring of sage, but having the larger quantities would lend it to other meals.  But knowing me, it’s just as likely to go bad before I use it.  If I wasn’t using Plated, I would probably order in, get carryout, or go to a restaurant.  All of which would easily cost more than $24.  Plated is not for those who are on a tight food budget, or those who don’t want to spend 30-60 minutes prepping, cooking, and cleaning.  But if you are a person who typically eats out but wants to learn to cook, I think it’s worth a try.  My code below will give you 2 free plates!

Plated Week 1 Plate 3

My 3rd and final plated meal from my first shipment!  Not my final ever, I have a box coming today and another one coming on the 20th.  I am going to do this every other week to start, because it’s not cheap.  But it is delicious, teaches me new recipes, saves time at the grocery store, lets me hone my chopping and cooking skills, and gets me off the couch for 30-45 minutes.

On Sunday I made Sausage with Lentils.  This recipe was 810 calories per serving and said it would take 30-40 minutes.  It took me about 45.  I’ve never made lentils before.  I had unfortunately lost the recipe card due to a cleaning binge, but luckily was able to download it to my husband’s tablet for easy viewing.

20150104_124025 20150104_124018Once again I had lots of chopping to do and chose a way too small cutting board.  I had to chop the onion, carrots, celery, and ginger.

At one point, my husband was trying to talk to me and I had to (nicely) ask him to check in with me later as I had to take the bread out of the oven, turn the sausage, and add the red wine vinegar to the lentils.

Other than that, I once again had a nutritious and delicious meal that my husband said he would eat again.  I also had lots of dirty dishes.  I forgot to take a picture of the food plated, but I think you can get the idea from this one.


I am really excited for my next box, it includes Steak Gyros, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Blood Orange Salmon.

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Oldest items yet

So this morning I went to my closet to find my 5 items to donate or toss.  I have a lot of old purses, so it’s something I can just grab and get done so I don’t have to worry about it in the evening.

Most of my purses had something in it- gum wrappers, time of the month products, etc.  But one held the oldest items I’ve found so far.


Yep, that’s a paystub from August 2002 from my brief time at Outback Steakhouse.  I worked there the summer between high school and college.  Those coupons are for Long John’s Silver and expired October 5, 2002.  The receipt is from Meijer, 10/17/02.  I bought gum, blow pops, Twizzlers, a candy necklace, a poster, and a large hook.  I also found anti-bacterial hand gel that was completely liquified.  It expired in 2000.

I’m trying to remember myself in 2002.  I was so excited for college.  I was ready to make new friends, have new challenges, and escape the small town of Ada.  I’ve been with my husband since April 2003, so this even pre-dated him.

This purse has been with me for FIVE moves.  Unused, in a closet.  All because I was afraid I might want it again someday, even though it’s not something I would even carry now.  It’s an off-white canvas purse that’s too big for a wristlet, not big enough to even hold my phone and sunglasses.  Hopefully someone will find it at Goodwill and give it a better home.  🙂

Progress on New Years Resolution

After multiple trips to goodwill, and multiple trips to the garbage can, I now have an office/dressing room I can use without dancing around debris on the floor.  I can actually sit on my desk and USE it.  I could lay on the floor if I wanted to!  I still have a ways to go,  my drawers aren’t all closing, my closet is a mess, and I still have clothes in storage that I should probably just donate without looking at.  But I have stuck to my resolution of finding 5 (or more) items everyday to donate or toss.  I threw out my old makeup bag that had dust in it (GROSS) and transferred only the makeup I use to a new bag and threw out the rest.  I have a designate place to put items that will end up at Goodwill, once I fill up a bag I’ll drop it off.  It is so nice to get ready in my room now, and be able to see all of my jewelry options and not have to get dressed in the hall.

20150102_115234Happy smiles on the way to Goodwill!

Plated Week 1 Plate 2

On New Years Day I made the Long Life Noodles with Seared Tofu, Mushrooms, and Scallions.  The recipe card said that it was a traditional New Year’s meal in China, as they are “considered good luck for a long life”.  I know that Chinese New Year’s is a different date than 1/1, but figured it would bring good luck anyway.

20150101_204640I’ve never made tofu before, so that was a first for me.  The meal was 720 calories per serving and said it would take 30-40 minutes.  It took me 34.

There was a good amount of chopping- the scallions, garlic, ginger, and mushroomies.  I should have used a larger cutting board, I ended up storing some of the items temporarily in the empty tofu container.


Yes I said mushroomies, it’s a family thing and it’s adorable.  Deal with it.  🙂


I had a hard time with the tofu, it was NOT in pretty 1′ squares despite my best efforts.  Also, I didn’t make sure to rinse AND separate the noodles, and they ended up sticking together too much.



Even so, this was a delicious nutritious meal, and taught my husband and I that you don’t always need meat.


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