Plated Lamb Kofta with Pistachios and Herb Salad and Cannolis

Another good meal and dessert from Plated!  The lamb kofta was actually ready in 23 minutes, not the 25-35 Plated stated, however I had help from my husband.  He took care of seasoning the lamb and cooking it, I did the chopping and salad.  It was a very easy recipe, and also easy to replicate, espeically the yogurt sauce.  Who knew adding seasoning to Greek yogurt would make a decent tzatziki sauce?  I thought there was WAY too much onion and ended up only putting about 1/8 of an onion in the salad.

I also made the Chocolate Chip and Ricotta Cannolis.  While tasty, there just wasn’t enough filling for the provided 6 shells.  I ended up with 2 empty shells with no filling, but they tasted yummy!  It probably took me about 5 minutes to make the filling, then I let it chill.  Then it was about 5-10 minutes to fill the shells.

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Plated Thai Coconut Khao Soi with Chicken and Crispy Noodles

This was the BEST Plated meal yet.  The flavors were delicious, and it was ready in only 47 minutes.  This was the first meal that my husband told me to keep the recipe card so that we could recreate it and make it on our own.  Everything about it was tasty, the broth, the spices, t3-5-2015 10-29-12 AMhe noodles, the mustard greens, the chicken, EVERYTHING.  It was especially nice with the chicken thighs.  It’s not a cut of chicken I eat a lot, but I really liked the texture in the dish.  Plated said it would take 30-40 minutes, so it took me a little longer than that.  And, I’m not even counting the time it took to boil the water since I through that on the burner at least 20 minutes before I started the rest.  Thanks to Plated, I now know that “Khao soi is a Northern Thai curry-like soup of boiled and fried noodles, braised meat, and garnishes such as fresh herbs, chilies, and lime.”  I would definetly pay $12 a plate for the Khao soi I ate last night at a local Thai restaurant.  It was that good.


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Plated Roasted Quail with Salsa Verde and Spanish Rice

This dish was just a big fat fail.  I followed all directions and 20150302_174726the rice was undercooked, the quail needed 10 more minutes, and I learned my husband hates rice cooked with stewed tomatoes.  I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t as difficult as I feared- Plated said it was “Challenging” and it was actually fairly easy.  It took me 43 minutes, only 3 over the estimated 30-40 from Plated.  I was not a fan of the quail looking like quail.  I enjoy eating meat, but I don’t 3-3-2015 3-05-49 PMlike it when my meat looks like an animal, it makes me feel guilty.  The quail itself tasted good, and it was partially deboned which was nice.

I did really enjoy the salsa verde.  I have never cooked with anchovies before, or ever even really seen an anchovy.  I thought that it gave the salsa a nice flavor, and it was somewhat entertaining to watch it dissolve while I stirred.  I could have used a lot more salsa, it was very tasty and I would have liked to mix it in more with the rice.

This was the first Plated meal we ever had that created leftovers.  My husband ate 1 quail and a little salsa, and was just not into it, so I packed up the rest for me to eat later.  I have learned a good lesson, I will never again serve my husband stewed anything.

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Plated Cheesy Quinoa Casserole with Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower

This was another fantastic meal from Plated.  It would also be very easy to duplicate, the most time consuming part in recreation would be shredding the Brussels Sprouts since they came pre-shredded.  From start to finish, this took me 46 minutes (Plated said 30-40), but there was a lot of time when I was just waiting for the oven timer to go off.  I was able to wash dishes and even sit with my husband to talk about our days.  While I had tried Quinoa before Plated, it’s a lot more versatile than I originally thought.  I can definitely see myself eating it several times a month even without Plated.

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