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.

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

If you are interested in Plated, please use my referral code so we both get free meals!! https://www.plated.com/invites/0363c7

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.

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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.

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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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If you are interested in Plated, here’s my referral code.  https://www.plated.com/invites/0363c7

First night with Plated!

My husband and I decided to try Plated.  It’s a meal delivery service where they send you the ingredients needed to make a delicious meal that’s under 800 calories.  Hubby and I both need to lose a substantial amount of weight, and one of our biggest problems is portion control.  The second problem is a combination of laziness and lack of time.  We both work full time and tend to order pizza or Toledo’s version of Seamless.  Both of us are good cooks, while he tends to cook special occasion meals, I tend to do the daily regular meals.  I compared Plated and Blue Apron, and after reading some blogs and reviews decided to try out Plated.  I like being able to choose what meals I get.  I found a coupon code for 4 meals free, so I paid $30 for my first box of 6 meals total, 3 dishes serving 2 people each.  Each meal is $12-18 per person.

So here are pictures of my first box!!

20141230_182832 Each box comes with a recipe card for the meals you will make.

 

20141230_182908 Everything is individually packaged in the exact portions you need.

 

For my for first dish, I decided to make Sesame Ginger Wild Salmon and Tatsoi in Miso Broth.  It was 470 calories per serving, and listed as taking 20-30 minutes.  It was either easy or medium difficulty, I can’t remember.

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I had to slice the scallions, mince the ginger, and cut the potatoes in half, which was the most labor intensive part.  Everything else was just a “rinse and pat dry” or open and pour for the most part.  Hubby helped with some chopping for a couple minutes, in total it took me 34 minutes to make dinner.

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Here is one of the finished plates!  I was really impressed with myself and the ingredients, because I thought mine looked almost as good as the picture.  It tasted delicious, too.  Hubby and I are fans and really excited to make and eat our next meal.

 

If you are interested in Plated, here’s my referral code.  https://www.plated.com/invites/0363c7

We both get 2 free plates if you use it.  🙂