Friday, April 22, 2016

Plated 14th Delivery & Giveaway



Mac & Cheese with Gruyère, Peas & Pea Shoots


Ingredients


Thai Pork Larb with Pineapple & Charred Haricots Verts


Ingredients


Crispy Salmon with Coconut Stir Fried Vegetables


Ingredients


This is a review of our 14th delivery from a subscription box called Plated. Their weekly box for two people which includes everything for three recipes is $72. Each week they also have two desserts to chose from for $8 and two "Chef's Table" dinners which are more expensive and feature specialty cuts of meat and market priced seafood. This week I gave one recipe five out of five stars, one recipe four stars and one recipe two stars.

Mac & Cheese with Gruyère, Peas & Pea Shoots

Anytime they offer Sfoglini pasta I order the dish. I absolutely love their pasta and I highly recommend you give it a try. Unfortunately, this dish was very bland, there were too many peas and the pea shoots had an earthy flavor which I did not like. I gave it two out of five stars, Hubby was out of town so he couldn't review it. Even after adding some garlic powder, lots of pepper and some Italian salt it still wasn't tasty. Next time I'm going to pay more attention to the recipe's ingredients prior to purchase and make sure they are using spices. Sadly, it was such a waste of the pasta. Also, the cooking times were too short. I did like how they made the cheese sauce though and I'll use that technique in the future. This recipe took much longer than the 30-40 minutes indicated and it had 770 calories. It was a very generous portion.

Thai Pork Larb with Pineapple & Charred Haricots Verts

Hubby and I both gave this recipe four out of five stars. I was surprised that I liked the addition of pineapple in the lettuce wrap. It would have been given  five stars if they had included more pork. It was a bit on the skimpy side and so it wasn't as filling as I would have liked. They suggested using canola oil to cook the pork and that's a no no in our house, so we used peanut oil. This recipe took about 40 minutes which was the same time indicated on the recipe card. It had 580 calories.

Crispy Salmon with Coconut Stir Fried Vegetables

Wow, was this scrumptiously delicious! Anytime they offer a recipe with shichimi togarashi Japanese spices I order it right away. This recipe took only thirty minutes to prepare which is surprising since it was so good. The Chinese broccoli, Japanese eggplant and baby spinach were fabulous together with the Japanese spices, fish sauce, mirin and coconut aminos. I really appreciate that they offer wild caught salmon. I try to stay away from farm raised fish since they use antibiotics and I don't like the conditions in which they keep the fish. If you are ever in a store that sells both, look at the difference in color. The wild caught salmon will always be a darker pink, it's clearly much healthier.

While the pasta dish was a huge disappointment, the other two made up for it since they were exceptional. Tomorrow we are expecting our first shipment from a company called Terra's Kitchen. Included in that shipment will be the following recipes:
  1. Turkey Spinach Meatballs in Skinny Sunday Gravy
  2. Grilled Sirloin, Dijon Shallot Smear & Asparagus Salad
  3. Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Goat Cheese Sauce
So stay tuned for my review on their offerings. In the meantime, be sure to enter my Plated Giveaway and browse around. Which food subscription boxes have you tried?

Bargain Alert:
   
Hello Fresh - $40 off your first box, use coupon code "YVWF79", one Jamie Oliver recipe per week. 
Home Chef - $30 off your 1st box, click here, delivering to the west coast this spring.
Green Chef - Four FREE organic meals, click here. Choices: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian & Carnivore. Stay tuned for my first review.
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