This is a review of our 17th delivery from a food subscription box called Plated. We gave all three recipes three out of five stars. This is unusual because we normally have four and five star recipes when we order from Plated. So it was an especially disappointing week. Calories ranged from 660 to 820 and cooking times ranged from thirty-five minutes to fifty-five minutes. One of the recipes was vegetarian. I made an error on the ingredients photo for the steak, so it's not shown. Hubby changed his mind on which recipe he wanted to cook, so I took a picture of some ingredients that belonged to the other recipe and I already started preparing the squash, so it was too late to take another photo.
Cheddar Apple Grilled Cheese
Who doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich! I just had to order this recipe since Hubby and I are both a fan. This one was too tart since it called for too much lemon juice and we felt the mustard just didn't go well with the other ingredients. The combination of the lemon juice, mustard and the sourdough bread was just too much tartness. So I would try it again skipping the lemon juice and mustard. The apple compote on top of the white cheddar would have been delicious if the lemon juice was skipped. The side salad was tasty, but it would have been nice if there were more ingredients. The dressing made with sugar, champagne vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper was enjoyable. It also called for cooking the sandwich with mayonnaise instead of butter. We used butter instead, that just sounded too strange to try. This recipe took thirty-eight minutes to prepare and it had 820 calories. It was a filling meal with plenty of salad, we couldn't fit it all on the plate so we went back for seconds.
Sicilian Turkey Meatballs with Eggplant Ragù
I regret having ordered this recipe since it was very disappointing. We gave it three out of five stars, but perhaps it's more of a two star recipe since we both didn't finish it all due the flavor. It was too rich and the meatballs just had way too many ingredients. The meatballs were made with turkey, breadcrumbs, pine nuts, currants, garlic, parsley, milk, parmesan, salt and pepper. I think this dish would have been much better if they had skipped the pine nuts, milk and eggplant and added some pasta. There were just too many flavors for one dish. This one had 730 calories and it took fifty minutes to prepare. It was a very generous portion with enough leftovers for a light lunch.
Seared Steak with Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard Gratin
Well this one was another disappointment since the steak was so tough. The side dish was scrumptious though. The steak deserves one star and the side dish five stars, so we gave this recipe three out of five stars. I threw away most of my steak since it was so tough even though it was cooked to medium rare. We also didn't enjoy having to cook the side dish twice. It was cooked in the pan and then baked. I think it would have been just as tasty to just bake it. This one had 660 calories and it took one hour to prepare. It was a healthy portion.
Well I sure do hope the next four recipes I ordered to arrive on Saturday are tastier than these three were. I have ordered Cauliflower Carbonara, Fall Cobb Salad, Beef Moussaka and Almond Butter Brownies. Most of the time we enjoy Plated's recipes, but sometimes they are just too unusual for our liking. I also wish they would allow us to view the recipe's instructions prior to ordering so we can view the steps and decide if that's a recipe we want to cook. All of their competition shows recipes in advance, so I find it strange that they do not. My current favorite food subscription box is Sun Basket followed by Green Chef. I highly recommend you give them a try and be sure to use the links below so that you receive a discount on your first box! Also, don't forget to enter my $72 Plated Giveaway.
Check out my Plated Pinterest Board to see what recipes we have made so far. Click on the photos to read more about the recipes that interest you. Before you go, be sure to check out my reviews of Blue Apron, Green Blender, Green Chef, Hello Fresh, Home Chef, Marley Spoon, Plated, Sun Basket and Terra's Kitchen. Do you subscribe to any meal delivery services? If so, which one is your favorite?
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