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Plated – 2nd Taste Test Review & Discount Code!

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** UPDATE **  I was remiss when I did my review and forgot to inform you of a wonderful program Plated runs.  Plated donates a pound of food to a local food bank for every week you subscribe!  You get to enjoy amazing home-cooked, gourmet meals while also helping others.  Win-Win!

Hi everyone it’s been a very busy week so we didn’t get a chance to try out the 2nd recipe Plated sent us until last night.  Believe me, it was worth the wait.

Interested in trying Plated?  Use this link to get 2 FREE PLATES :

Plated currently ships primarily to the northeastern US but is expanding to the entire country.  If you’re interested in trying Plated, and are not in their delivery area, sign up on their website (100% FREE).  You will get a notification when they begin delivering to where you live/work.  There is absolutely no obligation.  It’s simply a way for them to notify you when you would be able to purchase from them.
If you missed my original unboxing of Plated you can find it here: Plated unboxing
You can also see my 1st taste test review of the Braised Chicken with Cardamon, Fennel and Orange over Pappardelle by clicking here:  1st taste test
When I signed up to do a review Plated asked me to pick one of the meals from there menu (menu changes each week).  I selected the chicken recipe noted above.  I was pleasantly surprised that they shipped me a 2nd meal to try which was Spice Rubbed Steak with Baby Carrots and Israeli Couscous.   This isn’t a meal I would ordinarily choose because my husband isn’t into spicy foods. But it was easy to modify the amount of spice used to suit him better.  I hope you will read my previous posts on Plated because both me and my hubby are absolutely IN LOVE WITH PLATED!  I am sure you will be equally wow’d.  Unfortunately they don’t ship to us yet but should within a very short time.  Believe me, when they do, we will be loyal customers.
In my previous posts I mentioned several things we love about Plated:
**  Fresh ingredients, a lot of which are organic.
**  Menu changes weekly so no boredom.
**  No trips to the grocery store!
**  Minimal chopping, dicing and NO measuring.
**  Very little cleanup.
After trying the 2nd recipe a few more benefits came to me:
**  First, Plated has the recipes planned out to the minute.  One of the things I struggle when cooking a meal is planning when to start each phase so the meal is all done at the same time.  Timing is everything so nothing is left to cool while the rest is still cooking.  If you follow their easy, step by step by, directions everything is done as the same time.  Love that!
**  Second, Plated gives us an opportunity to learn new cooking techniques and try new foods or old foods in a new way.  For example, this recipe had baby carrots tossed in butter, cumin and honey then baked.  I used 1/2 the cumin for my hubby’s taste.  When I 1st saw the honey they sent my initial reaction was “Is that all?”.  The honey package was smaller than the dipping sauces McDonald’s has – with this as my example it’s clear I’m not a gourmet cook 😉  I even commented that I wish I had more to put in the carrots.  I learned to TRUST PLATED.  The carrots had the perfect amount of sweetness mixed with the cumin spice.  I am glad I didn’t have honey in our pantry because they would have been too sweet.
So now to the taste test.  What can I say?  Yummmmmmmmmmm.
But since I am sure my readers want a little more information than Yum, I’ll elaborate 🙂
As a reminder here is what the box looks like.  The candle is in there so you can see how HUGE this box is.  Both recipes are separately packed inside the box so you can easily make each meal without having to search for ingredients.  Plated ships overnight and it’s well chilled with ice packs so all perishables remain fresh.
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Here is the recipe card and ingredients.  Check out those fresh carrots!  No bagged pre cut carrots with Plated.  No, every single ingredient is FRESH!
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This recipe was, just like the last one, AMAZING!  And again we had enough for leftovers. Plated definitely does not skimp on serving sizes.  The carrots and couscous could easily serve 4 people. They sent 1 pound of steak, no doubt enough for two people.
Here is what our two plates looked like.  Not quite as artistic as the one on the recipe card but we’re not chefs, or even cooks 😉
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This is a close up of one of the plates.  Quite nice looking if I do say so myself :).
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My hubby isn’t into cumin but he really enjoyed these carrots!   I think we have found something new to try next Thanksgiving.  For this non-cook I love Thanksgiving and throughly enjoy every minute spent cooking and eating the meal.  I prepare baby carrots every year in a brown sugar glaze. Next year I’ll be trying this carrot recipe.  It was so delicious.  I used 1/2 the cumin but if you like spice, go for the gusto!
I am not a fan of red meat but I really enjoyed this because I love cumin.  Reducing the amount of spice I used must have worked for my hubby because he enjoyed his steak too. Probably wouldn’t prepare that again given his taste preference but he liked it!
The last food in the meal was couscous which can have a bland taste depending on how it’s prepared.  This recipe called for mixing with 1 tsp of olive oil and salt to taste, that’s it.  I was pretty skeptical because I’d prefer to cook couscous with spices.  Well, just like I mentioned above, I need to TRUST PLATED.  It was delicious.  The olive oil added a great flavor and it’s a good fat.  Win-Win.  I think my hubby would have prepared it with something else mixed in like garlic but couscous isn’t really his thing.  He liked it and ate it but if I was preparing it again I’d mix up a small batch flavored for him.
Once again Plated hit a home run with this family.  The meal was super easy to make and delicious.  What is not to LOVE about that combination?
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be Plated customers the day they roll it out in our area (It’s getting close as they already ship to other parts of our state).
Even though I did receive this free trial box from Plated, my opinions are not influenced by the free products and I would never recommend anything to anyone that I would not, myself, use or that I felt was not worth spending your money on.
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Plated – Update – Discount Code & notification of delivery to your area

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** UPDATE **  I was remiss when I did my review and forgot to inform you of a wonderful program Plated runs.  Plated donates a pound of food to a local food bank for every week you subscribe!  You get to enjoy amazing home-cooked, gourmet meals while also helping others.  Win-Win!

 A few days ago, I posted two reviews of Plated, an unboxing and a taste test of our first recipe.  You can probably tell from my reviews that me and my hubby are in LOVE with Plated and can’t wait to get more.  Unfortunately, like a lot of you who have contacted me, Plated doesn’t delivery to my area yet.  For what it’s worth I did try to convince them to let me continue reviewing their boxes and would gladly pay to do so.  They decided they want to wait until they are fully rolled out in my area.  I absolutely respect that.  A lot of new subscription box companies grow too fast out of the gate and their customer service doesn’t keep up.  This can lead to unsatisfied customers, a kiss of death for any company.

So, you read my reviews and, you want to try Plated, right?

If you’re in their delivery area go to this link and you’ll get 2 FREE PLATES!

https://www.plated.com/invites/7f82ba

If you’re not in their delivery area yet, simply go to their website and sign up to be notified when you are.  You will get a notification when Plated starts delivering to your area.  It’s 100% FREE to sign up on their website with absolutely no obligation.  It’s simply a way for them to notify you when you’re able to purchase from them.

 

Plated UPDATE – Taste Test & CODE for 2 FREE PLATES

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Earlier today I provided my initial unboxing thoughts on the 2 ready to prepare gourmet meals I received from Plated.  You can see that review here: Initial Plated UnBoxing Review

Interested in trying Plated?  Use this link to get 2 FREE PLATES :

** UPDATE **  If you’re interested in trying Plated, sign up on their website (100% FREE).  You will get a notification when they begin delivering to where you live/work.  There is absolutely no obligation.  It’s simply a way for them to notify you when you would be able to purchase from them.
** Please note they currently only ship to the Eastern US but are expanding throughout this year.  You can enter your zip code in their website to see if they service your area yet.
To recap Plated is a service that sends you weekly or monthly gourmet meals ready for you to prepare.  They ship overnight in a chilled package so all the perishables remain fresh.  They ship you, pretty much, everything except water, salt & pepper and olive oil. Everything else, yes EVERYTHING, comes in your box.  All ingredients are pre-measured so all you do is add them to your pot/pan.  Additionally all the ingredients are fresh with many of them organic.

Here’s the outside of the box as shipped.  I included a 22oz candle so you can see how HUGE this box is.

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Here’s the recipe card both front and back:

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And as seen in my previous post (linked above) here are the ingredients needed to make this delicious meal:

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Here is our final product.  This made enough for 3 MEALS EASILY.  I will admit that we aren’t big eaters, probably eat typical portion sizes.  This would be 2 meals for hardy eaters but, for us, we have enough for another meal as a leftover.  This makes me happy because it was VERY YUMMY.  Now our only problem is deciding who gets the leftovers ;).  Something we haven’t really worried too much about in the past.

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And here are our leftovers put away for tomorrow 🙂

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I always thought of fennel as a herb but not to be used as a vegetable.  I commented to my hubby how cool it is to try fennel that way because I’d never go to the store and buy fennel unless I had a special recipe calling for it.  He had to look at me with a grin and say “Yeah but since you don’t go to the grocery store, it’s even better”.  Ok, I admit it I don’t frequent grocery stores – though I did readily admit that in my 1st post (Click here for my initial unboxing)

How do I put into words how great this company is?  Answer is I can’t but let me try:  I, no WE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PLATED!  

Plated Review – 2 recipes (YUMMMM)

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** UPDATE **  I was remiss when I did my review and forgot to inform you of a wonderful program Plated runs.  Plated donates a pound of food to a local food bank for every week you subscribe!  You get to enjoy amazing home-cooked, gourmet meals while also helping others.  Win-Win!

 

Interested in trying Plated?  Use this link to get 2 FREE PLATES :

** UPDATE **  If you’re interested in trying Plated, sign up on their website (100% FREE).  You will get a notification when they begin delivering to where you live/work.  There is absolutely no obligation.  It’s simply a way for them to notify you when you would be able to purchase from them.
** Please note they currently only ship to the Eastern US but are expanding throughout this year.  You can enter your zip code in their website to see if they service your area yet.

(I apologize in advance that some of my photos seem to be skewed to the right.  It has been happening quite a bit and I need to figure out why.)

Even though I did receive this free trial box from Plated, my opinions are not influenced by the free products and I would never recommend anything to anyone that I would not, myself, use or that I felt was not worth spending your money on.

On to the task at hand – discussing Plated!

I must admit when I was given the opportunity to review a box for Plated.com I was probably more excited than I’ve been for any other box I have either purchased for myself or received free for a blog review!  This is somewhat odd because my idea of a gourmet meal DOES NOT involve cooking.  It does involve hopping in our car and heading to a gourmet (or non gourmet) restaurant.  In addition I don’t consider us to be foodies.  That said we love to eat and love good food.  Who doesn’t right?  So, I have never been one of those folks who love to cook.  I honestly wish I did and am sometimes jealous of those who seem to have been bitten by the “chef bug”.  It’s not present in me and I’m not sure what it will take to bring it out, if even possible.  I’m not really sure what it is about cooking that doesn’t appeal to me.  I’m sure the trip to the grocery store is a huge part of it.  It’s right up there with a trip to the dentist. Ok, a little exaggeration but, you get the idea.  Then there’s chopping, dicing, measuring etc which is all a big pain in my rear end.  And I hate buying those “odd” ingredients for a special recipe, ingredients I’m unlikely to use faster than the expiration date but are needed to prepare the meal.

So, a little bit about us.  I guess since we are networking nerds, professionals and (somewhat) young we could be considered Yuppies.   However, the urban part of the Yuppies term does not fit us.  In fact, we are very happy in our smallish rural town and the 5 acres we call home.  We both work for the same networking equipment company and most of the folks we work with are urban.  We tell colleagues where we live and they look at us funny.  The kind of look that says they think we might as well relocate to the moon!  So part Yuppie, part rural does make for an interesting combination.  It also means that accessibility to gourmet food is limited without a trip to some city.  I was actually talking to a friend about that a few weeks ago.  I love almost every ethnic food out there and enjoy going into a city because you can actually get a meal that will suit just about any mood you’re in.  I wouldn’t change where we live for anything.  I do prefer the quiet and don’t mind a trip into the city from time to time.

So enter Plated.com.  I can prepare delicious gourmet foods without the hassle of grocery shopping, dicing, chopping, measuring or a trip to the city.  I’m already liking the concept.  I will admit it isn’t necessarily cheap.  But, then again, what gourmet food is?  Truthfully the per meal price is pretty on par with what I’d expect to spend at a local, non-gourmet restaurant.  So, I’m good with their pricing model (Hoping to get a discount code I can pass on to my followers).  All that said, I wouldn’t get every nightly meal through Plated.  But it would sure be nice to prepare a delicious meal for me and my hubby every so often especially those nights when we’re hungry, don’t feel like going out and our only options are the 1 pizza house and 1 Chinese restaurant that actually deliver to us.

As I was writing this my box arrived!  I truly felt like a kid at Christmas.  My hubby did too.  I get a lot of boxes and this is the 1st one he put down his work to come see :).  I will show a few preview photos before jumping into the review.  But I did want to tell you that, as soon as I opened the box, I smelled the most amazing aromas!   My husband said “Wow, it smells so fresh!”.  Believe me, IT DID!  I wish my blog had smellvision so you all can smell what we did.

Here is what the box looks like when we got it.  It arrived via overnight shipping and was well packed with cold packs – great given all the perishable food products.  I put the 22oz. candle in the picture so you can see how HUGE this box is.

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That was the outside. Here is how jam packed with goodness the inside was:

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When I ordered my box, I chose Braised Chicken with Cardamon, Fennel and Orange over Pappardelle.  They actually sent me a second recipe – quite the unexpected surprise and I’ll give details of that below.

They put all the items for each recipe in a separate bag so everything you need for that meal are easy to get to and use.  They also send a durable recipe card with ingredients on the front and instructions on the back.  This 8.5″ x 11″ (approx.) card stock isn’t your mothers recipe card 😉

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And here is the food for this recipe. EVERYTHING except water, olive oil and salt & pepper are included right down to the fresh Fennel, fresh pasta and all spices (a lot of which are organic ingredients).

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My surprise recipe was Spice Rubbed Steak with Baby Carrots and Israeli Couscous.  EVERYTHING except olive oil, butter and salt & pepper are included.

Here are the recipe cards:

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And lastly, here are all the ingredients for the 2nd recipe.  Seriously, check out those fresh carrots.  How cool is that?

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Overall, I am WOW’d by this box.  That is actually an understatement.  I can’t wait to try the 1st recipe tonight.  As we prepare and taste each recipe I will let you all know what both me, and my hubby, think of them.

Right now the only negative, if you can call it that, I have about Plated is they ship to a limited portion of the country right now.  They are a fairly new company so I understand them rolling it out slowly.  Too many subscription box companies grow faster than they can keep up with and that only leads to disappointed customers.

Plated is set to soon branch out to Massachusetts and beyond.  I can’t wait for that as so many people will love getting this box, I just know it.