Sunday, March 23, 2014

Plated Meal: Polluck with Lemon Chive Fingerling Potatoes

Plated is a meal delivery service.  They deliver fresh, ready-to-cook ingredients in a box right to your door.  They have seven meal choices per week.  Three of those are vegetarian,  the rest are lamb, beef, chicken and a fish.  You must choose four meals in order to check out.  This can be four of the same or two different meals.
The Cost: If you choose to subscribe, its $10/mo and then $12 per plate.  You have to order at least 2  plates of any one meal and you must have at least 4 meals  for your order to ship.  You can choose 4 plates of the same meal or 2 plates of different meals.  If you choose not to subscribe, you will pay $15 a plate.  The same rules apply.
What You Get: Everything you need to make a 2 meals for 2 or  one meal for 4 (unless you order more than that, of course)!  All ingredients are fresh and measured out for you.  All you have to do is put it together.
I'm always impressed with the large recipe card that has great photos to make sure you are doing what you are supposed to do at exactly the right time.

I set the potatoes to boiling, then made the salad.  The salad was arugula which I know know that I don't like because its too bitter.  I used walnut oil and rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper for the dressing.  I don't know why I've been so resistant all my life to oil and vinegar dressings.  Maybe my taste buds have changed, thanks to Plated, because I'm loving this.  
Once the fish was halfway through cooking, the potatoes were ready to be strained, sliced and tossed in goodness.  I seriously need to learn how to get my timing right.  So far, I can't seem to do it without step by step instructions!

I used salt, pepper and garlic on the fish and the potatoes were spiced with chopped chives, lemon juice and Maldon salt.  They were supposed to be done up with lemon zest but my lemon went moldy.  This is one of the problems I'm finding.  It's not a good thing if your fruit can't make it 5 days once you get it.  I froze the fish after I got the box because I knew we would be going out this weekend and I wouldn't be able to get to it right away.  But I'm still surprised at the lemon going downhill so quickly.
The Maldon salt was flaked very large but basically melted in your hand.  It was very delicate and flavorful! I liked the fact that there was a new ingredient for me to try with this recipe.
The finished product was delicious and flavorful.  I enjoyed this a lot more than my last meal (the chicken tostados) probably partly due to the fact that I had less trouble with assembling it because I had proper ingredients.  Except for the lemon but you know what I mean.  No fighting with tortillas this time around!

VERDICT:  This was a tasty meal. The recipes are fantastic, I love how they send everything you need and provide a card to teach you how to make it.  I'm happy with their willingness to take care of product issues, as well!  They also have a GREAT variety of recipes to choose from each week, especially if you dietary restrictions.  At this point, I still recommend them and will continue their service.  Sign up to get the goodness!

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