Hey, it’s Jess again. It’s been a long weekend, the cookie is getting so big and he’s talking up a storm. I seriously think that he’s an alien sometimes because I can’t understand what he’s saying but he is definitely communicating something. If ever there is an alien invasion, just give us a call and we’ll do some peace talks!
Anyway, with so much time spent with him and the hubs, I long for easy to cook meals that I don’t have to think about the ingredients. This past week I found this deal on Facebook for Plated, a company that sends you all the ingredients and great recipes in the mail. Doing all the hard work so you don’t have to. The promotion was $20 for four meals the first time you order (I don’t believe it’s available anymore but please ask!), otherwise it’s $12.99/meal with $20 delivery fee (four meals).
I received an email on Friday with my FedEx info and waited around early Saturday afternoon for the delivery. It came in this large box packed with two huge ice packs and foil cooler lining.
I couldn’t help it, I was so excited about trying something new and different. I ordered the “shakshuka” for myself and a chicken dish for my hubs (he loved the chicken but not the soba noodles).
Ashley has made the dish before and written about it here and because she liked it, I wanted to try it for myself. There are other vegetarian options as well.
Every single ingredient, except the eggs, were packed (maybe because they could break too easily?) and mailed. The box comes with a nice recipe on a 8×10 card stock page. It’s laid out step-by-step and tells you exactly how to do everything. Ingredients are labeled and sauces and spices come in little packets, these people could make a chef out of a chimp, honestly.
I’m completely in love with this concept and think it would be great for people that are on a diet- the recipes are fresh and healthy and it’s perfectly portioned.
My shakshuka was cooking beautifully in the oven on broil and then the worst thing happened. My husband asked me to watch a youtube video of something funny and I forgot all about my little cookspiration! It toasted a bit too long, if only they had included a timer in their box!
It wasn’t completely ruined but it certainly didn’t look as pretty. Plus the eggs were supposed to be lightly cooked instead of completely dry and hard. It was still delicious and so much fun to make without having to worry if I got the ingredients right. I will definitely keep the three free months of plated service I have been signed up for and possibly order another meal or two at home. Just note that you are also required to pay a $10/month fee for membership. You are not required to do the auto delivery but it is available for convenience. It’s definitely not a cheap service and you could probably eat out for less but it’s fun and convenient. Plus you can impress your friends with an incredible meal that you can say you cooked!
Such a great concept and the recipes are amazingly simple and delicious. Thank you Plated for making a chef out of me!
For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/theplated or their website, https://www.plated.com/invites/1d455f