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I was awarded a Klout Perk which provided me with a free monthly membership to Plated as well as four plates for the month. I admit I was pretty stoked to receive the perk because with my weight loss journey Ive learned that I truly do love to cook. Plus, with Plated, it would provide me with out of the box foods that perhaps, I would not consider to make for myself at home. In case you are not aware, Plated (see website here: https://www.plated.com/)is a new subscription service in which you pay $10-12/per plate as well as a flat membership fee. A menu is presented to you for the week and you get to choose the plates of your choice (minimum order of 2-plates per menu item). Typically the dishes contain either a poultry, beef or a fish. Currently vegetarian options are not available but the website does plan to launch those in the near future. The idea is to be able to cook yourself a gourmet meal within 30 minutes with the stress of meal planning and grocery shopping being lifted off your shoulders. All items are delivered to your home address the day after the items are shipped (typically menus are listed on the website for a week and once that menu has closed the shipments ship out by the promised date). All ingredients are provided within the box, along with the recipe card for easy preparation. Typically there is one item which is a pantry item (typically its olive oil) which is the only item youd need to reach for within your pantry because everything else will be provided to you. Also, every week a member is subscribed Plated donates a pound of food to a local food bank. With my membership I decided to try two different dishes a chicken and a beef. I ordered 2 plates each of Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa and Spice Rubbed Steak with Baby Carrots and Israeli Couscous. My box arrived and unpacked it all to put the items away. One of my barbecue sauces was exploded, but it wasnt a big deal. I put the majority of the items away and aside. I was more excited about the Chicken Tacos so I opted to make those the first night. My boyfriend cleaned the chicken (because raw chicken grosses me out!) and I then marinated it in the barbecue sauce. The preparation for the mango salsa was quite simple just some dicing and chopping. The mango was perfect, just the way I like it at the stage where its ripe enough to eat and sweet. I decided to use ¼ of the jalapeno because Ive learned using too much jalapeno can make dishes unappetizing. The salsa came together and was delicious. I cooked my chicken in a grill pan until it was perfectly done. I then went to cut up my avocado and quickly learned it was not ripe. I could barely get the seed out of it and I couldnt scoop the avocado out of the skin. It was like rubber. Im not the biggest fan of avocado (I occasionally like guacamole but thats about it), so it wasnt a huge loss. I just dropped it into the garbage pail. We heated through the taco shells on an open flame, assembled and dove on in. I have to be honest I was not a fan of the chicken tacos at all. Im a flavor lover and these were just plain jane to me. I couldnt eat my second taco because I was not enjoying it. It would have been better if there was some sort of sauce to put on it. The mango salsa was good but it needed another level of flavor. My boyfriend even thought it needed an added boost of flavor. It was not worth the 7 points plus values this calculated out to be (for 2 tacos, not 3). The next day it was Spice Rubbed Steak with Baby Carrots and Israeli Couscous on the menu. The preparation for this meal was so simple. Ive never made couscous before so I wasnt sure how it was going to turn out, or if I was going to like it. I seasoned my steak in the spice rub and let it sit out for 10 minutes while I peeled and sliced my baby carrots, tossed them in the honey, butter and cumin mixture and set them into the oven to roast. I added 2 cups of water to a sauce pan, brought it on to boil, added my couscous and let it simmer for the recommended amount of time. I then brought out my grill pan, put my steak onto it and let it cook. One thing about me is I do NOT like meat thats red in the middle. I can eat a medium-well hamburger and steak tips (occasionally) but for the most part I dont want my beef to moo at me. Once my steak was done, I set it onto a cutting board to rest for 5-minutes and then sliced it. It was SO red inside I had to put it all back into the grill pan to cook on each side for an additional minute or two. When the couscous was done, I opted to skip on adding the olive oil, so I seasoned it with a bit of salt and pepper and a couple spritz of spray butter. I tried it and I have to say, it was AMAZING! So amazing, I am going to buy some couscous to have on hand as an option when we dont want rice or potato. This meal was quite delicious and only 13 pointsplus values! The steak was spicy, but with the sides it really brought everything together. My attempt to bring the heat down was to add steak sauce on top of the meat but it was a fail because the spice had penetrated the beef and my taste buds were screaming Dixie. If I knew the spice rub was as spicy as it was, I would have used far less to marinate my meat. But we live and we learn nonetheless the steak was undoubtedly 2 thumbs up! I enjoyed the Plated membership and I think it would be perfect for the individual who doesnt enjoy grocery shopping OR the individual who just wants to try something different. I will admit, some of the recipe items are hit or miss (depending on your taste) but there are 2 dishes this week that I really would love to try. If you do decide to give this subscription service a try HAPPY PLATING! QUESTION: Have you ever tried Plated or would you like to? Image is mine do not take or use. Thank you.
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