Gourmet Meals in a Box: Plated Week 2

Last week, I reviewed Plated after my first box of cooking, and I loved it. At the end of box two, and before I move on to review Blue Apron, here is a look at this week’s Plated meals.

Ginger Trout en Papillote with Miso Butter, Sweet Potatoes, and Snow Peas

This dish looks fancy but was deceptively simple to make–gotta love that! And, it was so good I ate until my tummy hurt. The ginger and miso butter melted into the fillet and gave the trout flavor beyond my expectations. The sweet potatoes were seasoned, drizzled with olive oil and baked, then tossed with the snow peas that had been sautéed just until bright green. It was my first time baking in parchment paper (which was included in the box), and it was a snap. Honestly, this recipe is probably going to be a regular in my kitchen.

Ginger Trout en Papillote with Miso Butter, Sweet Potatoes, and Snow Peas
Ginger Trout en Papillote with Miso Butter, Sweet Potatoes, and Snow Peas

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps with Basil Rice

I was glad to have read through the entire recipe first for the purpose of timing, but it too was low on the difficulty scale. The flavor was incredible, and I have never cooked with such high-quality beef. It was more dense than any ground beef I have ever seen. Good, good stuff. The cilantro and chopped peanuts were the perfect garnish, and this little piggy had three lettuce wraps for one meal!

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps with Basil Rice
Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps with Basil Rice

Fresh Spaghetti with Pan Roasted Artichokes, Garlic, and Lemon

This was another great tasting dish, but I got a little tripped up with the artichokes. You would think that spaghetti with no meat would be simple. And maybe for you it would be. However, it was my first time preparing artichokes and it turned into a learning experience. I now know to peel a couple more layers than what looks right. Very flavorful, and I love artichokes, but of the three dishes this week, I would give this one the 3rd place ribbon.

Fresh Spaghetti with Pan Roasted Artichokes, Garlic, and Lemon
Fresh Spaghetti with Pan Roasted Artichokes, Garlic, and Lemon

If I had to choose a favorite, it might be the trout with sweet potatoes and snow peas, but the lettuce wraps are an incredibly close second.

Again, the box arrived on time and everything inside was kept adequately cool. The recipes were in the easy/medium range (with the exception of the artichoke snafu), but every day is an opportunity to learn, right?

My only reservation, still, is the amount of plastic involved. Here’s a shot of the packaging for three meals. Actually, this is without the two frozen gel packs that are each the size of a dinner plate. The cardboard and plastic bottles went in the recycling bin, two of the green plastic bags have been reused, and the foam-filled liners that look like kindergarten nap pads are hanging out at work in hopes someone will need packing material. The majority of the plastic bags went in the trash. I’m hung up on that.

Cardboard box, packing material, and plastic containers
Packaging for one box (three meals)

Room for Improvement

  • Nutrition labeling
  • Reduce the packing material (or make it all recyclable)

Would I Recommend Plated?

Absolutely! This has been some of the tastiest cooking I’ve ever done, and best of all, I didn’t have to search for and choose recipes, shop, or carry it up two flights of stairs. This is one happy girl!

Drop a comment if you give Plated a try–I’d love to hear what you think!

Cheers,
Kelly