Sunday, January 24, 2016

What's for Dinner?

One of our Christmas presents was a gift certificate for Plated. It's a similar service to Blue Apron.

Plated is a little more expensive per meal than Blue Apron. You can opt for two servings of two meals per week. The Blue Apron minimum order is two servings of three meals. Both allow you to skip weeks.

We've only had two weeks of Plated dinners. Our second week's meals arrived this weekend. Friday night Jeff made Greek beef and lamb tacos with pomegranate molasses and pomegranate seeds. We were intrigued by the idea of pomegranates and enjoyed the tacos. The side dish was a cucumber-tomato salad.

On Saturday, I prepared roasted carrots and burrata with bulgur and blood orange served over arugula. I was especially interested in the roasted carrots. I had clipped a recipe for roasted carrots and avocado over a year ago but never got around to making it. This version was tasty. But I would have tweaked the recipe a bit--less burrata and arugula and more vinaigrette.

Last week's Blue Apron entrees included seared salmon with salsa verde, buffalo chicken sandwiches and Korean tteok and spicy pork ragu. We eat salmon often, so this selection wasn't anything special. I don't care for the Blue Apron sandwich or burger selections. I prefer their meals to be a little more exotic. The Korean tteok and spicy pork ragu was the highlight by far. Tteok are tiny steamed rice cakes. We loved them with the pork, bok choy and spices.

Discovering new foods and combinations is the highlight of these services. We've enjoyed a lot more hits than misses.

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