Plated: July 2013 Review (Part 1)

Plated First LookI’m in my second week as a Plated kitchen master and I gotta say I’m super excited to cook this week’s menu! You can read all about how Plated works in my introduction post and read what I thought about previous boxes (June 2013 Part 1, June 2013 Part 2).

Last time I ordered Plated, I had a hard time planning my meals for the week and my chicken and some produce went bad. So, this time, I made sure not to buy as much food at the store, and instead use these ingredients earlier in the week. I also put all the meat I wasn’t immediately using in the freezer. Just in case something happened and I wasn’t going to be able to use it when I originally planned.

This week I’ll be cooking:

  • Red White and Bleu Burger with Baked Parsley Potato Chips
  • Spicy Skillet Fried Chicken with Cabbage-Fennel Slaw and Corn on the Cob
  • Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken with Homemade Tortilla Chips and Pico de Gallo

Spicy Lime Garlic Chicken IngredientsI started with the Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken with Homemade Tortilla Chips and Pico de Gallo. Anything with the words spicy, garlic and lime in the description is a must try in my book. When I unloaded the ingredients they really looked great! I was happy to see a smaller onion included. Last time I made a salsa from Plated, they said to use the whole onion, but it was huge! This time I was actually able to use the entire thing, which I was definitely happy about. I had heard problems before about people only receiving one chicken breast, when they were supposed to get two. But, I didn’t have any problems on the ingredient front this time around! They really did include everything. There were even little butter packets!

I’m always amazed at how Plated makes cooking their meals so easy. The timing of everything worked out perfectly, and I was really excited to make homemade tortilla chips. I have some corn tortillas in the cabinet, so I know I’ll be repeating that recipe really soon.

Spicy Lime Garlic Chicken finishThe flavor of everything was seriously delicious. The chicken was killer. And my hubby and I both really liked it. The tortilla chips came out great and I loved the pico. Both were easy to make, and I’ll definitely be saving all three recipes.

The only real downside is that I felt like there was something lacking from the meal. While there’s technically three components, it really only felt like two. I wish there was one more element included in the meal. And, we could have definitely used some more tortilla chips. I ended up baking a few more from the corn tortillas I had in the house. But, when all the flavors and everything tastes so great, it’s hard to complain about something like that!

What do you think? Have you tried Plated yet? If you want to try it and receive two plates free, leave a message below or send me an email at and I’ll hook you up!

Disclosure: This product was received as part of the Midwest Beta Test. All views in this post are the opinion of the author. Just Louise Please will not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain referral links. Complete Disclosure Policy.

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