Sunday, December 1, 2013

Vietnamese-Style Shaking Beef with Basmati Rice

Basmati rice is a variety of long grain rice traditionally cultivated in South East Asia. Although it is comparable to other white rice, Basmati has a special aroma caused by a chemical called 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline. In this recipe, I would say that any rice substitution (white long grain, brown rice, etc) would be completely acceptable.

The star of this dinner is definitely the flavorful beef, accented by the bright and spicy herb salad atop the plate. I would not recommend making this dish without the greens. So here is how I did it.

My Plated dinner for two came with the following:

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sockeye Salmon with Farrotto and Butternut Squash

We eat Salmon once a week in our home, usually on a Monday night. So regularly on Monday that it's become a joke around the house and with co-workers who know our routine. It started because grocery shopping is usually done on the weekend, and I prefer to eat purchased fish sooner rather than later in the week.

My preferred way of preparing Salmon is for Jim to grill it. I put a heavy sprinkling of Baron's Hot Habanero and Green Chili seasoning on top and then leave the rest to my hubby. Jim has developed the perfect timing for grilling the fish so that it has perfect cross hatch grill marks and crispy skin.

I'm perfectly happy with our salmon rut routine, but was open to trying the Plated version of Sockeye Salmon with Farrotto and Butternut Squash. It was delicious and filling!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Harper's First Halloween

Harper was a Shrimp Sushi Roll for her first Halloween. I made the costume using a white onsie and several pieces of felt. Everything was attached using heat seal and bond. It came together pretty quickly.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Skirt Steak with Creamy Quinoa and Maple Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts were never a favorite vegetable of Jim, until I made him these with bacon. Mmmm... everything is better with Bacon. But is it? This Plated dinner with maple brussels sprouts were both simple and delicious... and you know what else? They lacked bacon and were MUCH healthier than what I usually prepare.
This is what came in my Plated box for the Skirt Steak with Creamy Quinoa and Maple Brussels Sprouts.
1 pound Brussels sprouts
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/3 cup quinoa
1/2 yellow onion
1 packet butter
1/4 teaspoon chicken base
10 ounces skirt steak
1/4 cup ricotta
Because I didn't cook this dinner until five days after receiving my Plated shipment, the ricotta wasn't as fresh so I replaced it with cottage cheese in this recipe.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pork Chops with Cider Gravy and Roasted Fennel-Apple Salad

On my last post, I left a teaser for Plated and now I'm ready to show you what I was talking about. I was just ecstatic to receive our first Plated shipment last Wednesday. This food delivery service is different than others I have heard about. It's not prepackaged foods, this is affordable gourmet ingredients shipped fresh to my doorstep along with detailed recipe cards.
The smart design of this insulated box kept all the ingredients cold and fresh.

This is what my Plated shipment looked like when I unpacked everything. Meats are all sealed in airtight packaging, ingredients are grouped by recipe and everything was clearly labeled.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Soups On!

It's a roundup of my most favorite soup recipes. Whether you slurp it, sip it or spoon it - SOUP can be a wonderful first course or made into a meal.
Speaking of a one pot meals, this warm and spicy Moroccan Chicken Soup is full of veggies and flavor. Spiced with cumin, curry and paprika, the onions, celery and carrots are simmered along with shredded chicken, chickpeas and chopped zucchini. This Moroccan soup is more likely to be served as a light supper rather than as a first course. These will be leftovers the family will ask for! Reheat and serve over rice, quinoa or couscous.

Friday, August 23, 2013


I’m a Zombie.

Have you seen the new zombie Sprint commercial? A zombie stands in front of a friendly red haired Sprint rep, screeching. The Sprint saleswoman greets him with a smile “Can I help you?” The zombie coughs and immediately starts talking like a normal human being “Excuse me, hi. Uh, I wanted to find out about the unlimited for life guarantee.” The Sprint employee replies “Sure, Sprint is guaranteeing unlimited talk, text, and data for life.”

The zombie seems pleased but has more questions “Cool, cool cool cool cool, and uh what if say technically you were not alive. Like, maybe you were, undead?” The Sprint saleswoman replies “Like a zombie.” The zombie somewhat offended, or at least pretending to be, suggests “Woooooaaahhhh, let’s not go putting labels on people.” Immediately after the zombie stops talking, his ear falls off of his head and lands on the floor. After a second the zombie confesses “… I’m a zombie.”

Watch commercial here:

I die. Every time I see this commercial, I can’t help but laugh.

In honor of the commercial that makes me hit PLAY on my DRV, I’m naming my Fantasy Football Team, “I’m a Zombie.”