It never fails. I put a grocery list together and have some sort of plan for what I want to do but then during the week things happen. From having dinner with the family to staying late at work, sometimes I just don’t get the time to prep for dinner or meals for the next day. So at the end of the week I find myself with an excess of fruits and vegetables that I either have to use immediately or throw them away. Today I’m going to share what I did today to take clean out the fridge and make room for next week’s groceries.
- Lemon and blueberry water
- Sweet potato chips
- Kale, berry, apple and cucumber juice
- Kale, orange, carrot, apple, and ginger juice
- Large mason jar of apple juice (six medium red apples)
- Pot of homemade pasta sauce with spinach & mushrooms
Now not all of this was lying around in my fridge taking up space. Once I figured out what I could make from the leftover fruits and veggies I stopped by the store to supplement some of the recipes. However, my last grocery run was for juicing purposes so I did have an abundance of kale and spinach taking up way too much space.
Plated has expanded my cooking horizons. A lot of people might think that it’s a waste of money having the membership and buying the meals, but for someone who lives alone and works all day it has actually been helpful to my wallet. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve just ordered out or run to the store to buy a pre-made meal from the deli. Over the course of a month, that adds up and weighs heavily on my bank account. With Plated, I’ve been able to cook twice a week and have meals for four, sometimes five days. I think the best part though is that everything is measured out for you so you don’t over buy in the grocery store and let things go to waste. The meals are diverse and really good, the only downside I seem to have is sometimes the dish is a little bland, but that has ore to do with my reservations in using salt than the dishes themselves.
I’ve learned to cook thinks I would have never even considered on my own. When searching for recipes to try, I always tend to grab things that look easy or contain ingredients that I’m confident with. The meals I’ve received so far have taught me how to use vegetables I never would have before or cook dishes that would have never even crossed my mind in the past. I find myself looking forward to my Plated boxes arriving and its made me excited to learn how to cook. I’ve also been saving all of my recipe cards so that I can use them again in the future.
So far I haven’t had a single bad experience with Plated and I’ll be continuing to use them for the foreseeable future. If you’re interested in checking Plated out you can get two free plates by using this referral link!