Trying EveryPlate’s Dinner Kit Service

I’ve tried a few meal prep kit services, but have found them to be too expensive for the amount of food you receive. I wasn’t planning to subscribe to another one, but I came across a great deal for a dinner kit service called EveryPlate. This service has the lowest serving cost I’ve seen, so I wanted to try out the quality of the ingredients.

EveryPlate offers a two-person and four-person plan with three meals per week. Recipes are healthy and menus can be customized to minimize pasta and gluten. You can choose your three meals from a selection of five. Selections include old-fashioned favorites, like Steak Frites, Bistro Burgers and Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, as well as exotic flavors like Balsamic Steaks with Bruschetta Toasts and Roasted Zucchini and Beef Banh Mi Bowls.

The preparation for each meal was relatively quick and easy. All the vegetables, meats, sides and spices were included, as well as recipe cards with a few quick steps. The recipes from my first box were Garlic-Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Root Veggies, Skillet Apple Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Lemony Green Beans and Beef Banh Mi Bowls with Sriracha Mayo and Pickled Cucumber. Each recipe card walks you through all the steps of preparation, although in some cases I found that my own method of multitasking in the kitchen was more time-effective (i.e. chopping vegetables while meat or pasta is cooking).

The ingredients were very good quality and everything was packed with cold packs to keep the items fresh. The only things needed were occasionally some butter, oil, milk, etc.

Here’s a taste of my first EveryPlate box:

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Stay tuned for a cook-through and review of my next box!

 

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The Chesapeake Goat Omelette

This delicious breakfast was created by my husband, who mixed one up for me this weekend 🙂

You can use egg whites (which is how my husband made ours) or whole eggs.

Ingredients:

5 eggs or equivalent amount of egg whites

8 oz. crab meat or imitation crab meat

4 oz. crumbled goat cheese

dash of salt

dash of pepper

1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

Preparation:

Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add eggs or egg whites and cook for 1-2 minutes until the egg just begins to set. Add the crab or imitation crab and goat cheese, spreading both evenly throughout the pan. Cook another 1-2 minutes until nearly set. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Old Bay seasoning, then fold one side of the omelette over the other and flip it gently to the other side to cook. Cook another minute or two until done, then slide it onto a plate. Cut in half and serve to your better half!

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Cocktail Experiments

If you’re playing Red Dead Redemption like my husband is, you may have come across a recipe for the St. Denis Sazerac. This was delicious to sip while watching my husband play the game.

This classic is made by rinsing a glass with absinthe, then dropping in some ice. Shake 2 oz. cognac or brandy, 1 cube of sugar and 2 dashes bitters in a shaker with ice, then strain into the absinthe-washed glass.

For my second cocktail of the evening, I wanted to give a new spin to an old favorite: the Manhattan. I substituted vermouth for PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and maraschino cherries for pomegranate arils in this Pomegranate Manhattan. Mix 2 oz. rye whiskey, 1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and a couple dashes of bitters in a shaker with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with pomegranate arils. Cheers!

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Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

This was so quick and easy I had to share! Cook a box of fusilli or other small pasta (the pasta I used was gluten-free). While that was boiling, I chopped a cucumber, half of a red onion, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and some cooked chicken and tossed them into a big bowl. I added a small can of black olives, then drained and cooled the pasta. I drizzled on some olive oil, some balsamic vinegar and some honey, then added a few dashes of salt, black pepper, a container of feta cheese and some Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, etc.). And voila! A simple healthy lunch.

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Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and diced

1 box fusilli or other small pasta, cooked, drained and cooled

1 small can diced black olives

1 medium cucumber, diced

1/2 medium red onion, diced

1 small container cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small container feta cheese

1 small jar artichoke hearts

2 tbsp. olive oil

4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp. honey

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

Italian seasoning, to taste

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy!

 

My Workout of Choice

I first got “Shred it with Weights,” Jillian Michaels‘ kettlebell workout dvd, about five years ago when I started running regularly so I’d have a strength-training workout to do on my off days from running. I loved the two different workouts on this dvd because they were quick (around 24 minutes each) and each had a great combination of moves. They trick you into thinking they’re easier than they are.

I was excited to find out that Jillian also has a fitness app with a wide variety of workout programs. You can choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced workouts, 30-day or 90-day full programs, 5k training, kickboxing and more. Each individual workout is customized according to your skill level, and you can choose to make future workouts easier or harder once you’re done. Daily meal plans are also included. You’ll also have access to a custom workout generator that lets you choose 10, 20, 30 or 45 minute length, easy, medium or hard workout and where to focus (i.e. abs, total body, arms, chest and back, etc.).

What’s your favorite fitness app or workout?

Jillian Michaels

Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas

This was such a delicious and easy way to enjoy fajitas for dinner from the crockpot. I grabbed some steaks from Lidl (about a pound worth) sliced it up and added it to the slow cooker with a bunch of green and red peppers and red onion and my two secret ingredients: homemade fajita seasoning and liquid aminos.

For the homemade fajita seasoning, I whisked together the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. parsley

This recipe doesn’t include chicken bouillon, which is used in some other homemade fajita seasoning recipes, so it’s paleo and Whole30 approved.

Crockpot Steak Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. steak, diced into thin strips
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced into thin strips
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced into thin strips
  • 1/2 red onion, diced into thin strips
  • 4 tbsp. fajita seasoning
  • dash liquid aminos

Cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours. Serve on whole wheat tortillas or in a bowl with cauliflower rice, black beans, lettuce, Greek yogurt, guacamole and tomatoes. Yum!

Slow Cooker Steak and Sweet Potato Stew

Today was #SlowCookerSunday, and I wanted to make something warming and hearty, but also healthy, for family dinner. Into the slow cooker went two pounds of diced sirloin, two diced large sweet potatoes, one diced medium white onion, three sliced large carrots, three diced celery stalks, one carton of beef broth, one teaspoon of rosemary, one teaspoon of thyme, one teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons of soy sauce or liquid aminos and a dash of pepper.

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I set my slow cooker for four hours on high, but you could also do six to eight hours on low. Once the sweet potatoes have cooked through and started getting a little mushy, it’s ready to serve. I cooked a pot of quinoa for the kids to have on the side, though it’s a full meal in itself.

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Delicious!