My best friend Lauren gifted me some free meals through the meal delivery service, Plated. I’ve never tried a meal delivery service, so this was fun to try. Lauren’s gift to me was a value of $75 and I could choose between two, three or four servings from one to five meals a week. The four servings twice a week was $80, so I chose that option. This was the first of the two options I chose – salmon burgers with a chive aioli and a salad with mâche. I wanted to pick a meal that I’ve never made before and/or with ingredients I’ve never cooked with. Since I’ve never heard of mâche and was craving seafood, I picked this meal.
The Plated meal was very easy to cook. Everything was already measured out, so all you really have to do is mix everything together, cook it and then you’re ready to eat. The instructions have pictures and are easy to follow. The salmon burger had great flavor – horseradish, green onions, mustard and capers; and it went really well with the chive and lemon mayonnaise. The mâche went in the salad and looked very pretty, but I didn’t really notice a distinct flavor.
Ultimately, Plated is super convenient. Everything is delivered to you and pre-measured, ready to go so you don’t have to go to the store or spend a lot of time measuring things out. I could see a busy family or someone who lived in a big city where grocery shopping is difficult really taking advantage of the ease. It also has interesting meals that aren’t your standard meat and sides in addition to having options that meet dietary needs. One downside is the price. $80 for two meals (technically four since I had left overs for lunch) is pretty high considering that I spend roughly $80-100 for about 5 days worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, if you really like the whole process of cooking and meal planning – seeing what’s on sale at the grocery store, planning your menus, getting creative – this kind of takes that out of the picture. There was also just a lot of packing throughout the whole process, which generates a lot more waste than just shopping at the store.
Overall opinion – tasty and convenient! Thanks Lauren for letting me try this out!
Salmon burgers with chive aioli and mâche
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5-10 minutes, depending on if you work in batches
2 ounces mâche (you could definitely leave this out if you can’t find it and sub a handful of arugula instead)
1/8 ounce chives (about 1 tbsp finely chopped)
2 tbsp capers
1 1/2 pound ground salmon
4 packets dijon mustard (probably 1tbsp and a half)
2 tbsp horseradish
1/2 cup panko
4 packets mayonnaise
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
4 brioche buns
5 ounces spring mix lettuce
To make the burgers, mix the mustard, horseradish, breadcrumbs, scallions, capers and salmon together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Divide into four equal patties and chill for 5-10 minutes, which will help keep the burgers together while cooking.
While the burgers and chilling, mix the mayo, chives, juice of one lemon, salt and pepper together and set aside.
Next, whisk the oil and vinegar together in a large bowl, add in the spring mix and the mâche and toss.
Cook the burgers in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the temperature reaches 145 degrees.
Toast the buns, top the salmon with the mayo and serve the salad on the side.