Review: Plated – Balsalmic Chicken Salad

After my first Plated meal (see here), I have finished the first box (three recipes in total) with success. Tonight was the first recipe of the second box (a salad seemed perfect for a steamy, summer day!).

the finished product

It was part of their Summer Grill Series and is the first salad I have tried through the service. They sent very fresh produce: a head of butter lettuce, green beans, and mâché still attached to the root.

what they sent

The chicken was marinated in a lovely Balsamic and herbs de Provence marinade which I will definitely recreate for future recipes. This was my first time blanching green beans for a salad and they were perfectly done (undone?) for the salad. It was accompanied by bleu cheese and Marcona almonds. I decided to toast the almonds and the increased nutty, buttery flavor was a perfect foil to a lemon and honey dressing. This is one meal that I was not sure of – my family doesn’t typically eat salads as a main course – but I was pleasantly surprised!!

(stay tuned as I try one of their desserts next time – profiteroles!)

My First Plated Box!

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Review: Plated – Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Succotash!

I have heard many things about meal kit delivery services (Plated, Blue Apron, etc.), but hadn’t tried it. My friend, Amy, referred me for a week of free meals from Plated –  the perfect chance to try it! You can select meal preferences (knowing my husband, I passed on the vegetarian entree). They allow you to select the number of people per meal (so we received three meals – two plates a piece). Here’s how it works. 

Today, I started the first day of my post-residency career and decided to celebrate with a dinner at home! The recipe George picked was a buttermilk-fried chicken and succotash. I really admire their commitment to locally sourced farms. My package arrived with four freezer packs (stated cold up to 24 hours). I threw these in the freezer to be used later!

DocLauraB Plated ingredients succotash

My Plated Ingredients – I saved the non-garlic plastic bags.

Everything was labelled for the recipe it is to be used for. They included everything (down to the butter and herbs) required for the recipe. It only required additional olive oil, salt and pepper! They have a handy recipe card with step-by-step instructions and photos.

It was true to the time stated on the recipe (thirty minutes total with fifteen minutes of active cooking).

Diced succotash veggies!

Diced succotash veggies!

I marinated chicken in buttermilk while dicing vegetables. I thought the poultry and vegetables were high quality! I started the succotash and then dredged and fried the chicken. I couldn’t help but use the remainder of the buttermilk to make a gravy!

DocLauraB Buttermilk Chicken and succotash

The Final Product (I threw some asparagus in there too!)

The Final Results:

George and I were both surprised by how much we loved the succotash. It had a hauntingly sweet quality and the garlic and thyme added a surprising complexity. The chicken was succulent and good enough to make me forget it was pan fried! I would not have otherwise tried this recipe, but I will definitely be making the succotash again. I would like to serve it with scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy!

I am looking forward to cooking the rest of my meals – and will definitely order more! The price for this meal was $11 per plate and well worth it!

Valentine’s Manicure!

It’s a little cutesy, but this sweet pink and red hearts mani brings back memories of elementary school complete with Ninja Turtles valentines cards, pink carnations, and heart-shaped erasers.


My husband and I were deciding our Valentine’s Day plans today and we both agreed that hanging out playing games would be preferable to entering the madness of going out on a date on the busiest night of the year. I look forward to doing the things we love best as we have romantic evenings all year long.

<blockquote“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

New Year’s Manicure!

So Christmas is over (all except for the arduous task of putting my tree up). It’s time to go back to work, but we still have another holiday to celebrate. New Year’s Eve is a poignant celebration of the year past and the promise of the year to come. Plus champagne! This year, my husband inadvertently invited all of our friends over (even though I work on NYE and New Year’s Day). I’m still pumped to celebrate and was looking for something beyond my typical glitter-infested manicure. When I came across this nail stamping plate, I knew I could convey champagne-infused celebration through my nails!mash 43I painted a shimmery gold background and then stamped the “bubbles” in black! I kind of love it for an understated manicure (that doesn’t take a liter of acetone to remove!)DocLauraB's Champagne ManiWishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Fall is here! Back To School Manicure!

It is finally getting into true Fall weather. While I lament the warm, sunny days of summer the one consolation is dark jewel tones, boots, scarves and cute coats. I did a few days of the color alone before I decided to delve into a Houndstooth pattern to add a little pizazz! Look for more shades of pumpkin, aubergine and forest green in the days to come!

DocLaura B Houndstooth Mani

DocLaura B Houndstooth Mani