Blog Posts by Plated

  • Skip Take Out & Make These Chicken Tacos!

    For an excuse-proof plan to avoid ordering take out, make the mango salsa ahead of time, buy pre-shredded cabbage, and put the chicken in the fridge to marinate the night before. With a little bit of prep work, home cooked dinner has never been quicker!

    Chicken-Tacos2 Charred Chicken Avocado Tacos

    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
    • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, diced
    • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
    • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
    • 1 lime, juiced and divided
    • 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
    • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
    • 6 corn tortillas
    • ½ cup shredded cabbage
    • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • Kosher salt
    • Black pepper
    Marinate Chicken

    In a ziploc bag, combine the chicken in barbecue sauce. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.

    Prepare Vegetables

    Rinse the jalapeño and cilantro. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh, slice thinly, and squeeze half

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  • A Salmon-Avocado Super Salad

    Quinoa! Salmon!! Avocado!!! We're so excited about this trio that we can hardly contain ourselves. If we were more musically inclined, we might write a symphony for how deliciously & harmoniously these three ingredients work together in this gluten-free recipe that's packed with nutrients.

    Quinoa, Salmon & Avocado SaladQuinoa, Salmon & Avocado Salad

    Quinoa-Avocado Salmon Salad

    • ⅔ cup quinoa
    • 2 fillets salmon
    • 1 pint grape tomatoes
    • ¼ cup cilantro
    • ½ bunch scallions
    • ½ red onion
    • 2 limes
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 avocado
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 cup water
    • kosher salt
    • black pepper
    1. Cook Quinoa

    Rinse quinoa under cold water using a fine mesh strainer. Place quinoa, 1 cup water, and a pinch salt in a medium pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until water has evaporated and quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat, cover, and set aside.

    RECIPE: Charred Chicken Avocado Tacos

    2. Sear Salmon

    Rinse salmon and pat dry with paper towel. Season on

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  • The Only Christmas Morning Muffin Recipe You Need

    With a festive dusting of powdered sugar, these chocolate chip muffins are a delicious holiday treat. Everything is better with you-know-what, so we've opted out of using oil in this recipe and used butter for more flavor!

    RECIPE: Easy Banana Chia Seed Bread

    Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

    • ½ cup butter
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ cup milk
    • 2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • Powdered sugar, for dusting

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a fluted muffin pan with butter, or line a regular pan with paper liners if you don't have a fluted pan. Beat together the butter, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and milk. Mix in the flour, then gently stir in chocolate chips.

    READ: The Best Recipe for Whole Grain Pancakes

    Bake the muffins for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of the muffin tin), or until a

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  • Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


    Put these ingredients on your shopping list - now. These pumpkin muffins are ridiculously delicious and packed with tons of fall flavor.

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Makes 24

    • 4 eggs
    • 1 ½ cups raw sugar
    • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
    • ½ cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
    • 3 cups whole wheat flour
    • ½ cup ground flax
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
    • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    Mix eggs, sugar, pumpkin, yogurt and oil. Combine dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, and slowly incorporate into wet ingredients. Once combined, stir in chocolate chips. Line muffin tins with liners and fill ¾ of the way with batter. Bake at 350° F for 14-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    Tip: Don't skip out on the ground flax. It not only adds healthy fats and omega 3s, but also keeps the muffins from

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  • 10 Ways to Pull Off the Perfect Christmas Feast

    ChristmasIt's the most wonderful time of the year for family and friends, and with Christmas right around corner, it's time to plan out one epic holiday feast. From planning your menu and getting everything to the table piping hot to creating an awesome holiday playlist, we're giving you everything you need except the food with these 10 easy steps. The best news: these simple tips and tricks will work for any holiday meal, so feel free to print them out to use all year round!

    1. Check for food allergies and dietary restrictions

    Roll this step into the invitation process to save time and gather any substitutions or restrictions before you plan the menu. That way you'll be sure to offer something for everyone without the last-minute hustle.

    2. Mix traditional recipes with modern ones

    We love old-school, classic recipes more than the next guy, but sometimes a little innovation is key. When it comes to holiday supper, we suggest mixing up some of your grandma's recipes with a few newbies. Where

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  • The Perfect Holiday Appetizer: Thai Turkey Meatballs

    There's nothing worse than a bland meatball, and there's nothing better than these absolutely delicious Thai turkey meatballs. With basil, jalapeño, lemongrass, ginger and clove you're not going to have a boring bite. Paired with a savory peanut dipping sauce, these flavors will have you glued to the appetizer table!

    Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce

    • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
    • 3 inches fresh lemongrass, minced
    • 2 jalapeño chiles, seeded and minced
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup peanut butter
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • ½ cup hot water
    • salt and pepper

    In a mixing bow mix the turkey, garlic, ginger, chiles, lemongrass, basil, egg, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper until well combined. Put vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, begin shaping the turkey mixture into 1 ½-inch meatballs and

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  • The Best Cold-Weather Comfort Food: Cod Chowder

    Cod ChowderCod ChowderWe know you will love our simple take on this old-time New England favorite. Hearty potatoes, fresh-caught cod and smoked bacon come together to make a soup that will warm your bones in the chilly months to come. After a couple bites of this creamy deliciousness, you'll be ready to face the fiercest gale… Or at least turn on The Weather Channel.

    RECIPE: Rosemary-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

    Cod Chowder Recipe

    Serves 2

    1 medium potato, scrubbed and cut into ½" cubes
    3 strips thick-cut smoked bacon, cut into ½" pieces
    1 yellow onion, diced
    ½ cup cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
    1½ cups chicken stock
    1 cup yellow corn
    1 teaspoon dried whole cumin seeds
    1 8 oz. cod fillet, cut into 1 ½" pieces
    1 ½ cups 2% milk
    Salt and pepper

    In a medium soup pot, cook bacon over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until browned. Add onion, tomatoes, and cumin seeds, and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, corn, milk, and chicken stock; bring mixture

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  • Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe

    Shrimp Pad ThaiShrimp Pad Thai

    There's a standing joke in the office that a certain Community Manager someone is minorly-to-seriously addicted to Pad Thai. We're not saying she goes overboard, but one day someone walked in on her double-fisting chopsticks full of CPT (Chicken Pad Thai) in a corner of a dark conference room. We're usually pretty skeptical of homemade Pad Thai - Admit it: You love calling up and hearing the funny "One More Thai" name puns too - but this recipe has caused us to reevaluate our peanut-lime-noodle-nomnom ordering addiction. Make it. Love it. Make it again. Then thank us.

    Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe

    Serves 2

    Ingredients for Peanut Sauce:

    1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
    1 tablespoon fish sauce
    ½ tablespoon ketchup
    1 ½ teaspoons chili paste
    1 teaspoon garlic
    1 teaspoon hot sauce
    1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

    Ingredients for Shrimp Pad Thai:

    6 ounces rice noodles
    ½ cup carrots, thinly sliced
    ½ cup zucchini, thinly sliced
    ½ cup mushrooms, sliced

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  • Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp

    This recipe for Apple Cranberry Crisp is a perfect way to enjoy fall apples. Serve it with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for the perfect autumn dessert. It also tastes great for breakfast with a cup of hot coffee, but you didn't hear that from us!


    Apple Cranberry Crisp

    • 4 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into medium-sized pieces
    • ½ cup dried cranberries
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 pre-made 9" pie crust
    • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
    • ½ cup sliced almonds
    • ½ stick butter

    Preheat oven to 350° F. Juice lemon over apples and toss to coat in a small bowl. This will keep them crisp and prevent browning. Using a fork, combine cranberries, sugar, flour, and spices and add to the apples. Toss to

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  • Grown Up Mac & Cheese Recipe

    We all love classic mac & cheese, but those unidentifiable ingredients on the back of the box are more than a little unsettling. We gave this recipe a face-lift with aged cheddar, hearty ground beef, and a heaping side of roasted Brussels sprouts.

    Making a Comeback: Brussels Sprouts


    Grown Up Mac & Cheese Recipe

    Serves 2

    • 10 ounces brussels sprouts
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 6 ounces (about 3 cups) campanelle pasta
    • 6 ounces lean ground beef
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • 1/2 cup whole milk
    • 6 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) grated aged cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
    • Salt and pepper

    Roast Brussels sprouts

    Preheat oven to 400° F. Stem and quarter brussels sprouts, transfer to a small baking dish and toss with olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper and roast for 10-12 minutes or until golden and tender.

    Cook Pasta

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