Are you too busy to make dinner? Join the club. But luckily Plated has a great solution. They have reinvented date night by providing you with a quick and easy way to make dinner with your favorite dining companion. Plated has managed to make the cooking process fun by eliminating the annoyance of shopping for ingredients and bringing back quality, face-to-face conversation at your dinner table. No need to drop big bucks for a mediocre meal--because lucky you, Plated is offering CHOW readers four free meals with your first purchase. Now you have no excuse to impress your next date with a home cooked meal.
As part of the "Makers Series," the Lexus Culinary Masters Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo—known for their Los Angeles restaurants Animal, Son of a Gun, and Trois Mec—have created several signature dishes that are available for purchase through March 21 exclusively on Plated. The meals will cost $12 a plate: far cheaper than takeout or even cooking at home. Try a few of Plated's exclusive recipes, below; we guarantee you’re in for a pitch-perfect date night.
If you’re deciding to spend a Friday night at home, there’s no better way to spend it than preparing these wild Alaskan salmon fillets, seasoned with sumac, mint, and basil. This is a quick and simple recipe that makes a delicious salmon dinner for two in no time. Diced kohlrabi and sweet potatoes make for a flavorful starch, and with the addition of two plum tomatoes, it’s a wrap. Set the scene with a DVR’d episode of The Deadliest Catch and you’ve got a seafood party for two. Get our Sumac Salmon with Roasted Kohlrabi and Tomato Vinaigrette recipe.
White Bean Fritters
This is the perfect choice for a vegetarian date night—white bean fritters with a spinach and frisée salad is an unbeatable combination. Crushed red pepper, rosemary, pecorino, shallots, mustard, and white wine vinegar lend flavor to the fritters, and the frisée and spinach salad, topped with shaved Parmesan cheese, is a healthy and delicious combination. Get our White Bean Fritters with Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe.
Spicy Beet and Spinach Stir-Fry
If you’re looking for a simple date-night dinner plan that will clear your sinuses and get the night off to a fiery start, this beet and spinach stir-fry is a great choice. With baby spinach, yellow beets, cumin, turmeric, curry leaves, and a red Thai chile, this is a flavor-forward entrée that pairs well with a fruity wine like Sauvignon Blanc. Let the spiciness amp up your competitive spirit and engage in a rousing evening of board game rivalry. Get our Spicy Beet and Spinach Stir-Fry Over Sesame Rice recipe.
Beef and Pork Ragout Over Pappardelle
Pappardelle and ragout is a classic Italian restaurant dish that you can now tackle at home with your partner. This is a great recipe if you’re not in a rush—pick a leisurely weekend afternoon and start early—and don’t think twice about taking the opportunity to make a day of it. Mixing pork with the ground beef adds moisture, keeping the sauce rich and smooth, but not too fatty. Grated Parmesan, sprinkled liberally, makes for the perfect last-minute touch. Get our Beef and Pork Ragout Over Pappardelle recipe.
Pork Cutlets with Shallots and Rainbow Swiss Chard
Luckily this recipe only calls for a quarter cup of red wine, which leaves the rest of the bottle for you and your companion to finish off. Rainbow Swiss chard is packed with nutrients and is a sturdy enough green to stand up to the anise-flavored pork cutlet. Slice the pork in one-inch-thick pieces and generously coat with the red wine sauce. Get our Pork Cutlets with Shallots and Rainbow Swiss Chard recipe.
One-Pot Creamy Linguine
This is an ideal pick for a couple that doesn’t have much experience in the kitchen but is sick of ordering takeout. And with one pot, there aren’t any dirty dishes piling up in the sink--presenting even fewer excuses not to give it a shot. This linguine is almost like a risotto, using vegetable broth instead of water to cook the pasta and add more flavors to the pasta itself. With mostly vegetables and only two tablespoons of heavy cream, this is a healthy option that sure beats anything you’d find at Olive Garden. Get our One-Pot Creamy Linguine with Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Edamame recipe.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.