WIAW: Steak Gyros & Butternut Squash Ravioli with Spinach Pesto (Plated)

I’m not a good cook. I’m not even much of a baker. I do both to survive – the body needs food. Most of my “cooking” is simply putting things together without cooking it. This might be wraps, salads, or something simple.

But I love a good cooking show, especially “MasterChef” and “The Taste.” Gabe is so hot.

Lots of recipes require things I would have to buy solely for the one meal so when I got a sweet deal on Plated meals, I went for it.

I picked steak gyros. It came with everything except the salt and pepper.

I have no knife skills…

Non-fat Greek yogurt and cukes

Dill, red onions, and lemon juice

So delicious.

…and surprisingly easy.

The other meal I picked: butternut squash with spinach pesto.

This meal required my toaster oven, my blender, and a few pans. Too much for a regular evening meal.

Overall verdict


  • Comes with everything but salt and pepper. May require some other items like olive oil.
  • Everything is labeled in case you can’t tell the difference between dill and basil.
  • Packed with ice to keep cold. I came home later and it was still cold.
  • Photo directions and gorgeous meals! Highly important.


  • Requires too many pots and pans, bowls, a toaster oven, blender, etc.
  • Lots of clean-up.
  • Expensive. Meals run about $12 per plate with a minimum of 2 plates each meal, a minimum of 4 plates to order and then there’s shipping.

*Although I’m not sure if this is normal since I don’t really “cook” meals on a regular basis.

TRY OUT PLATED and let me know how it goes!

This has inspired me to cook more and made me more confident in my cooking. Each night, it took me about an hour to make dinner. I hear that’s normal.

How long does it take you to cook dinner on a weeknight?

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Free for All [at TJ Maxx]


The best treat: sleeping in on Sunday. But when that fails…

Juice Crafters, which is ridiculously expensive but so good. This is raw spicy mango smoothie.

All of this from TJ Maxx for my Foodie Pen Pal, my friends, and some for myself. Check out the awesome glasses that double as a bottle opener – I also made it into a keychain.

These snarky cards from Quirk Books will be perfect for Valentine’s Day and every day.

Ticket to Backstage Key‘s Girls Night In

What’s the ultimate treat?

Do you shop at TJ Maxx?

MIMM: Fake It Before You Make It (I’m Not Tired)

The first week back after 2 weeks off was… tiring. It was hard to go on with less sleep (~6-7 hours) and not be able to do anything I wanted. Well, the second part’s a little white lie. I still got to do fun things and therefore, reach some of my goals.

Cook more.

Fit Foodie Finds’ roasted red bell pepper hummus

Made a spread of food for a tea party

Cereal milk ice cream in the works

Spend more time with friends and family.

Wrote out a note to my friend and snapped a picture of it before her dissertation proposal

Women. Wine. Wednesday. I skipped the wine.

Elle gave us these memory jars – I will definitely use it!

Tea party with my ex co-workers

Bought my plane ticket to Austin/San Antonio for spring break to see Liz!

Got a beer and dinner with my friend Allison at Tustin Brew Co.

Celebrated Denton and his twin’s birthday

How are you doing on your goals?