Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meal Planning with Platejoy


Eating healthy can take a lot of time.  You scour Pinterest, other online recipe sources, or cookbooks, hunting for something different to make for dinner.  Which healthy meals can you make with items you have on hand or can grab on your next shopping trip?  What will be something that your whole family would enjoy and not go to waste?  It can be difficult to sort through the recipes to make sure they match your goals and don't contain ingredients you don't like or can't eat.

I've been experimenting with this new service called PlateJoy that makes that whole process take 5 minutes not 5 hours every week. They create personalized meal plans and grocery lists to help make healthy eating easier, taking your preferences into account.

The recipes I've tried so far I've enjoyed. It's great that the software remembers what you've said that you have in your fridge when creating your shopping list, which helps to reduce food waste, so you're also getting the most bang for your buck. They also show nutritional information for all meals to make it easier to track your progress.

PlateJoy's Skillet Cilantro & Lime Fish Tacos Recipe


  • 1 ½ yellow onions
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ jalapeno peppers
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 ⅓ limes
  • 2 ¼ lbs tilapia fillet
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 ½ avocados
  • 12 cups mixed greens 


  1. Slice onion, and finely chop cilantro and jalapeno pepper (remove seeds and membranes). Dice tomato. Squeeze lime juice. Pat tilapia dry and slice into strips. Whisk together half lime juice and half olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Set dressing aside.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, heat remaining olive oil and sauté onion until translucent, about 3 min. Add garlic and jalapeno pepper and cook 30 seconds more.
  3. Add tilapia and cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes, or until opaque, taking care not to break up the pieces. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then gently stir in cilantro, tomato and remaining lime juice. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more until tomato has softened.
  4. Heat corn tortillas in dry skillet for few minutes per side, or cover with damp paper towel and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. until pliable.
  5. Spoon filling into tacos and top with sliced avocado and more cilantro. Toss mixed greens with dressing and serve on the side.

 How Much Should We Eat?

portion breakdown

What I Did

You know me, I never do recipes 100% as they're listed; I'm always tweaking things.
  • 1 ½ yellow onions
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro ---> mix of parsley, oregano, & basil
  • 1 ½ jalapeno peppers  ---> bell peppers
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 ⅓ limes ---> bottled lime juice
  • 2 ¼ lbs tilapia fillet ---> used 800-something grams
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 ½ avocados ---> zucchini
  • 12 cups mixed greens ---> skipped since they were out at Kroger
Austin didn't even want to try a bite so I had to adjust the tilapia for one less person.  Besides, when I calculated the amount of fish (2.25 lbs is over 1020 g), I didn't have enough.  I used all but one fillet from the bag of frozen tilapia from Aldi's so my fingers were numb by the time I finished cutting it into strips.  The skillet was almost overflowing so I have no idea how I could've cooked the full amount!  I tossed in the zucchini to cook with everything else.

Benny ate his two tacos but he didn't enjoy them.  I think he said something about it not having enough flavor.  That I found odd with me not tasting much I rather enjoyed the flavor.  I'd love to make this again, of course it would have to be for someone else.  The leftovers I brought to work later in the week with rice for lunch.

I plan to continue to check out the weekly recipes to see if anything pops up that I think at least Benny would be willing to eat. I like that I can go in there if an ingredient pops up that I don't want to eat (like Brussels sprouts) I can remove it from my recipe queue and get a new set of meals.  I haven't seen this option in other meal planning software I've played with.

Save $10 off the plan you choose by visiting www.platejoy.com and entering the code LAWRTWBNM.


  1. Some days I wish I could meal prep but it's just not me and when I do it's just roasting veggies or thing like that and they don't last long. I tried it a couple times but it didn't go as planned when things changed and I wasn't a fan of eating what was planned especially if I didn't want it. :/ I do like the idea of meal service for others though and have been looking into them for family.

  2. I've been working on doing more meal planning. That recipe looks very easy and tasty. Thanks for sharing this is a great idea

  3. I'm currently trying out Hello Fresh!

  4. Looks like an awesome service. I'm an avid meal planner but this would be great for anyone that doesn't like to do the planning.

  5. Sounds like a great service for busy people! Wish your family would have liked the meal more though!

  6. I think I would love a service like this! I will totally look into Plate Joy!!