What does Garnished Plate have to offer?
Real wholesome slow cooker recipes that have been tested by real families. What does wholesome mean? We try to find the best balance of using whole fresh ingredients along with timesaving frozen items and a select few canned and/or convenience items. We want all of our meals to be as nutritious as possible but understand it's not always possible to make every single item from scratch. Therefore, we utilize things like canned beans or tomatoes along with fresh veggies and meats.
All of our main dish recipes have been created specifically for the slow cooker. This is because we believe that this is the best way to get dinner on the table in the midst of our busy lives. Even on days when we have the best of intentions, life often throws us a curveball. When you have meals made up in advance and are able to simply add them to your slow cooker while eating breakfast, you can get dinner made before your day even gets started.
Each week we will set up a meal plan for you that includes 5 main dish recipes and 5 side dish recipes. This works well for many people as it takes the guesswork out so you don't have to search for ideas. You can choose to include as many or as few of these recipes as you want and better yet you can add other recipes from our database if you choose. You have the option to search the database or of adding a recipe you marked as a favorite from a prior week. If you decide to be ambitious you can even make up a couple of weeks worth of meals at once. And my favorite part yet? You can adjust the serving sizes for most recipes. Make extra of certain dishes and we will even give you simple recipes to use up the leftovers! No matter what you choose, your shopping list will be updated to reflect your selections.
The shopping list is automatically generated based on your selections for the week. It is organized by grocery category to make it easier to find what you need. And it's interactive, so before you leave home, check your supplies and check off any you already have on hand. Then, simply pull up the list on your mobile phone at the store and continue to check off items as you add them to your cart. No more last minutes trips to the store for forgotten ingredients. And no more purchasing random ingredients without a plan, only to have to throw them out later.
We make prep ahead simple. Basic instructions for each recipe show you which ingredients to add to the freezer bags. We have done extensive testing to determine what food items freeze well and all recipes have been customized for this purpose. It's such a great feeling knowing you have meals made up and ready to go.
Having a group of friends or family over for an occasion or just to catch up? Creating meals for others can be stressful, but with our theme based dinner party ideas, you can choose recipes for the number of people you will be entertaining. You will get all the instructions to prep as much of the food ahead of time as you can plus the ingredients will be added to your weekly shopping list. Then, when party time comes, you can relax and enjoy!
Never feel like you have to go it alone when meal planning! Members will have access to exclusive content that includes tips on getting it all done, easy party ideas, suggestions for getting the family to slow down and sit at the dinner table and even things like wine and beer pairing for our favorite date night or party-themed meals!