Anyone who follows me on Facebook might have noticed a couple weeks ago when I plugged a meal delivery service called Plated. I was lucky enough to hop on this little bandwagon at a discounted rate so I thought I’d give it a try for a week and let you know how it went. Basically the service allows you to choose from a variety of recipes from top chefs each week. You decide how many plates you need of each dish and then the portioned ingredients are delivered to your door once a week. Simple.
For my inaugural delivery I went with two meals, a white bean chicken chili and seared flank steak with escarole and marcona almond salad. Sure enough on Tuesday my ingredients showed up and they looked like this.
Don’t worry if you aren’t there to pick up the package yourself, everything is perfectly packed, even perishables. The meats were kept fresh with freezer pouches and are locally sourced! Yipee! Both recipes cooked up in about 30 minutes and since I ordered four plates I had leftovers of each to feed me for four nights (or in my case three dinners and one lunch).
So would I recommend this service to you? Yes! If you are bored with your current repertoire or are just tired of coming up with dinner ideas Plated makes making dinner VERY easy and doesn’t leave you with huge amounts of leftover kale (a problem I have faced….there are only so many nights I will eat kale in a row) or whatever other ingredient you needed. It also has the possibility of introducing you to new ingredients…I probably would have never purchased sunchokes myself, but they were great in my escarole salad! The downside to Plated is the price….at $12 a plate this can get pretty pricy if you have a big family. Plus there is a 4 plate minimum order so if you are gonna order you are committing to at least 4 meals. After using the service I decided to think of it as a luxury service (which lets face it that is exactly what it is). I figure once a month or even every other month I can use Plated to give me a break from having to figure out dinner. If nothing else it gets me to cook different meals than my usual standards, I mean the likelihood of me making Thai Stew with Salmon and Tomato on a Tuesday is pretty much nil, but if the portioned ingredients are delivered to my door I might give that recipe a try. If by any chance you have the urge to give Plated a try use this referral link and they will give you a deal. Bon appetit!
Disclaimer: This post was in NO way sponsored by Plated, I do not receive anything from them in return, I just wanted to share my thoughts.