Back in June, I gave my husband Mark a gift card to Plated for Father’s Day. We had so much fun with it! Enjoying food rather than being scared of it is one of the best things about leaving binge eating behind, and Plated was definitely a fun way for me to truly enjoy food and eating. For this week’s post, I thought I’d do a little review of Plated and share some pictures of the gorgeous culinary creations Mark and I put together with Plated this past month. 🙂
What Is Plated?
Awesome. That’s what Plated is: awesome. No, but really. Plated is what you could call a “meal subscription service.” Essentially, it’s a website that allows you to order boxes full of fresh, delicious ingredients that are then mailed straight to your home. Each box contains the ingredients and instructions for you to make a complete, beautiful meal right in your own kitchen. No grocery shopping required!
While I do most of the cooking at our house due to my husband’s full-time job and part-time student status, Mark really does like to cook. I thought Plated would make for some fun date nights in for my closet-chef husband and me.
How Does Plated Work?
To start up a Plated subscription, you hit Plated’s website and create an account. From there you can decide how often you want a box to come to your home as well as choose the particular meals you want delivered. The smallest plan (what we did) allows you to choose a box containing two meals per week, with each meal serving 2 people apiece. However, you can skip as many weeks in a row as you want, and you don’t pay for skipped weeks.
On your designated date, you’ll find a big ol’ box on your doorstep packed with ice and padding so that all your ingredients arrive fresh and cool. I’m not going to lie—it was really fun and excited to have those boxes arrive! The boxes include not just the ingredients but also detailed, step-by-step directions for how to make your meals.
Since it was Mark’s gift, he did all the choosing of the meals. Our first box contained ingredients for Steak Tostadas and Maple-Glazed Pork Chops with Peach & Arugula Salad. Our next box, which we scheduled for two weekends later, contained Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps and Chicken Enchiladas Suizas. There are vegetarian options to choose from as well.
How Much Does Plated Cost?
The simplest, cheapest Plated plan gets you two meals, which serve 2 people apiece, for $54. That’s $12 a plate with $6 for shipping. You can customize your plan to give you more meals each week or feed more people per meal, but $12 a plate is the basic cost for Plated meals. Optional fancier “Chef’s Table” meals cost a bit more (depending on what the meal is). You can also add on desserts for a few bucks apiece as well.
Are Plated’s Meals Healthy?
Overall, I’d say yes, but it depends. You can look at the nutrition data on each meal and see for yourself what the numbers are. Our pork chop dinner rang in pretty low at about 350 calories a plate whereas our chicken enchiladas (which I could barely finish—the portions were huge!) came in at about 700 calories a plate. All nutritional data for the meals is listed right on the website where you choose which recipes to have sent in your box, so you can scope them out beforehand if you’re at all concerned about those numbers.
It’s also worth mentioning that Plated makes a real effort to give your organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free, locally sourced ingredients. So the food you get is wholesome, quality stuff.
What Did I Think of Plated Overall?
If I had the budget, I’d keep Plated rolling indefinitely. Cooking a fabulous meal at home is really, really fun! Plus, the cost per plate isn’t more than you’d pay at a restaurant. And honestly, these meals tasted better than most restaurant meals I’ve eaten lately. Plated was a ton of fun for Mark and me, and I’d recommend it to anyone.
I was pretty bugged once I found out the problem, but when I emailed Plated and explained my frustration they apologized and allowed us to combine the promo and gift card anyway. How cool is that? Online businesses can be pretty cold and impersonal, but Plated treated me like a real person.
I’ll admit it: we did cancel our subscription after the two meal boxes covered by the gift card. But the only reason for that was the price. With Mark in school and a baby on the way, we stick pretty closely to our conservative budget. And while our budget does allow us to spend money on each other on special occasions, it doesn’t allow for us to regularly spend as much on food per meal as Plated costs. Down the line, though, I’d absolutely start up our subscription again.
Everything about Plated was spectacular. The ingredients arrived fresh and beautiful, the finished meals were delicious as well as simple to prepare, and the overall experience was a blast. I give Plated five stars!