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Plated.com August 2013 Review Plated

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From Plated.com: “We are on a mission to strengthen people’s relationship with their food. We make it fun and easy to cook delicious gourmet meals at home. Our customers select from weekly menus created by top chefs, and we deliver all ingredients needed to make fresh, delicious meals in just 30 minutes.”
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Plated is a service that sends you everything you need to create a healthy meal at home, including recipes and ingredients. The items are shipped in a special package with insulation and cold packs so your ingredients stay fresh. I decided to try Plated because I was sick of wasting time selecting recipes, then shopping- which always takes me forever, and I always forget something crucial to the recipe, then end up over buying and throwing away all the different, extra wasted ingredients.

Plated lets you select how many plates you want delivered, with the minimum being 4 plates (two meals) One plate is equivalent to one serving.

The plates we chose were:
Chicken and vegetable fried rice
Whole wheat herb pizza with grilled chicken
I ordered 4 plates (two meals) for half off ($30) You can get the same deal if you click here: Plated

I seems like a lot, but when I broke it down per serving, $7.50 a person wasn’t bad at all- we’d spend way more eating than $30 eating out for one meal, and this was a much healthier option. Membership to Plated is $10/month and each serving is $12/plate for 4+ plates or $10/plate for 6+ plates. That breaks down to 3 meals for 2 people (i.e. 6 plates) for $70. Shipping is included and you can select whatever plates interest you that week or skip if you aren’t into them (I skipped next week because I wanted to give it a try to see how we felt about it first, and if it was worth it cost wise).

When I opened the cooler, I was amazed. Everything was packed so neatly and labeled perfectly.
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Here’s all of the nicely organized, fresh ingredients:
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I love that the soy-sauce is gluten-free!

I really liked that the two meals were separated in two different individual packages.
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The chicken had freezer packs surrounding it and was very cold still, which is great, considering it’s 100 degrees here today.

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Each meal comes with a full-size recipe card with tips, an explanation of the meal and the recipe, including pictures. You can see the recipe card in this picture:
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The boys were nice enough to volunteer to try cooking this meal (I was cleaning, and to be honest, my hubby is a much better cook!)

This was before he figured out I was sneakily taking pictures of the process:
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And here’s what happened when he figured it out:

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Geez. Oh well, aren’t guys that can cook the hottest? But I’d say I’m biased 🙂

And here’s his cute little helper, putting the pepper on the the chicken:
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We had one small problem, and that was that we didn’t check to make sure all of the ingredients were there (we just assumed they were all there) but we were missing the red pepper for the fried rice. I would have liked to try it with the red pepper in it, but we just didn’t feel like running out to the store by the time we got everything going. So in this case, I guess Plated didn’t solve the problem of missing an ingredient. Oh well.

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Here’s the finished recipe! Do you like how we borrowed some of the Parsley from the other dish to make it look like it’s a fancy cooking show dish? But the rice was awesome. We all loved it, especially Auds. He couldn’t stop eating the chicken. I can’t help but wonder what the red pepper would have added though!

The verdict after one dish: We liked it a lot! The food tasted great and was nicely organized. Greg said that it didn’t save much time with cooking (it still took about 45 minutes) which is what we wanted. But the meal was good and much healthier than eating out. I’m making our second meal tomorrow, so that will help us decide if we’ll keep it.

Here’s the link again to get 1/2 off your first box: Click Here


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