Happy Wednesday! We interrupt our regularly scheduled installment of “Y’all Come Eat” to bring you this review of Plated. Plated is a service that delivers pre-portioned, responsibly sourced ingredients for a foodie experience directly to your front door. We’ve been racking our brains for ideas on how to have a homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner while not spending all of our free time in the kitchen. Check out this video to see exactly what Plated is and why I was so interested in this concept.
The idea of trying recipes that were out of my comfort zone is really what intrigued me about Plated. A huge added bonus was not having to purchase all of the necessary ingredients on my own and having a bunch of partially used sauces, spices, and condiments lying around. Once I found the coupon code GETPLATED I knew that now was the time to go for it! This code gives you 4 Plates plus 1 month of membership for free (if you order more than 4 plates they will be at the member price of $12 vs retail $15) and all you have to pay is $20.00 for shipping. For $5.00 per Plate this is definitely a great value! $20.00 seemed steep to me just for shipping but they are sending the package overnight and they take great precautions to ensure that your food remains cold throughout delivery. Everything is packed nice and tight with two very large ice packs and in the box is a cube shaped insulated liner. Things were very cold when I opened the box. I live in an indoor apartment building so the box sat in an air conditioned hallway. I don’t know if it would have fared so well on my stoop in a typical Maryland summer day but I hope so.
For our four free Plates I chose the Beef and Chorizo Tacos with Sautéed Chard and Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Bulgur, Raisins, and Pine Nuts. Last night we made the Beef and Chorizo Tacos and tonight we’ll be making the Chicken Thighs. My first observation was that everything was very clearly labeled individually and bagged based on what recipe it was to be used for. It is pretty much impossible to mess this up. What wasn’t impossible was making a damn mess! I have never made such a mess in the kitchen. I solely blame the Swiss chard which I have never worked with before though I regularly work with spinach and not always prewashed in a bag so I have no idea what that was all about. With all of that said though actually cooking the meal made me feel like I was on an episode of “Chopped”. There was a very visceral feeling while cooking this dinner. Maybe not having to pull and prep the ingredients allows you to just zone right into the fun part. Since I was mentally auditioning for “Chopped” and was feeling creative, I threw together impromptu faux Mexican rice. We keep cooked quinoa in the freezer so I nuked that with some taco seasoning and stirred in some salsa once it was heated up. I was really happy with how delicious that was considering it was an afterthought.
Our two biggest complaints were that despite going right from the stove to the table everything got very cold, very quickly and that there was WAY too much Swiss Chard. That was even after I omitted about a ¼ of what they sent us. I really liked the taste of the meal overall. You can pretty much add chorizo to anything and I’m a fan. This was very high quality chorizo too so I was super stoked. TJ was not as impressed as I was. He actually did not even eat all of his tacos and left a bunch of chorizo, which I was happy to take care of.
While we ate I had dessert in the oven which was a delicious way to end this meal. I teased the dish on Instagram yesterday…any guesses? All will be revealed on Monday in “It Came from the Internet”.
Overall I like the idea of Plated more than I actually liked this dish. I feel like there is a lot riding on tonight’s dinner. If we’re not impressed then I’m sure we will not be ordering again. I am glad that we tried it for the intro rate. It was worth the experience. I know that I will definitely continue to troll their menu offerings and add those dishes to my weekly menu. Many of them I’m certain that I can buy from Wegman’s for cheaper than $24.00 and get more food for my buck! With Plated my freezer will never get any love because while I did not think that it was a small portion, there certainly are not any leftovers.
Have you tried any of these types of subscription services or have any tips to ensure homemade meals throughout the week?