Order meals at home with Plated!

Before I get to my review of Plated and their excellent meal delivery service, I have a confession. I’m super embarrassed about this, but somehow, this post completely fell through the cracks and I’m just now getting around to sharing this with you….um, a year and a half after I agreed to review this product!!! WHAT?! That’s ridiculous, and my many many apologies to the company. I could have easily let this one slide, because I’m never obligated to write a review if I don’t want to. But!…I really and truly loved having the opportunity to work with Plated and had to bite the bullet and admit my little oversight, here.

Alright, on with the show. Plated.com is an e-commerce platform that delivers everything you need to cook a chef-designed meal at home in 30 minutes, for just $12 per person. They offer a handful of new recipes each week for you to choose from. They deliver all of the pre-measured ingredients needed to make these meals at home, plus a photo-packed recipe card with step-by-step instructions. Their meal options even include vegetarian and gluten-free dishes so there is something for everyone.

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I loved having the opportunity to sample Plated’s meals. Their menu selection is so unique! Every time I check their weekly specials, I’m impressed by how diverse each dish is and also over the fact that they’re almost always dishes that I’ve never cooked before. They absolutely have that restaurant quality about them, and I’m all about bringing something new and fresh into the kitchen and onto my family’s dinner table. And what’s even better is getting such quality meals for such a great deal. I’m not at all a picky eater. I’d go as far to say that I’m an adventurous one, always wanting to try new foods from any menu AND new recipes I find via Pinterest. That’s why I appreciate the different and thought-out meals that Plated has to offer. I had a really hard time choosing 2 meals, they all look so great (even the vegetarian dishes, and I like meat!).

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Let’s talk price for a moment. At first, I thought that $12 a plate sounded like the price I’d pay for my meal in a restaurant so what am I really saving here? Why not just go out and eat? But I started thinking about the fact that you won’t have to drive anywhere, whether it be to the store or a restaurant so you’re saving on gas money right there (hello, steep southern California gas prices!). Don’t forget that you’re saving money from leaving a tip for your waiter/waitress. Also, you save your time, which you can’t put a price on. I don’t know about you, but being a mom of two now, I dread grocery shopping with the kids. It’s such a hassle getting them into the car and out. My oldest is finally well behaved at the store so she’s not such a problem but my 6 week old is colicky and cries and screams often. Just thinking about juggling the two of them at the store plus all of my grocery shopping gives me anxiety. It absolutely saves me time, money and my sanity to have every ingredient I need for a delicious meal sent to my doorstep.

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Plated’s meal delivery service is such a great convenience for any new parent or a family with a busy household. If time is something you’ve been lacking and have been trying to find more of, then ordering tasty dishes to cook for your family is seriously the way to go. And, if you’re thinking you can’t afford it on a regular basis then why not use them during a week when you know life will be a little extra hectic or for a special occasion? Here are some examples of the perfect time to order from Plated to make your life a bit easier:

  • You have major deadlines to meet at work and will be spending much of your day/week trying to meet them, leaving no time to evenĀ thinkĀ about what to make for dinner, let alone grocery shop
  • A holiday/special occasion (party, graduation, anniversary, trip…) is approaching and you’ll be out most of the week planning, shopping and running errands. Who has time to think about dinner?
  • You’re expecting house guests from out of town and need every last minute you have to clean and prepare your home, rather than worrying about grocery shopping for dinner.
  • You’re expecting company over for dinner and you want to impress them with your amazing cooking skills (but really, you were sent every ingredient along with step-by-step instructions to make it. Winning!)
  • You’re trying to plan a fun date night activity with your boy/girlfriend. Why not order a meal for 2 from Plated and spend the night indoors, cooking together? With a chef-prepared dish, you can’t go wrong. Follow this up with wine and a movie and you’ve got yourself an intimate night together.
  • You’re expecting to give birth to a child soon and you know you’ll have no time to grocery shop or will even be able to physically do so while recovering during the immediate days/weeks after. Plan ahead and order your meals. One less thing to worry about while you’re caring for your newborn.
  • You have a friend or family member who is expecting a baby soon or has just given birth and you’re racking your brain for that perfect gift to give the new parents. Order them meals from Plated! I recommend doing so during week 3 or 4 and beyond because that’s when Mom will be more mobile and able to prepare meals with more ease. Use the first 2 weeks to make them meals yourself, like casseroles, so they don’t have to lift a finger.
  • You’re going on vacation/out of town for a week. You know your fridge won’t be stocked with anything to make a fresh meal when you return home, and you’ll be busy unpacking and getting your house back in order. Ordering meals ahead of time to arrive when you get back will be a total convenience for you.

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Both meals that we chose (Panko-Dusted Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw // Spaghetti Squash with Feta, Chickpeas and Wilted Spinach) were amazing. Before then, I had never cooked with spaghetti squash or had made fish tacos. My husband and I were both super pleased and satisfied with it all and they were very easy to cook (thank you, crystal clear instructions!). The portions were perfect for us, too (and my husband eats a lot…sorry dear). We liked them so much, we’re actually going to order (on our own dime this time) from them again real soon. Having a 6 week old at home doesn’t give me much time to take a shower these days, let alone plan, shop for and cook dinner. I highly recommend giving Plated a try or gifting their service to someone in need of a helping hand!

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