A meal kit delivery service sends you recipes with the ingredients–the exact amount of ingredients you need–meaning there will be no leftover veggies rotting in the fridge.
About two years ago I subscribed to Blue Apron and I loved the concept of the meal kit delivery service–especially the convenience and variety since I am a terrible, horrible meal planner.
Despite having my stuff together on other fronts, this has been one skill/habit that has alluded me. So a meal kit delivery service was right up my alley.
So I liked it, but I didn’t always love the food choices. I’m one of those rare ladies who doesn’t love chicken. I don’t hate it, I just don’t love it. And Blue Apron was sending me lots of chicken and quinoa and oddly, dishes with red peppers which I am also not crazy about. I also found their meals to be super-crazy carby.
I also kind of hated their customer service. They were very hard to reach.
So I quit Blue Apron. I briefly toyed with Hello Fresh, and then I just decided to go back-to-basics and give meal planning another shot. It didn’t work, but then I found… Plated.
Plated is slightly more expensive than Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, but it’s customizable which was key for me.
- They let you choose your meals
- They let you choose how many plates of each meal
- They don’t require a subscription so you can pick which days you want to receive meals, for instance, if you are extra-busy one week or if you are traveling and don’t feel like grocery shopping as soon as you get home.
This is worth the extra $1-$2 a plate to me.
With Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, you receive a set menu of meals and a set menus of plates. When I was using Blue Apron, I subscribed for 3 meals a week with two plates each. That meant 6 plates total. I was throwing stuff out/letting it go bad because I either didn’t like one of the meals, or didn’t have time to get to the third meal.
Now with Plated, I generally order 4 plates of 2 meals each week for a Tuesday delivery. I cook one meal on Tuesday night, doubling the recipe since I have 4 plates which takes care of 4 meals for the week. The second recipe is stored to be used later in the workweek or over the weekend. The ingredients tend to last a full week so I can even stretch it to Monday night if I haven’t gotten to the grocery store yet.
If I really loved the Tuesday night recipe, I might grocery shop on my own for the ingredients, or if I’m really busy, I order another 4-6 plates to be delivered on Friday for use over the weekend or the following week. This is especially great when traveling. The day we got back from our last vacation, I had two meals (8 plates) waiting for me so I didn’t need to rush to the grocery store immediately.
Plated Is a Good Choice For You If
- Plated, and meal kit delivery services in general won’t work for everyone. Some people balk at the idea of paying more per plate when they could just go get the groceries themselves. I totally get this, but for some people, it’s a really good idea:
- If you like to cook but hate to grocery shop.
- If you, like me, can’t seem to get your act together to meal plan.
- If you like leftovers. Since I prepare 15-18 meals for myself (and a few for my boyfriend) each week, plus snacks, I love eating leftovers. That’s why I double my order each week.
- If you like to entertain. I have found that I’m more likely to invite people over for dinner if I can cut out the meal planning step. This is another advantage of doubling up on your order. I can have one of my friends over or another couple and 4-6 plates of one meal is more than enough to go around.
Plated Will not Work for You If
- People who hate leftovers. People who hate leftovers tend to be the people who don’t do a lot of cooking. I can’t imagine why…
- Good meal planners. I follow people like this on Pinterest who have this routine down: they curate recipes for a week, they schedule meals, they build a grocery list. Bam, done. If you can do that, you don’t need Plated.
Check out Plated.
I was not paid for this review, and I purchased these meals with my own money.