Plated – October 2018

What is Plated?

Plated is a meal delivery kit subscription service.  The insulated box comes with recipe cards and pre-measured ingredients for each selected recipe.  Ingredients are thoughtfully sourced with pork and poultry raised without antibiotics, beef with no added hormones, sustainably caught fish, fresh & seasonal produce, and organic ingredients when possible.

There are different weekly plans available with 20 dinner recipes to choose from each week, plus dessert options!  The option to skip weeks or change delivery days is available, if needed.  Price depends on the number of servings and recipes you order.  The plans are:

  • 2 servings = $11.95/serving
    • 2 recipes = $47.80/week
    • 3 recipes = $71.70/week
    • 4 recipes = $95.60/week
  • 3 servings = $9.95/serving
    • 2 recipes = $59.70/week
    • 3 recipes = $89.55/week
    • 4 recipes = $119.40/week
  • 4 servings = $9.95/serving
    • 2 recipes = $79.60/week
    • 3 recipes = $119.40/week
    • 4 recipes = $159.20/week

~Shipping is free for plans over $60~

Note: I have seen various promos for Plated, so definitely search around before ordering so you can get a discount!

My First Box

Braised Chicken, Apricots, and Currants with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

This was definitely a great flavorful dish.  The already small potatoes only need to be cut in half and the dried apricots and shallot were easy to slice as well.  Although this one took a little longer to cook, the recipe was pretty easy.  Normally, my husband and I are not crazy about spinach, but the way in which it was cooked and mixed with the potatoes, made this side our favorite part of the meal!  The only thing I didn’t like as much about this dish is that it seemed like it probably had a high sugar content since it used dried fruit and we also added some brown sugar.

Shrimp Pad Thai with Bok Choy and Peanuts

I love ordering Pad Thai at restaurants, but this is the first time I’ve tried making it at home.  Thanks to the recipe and ingredients provided by Plated, it turned out great!  Usually when I try to cook shrimp, it ends up being sort of rubbery, but the recipe card gave great instructions on how to cook it perfectly.  The flavor of this dish was awesome, and besides a little bit of prep work, it was very easy to prepare.

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Brown Butter Gnocchi with Butternut Squash, Walnuts, and Sage

This was such a great fall dish!  I’ve never had gnocchi with these kinds of flavors before, but I loved it!  It was nice that the butternut squash came pre-chopped.  The recipe did recommend chopping it up further, but having it already cubed made this step much easier.  I also don’t usually like nuts but the walnuts added a great crunch to this pasta, and went well with the other flavors.

My Thoughts

I gave each of these dishes five out of five stars!  The recipes had a nice variety, great taste, and weren’t too difficult to make.  The potion sizes seem better than some other meal kits I’ve tried.  I never felt hungry after finishing my meal and sometimes even had enough for leftovers!  The recipes were pretty simple to follow.  I actually kind of enjoyed cooking these recipes, which isn’t usually the case.  Also, I didn’t try any, but I love that they also offer desserts.  Based on their other recipes, I’m sure those are great too!  I would definitely recommend this service if you don’t mind a little prep work and cooking, want to add some variety to your meals, and care about how your food is sourced.

Note: I have seen various promos for Plated, so definitely search around before ordering so you can get a discount!

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GoReadyMade – October 2018

What is GoReadyMade?

GoReadyMade is a meal delivery service that delivers individually packaged, ready-made meals.  The meals are not frozen and all of the prep work is already taken care of.  Meal containers come inside a sleeve that has instructions for preparing the meals as well as a use-by-date.  There are different weekly plans with about 20 meals to choose from each week.  The option to skip weeks is available, if needed.  Price depends on the number of meals you order.  The plans are:

  • 4 meals = $11.99/meal + $3.99 shipping
  • 6 meals = $9.99/meal + $5.99 shipping
  • 8 meals = $8.99/meal + $7.99 shipping
  • 10 meals = $7.99/meal + $9.99 shipping

If you would like to save $20 off your first three boxes (total of $60 saved), click here.

Meals

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Butter Basted Chicken with Thyme Carrots and Parmesan Mash

The chicken was a little bland, but the mashed potatoes were delicious!  I noticed that some of the other meals that had raw meat had instructions to season the meat, but this one didn’t.  I think the chicken would have been better if we had seasoned it.  I appreciated that I could just stick this in the oven for 25 minutes and it would be done!

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GoReadyMade Cherry Balsamic Pork Chop

Cherry Balsamic Pork Chop with Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli

The sauce tasted too much like vinegar for my taste.  The pork chop was good.  I’m glad it said to season it because I think it would have been too bland without.  We loved the mini potatoes and broccoli!

Beef Steak with Peppercorn Sauce with Herb Roasted Potatoes

This meal was our favorite of the lot.  I think it helps that the steak gets seasoned and pan fried.  We enjoyed the peppercorn sauce with this one more than the sauces that came with the other meals.  The potatoes were delicious! We also got some carrots and green beans that were tasty as well.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice

This meal was our least favorite.  I’m guessing it would have been better if we had made it in the oven, but we took this one for lunch so our only option was the microwave.  I did not like that the sauce contained high fructose corn syrup.  The flavor of this one was okay, but not something I would want to eat again.

Teriyaki Chicken Noodles with Green Beans

Okay so I know I said the steak was our favorite, but that was before we tried the teriyaki chicken.  OH MY GOODNESS! SO DELICIOUS!!  It was an easy meal since the chicken was already cut up.  All I really had to do was cook everything in a pan and BAM! the meal was done.  I could totally see myself ordering this every week, it was that good.

My Thoughts

I seriously love how quick and easy these meals are! They definitely prevent me from picking up fast food because I’m too tired to cook when I get home from work.  I felt a lot better about myself eating these meals than picking up fast food.  All I had to do was stick the container in the oven or microwave, or put the contents in a pan.  I think the longest cook time was 25 minutes, but that was in the oven with absolutely no work required of me.  The quickest meal was about 3 minutes in the microwave.

Since the meals come in individually packaged, this is a great option for the times when you only need enough food for one person and don’t want to eat out or eat the same food over and over again. It’s also makes for a great packed lunch.  With that being said, I would have to try some other meals that can be made fully in the microwave to see if I like them any better than the sweet and sour chicken I had.

Although they offer a large selection of meals in a week, I did notice that there were several repeats from week-to-week. This can be good if you have a favorite that you want to order again, but it’s nice to be able to try different meals so you don’t get tired if eating the same things every week.

I think the price of the meals is pretty fair, especially the more meals you buy.  It can certainly be cheaper than eating out (depending on where you go) and probably healthier.  It’s also similarly priced to some other meal delivery services that require much more work with washing, chopping, measuring, etc.  For anyone who really doesn’t like cooking and/or doesn’t have much time/energy for cooking, I would recommend this service.

If you would like to save $20 off your first three boxes (total of $60 saved), click here.