Plate Review, update

Today I’m back with a second plated review- I posted a review of my first delivery, and wanted to be sure to post a follow-up. As a reminder, Plated is a food delivery service that will send a box of fresh ingredients to your door, so that you can create two delicious meals. I got a free subscription for signing up as a new member, so my meals are $12/serving, for a total of $48/box, including ingredients and delivery.

Plated review 2The first meal I chose for this delivery was Fattoush Salad, with grilled Haloumi cheese. I was introduced to Fattosh when I lived in Cairo, and ate it nearly every day (once I got over the idea that lettuce in a foreign country would kill me), so I was thrilled to see it on the menu. In practice, this might not have been the best choice for a delivery service- my tomatoes weren’t bright red, the lettuce was pretty sad and wilted, and the halloumi was dry. Beyond the ingredients, though, I didn’t love the dressing, either- there just wasn’t a ton of flavor. Bonus points for using an unusual ingredient like sumac, but over all this meal was a dud for me.

Plated reviewThe second meal included in my delivery was Butter Basted Steak with Hasselback Potatoes. I’d been wanting to try this potato technique since I’ve seen it all over pinterest, so I was fully on board! On the positive side, this recipe introduced me to hanger steak- I never really know what cut of beef to buy when I’m standing at the meat case, so this was a helpful bit of knowledge. On the negative side, everything else. I baked the potatoes for well over the 25 minutes called for, and they were still crunchy. The thin mushrooms were a) terrible with lemon zest and b) overcooking while roasting with asparagus that was pretty thick. The steak was overpowered by the thyme and butter. Overall, this meal was actually kind of awful- I felt sick and weighed down after a few bites.

Based on my experience with these two boxes, I will say that I don’t think Plated is a service that Evan and I will continue to use. It is amazingly convenient, for which I was very grateful. However, often the meals didn’t fit our lifestyle (heavy, not enough veggies, wrong flavors/cooking techniques) and I had to make adjustments with additional groceries anyway. I would say that for people who don’t regularly cook and are looking to get into the habit, this might be perfect! For people that do cook regularly, though, and have clearly established dietary preference, this might not be the best option. Instead, I’ll probably redirect my efforts to more careful advanced meal planning and shopping, so we can be sure that our needs are met. I’m definitely glad that I tried it, though!

Has anyone else used Plated, or another meal service? If so, what did you think? Will you stick with it, or did you go back to shopping and cooking?

  • So interesting! I’ve seen many friends on face book talking about/praising the ingredient/meal delivery services lately and have wondered about them…I love to cook (and I love the farmers market/prep part too) so I kind of figured it wasn’t for me… and especially not so if you found the quality of ingredients lacking! BUT I agree- for friends or family who find cooking intimidating or too time consuming it seems like a genius idea! 🙂

  • I always wonder about these services. I’m looked at a few, but there are always things we don’t eat on the menus. This review is so interesting…and confirms a few of my suspicions!

    • Erin

      I think that if you see a menu you like, and have a coupon code (I think I paid maybe $20 for two servings of two meals) it’s fun to try out, and certainly less than I would normally spend on groceries for two meals. For the regular price, though, maybe not 🙂