Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Plated Review

After trying Blue Apron and Hello Fresh I moved on to try Plated. As I did with the previous two companies I tried it for 3 weeks so I could get a feel for what I liked and didn't like about it.  I got 3 meals a week (that each had 2 servings) so I tried 9 different meals. While I tried 9 meals you might notice there are only 8 pictures. Seems I forgot to take a picture of one meal. Oops!

First meal we tried was a steak with caramelized onions and a butternut squash gratin. I was all really good but the onions on top were my favorite part.

Next we had chicken empanadas with a lime creama and an arugula salad. Again very good.

Roasted eggplant and noodles with a peanut sauce. This dish rounded out our first week and was also delicious. Dishes like this are one of the reason I like having just the ingredients I need delivered instead of having to buy whole bottles of things just for one tablespoon in a recipe. 

Another steak dish but his time with a panzanela salad.  The steak was good salad was the highlight of this dish.

These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes were one of my favorite dishes I got from Plated.  I have not made them again but have plans to.

I love pretty much all pasta dishes and when you add sausage too it there is a high likelihood it will be good. This pasta dish with sausage and peas in a brown butter sauce was amazing.  I actually made it again a few weeks ago but substituted wheat pasta for the regular pasta.

It is hard to go wrong with potatoes and cheese and this dish was not a disappointment.  Poutine with an arugula and watermelon radish salad to cut the heaviness.

I didn't take a picture of it but I also made sausage stuffed portobello mushrooms that week.  My last meal was a Shepard's pie that was good but nothing to write home about.

  • It was nice to only have the ingredients I needed for a recipe and not to have to buy a whole bottle of something I will only use once.
  • There were multiple recipes that I have made again or plan to make again.
  • Made me cook things out of my comfort zone and use ingredients I don't normally use but I feel like the ingredients weren't quite as out of my comfort zone as with Blue Apron.
  • There were 12 meals to choose from (6 that are new every week and 6 that are encore recipes so stay the same for a month at a time) and I could choose any 3 without restrictions.
  • As I said in the pros there were not as many ingredients I had never used/had never heard of. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as it will make these recipes easier to recreate but didn't push me as much to try new things.
  • This was the most expensive of the 3 companies I had tried so far.  It was about $10 a week more expensive than Hello Fresh or Blue Apron
I have to say I really liked have 12 choices each week and never had trouble finding 3 meals that I wanted to try.  With so many choices it was nice that 6 of them repeated the next week because sometimes there were more than 3 meals I wanted to try. If it weren't for the price difference this would easily be my favorite meal delivery service so far but the price difference would add up over time.

Come back in a few weeks to hear my thoughts on Marly Spoon and if you missed it you can go back and see my Blue Apron and Hello Fresh reviews.

1 comment:

  1. Loved reading this! We've tried Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, and we have a Home Chef delivery coming on the 28th! I'll have to check out Plated too!