Disclaimer: This post is a review of the meal service Plated. This is not a partner post, we have not received any goods or services from this company so that I could write this post. What follows is an honest and brief review. That being said…
My wife hit it out of the park this Valentine’s Day. She got really thoughtful gifts for the kiddos, and for me. You see, I had been in a grocery rut. It seemed like week after week, we were sliding into sameville. Sameville is a place where the meals are pretty much the same, with a little variety. I was not happy in sameville, but could not see how to climb out. My wife, being the brilliant woman that she is, (yes I am shamelessly bragging on my partner), saw this and came to the rescue. She signed us up for Plated. It was my ticket out of sameville.
The idea is simple. You visit their website, sign up for an online profile, look through and select the numerous meals, and go on your way. Then, on a date that you choose, a box with all the ingredients is sent via fedex to your address. All you have to do is pick the box off your front porch (that’s me assuming that you have a front porch), bring it into your house, open it, and begin prepping the meal. Sounds simple enough.
The Not so Good
OK, so many blogs start off with the good stuff about the item that is being review. Me, I’m going to change the narrative. That being said, probably the most frustrating thing about Plated is the time required to prep the ingredient. We received four meals from them, before canceling (continue reading below), and for two out of those four meals the ingredient prep phase took me 30 to 45 minutes. Now, that may not seem like a lot of time, but when you have three little ones running around, it is OCEANS of time.
Next on the not so good part is the quality of the ingredients. For our first meal, the chicken breasts, which came individually wrapped, were tough and did not have the best flavor. It made us ask where they got their chicken from, and how were the animals treated? That is something that is important to our family. In addition, the Kale was dry and the scallions were partially brown. That was disappointing.
There is a good point here, the variety. There are numerous recipes to choose from, and the recipes have pictures and are easy to follow. Honestly, had we not gotten this service, I might not have found these recipes. And there is a lot to choose from.
So, in the end, after four meals, we decided to cancel the service, based on the meal prep time and the quality of the ingredients. Also, one of our eaters is really picky so they were not necessarily thrilled with the new options, but that is not PLATED’s fault. The concept is a good one with the convenience of the ingredients being delivered to your door. Where it falls short is the unboxing and the preparation. I would not recommend this service, even if you have the time to prep the ingredients. Next, we’re going to try another meal service that uses more organic ingredients. This service is just like Plated, in that you select the meals that you want and they deliver them to your door. Unlike plated though, they say they use organic ingredients from locally sourced farms. We’ll see. Stay tuned. And as always, thanks for taking the time to read this, it means a lot.