Holy deliciousness, did you know there were so many meal subscription services available? I sure didn’t! Today I’m reviewing my sixth meal box-Plated- and it won’t even be my last. If you’d like to discover more meal subscription options, check out the other posts in the series.
Plated, the meal subscription box I’m reviewing today, combines healthy options with truly delicious recipes. I’m actually going to go out on a limb and say this will probably be the meal box we use most often when Zach comes home. Yep, it’s that good!
- Plated has a few different plans available. You can get 2, 3, or 4 servings per meal making this box perfect for families. Your price per serving depends on how many servings you have. For a box like mine with 2 servings of 3 meals, the cost per serving $11.95 making the grand total for the box $71.70.
- Once you’ve chosen your servings, you’ll have 20 unique recipes to choose from including omnivore, seafood, and vegetarian options + every week you’ll get 2 dessert options (for an additional $8.00).
- Unlike some of the other meal boxes I’ve reviewed, Plated doesn’t have specific vegan, paleo, or gluten-free options although some of the recipes do comply with specific diet plans.
- As always, you are free to skip deliveries whenever the need arises and can even set your deliveries for bi-weekly or monthly instead of weekly. You can also easily cancel your service with a click of a button.
- Changes to your box must be made six days before your box is set to ship.
- Plated has an app for iPhone and Android that makes planning your upcoming meals super easy. I love the reminder notifications since I’m always forgetting when to go in and choose my meals.
- All the ingredients are packaged individually and packed in a larger bag by meal making fridge storage super easy.
- In my opinion, Plated had the best serving size of all the meal boxes I’ve tried. Each meal made enough for myself and E for two days + an extra day’s meal for E. These meals could easily feed two adults and a child.
- Each recipe comes with a fully illustrated meal card with directions and nutritional information as well as tips and extras.
The Taste Test
Moroccan Meatloaf with Roasted Squash & Sour Cream-Herb Sauce
This was the first dish I tried from my box and, boy, did it deliver! I wish you guys could have smelt this dish as it was cooking. I love me some flavorful spices and this recipe delivered.
It was hard to choose a favorite part of this recipe because it was all so delicious. But I was especially intrigued by the spiced ketchup that topped the meatloaf. Mostly because I’d never thought of adding spices to a condiment and it really amped up the flavor of the dish.
The meatloaf itself was homey with a little bit of added pizzazz from the Moroccan spices. The sour cream herb sauce added so much freshness to the plate and I loved that squash was the side instead of the usual ‘meatloaf and mashed potatoes’.
I loved this meal and so did E–thumbs up from both of us!
Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms and Lemon-Dill Orzo
I was initially unsure of this recipe because I tend not to like ‘naked chicken’ aka chicken without breading but I really enjoyed this recipe. The chicken was really flavorful and I loved that the way it was cooked helped preserve the crispy skin.
The surprising star of this dish was the Mushroom and Lemon-Dill Orzo. It was so flavorful and really filling. I wasn’t familiar with orzo before making this dish but I’m definitely going to be incorporating into more of our meals from now on. I also enjoyed that the tomato wasn’t overpowering and there were definite hints of the lemon and dill throughout.
Just like the Moroccan meatloaf, this dish was a hit with both of us!
Miso-Ginger Chicken with Roasted Carrots & Bok Choy Rice
This was the only dish that was a little bit of a miss for me. The dish itself was a good mix of interesting veggies and a simple but delicious entree. Where this dish fell flat for me was the sauce. The prevailing flavor of the miso ginger sauce was salt and it really drowned out every other flavor.
I did think the addition of bok choy to the rice was very out of the box and I enjoyed the added texture and flavor it added. As you can see I breaded the chicken in panko before cooking which was my own addition to the recipe.
Overall this dish was good but probably not one I’d make again without tweaking the recipe.
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF Plated
I really enjoyed Plated. The dishes were extremely flavorful and incorporated out of the box ingredients without delving too far into the unknown. Prep was pretty minimal and the serving size was the best of any meal kit I’ve tried so far.
The price point of Plated is on par with those of Green Chef so if you’re interested in more specific diet plans I’d definitely advise choosing Green Chef but overall I really enjoyed Plated and definitely recommend it if you’d like healthy but familiar meals with varied flavor profiles. I’ll definitely be trying Plated again.
If you’d like to try Plated, they are currently offering 25% off for your first four weeks.