Plated Subscription Box Review – July 21, 2015
Plated delivers a weekly box of pre-portioned fresh and seasonal ingredients, everything you need to cook their chef-designed recipes at home in your own kitchen. Each week, they offer a different menu, and you can select which dishes you’d like to make, how many plates of each dish you’d like to serve, and when you’d like to receive your delivery.
Three of the dishes offered on every menu are vegetarian. Plated also regularly rotates in vegan and dairy-free options. They’re committed to using sustainably sourced seafood, seasonal produce, and meat that’s free from antibiotics or added hormones.
Plated also makes it easy to pick recipes that best suit your culinary skill level and lifestyle. Each recipe is tagged with a difficulty level and clearly lists calorie content and prep time.
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The Subscription Box: Plated
The Cost: Recipes begin at $12 per plate. 2 recipes (4 plates)= $48 per week (+ $6 shipping). 3 recipes (6 plates)= $72 per week (with free shipping). 4 recipes (8 total plates)= $96 per week (with free shipping).
The Products: All of the pre-portioned fresh and seasonal ingredients you need to make chef-designed recipes at home in your own kitchen.
Ships to: 95% of the US. (Currently, Plated does not ship to Hawaii and Alaska, and there are also a few cities in Texas, including San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and Midland, where they don’t yet ship.)
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Each week, Plated offers a different menu with 7 dishes to choose from. I opted for a Tuesday delivery (07/21) and selected Beef Gozleme, Chicken Avocado Burgers, and Sausage & Squash Stir-Fry.
When my box shipped, I received an email letting me know that I would need to have the following “pantry items” on hand: water, black pepper, kosher salt, and oliver oil. The email also clearly listed the difficulty level, cooking time, and calorie information of my selected dishes.
As always, the box was packed with extreme care. Ingredients were bundled by recipe, and each item was in its own container.
The meats were sealed and packed at the bottom of the box, safely away from the produce and surrounded by cool packs.
Recipe #1- Beef Gozleme
Calories Per Serving: 650
Cook Time: 35-45 minutes
When I saw this dish on the Plated website, I knew I had to try it! I’d never heard of Gozleme, but the Plated photos had my stomach growling. As it turns out, Gozleme is a griddled Turkish flatbread that can be filled with any number of different ingredients. Plated’s version is filled with beef, spices, and mint.
To begin, I prepared my ingredients. I then made the tahini dip from tahini paste, Aleppo pepper, lemon juice, water, salt, and pepper.
I arranged my carrots on a baking tray, tossed them with olive oil and paprika, and put them in the oven to roast at 425.
While the carrots baked, I prepared the beef filling by browning the beef with the provided spice mix, salt, pepper, and fresh mint. When the filling was ready, I set it aside and began making the flatbread.
The flatbread dough was a mixture of baking powder, milk, flour, olive oil, water, and salt. When the dough reached the proper consistency (soft, but not sticky), I turned it out on the table, kneaded it for 3 minutes, and then rolled it into four long strips.
I topped two of the sheets with the beef filling, draped the other sheets over top, and sealed the edges.
The gozleme cooked in a hot, oiled skillet for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side. When they were browned on both sides, I cut each one in half and plated it alongside the roasted carrots and with a side of tahini dip.
I loved this dish. The gozleme was a cross between a calzone and a sandwich (two of my favorite things), and I was extremely impressed with how it turned out. The minty beef filling was delicious, and I loved the carrots dipped in tahini. I can’t wait to try and re-create this dish. I think it would be so much fun to have friends over for dinner and let everyone fill their own flatbread from a selection of pre-made fillings!
Also, I should mention that this is the first “challenging” recipe I’ve tried from Plated, and that rating is certainly due to the flatbread dough. Dough that’s too wet or too dry can be impossible to work with, and, even when it’s the right consistency, rolling dough into a thin, specific shape can be tricky. I managed okay, but I’d recommend that less experienced cooks keep the difficulty ratings in mind when they’re selecting dishes.
Meal #2- Chicken Avocado Burgers
Calories per Seving: 740
Cook Time: 35-45
The following day, we had Chicken Avocado Burgers. Up until now, I’ve made all of the Plated dishes myself, but my husband (who also loves to cook) wanted to give this one a try.
He began by preparing the ingredients. Plated recommended slicing everything at the beginning, but Niall decided not to slice the avocado until right before he needed it, so it wouldn’t start to brown.
He tossed the sweet potato fries with olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper and put them in the oven to roast at 450 degrees, until they were browned and crisp.
While the fries baked, he made the chicken burger patties by combining chicken, ½ an avocado, garlic, salt, and pepper. These cooked in a hot skillet for approximately 12 minutes.
To finish, Niall made an aioli for the burgers and toasted the brioche buns. He built the burgers and plated the fries.
He did a great job- the burgers and fries looked beautiful! We enjoyed this dish, but it didn’t blow our minds. I think the addition of avocado into the chicken patties is a clever idea (though it was a little odd to eat a burger with a green tint!), but I thought the burgers could have been more flavorful. (With hindsight, I probably should have added some lettuce and sliced red onion.) On the other hand, we both loved the sweet potato fries.
Niall had fun preparing the dish, and it was helpful to get his opinion on Plated. He found the recipe straightforward and easy to follow, and he liked having all of the ingredients pre-portioned and ready to go. (He said the only tricky thing about this dish was putting up with my constant requests for photos!)
Meal #3- Sausage & Squash Stir-Fry
Cook Time: 25-35
I finished out my Plated week with Sausage & Squash Stir-Fry. I began by prepping my ingredients.
To start, I browned the sausage, to make sure it had a nice, tasty char.
I removed it from the wok and added the zucchini and summer squash. I allowed them to cook for about 4 minutes before adding the onion, sweet peppers, and corn.
When the veggies were tender, I added the spices, sausage, basil, salt, and pepper. When the basil started to wilt, the dish was ready!
I divided the stir-fry between two plates.
This was a perfect summer dish. It was light, tasty, and very easy to prepare.
Verdict: For the most part, I really enjoyed this box from Plated. The Sausage & Squash Stir-Fry was great, and the Beef Gozleme was a fun (and delicious) challenge. As usual, the ingredients arrived fresh and in good condition, and the recipes were clear and easy to follow. The cost per dish is about what I’d spend if I went shopping for ingredients at Whole Foods, and, considering the recipes and convenience factor, I’m happy with the value Plated offers. If you enjoy cooking at home, I would definitely recommend giving Plated a try!
Do you subscribe to Plated? If so, which Plated meals did you choose this week?