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Plated Subscription Box Review – November 2015

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Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - Box

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.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - Inside

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Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - Contents

 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).

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 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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Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - Recipes

 Each week, Plated offers a different menu with at least 7 dishes to choose from. I selected Sesame Ginger Wild Salmon, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Peanut Chicken Curry.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - Email

 When my box shipped, I received an email letting me know that I would need to have the following “pantry items” on hand: olive oil, black pepper, kosher salt, and water. The email also clearly listed the difficulty level, cooking time, and calorie information of my selected dishes.  

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - Packed1

 As always, the box was packed with extreme care. Ingredients were bundled by recipe, and each item was in its own container.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - Packed2

The meats were sealed and packed at the bottom of the box, safely away from the produce and surrounded by cool packs.

 Recipe #1- Chicken Tortilla Soup

Calories Per Serving: 670

Cook Time: 35-45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - TortillaRecipe

I began my week of Plated meals with Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - TortillaPrep

 Once my ingredients were cleaned and prepped, I began cooking.

 To start, I roasted two chicken breasts in the oven until they were cooked through and then shredded the meat.

 Next, I sautéed onion in a pan with some olive oil. When it softened, I added gochujang, cumin, and garlic followed by tomatoes, chicken stock, cilantro, and oregano.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - TortillaBroth

 I cooked the soup until the tomatoes broke down (slightly longer than the recommended 7 minutes) and then added the shredded chicken.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - TortillaTortillas

 While the soup simmered, I toasted tortilla strips in the oven and sliced the avocado.

 When all of the components were ready, I plated the soup and topped it with tortilla strips, avocado slices, Cotija cheese, and a squeeze of lime.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - TortillaPlated

 I love tortilla soup, but this is the first time I tried making it myself at home. The result was great. The soup was rich, warm, and just a tiny bit spicy. I loved the addition of the avocado, and the tortilla strips and cheese added just the right amount of saltiness and crunch.

 Meal #2- Peanut Chicken Curry

Calories per Serving: 510

Cook Time: 30-40

Difficulty: Easy

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - CurryRecipe

 Next up on the Plated menu was Peanut Chicken Curry.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - CurryIngredients

 I began by cooking the sticky rice and preparing my ingredients.

 First, I simmered the chicken in coconut milk with a bit of ginger. When it was cooked through, I removed the chicken from the pot and whisked in peanut butter, curry paste, fish sauce, sugar, and the gochujang. I allowed the broth to simmer for a few minutes and then stirred in a squeeze of lime.

 Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - CurrySpinach

 At this stage, I returned the chicken to the pan and stirred in the spinach. When it wilted, I turned off the heat.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - CurryRice

 I transferred the rice to a clean cutting board and kneaded it with a wooden spoon to develop the stickiness. I’d never kneaded sticky rice before, and my husband and I thought it was a fun (and funny) step in the cooking process. It’s the little things in life, right?

 When the rice was sufficiently sticky, I rolled it into a ball. I plated the curry in a bowl with sticky rice and garnished it with bean sprouts.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - CurryPlated

 The photos of this dish don’t really do it justice. My husband and I both thought it was fantastic. The combination of peanut, coconut milk, lime, and spice reminded me of something I might get in a Thai restaurant, and the sticky rice perfectly soaked up the sauce. The flavors were complex and delicious, and I was really impressed with how the creamy sauce mitigated the spice of the gochujang.

 Meal #3- Sesame Ginger Wild Salmon

Calories: 470

Cook Time: 30-40

Difficulty: Easy

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - SalmonRecipe

 I finished out my week of Plated dishes with Sesame Ginger Wild Salmon, one of Plated’s Chef’s Table offerings. (Chef’s Table dishes feature specialty cuts of meat and market priced seafood. They’re also more expensive.) Instead of the usual $12 per plate price tag, this dish cost $16 per plate.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - SalmonIngredients

 To begin, I prepared my ingredients and boiled the potatoes.

 I arranged the salmon on a baking sheet and topped each filet with sesame oil, salt and pepper, sesame seeds, ginger, and scallions. The salmon baked in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - SalmonCooked

 While the salmon cooked, I simmered a combination of water, soy sauce, and miso paste until the flavors melded together. I then added the potatoes and tatsoi to the pan and cooked for about a minute, until the tatsoi turned bright green.

 I seasoned the broth and then plated it in a bowl with the salmon on top.

Plated Subscription Box Review November 2015 - SalmonPlated

 I really like miso soup, and I found this dish to be a fun and clever way to turn it into a full meal. The mild taste of the miso was complemented by the flavors of sesame and ginger, and I liked the bite-sized tricolor potatoes. The star of this dish, though, was definitely the salmon. It was delicious, and I was very impressed by the quality of the fish. I also thought the portion size was generous.

 Verdict: Plated has been knocking it out of the park for me lately! All of the dishes I received in this box were fantastic, and they were all perfect for the chilly autumn nights that we’ve been having lately. The Chicken Tortilla Soup was hearty and warming, the Salmon dish was really tasty, and I loved the Peanut Chicken Curry. I’m definitely going to hang onto the curry recipe, so I can make it again soon. The perceived value of a box like Plated is subjective, but, for me, it’s definitely worth the cost. I’m always pleased with the quality of the ingredients, and I’ve come to expect great things from their recipes.

 Do you subscribe to Plated? If so, which dishes did you pick this week?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!
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8 Comments

  1. I had an issue with my delivery this week – FedEx’s fault 100%. The 3 Plated reps that helped me were fantastic and their response was professional, personalized, and they more than made up for the error. They said they would contact FedEx to ensure it didn’t happen again (package arrived a day late due to incorrect routing and they had repackaged everything in a non-Plated box).

    I have been using their service since April and love it. It’s been well worth the money and it’s so great to get to pick out my meals each week and try so many different recipes. The peanut curry was my favorite this week, also had the meatloaf, steak frites and roasted veggie & chickpea bowl.

    • I had the same thing happen two weeks ago and agree, Plated customer service was awesome. They actually called me to let me know the situation before I even figured it out, and credited my account for the number of plates that were in the late box.

      As for this review, I agree, the chicken curry was awesome. It’s one of the best Plated dishes I’ve tried so far, and I can’t wait to make it again!!

  2. I’m making the soup tonight! Plated has been doing well for us, too. Way more hits than Blue Apron.

  3. I couldn’t order that week due to timing, but was really glad they released that curry recipe on their blog – I’m excited to try it. Everything you made looks great! I am consistently impressed with the meals offered by this sub.

  4. I tried the Steak Frites from the Chef’s Table this week and it also was really good. The cut of beef was super tender and generous enough that we split it three ways.

  5. Description and review was at your usual wonderful level but those pictures were, well…….worth 1,000 words (including ” Beautiful and delicious!”) Seriously, details such as kneading the sticky rice as well as other techniques make this subscription a great educational tool for the home chef who wants to spread out and try different methods and cuisines without having to buy large amounts of ingredients and wasting food.

  6. We also got the Thai Peanut Chicken Curry and LOVED it! Both my husband and I said we would get it in a heartbeat if it were on the menu again.
    We got this subscription as a way to get my husband cooking more than frozen pizzas in the oven. He has been super proud of the dishes he makes and really likes the variety and flavor of these meals. We’ve only had one dish that we didn’t really like but overall we are quite impressed by Plated. This was intended to be a temporary cooking assist but I think we will be keeping it for a while.

  7. I always enjoy seeing how your meals come out! They always look great!!!

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