Plated Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016
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. You can skip a week at any time.
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 and added hormones.
Plated also makes it easy to pick recipes that suit your lifestyle. Each recipe 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).
COUPON: Free dinner for two with purchase of 3-dinners plan ($24 value), just use this link!
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 at least 7 dishes to choose from. For this box, I selected Garlic Roasted Chicken, White Pizza, and Crispy Chickpeas.
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, and kosher salt.
As always, the box was packed with 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.
Meal #1- White Pizza with Asparagus, Gruyere, and Ricotta
Calories Per Serving: 630
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Pizza is one of my favorite foods, and I’ve been really impressed with Plated’s pizza recipes in the past. If there’s pizza available on their weekly menu, it’s rare that I can resist adding to my box!
Before cooking, I minced some garlic, cleaned and chopped asparagus, and washed the provided arugula.
I stretched out the provided pizza dough and rubbed olive oil and garlic into it. I then sprinkled over some shredded cheese (a mix of gruyere and mozzarella) and topped the pizza with asparagus, salt, and pepper.
I popped the pizza in the oven until the cheese was bubbly and golden (the recipe recommended cooking the pie at 450, but I always crank my oven all the way up for pizza).
When it was done, I topped the pizza with ricotta and arugula, and I dressed it with some balsamic vinaigrette.
This pizza was delicious. I rarely make white pizza, and this one has inspired me to skip the sauce more often! I loved the fresh asparagus topping, and the balsamic vinegar was a nice touch.
Meal #2- Garlic Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Summer Squash
Calories per Serving: 450
Cook Time: 30-40
The following day I made Garlic Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Summer Squash.
I began by chopping squash, oregano, and garlic and cleaning and picking the basil leaves from their stems.
I seared the chicken breasts and, while they cooked, prepared a sauce by combining white wine, oregano, garlic, and olive oil.
After the chicken was seared, I added the squash to the pan and poured the oregano sauce over the top. I transferred this to the oven and baked it for about 12 minutes.
After it was ready, I transferred the chicken to plates and then stirred spinach and basil into the squash to wilt them. I plated the veggie mix next to the chicken and spooned the sauce over top.
This dish was tasty, but it didn’t wow me. I feel like this is the kind of dish I can easily make myself, and I expect Plated’s dishes to be a bit more special.
I’m so sorry that I don’t have a photo of this dish plated to share with you all! There was something on my lens that caused all of the photos to come out blurry, and I didn’t notice it until after dinner.
Meal #3- Crispy Chickpeas with Zucchini and Greek Yogurt Tzatziki
Cook Time: 35-45
I love chickpeas, but I rarely cook with them at home (unless I’m making hummus). I’ve never had crispy chickpeas before, so I selected this dish as my last one for the week.
Before I started cooking, I cleaned, prepped, and chopped all of my produce.
I rinsed canned chickpeas and transferred them to a pan with a little olive oil, paprika, salt, and pepper. I toasted them over medium-high heat until the darkened and got crispy— about 10 minutes.
When they were done, I transferred them to a separate bowl and added zucchini, snap peas, and oregano into the same pan with a little more olive oil. I cooked them for a few minutes and then added tomatoes, seasoning, and some lemon juice to the pan.
While they cooked, I made a quick tzatziki by combing Greek yogurt, garlic, parsley, cucumber, lemon juice, and salt & pepper.
When everything was done, I plated the dish!
I really liked this dish! It’s the kind of thing that I might order in a restaurant but would never think to cook myself. The crispy chickpeas were crunchy and delicious and the tzatziki really pulled the dish together.
Verdict: This box from Plated was a pretty big hit. I didn’t love the chicken dish, but the other two were excellent. The perceived value of a box like Plated is subjective, but, for me, it’s definitely worth the cost. I don’t always have time during the week to plan, shop for, and cook meals, and I love the convenience of having everything I need to make scratch meals delivered directly to my door. I think I’d spend as much (or more) shopping for the same ingredients at my local Whole Foods, and I’d certainly spend more if I ordered dinner out three times per week.
Do you subscribe to Plated? If so, which meals did you pick last week?