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Plated Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2017

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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.

At least 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. (Check out Plated Menus to see what’s coming in future weeks!)

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).
  • Dessert costs $4 per serving.

COUPON: Get your first Plated Night free with any subscription plan (up to $48 value)

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 U/S. (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 11 dishes to choose from. After your first order, you can also add on dessert at a cost of $4 per serving. There are two different desserts available each week.

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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.

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Plated packs every box with meats on the bottom, surrounded by cold packs, and everything else on top, bundled by recipe.

Meal #1-  Truffled Grilled Cheese with Creamy Tomato Soup

Calories Per Serving: 780

Cook Time: 25-35 minutes

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For the week of Valentine’s Day, Plated released this dish that seemed perfect for a romantic night in. (How cute is the heart shaped grilled cheese?)

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To make the soup, I combined vegetable stock, fire-roasted tomatoes, sugar, and water and brought it up to a simmer. After cooking for a few minutes, I used an immersion blender to puree the soup and then added heavy cream, Parmesan, crushed red pepper, and basil.

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For the sandwiches, I layered cheese and truffle oil between slices of bread and then spread mayonnaise on the outside of the sandwiches before cooking them in a large pan on the stovetop.

The heart shaped sandwiches were adorable, but I’m quite fond of the crust so I decided to leave the sandwiches whole.

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This meal was okay, but it didn’t wow me. First of all, I think the soup would have benefitted from cooking for a bit longer. It was nice, but I think a longer cooking time would have resulted in the flavors melding together a bit more. I also think the sandwiches were a little heavy on the truffle oil. I don’t mind truffle oil in small quantities, but I found the truffle flavor in this dish overwhelming.

Meal #2- White Pizza with Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Balsamic Glaze

Calories per Serving: 770

Cook Time: 35-45 minutes

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For my next meal pick, I decided to go with this white pizza recipe.

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I began by sautéing red onion and Brussels sprouts and seasoning them with red pepper flakes and maple syrup.

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I then constructed the pizza by brushing the crust with olive oil, sprinkling on a layer of cheese, dusting on some herbes de Provence, and topping the pizza with the veggie mix.

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I baked the pizza until the cheese started to bubble and the crust browned. When it was ready, I took it out of the oven to cool slightly and then drizzled over some balsamic glaze.

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Unfortunately, this dish was another miss. I’m usually a big fan of Plated’s pizza recipes, but this one did not work for me. The veggies were spicy (from the red pepper flakes) but also really sweet (from the maple syrup), and I didn’t think that the addition of the balsamic glaze complemented the other flavors. Overall, there was just too much going on flavor-wise.

Meal #3- Moo Shu Chicken with Pancakes

Calories: 670

Cook Time: 25-35 minutes

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For my last dish this week, I decided to go with Moo Shu Chicken Pancakes, one of Plated’s fan-favorite encore recipes.

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I roasted the chicken for this dish in the oven and then prepped the veggies. In a hot sauté pan, I cooked garlic, ginger, red cabbage, mixed mushrooms, and scallions.

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When the chicken was cooked through, I chopped it and added it to the pan with the veggies. I mixed in soy sauce and hoisin sauce and then constructed the pancakes.

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I can see why this is a fan-favorite recipe! The pancakes were extremely tasty, and this meal ended up being my favorite of the week. I loved the combination of chicken, cabbage, and mushrooms, and the sweet and salty seasoning was delicious.

Verdict: This box from Plated had some highs and lows. I loved the Moo Shu Pancakes, but I wasn’t too hot on the other dishes. Plated is a little pricier than some of the other subscription meal boxes out there (Home Chef, Hello Fresh, and Blue Apron are all a bit more affordable), but Plated regularly comes up with recipes that really wow me. This box wasn’t a home run, but it’s a rare miss. For that reason, it’s one of the meal boxes I look forward to most every month.

Do you subscribe to Plated? Have you tried any of the meals I picked 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!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

12 Comments

  1. I’ve had Plated for a couple of months and I have not been impressed…it’s not their fault, and they did give me credit, but there were a couple of snowstorms that prevented delivery and some of the items were not delivered in good condition. That being said, the recipes were good, and my husband and I enjoyed them, but I am a pretty experienced cook and I could have made pretty much everything at home- with items from my local grocery store. I live in the sticks, so I was expecting more, I guess. Blue Apron gave me a greater variety of vegetables…but I dropped them because of too much pasta in every single weekly meal. I also have tried Hello Fresh and had the same problem with too much pasta. I can make pasta at home!!

  2. I had to come back to this post because I made my Moo Shu Chicken today and it was AMAZING, it was also probably the fastest Plated recipe to date, another 5 star dish for me!

  3. We loved the brussel sprout pizza! I also agree with the other comments about the empanadas. We got it the first time around and loved them, so we jumped on getting them again as an encore.

  4. I had an encore menu item last week, the chicken empanadas with the avocado arugala salad and I would highly recommend that recipe. Full of flavor and super tasty. Even had leftovers for lunch the next day.

    • I also had this recipe last week and it was my first recipe that I rated 5 stars! It was really tasty and the dough was very easy to work with. I also had quite a few leftovers as 1 empanada was more than enough for me, especially with the salad.

  5. I’ve never heard of putting mayo on a grilled cheese. Is this a normal thing?

    • Yes you would use in place of butter.

    • I’ve seen this done on food network, can’t remember which show but it’s supposed to give it more of a tang. I really like it and do it at home in place of butter. I also use olive oil mayo so I convince myself it’s somehow a little healthier 😛

    • Mayo on grilled cheese is the greatest!

  6. I loved the grilled cheese and tomato soup and thought the amount of truffle oil was perfect for my tastes! I steered clear of that pizza though, as Brussels sprouts seemed too odd of a pizza topping and my hubs doesn’t like them.

  7. Great review! I had this pizza in my box last week and I actually loved it! I was surprised because I’m not a huge fan of Brussels sprouts – but I love Plated’s pizzas. I admit that I sautéed the onions & sprouts a bit longer than they called for because I wanted them to mellow out a bit. And I completely forgot to drizzle with the Balsamic glaze. I’m glad I did! The sweetness of the onions & maple combined with the creaminess of the goat cheese really worked for me. I’m getting the Moo Shu Chicken in my box next week and now I’m really looking forward to it!

  8. Thanks for the review! I have been receiving Plated for a few weeks now thanks to MSA and your reviews and I have really liked everything that I have tried so far. I have the Moo Shu Pancakes coming next week so I am glad that you enjoyed, I didn’t select either of your other two recipes so that was probably good! Of the two meal prep sub boxes that I have tried thus far Plated has been my favorite, I really love the menu variety each week.

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