Plated Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 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. (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).
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.)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each week, Plated offers a different menu with at least 7 dishes to choose from.
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.
This box contained a card from Plated announcing that 3-serving meals are now available! 3-serving meals will cost the same amount per plate, and will be designed to be served family-style.
Meal #1- Prosciutto Fig Pizza with Fontina and Balsamic Glaze
Calories Per Serving: 750
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Plated has some of the most creative pizza recipes around, and I can rarely resist them!
This one is topped with cheesy béchamel sauce, spicy prosciutto, dried figs, arugula salad, and homemade balsamic glaze.
The pizza dough for this recipe comes from Portland Pie Company.
I began by stretching out the pie crust and par baking it in the oven.
While it baked, I mixed some balsamic vinegar with sugar and reduced it into a glaze, and I made a cheese sauce my making a quick béchamel sauce and stirring in grated cheese, salt, and pepper. (I couldn’t help but feel like I was making macaroni and cheese!)
When the crust just started to brown around the edges, I took it out of the oven, topped it with the cheese sauce, dried figs, and prosciutto. (I made a couple of small tweaks at this stage. Firstly, I only used about 3/4 of the cheese sauce because there was a ton of it. Secondly, the recipe called for the prosciutto to be added after baking, but I added it earlier because I think crispy prosciutto is the best thing ever.)
After a few minutes in the oven, I removed the pizza and topped it with arugula (dressed with a little lemon and olive oil) and balsamic glaze.
The flavor of this pizza was great, but there was a little too much cheese sauce for my liking. (I also couldn’t get over the fact that the sauce reminded me of macaroni and cheese.)
Meal #2- Chicken Marsala with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Calories per Serving: 710
Cook Time: 35-45 minutes
My second meal pick this week was Chicken Marsala— such a classic!
To begin, I tossed fingerling potatoes with mustard, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper, and baked them in a hot oven until crispy.
While they baked, I cooked the mushrooms, set them aside, and then cooked the flour-dredged chicken in the same pan.
When the chicken was cooked through and crispy, I removed it from the pan and made the marsala sauce by combining the cooked mushrooms with marsala wine, heavy cream, chicken stock, parsley, and lemon juice and reducing the mix until it thickened.
I’ve never made chicken marsala at home before, and I’m so impressed with how this dish turned out! I’d be impressed if I received this meal in a restaurant, so I’m thrilled that I was able to make it at home. The sauce was rich, tangy, and creamy, and the potatoes and chicken were perfectly cooked. I think this is one of the best dishes I’ve ever received from Plated. It was incredible.
Meal #3- Dover Sole with Apple Salad and Roasted Potatoes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
My last pick for this box was Dover Sole with Apple Salad and Roasted Potatoes. I’ve never seen Plated offer Sole before, so I jumped at the opportunity to give it a try.
The potatoes for this dish were almost identical to the ones I made with the chicken marsala, which was okay by me since they were so good.
I roasted the mustardy potatoes in the oven alongside slices of apple and fennel.
While they baked, I cooked the filets of sole in butter with some dried herbes de Provence. I’m usually okay at cooking fish, but I have to be honest that I absolutely butchered the poor delicate sole fillets. I only managed to keep one in tact (for the photo below), and even that was a struggle. Luckily, the mangled fish was still delicious, even if it wasn’t pretty!
I plated the fish with the potatoes, and I tossed the roasted apple and fennel with some fresh arugula and a dressing made from apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and mustard.
This dish was light and flavorful. It felt very French to me, so I served it with some white Bordeaux wine. Delicious!
Verdict: This box from Plated was fantastic. I loved all three of the dishes I received, and the chicken marsala dish goes down in my Plated hall of fame. (I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!) 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. Plated’s ingredients are consistently fresh, and their recipes regularly impress me.
What do you think of my Plated meal choices for this week? Have you tried any of these dishes before?