Plated Subscription Box Review + Coupon – January 2017
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.
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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.)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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.
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.
Plated packs every box with meats on the bottom, surrounded by cold packs, and everything else on top, bundled by recipe.
Meal #1- Saucy Meatball Sliders with Classic Caesar Salad
Calories Per Serving: 760
Cook Time: 35-45 minutes
I’ve been subscribing to Plated for almost two years now, and this is one of the first recipes I ever ordered. It still sticks out in my mind as one of my favorite subscription box meals ever, so when I saw it was back on this week’s menu as a featured encore recipe, I couldn’t resist adding it to my box!
After cleaning and prepping all of my ingredients, I made the meatballs by mixing ground beef with ricotta, breadcrumbs, an egg, and a little bit of marinara. I arranged them on a baking sheet and baked them in the oven at 450.
While the meatballs cooked, I made caesar dressing by combining anchovy paste, mayo, Parmesan, lemon, and garlic paste and drizzled it over romaine lettuce.
When the meatballs were done, I tossed them in sauce, toasted the slider buns, and then assembled the sandwiches.
The sliders were just as good as I remembered. The meatballs were tender, moist, and full of flavor, and I’m a big fan of Nello’s jarred sauce. I also love that Plated sent enough Parmesan to top each slider with a big heap of cheese! The salad was great, too. Plated’s caesar dressing is some of the best I’ve ever had— I can’t believe it was so quick and easy to make!
Meal #2- Baked Penne with Roasted Mushrooms and Ricotta
Calories per Serving: 840
Cook Time: 40-50 minutes
My next meal choice for this box was Baked Penne with Roasted Mushrooms and Ricotta.
Unlike the last dish, this recipe provided ingredients to make the sauce from scratch. I cleaned and chopped the provided veggies, roasted the mushrooms, and made the sauce from onion, garlic, tomato paste, red wine, and chopped tomatoes.
I let the sauce simmer, and I cooked the pasta. When both were ready, I assembled the pasta dish. I stirred the sauce into the pasta along with Parmesan, mushrooms, and parsley and then transferred it into a disposable pan that was included in the box. I topped the pasta with ricotta and mozzarella and baked it in the oven at 450.
When the cheese melted and started to brown, it was ready!
I divided the pasta between two plates and topped each portion with chopped parsley.
The pasta was tasty and really cheesy. Plated provided a mushroom medley for this dish, which added a nice meatiness and lots of flavor. Also, I have to say that this recipe made a ton of food! Divided between two, our plates were heaping! (I think I could have easily divided this between three or four if I’d added a side dish like a salad.)
Meal #3- Peanut Chicken Curry with Sticky Rice
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
My last meal pick for this box was Peanut Chicken Curry. Plated’s photo of this dish made it look too good to pass up!
I tend to think of curry as being complex and time-consuming, but this recipe was simple and quick! I began by bringing a can of lite coconut milk to a simmer and stirring in peanut butter, gochujang, ginger, fish sauce, and lime juice.
I cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and then sauteed them in a little oil. When they were no longer pink, I added them to the sauce along with some fresh spinach.
While the curry simmered, I cooked the sticky rice and then kneaded it until it was nice and sticky.
When everything was ready, I plated the curry with rice and topped it with bean sprouts.
This dish came together for me in less than 30 minutes, and the flavor was incredible. I’d be impressed if I was served this dish in a restaurant, so I’m thrilled that I was able to make it myself at home! The sauce was delicious— rich, peanutty, tangy, and a little spicy. So good!
Verdict: This box from Plated was outstanding. All of the dishes were great, and the sliders and curry were both fantastic. 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 consistently comes up with recipes that really wow me. 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?