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Plated Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2018

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Plated is a weekly meal kit delivery subscription that delivers you pre-portioned ingredients and recipes to help you make chef-designed recipes at home. They offer different weekly menus and randomly pick recipes for you based on preferences you submit when you sign up. If you’d rather pick your own recipes from the weekly menu, it’s easy to hop in and change your order on their website or their handy-dandy app.

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Plated is committed to using sustainably sourced seafood, seasonal produce, and meat that’s free from antibiotics and added hormones. Like most meal kits, Plated won’t include standard pantry items (think salt, pepper, olive oil). They will, however, email you to let you know what pantry items you should have on hand for that week’s box. Prep time and dietary details are listed in each recipe. And if you love a recipe, you can rate it and download a digital recipe card via your online account. (Highly rated recipes sometimes come back as “Encore” recipes for you to order again, so don’t forget to leave your star rating each week!)

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This review is for the 2 recipes (4 plates) plan, which cost $48.00 per week (+ $6.00 shipping). I chose to have chicken, beef, shellfish, and fish as options to include in my recipes.

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About Plated

The Subscription Box: Plated

The Cost: Recipes begin at $12.00 per plate:

  • 2 recipes (4 plates)= $48.00 per week (+ $6.00 shipping)
  • 3 recipes (6 plates)= $72.00 per week (with free shipping)
  • 4 recipes (8 total plates)= $96.00 per week (with free shipping)
  • Dessert costs $4.00 per serving (available after your first order)

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Save 25% off your first 4 weeks of Plated with any subscription plan (up to a $159.20 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.)

Good to know: Plated was recently purchased by Albertsons.

Plated April 2018 Review

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Plated sends each meal mostly packaged together in a plastic bag, except for meat and any larger produce that may not fit. Each individually wrapped item is marked with the meal it belongs to so you can organize them in your refrigerator upon unpacking. I really appreciate this extra step to keep things organized and easy for me when unpacking!

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Cilantro Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce and Cucumber Slaw

Calories per Serving: 850

Total Prep and Cook Time (listed): 25-35 minutes

Actual Time to Cook: 30 minutes

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Plated recipe cards come with a short description on the front and include the estimated prep and cook time and the calories per serving. On the other side, you’ll see a list of ingredients, what you’ll need from your kitchen (ingredients as well as tools), recipe tips, and step-by-step directions with photos.

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I was really excited reading through the recipe card because this was probably the easiest meal-prep I have seen in a while! I started by preparing my cilantro, lettuce, cucumber, and pepper.

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Once all of my fresh vegetables were ready, I prepared my cucumber slaw. The slaw came in a package that was basically already prepped. All I had to do was add the fresh ingredients along with rice wine vinegar and canola oil.

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Since I was already prepping the slaw I decided to make my sauce next. This was also incredibly easy! All I did was whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, and the remaining rice wine vinegar. This smelled so good, I couldn’t wait to eat it!

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The next two steps were the only ones that I had to use my stove. I formed my chicken meatballs and cooked them for about 4 minutes on each side. While those were cooking, I added the white rice to a pot of water, brought it to a boil, and then let it simmer before fluffing the rice with a fork. Super simple!

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Look at this beautiful green dish! Once everything was ready, all I did was add the rice, chicken meatballs, slaw, and peanut sauce to my lettuce cups. This meal was fresh and extremely flavorful. Remember that little red pepper I chopped in the first step? Well, it packed a ton of heat so this meal was on the spicier side! The peanut sauce added this yummy creamy texture that I really loved. The one thing I will say is that these were tricky to eat only because the chicken meatballs didn’t sit nicely within the lettuce cups. I am going to make these again but just with ground turkey meat like a taco instead of taking the time to make little meatballs. All in all this dinner was super simple, filling, and oh so flavorful!

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Caprese Chicken over Warm Spinach Salad 

Calories per Serving: 780

Total Prep and Cook Time (listed): 25-35 minutes

Actual Time to Cook: 40 minutes

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Here is our second recipe card, I love reading through the recipe tips that are listed on the back of each card.

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I started by chopping my fresh ingredients. So many pretty colors here! This step was easy since I only had to chop the spinach, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella.

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Here is my lineup of ingredients to bread my chicken. The chicken goes into the flour, to the egg wash, and finishes in that parmesan cheese.

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While my chicken cooked, I prepared my warm spinach salad. Here you see everything I chopped in step one along with mustard and champagne vinegar.

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Here is my chicken that I cooked in the pan. One major thing to note here is that the recipe says to cook the chicken for 2 to 4 minutes on each side. I did that but was still left with raw chicken. These cuts of chicken are on the larger side, but I don’t really think any raw meat should be cooked for such a short amount of time. This is something that I noticed with most of my Plated recipes, so please just be careful when cooking raw meat everyone, always cut into the middle before plating. I ended up popping these into the oven to finish cooking because the outside breading was getting burnt while the center was still raw. If I did this over again, I would just put these in the oven from the start.

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After a long wait for the chicken to cook, we finally had our finished plate. This meal was good but nothing that I think I would repeat. It was simple enough but the chicken took so long that it ended up being a pretty late dinner for us the night we made this. In the end, though, the chicken was really delicious and the breading was perfect. The warm spinach salad was so flavorful with the mustard and champagne vinegarette. I love mozzarella so much, but I would have loved to have a bit more slices.

Verdict: This month’s Plated brought a new vibe of fresh dishes that got me really excited for the warmer spring weather. Both meals had vibrant colors and had so much flavor. After a long winter, it was nice to receive two meals that were very fresh and bold. All in all, I received one meal that was a huge hit in my house that I know I will try to make again. While the second meal fell a bit flat and ended up not providing the best cooking instructions. The best part about Plated, though, is the ease of receiving meals straight to your door! They really do take out the difficulty of deciding what to cook week to week, making a grocery list, and fetching the groceries.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. The Plated menus change weekly and you need to lock in orders before shipments go out.

Coupon LIMITED TIME DEAL: Save 25% off your first 4 weeks of Plated with any subscription plan (up to a $159.20 value)

Value Breakdown: This box cost $48.00 + $6.00 shipping, which is $13.50 per meal.

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Written by Taryn Lowman

Taryn Lowman

Taryn’s passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

Posted in Food & Drink Subscription Boxes, Meal Kit Subscriptions, Plated Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: plated | 15 comments

Comments (15)

  1. Another suggestion – make sure your meat is 100% up to room temperature prior to cooking. It ABSOLUTELY makes a difference a difference in the cooking time of your proteins. And yes, the quoted cooking times will work for safely cooked proteins if you’ve pounded it thin enough and your meat is at the proper temp when you begin 🙂

    (Likewise – butter and eggs should be at roomtemp before baking. It helps with incorporation. It’s a step that a lot of recipes leave out, but is so vital to know!)

    • Thanks so much for that tip! I can safely say that everything was most likely not room temp. I am no chef so these tips are wonderful!

  2. For the second dish, it sounds like your pan was too hot, so the outside was cooking faster than the inside. If you ever try the dish again, I’d suggest don’t get the pan so hot. That happens all the time on Guys Grocery Game! The grills on that show are stupid hot, the outside will be burnt but when the judges try to eat it its raw on the inside XD

    • I kept it low until the last few minutes before popping it into the oven and that really ruined the outside! Good call for next time to just stay the course!

  3. In regards to the comment below, I think recipes like this would benefit if they included the temperature they need to reach. Not everyone is aware chicken needs to be cooked to 165 internally, and color isn’t always an indicator of doneness.
    Also, Taryn, if you have a cast iron pan that’s what I use to pound my meat thin! But also I usually go to the meat counter and get the chicken that’s already been pounded thin and I pay extra, because I hate handling raw chicken.

    • Thank you for your post! These recipes can be hard, especially if you are someone like me that doesn’t have a full kitchen of helpful tools like a meat thermometer. I’ll have to try the cast iron trick next time since I do have one of those! I am normally don’t have a hard time handling raw meat, but being in my second trimester of pregnancy, I have found that raw meat is something I just can’t deal with for very long!

    • The recipe does actually specify that the internal temperature should reach 165 in the directions – see the bottom lefthand corner.

  4. According to the instruction card for the chicken caprese, it should have been pounded to a quarter inch thickness – your cooking time for the chicken would have been drastically decreased, and probably would have fallen within the 4 minute per side recommendation from Plated.

    • Thanks for your post! Unfortunately, I did pound the chicken but was still left with a raw center. I don’t think I would ever cook chicken for that short amount of time even if it was a super thin piece.

      • The chicken looks a lot thicker then 1/4in. You have flatten those suckers. When I make chicken parm/Milanese/piccata, using thin cutlets, they can be cooked thu in 2-3 minutes a side.

      • With all due respect, that’s not a quarter of an inch thick chicken breast on the plate. If you look up any recipe for chicken milanese (which this recipe basically is) or Japanese tonkatsu, a similar preparation, you’ll see similar cooking time instructions of under 5 minutes per side. The increase in surface area and reduction in thickness dramatically decreases the time needed to thoroughly cook a piece of meat.

        I’m sure you’re feeling that I’m being argumentative or contrary for no reason, but I don’t feel that it’s fair to criticize the box/instructions when they’re actually quite accurate. If you had pounded your meat much thinner, you would have had a similar cooking time.

      • Always good to hear feedback so no worries at all! I just would never cook raw meat for that short amount of time, makes me nervous, but that is just my personal preference. I will try to make them smaller next time and see how it goes, maybe I need a better kitchen tool to make them smaller.

      • An instant read meat thermometer is a great thing to have. If you cut into chicken (any meat) before it could rest for a few minutes after cooking, the juices just run out. Just google meat temps, chicken is 165 degrees when it’s cooked though.

    • What she said! I was going to say something similar. If you do try the lettuce wraps again, you can form the turkey into links, like a flat sausage.

      • That is a great idea, I am going to be cooking them again soon. Can’t wait to try it in links!

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