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My EveryPlate Review - Delicious Food at a Great Price

EveryPlate Review

Cheaper & just as tasty as pricier meal kits.

Pros: 

  • Great price
  • Delicious meals

Cons: 

  • No special dietary options
  • No add-ons available

My Verdict: 

I wanted to try EveryPlate as soon as I saw that it was at least $2 cheaper (per serving) than most of the other meals kits I’ve tried. But could it hold up, taste-wise? After trying five of their recipes for a week and loving every single one, I’m happy to see that EveryPlate doesn’t skimp on great-tasting food just to make things easier on your wallet. I don’t have any dietary restrictions to worry about, so I found EveryPlate to be a delicious choice that made dinnertime stress-free.

Coupon: Use this link to get 3 weeks of meals for $3.33 each + free shipping on your first box!

by Marne Orenich, MSA Reviewer, Meal Kit Veteran
September 2, 2020| 1 comment

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About EveryPlate

EveryPlate Box

Plans & Pricing

  • 2 Serving Plan: 3, 4, or 5 meals per week (each serves 2) for $4.99 per serving ($29.94, $39.92, or $49.90 per week) + $8.99 shipping
  • 4 Serving Plan: 3 meals per week (each serves 4) for $4.99 per serving ($59.88 per week) + $8.99 shipping

EveryPlate delivers to the vast majority of the continental USA, but you’ll want to enter your zip code at the checkout to make sure they deliver to you.

LaserShip handles the delivery in my area but your carrier may differ. Here are some tips:

  • Depending on your area, EveryPlate delivers only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • If you want to have your meals delivered somewhere besides your home, the delivery window is usually 8am-8pm. Keep in mind that if you ship to your office and it’s closed when the carrier arrives, your package will be left outside overnight.
  • Late deliveries aren’t always the norm, but it’s good to note that you can’t always count on eating one of the meals for dinner on the day of your delivery, because it may arrive late. My box should have been delivered by 8pm but showed up around 9:30pm instead.
  • If there is something you need to relay to the delivery driver, you can use the generic “delivery instructions” dropdown menu during checkout. They offer prompts like “leave with doorman,” but you can also write a short message as well.
  • EveryPlate boxes come equipped with 2 large ice packs to keep ingredients cold and fresh for 48 hours. Even if you arrive home late, the contents should stay cold well into the night.

Food inside open box

EveryPlate offers instructions on what to do with their packaging:

  • Boxes and separators are 100% curbside recyclable.
  • Gel ice packs: Use scissors to cut a small corner off of the pack and empty gel contents into the trash before recycling.
  • Box liners: Cut the top off the plastic film, dispose of the cotton interior, and recycle the film.

EveryPlate Recipes

screenshot of an everyplate recipe with photo, nutrition facts, and more

EveryPlate is a simple meal kit subscription with recipes I find myself craving. While I don’t think they have the fanciest or most obscure ingredients, I found EveryPlate’s offerings to be classic and filling. They remind me a lot of the type of meals my Mom made for my brother and me while growing up in the midwest. Burgers, steak, or chicken with veggies, potatoes, and rice. Give me ALL OF THAT.

Each week, EveryPlate offers eight recipes to choose from, including one “premium” recipe that costs a little more. While they do have one or two vegetarian options each week, I haven’t noticed many fish dishes besides the occasional shrimp recipe. Chicken, beef, sausage, and pork seem to be the mainstays here.

Here are some examples of upcoming meals from EveryPlate:

  • Honey-Glazed Pork Chops with Roasted Broccoli and Ranch-Seasoned Potatoes
  • Chicken Sausage Orzo Pilaf with Roasted Garlic, Lemon, and Tomatoes
  • Chimichurri Steak Bowls with Jasmine Rice and Pickled Jalapeño
  • Ancho-Chili-Glazed Meatloaves with Zucchini and Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

You can always drop in on their website and click the “Weekly Menu” link at the top to check out the next three weeks of recipes before signing up.

screenshot of ingredients in an everyplate meal

EveryPlate sends you all of the grains, bread, meat, and produce you’ll need to make your meals. They do expect you to have a few “staples” on hand though and their list is a little longer than what I’ve seen from Home Chef or Blue Apron.

The ingredients to have on hand:

  • Preferred Oil (I use olive oil.)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Ketchup
  • Hot Sauce

The tools to have on hand:

  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Baking Sheet
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Zester
  • Peeler
  • Potato Masher
  • Whisk
  • Strainer
  • Aluminum Foil

Preferences & Allergens

To keep costs low, EveryPlate doesn’t offer any preferences or special diet recipes. You have eight meals to choose from with fixed ingredients each week. They include allergen information on the recipe detail pages of their website, as well as on information cards in your delivery. If you have allergies, they suggest checking out the ingredients before ordering.

My EveryPlate Review

Why EveryPlate?

I’ve tried a lot of different meal kits in my day, but they can be really pricey to get every week. Since EveryPlate is only $4.99/serving, I found the weekly deliveries to be lot easier on my pocketbook. EveryPlate doesn’t give you tons of options to accommodate dietary restrictions, but I don’t really need those features⁠—I’m able to enjoy most foods. EveryPlate keeps things super simple when signing up, too. Sometimes not having to create a detailed profile or go through several prompts can make taking the plunge into meal kits that much easier.

Since I don’t live super close to a grocery store and my weeknights can get busy, having EveryPlate meals ready and waiting for me at home made me feel less anxious about preparing dinner. And I felt less guilty knowing nothing in my refrigerator would go to waste. (EveryPlate pre-portions its ingredients, so you only get as much as you’ll need for your weekly recipes.) Even though each meal has two servings, I was able to take leftovers to work for lunch (when I couldn’t convince someone to come have dinner with me).

Signing Up

Unlike meal kits that have a sea of options, EveryPlate makes signing up incredibly easy:

  • Go to their website.
  • Click on one of the buttons to either “Sign Up” or “Get Started”.
  • Choose a plan.
  • Enter your email address and create a password.
  • Add your delivery address and choose a delivery day.
  • Put in your payment info.
  • Voila! You’re done!

My EveryPlate Menus

Suggested EveryPlate meals

Once I signed up, EveryPlate randomly selected five meals for me.

EveryPlate "More to choose from"

A little further down the page, they offered three additional options, if I wanted to change it up. No matter how many meals you choose for your plan, EveryPlate offers eight recipes per week. I was able to change my meals by clicking the “Edit Meals” button.

Finalized EveryPlate meals

Here’s where I landed for my five selections. Note that they also offer a “premium” meal each week that has a $2.99/serving upcharge (making it $6.99/serving). I couldn’t resist that Party Thyme Steak… I had to have it!

Skipping a Week

In addition to choosing your meals, you can always skip a week if you want. I find this to come in handy when I’m going out of town or know ahead of time that I have dinner plans out. Depending on your delivery day, you’ll have to skip several days ahead, so I find it’s best to set a reminder weekly to login and make changes.

My Meals

I was really hungry when I signed up for EveryPlate and so many of the week’s recipes looked good… So I decided to go for the maximum of five meals with the two serving plan. I’m a single gal, and my roommate is away, but I thought I’d invite friends over for dinner or simply take leftovers for lunch to work the next day. My plan worked out great! It took me a little over a week to make all five meals since I tend to have dinner plans out a couple of times a week, but even the last recipe tasted as fresh as the first.

(Swipe right on each picture to see photos of the cooking process!)

 

Party Thyme Steak with Garlic Ciabatta and Roasted Green Beans (Premium Meal)

This steak dish is the recipe I couldn’t wait to make, so I went for it first. All of the steps here were ridiculously easy, and I loved that they included some ciabatta garlic bread. My only snag was when they wanted me to melt butter in the microwave, as I don’t have one. I ended up using my small pot to melt the butter, which took very little extra time. The green beans came out nice ‘n’ browned, and that sauce was just *chef’s kiss.*

I was really impressed with the cut of meat. It was tender and tasted great! I had my friend Charles come over for dinner, and he gobbled the whole thing down. He was so impressed by it that a week later, he called me to get the name of the meal kit so he could order it.

 

Gravy Lover’s Meatballs with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli

I crave meatballs almost daily, so my mouth watered when I saw this recipe. What I appreciated most from these ingredients was that the broccoli was already cut up into bite-size pieces. Not having to dissect a head of broccoli really cut down on prep time. Here at the My Subscription Addiction office, we joked about the single, plastic-wrapped slice of white “American bread” that I got with this recipe. It seemed sad out of the box, but the slice of bread made itself useful inside the meatballs. I marveled at the creamy mashed potatoes and homemade meatballs and gravy I made. I took the other serving over to a friend close by who hadn’t had dinner yet. Even slightly cold and a few hours old, he thought it was fantastic.

 

Gooey Stuffed Pork Burgers with BBQ Onion and Crispy Potato Wedges

Since I’m not a fan of onions, I skipped cooking the yellow onion they’d supplied as a burger topping and opted to pile more cheese on top of my (already-cheese-stuffed) burger instead. I’d say I’m pretty confident in the kitchen with meal kits these days, so I know exactly where I can stray and where I should follow the recipe. Fresh-cut potato wedge fries are a favorite of mine, and burgers are just simple and classic. (However, these were made with ground pork instead of beef.) This was an easy recipe to eat as a leftover for lunch, and the leftovers hit the spot even a day later.

 

Sausage and Roasted Pepper Risotto with Lemon and Parmesan

I don’t think the photos do this recipe justice⁠—it was super tasty! I learned a lot about risotto with this recipe, meaning, I learned that it takes A LONG TIME and a lot of patience to make. But I did it, and I feel like more of an accomplished cook because of it. While the sausages and peppers cooked in the oven, I had about a half-hour of quality time to slowly add water, a half cup at a time, to the risotto. It was worth it, because the end product was creamy and delicious. I ended up taking the other portion of this meal to work for lunch the next day and it was just as nice.

 

Teriyaki Chicken with Zucchini and Ginger-Lime Rice

For whatever reason, I was least excited about this recipe, so I saved it for last. Looking back, that was silly, because I ended up enjoying the heck out of it. One again, this recipe didn’t have any steps that I found challenging. The rice and zucchini cooked on its own while I concentrated on the chicken and creating the easy base of the sauce. My friend Jordan came over for this one, and he ended up eating his whole serving⁠—I gave him some of mine, too, since he seemed hungry. The zucchini stayed fresh until the day I made this recipe, and the chicken was nice ‘n’ moist. I really liked how adding ginger and lime zest to the rice gave it more flavor. I don’t normally go for teriyaki, but this recipe was a winner just like the rest.

Is EveryPlate worth it?

After one-week of trying five different EveryPlate meals, I’m super impressed with how much I loved the meals, especially at such a good price. I liked EveryPlate so much that I decided to keep on subscribing to get more!

Did it taste good?

Heck yes. These recipes were honestly all delicious, and everyone I shared them with agreed. While these meals may not be as adventurous or health-conscious as some other meal kits I’ve tried, I’m a midwestern “meat ‘n’ potatoes” kinda gal, and these meals reminded me of the stuff my mom would cook when I was a kid. Simple, but super tasty. The meat seemed to be of great quality, and all of the produce I received was fresh and looked appetizing. I shared three out of five of my meals with friends, and they each enjoyed them as well. One friend even texted me a week later to get the name of EveryPlate so he could sign up himself!

How hard were the recipes?

screenshot of a sample everyplate recipe with photos and instructions

All of the EveryPlate recipes I made were easy enough for even a novice cook to make. The instructions were clear, and I loved that some of the vegetables (like broccoli) came pre-cut, which made prep time a whole lot shorter. There weren’t any steps in the recipes that I found confusing or hard to accomplish. All of the recipes were also easy to execute on my own without help in my small kitchen.

Was it convenient?

For me, yes. As I mentioned earlier, having all the ingredients delivered to me and ready to go in my fridge saved me from desperately ordering delivery or making a long trip to the grocery store. Nothing took more than 40 minutes, with the average prep time being about a half-hour. That’s a lot shorter than the time it takes a delivery service like Postmates to get food to my house.

Should YOU try EveryPlate?

I’d recommend EveryPlate to anyone who:

  • Wants to try a meal kit for the first time
  • Doesn’t want to spend a lot.
  • Doesn’t have dietary restrictions.

You can try EveryPlate for yourself here:

Coupon: Use this link to get 3 weeks of meals for $3.33 each + free shipping on your first box!


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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Comment (1)

  1. Every Plate has brought the joy of a homemade dinners back! I’m a very busy single mom and I found it impossible to cook a great meal for jut the two of us even once a week. I got tired of having to shop for all of the ingredients that ended up being wasted, either too many leftovers or produce that spoiled before we could use it, it was just wasteful. I love that everything is included except your cooking oil/butter and salt and pepper so that I can control that for heart healthy reasons. Everything provided is already portion controlled, so we are eating better than ever. The menu is great, my daughter and I have enjoyed every recipe so far, and I love the fact that we are eating a freshly prepared, well balanced meal. There has been substantial savings – takeout is expensive, I’m saving at least $100 a week between groceries and fast food a week! Every shipment comes nicely boxed and fully chilled so everything is fresh and the instructions are easy to follow. I highly recommend Every Plate – I’m a very happy customer.

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