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How I Reignited My Passion For Cooking — Without Blowing My Grocery Budget

Paige Bennett
ByPaige BennettNov 14, 2022


Do you ever just feel burnt out on cooking? I used to love getting creative in the kitchen, but sometimes it just feels like a chore to plan out even a day’s worth of meals, let alone a week. Then, there’s the game of clipping coupons and looking for specials to keep my grocery run under budget. It all gets a little exhausting, making me less excited to spend any time cooking.

Thankfully, I can always get over this rut when I use EveryPlate’s meal delivery kit service. They do the heavy lifting of providing delicious recipes and handling the grocery shopping, plus they offer easy-to-follow instructions and many quick recipes each week. Best of all? I never have to worry about blowing my grocery budget with this affordable meal kit.

Freeing My Mind of Menu Planning and Grocery Shopping

I often find myself eating the same rotation of dishes again and again. A simple salad, pasta with veggies, tacos, chili … I love these foods, but eating them all the time gets old. Sometimes, I’ll crack open a cookbook from my collection or sift through online recipes, but they often require an extra grocery trip or special ingredients that I don’t have the time or money to go get.

I like that EveryPlate offers 21 different recipes every week, so I can stick to my favorites or mix things up and try something new without getting that fatigue of searching for something that sounds appetizing. The options are laid out neatly for me, and I can easily find something that looks good, meets the dietary preferences of my household, and can be prepared quickly during busy weeks.

Finding Dishes That Are Quick and Easy to Prepare

Speaking of quick-and-easy meals, EveryPlate allows me to choose meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Although I’ve loved to cook for a long time, it starts to feel overwhelming and less fun when I spend too long prepping something. Even the more complex meals can be prepared in under 45 minutes, meaning I have more time to relax in the evenings rather than spending all my free time on food prep.

Following Along With EveryPlate’s Recipes Is a Breeze

While I like to try new recipes from time to time, trying to read a recipe on my phone always leads to disaster. Between pop-up ads and my phone screen going dark between steps, I’m spending way more time accessing the directions and getting frustrated than I am actually making the food. EveryPlate’s recipes come with recipe cards that are easy to read and follow along with. They include six or fewer steps, clear directions, and even photos to guide my cooking as needed.

EveryPlate Tomato Feta Pasta

Staying Under the Grocery Budget Has Never Been Easier

I’ll admit I’ve never been great at sticking to my grocery budget, even before the inflation (and “shrinkflation”) left my jaw dropping over my weekly receipts. Even with coupon clipping, meal planning, and shopping the sales, I always tend to spend more than I intend to on my groceries for the week.

I’m pleasantly surprised every time I order my EveryPlate box to find that I’m coming in under budget, because I can get meals as little as $4.99 per serving. It’s a great deal, especially compared to the prices I’ve seen in grocery stores lately. I can focus more on how fun it is to cook along with the recipe guidelines and even add my own creative touches rather than stress about how much dinner costs.

Making Meals That are Delicious and Satisfying

The best part of cooking? Eating what you’ve made! Fortunately, every meal I’ve made with EveryPlate has been delicious. I love the Mushroom Biscuit Pot Pie and Carmelized Zucchini Linguini. Knowing that I’m turning a handful of ingredients into something that tastes so good makes me look forward to cooking. After feeling some cooking burnout for several months, it’s nice to actually get back to doing something I love.

Ready to add EveryPlate’s delicious, affordable meals to your weekly menu? Sign up today and get your first box for as low as $1.79 per meal. Happy cooking!

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EveryPlate offers one of the most affordable meal kit subscription services available, with each meal only costing around $4.99. It offers meal subscription plans for 2 or 4 people and you can choose to receive 3-5 meals per week. Customers can select their favorite dishes from a weekly rotating ... read more.

Paige Bennett
Paige Bennett
Based in Los Angeles, Paige equally loves to explore her surroundings and cozy up at home. When it comes to subscription boxes, she's obsessed with all things food, fitness, fashion, beauty, and home goods (especially candles!). When she isn't writing for MSA, Paige also creates content for Insider, HomeAdvisor, EuroCheapo.com, Eat This, Not That!, and more.