Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about Blue Apron? Well I enjoyed the concept so much that I decided to just go ahead and try another meal delivery service as well… for the blog of course. This time I decided to try Plated. For some reason I feel like Plated is the service that pops up most often in ads on Facebook and other things of the sort. I also thought their recipes looked the most unique out of all of the meal delivery services I’ve looked at. So I searched for a deal (hint you get $30 off your first order) and I gave it a shot.
The first thing I noticed about Plated is that the packaging was all recyclable. Even the outside packaging and ice packs could be recycled. So if you appreciate that sort of thing you’ll probably appreciate Plated. Like Blue Apron, the smaller ingredients for each meal were all grouped together in little bags to keep things organized.
The meals that we chose were the Barbecue Salmon Burgers, Brown Butter Pork Chops, and Moo Shu Chicken tacos. Again, like Blue Apron, each recipe was on an individual card and was very easy to follow. They included some nutrition information, prep and cook times, and all ingredients and instructions.
The first meal I cooked was the BBQ Salmon Burgers with Fingerling Potato Salad. The meal itself was very easy to make. I actually had to go out before dinner time the night I made this and I was able to prep everything in about 30 min before I left so that I could just quickly cook the burgers when I got home. I really liked the burgers themselves, but unfortunately the buns were a little stale, which I feel like can really put a damper on a good burger. I did appreciate that the meal came with a side. I felt like these meals had a more realistic amount of food than Blue Apron. The potato salad was alright, but the star of the show was definitely the salmon itself.
Meal number 2 was the Moo Shu Chicken with pancakes (which were basically very thin tortillas). This was definitely my favorite meal on the bunch. It was sooo flavorful and different from anything I’ve made. I tweaked the recipe a little bit by only putting about 1/4 of the amount of mushrooms as I was supposed to. I do wish that this meal had come with a small side item of some sort, but other than that it was definitely a hit.
The final meal was the Brown Butter Pork Chops with Roasted Artichoke Salad. The pork chops were tasty (even though I think I over-cooked them a little). It was also nice to have something I don’t normally cook. I also surprisingly enjoyed the salad. I’m not a big artichoke fan, but I think roasting them and tossing them with some dressing made a big difference.
More substantial meals than Blue Apron
Diverse recipe selection
You can chose any meal combinations you’d like
All meals were tasty
All meals were easy to prepare
You are able to chose a meal plan with 2, 3, or 4, meals per week
Stale buns for the salmon burgers
More expensive than Blue Apron ($72 vs. $60)
Like all other meal delivery services I would say that Plated is probably more money than you would normally spend at the grocery store each week. However, it does making cooking more convenient and allows you to switch up your meals and try something new. In conclusion, while I think Plated has more exciting recipes to chose from, I think I would chose Blue Apron based on price and taste of the food.
Stay tuned for Hello Fresh review later as well. Have you all tried any other delivery services? What is your favorite?