Like many of you, I’ve been seeing advertisements for the meal subscription service, Plated, all over Facebook lately. The ads lured me in with the promise of four free meals delivered to my home. I finally checked out the website and was thoroughly impressed with the meals offered. The recipes were creative and made with high-quality ingredients. Plated is ideal for people with dietary restrictions. You can customize your taste profile and exclude any unwanted ingredients. Many of the recipes included ingredients I’ve never cooked with before, such as, Haloumi, swordfish, and Ponzu sauce. I was intrigued by the opportunity to expand my culinary horizons so I decided to give it a go.
One of the best things about plated is that you don’t actually have to subscribe to receive the meals. The subscription is $30 for three months. Subscribing allows you to get the discounted rate of $12 per plate, a total savings of $3. All orders must contain a minimum of four plates. If you choose not to subscribe, each plate costs $15. In my honest opinion, I don’t understand the point of the membership. You don’t end up saving any money at all. So my best advice to you is to skip the membership but don’t skip out on Plated all together. With this link, https://www.plated.com/invites/e50314, you can get 50% off of your next order.
For my free meal, I chose Butter Basted Steak with Hassleback Potatoes. My box arrived quickly but I was still suspicious of what I would find when I opened it up. I was afraid that the steak would be rotten and the herbs witled. To my pleasant surprise, this wasn’t at all what I found. When I opened the box I found ice packs that were still icy and food that was cold to the touch. It looked like I had just picked it up from the grocery store.
Hey Plated! Where did you get that adorable little lemon? I need 13 more for a centerpiece. Thanks in advance!
Each meal comes with easy-to-follow instructions with beautiful full-color photos. Even inexperienced cooks would be able to follow this recipe. The Plated team has done an excellent job at creating foolproof recipes that look and taste much more sophisticated.
It’s unfortunate that this meal is no longer available for purchase because it’s ridiculous, and I mean that in the best way possible. I was actually speechless when I took my first bite of the steak. It was so incredibly flavorful and indulgent. I think the four pats of butter that it was cooked in has something to do with that. The potatoes were also crazy good. I loved how crispy yet velvety they were. What I was really impressed with were the mushrooms. I would have never thought that combining earthy mushrooms with bright lemons would work. But boy was I wrong. The flavors complement each other in a bright and unexpected way. This is one of those recipes that makes you wish that you had created it yourself. The flavors are so earthy and clean, which is how I would describe my cooking style. You can be sure that I filed away that handy dandy instruction printout into my best recipes ever binder.
Have you tried Plated yet? If so, which recipes did you choose? Let me know in the comments! ❤