Everyday Living

The Best Dinner Hack You Haven’t Tried But Should

No matter where you live and work, chances are you need a hassle-free solution to weeknight dinners. The nighttime drill — get home with no time to grocery shop, raid the fridge with an empty stomach, and throw something together in a short time — doesn’t leave much room for basic enjoyment, let alone the experience of eating a satisfying and delicious meal.

Reaching “Great Meal” Nirvana during the week is an uphill battle: You have to pick out recipes, buy all the ingredients in advance, then get home early enough to start all the prep and cooking process. All with no guarantee that it’ll turn out well in the end.

The life-hack solution is a service called Plated, a company that delivers fresh ingredients and step-by-step recipes directly to your door each week.

This dinner-kit service offers boxes filled with chef-designed meals made up of pre-portioned ingredients that take all the guesswork out of making a restaurant-quality meal. Within 30 minutes, you’ll have delicious, Instagram-ready plates that leave you full and happy (not to mention thrilled with your cooking mastery).

Here’s a summary of how it works:

1. Visit Plated.com and order new meals each week.
2. Receive your box, which includes each pre-apportioned ingredient.
3. Follow the simple-to-use recipe card, prepare your meal, and enjoy.

Picky eaters take note: The meats are artisanal and raised without antibiotics or added hormones, the seafood is sustainably sourced, the produce seasonal and fresh. And for those who love variety, there’s a range of cuisines from Thai to Greek to Mexican.

Each week, Plated will select recipes and ingredients based on your preferences, or let you build your own menu. No racing around, no scrounging for dinner, no hassle.

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