Everyday Living

Forget Takeout. The Brilliant Dinner Hack You Can’t Miss!

Let’s be honest: The idea of buying fresh ingredients anywhere other than the grocery store around the corner is pretty intimidating. Specialty food markets are hard to navigate, and we don’t know anyone who has the time trek to the local farmer’s market during the week. So how do you eat fresh and cook well without blocking off an entire evening? Plated created a new ready-to-cook dinner kit delivery service, which could be your answer.

The idea behind Plated is amazingly simple: Every week you go on the site and choose the recipes you’d like and, on your selected delivery date, your Plated box arrives with everything you need to prepare your meals. If one of the dishes you chose calls for 2 wild-caught salmon fillets and 3 ounces of foraged mushrooms, you will get the exact amount needed of each ingredient with absolutely zero waste or excess ingredients. Then it gets really fun.

Since Plated takes care of all of the hassle normally associated with grocery shopping and cooking, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the experience. Each recipe is created to take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes depending on the complexity of the meal, and the options vary from week-to-week so you’ll never cook the same dish twice! We suggest showing off your new cooking skills for your next date night or your next get-together with friends.

Unlike takeout or going to a restaurant, you actually know exactly what is going into your food: No additives, preservatives, or ingredients you’d normally avoid. Plus, since Plated charges just $12 per plate, many members end up saving money each week by cooking with Plated. The membership offers a flexible subscription option and, of course, may be canceled at any time. Check out their site for more details.

UPDATE: Plated is extending a discount to The Dish readers. Click here to get the first 4 plates for free after $20 shipping and handling (just $5/plate).


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