How Plated Transformed Our Dinnertime

Whether you’re single, a couple, or a family with kids, it can be hard to fit quality, home-cooked dinners into a busy schedule—especially on a regular basis. But Plated lets you do just that, no matter who’s at your table. Because when you get all you need delivered in just the right portions, for the recipes you choose, you can skip the grocery store stress and get to the good part quicker.

With Plated, dinner becomes a delicious opportunity to come together in the kitchen and at the table—week after week. See how Plated helped transform dinnertime for a busy family of four in Texas.

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Why We Decided to Try Plated

By Andrew M., Houston, TX

We were spending too much money on going out to eat. After a long day of work, commuting, and kids’ activities, we could rarely summon the strength and enthusiasm required to make a home-cooked meal from scratch, especially with the same boring grocery store ingredients we’d buy over and over. So we’d inevitably pile into the car and go to our local cafe and spend $30–$40 on unhealthy food. Those costs really add up. One month I added up all the money we spent on restaurant outings and it was more than our mortgage! That’s when we knew something had to change.

As for the Other Guys

Andrew tried a couple other meal kits before Plated. This is what he had to say:

[They] were fine, but the recipes were not very adventurous…[I also] did not like the fact that you couldn’t pick your specific recipes for the week. We like to pick the recipe and cook it[…]There’s nothing like seeing a really good looking meal on Plated’s website, picking it, and being excited when it arrives in the box. We feel invested in that recipe before the weekly box even arrives because we selected it. We didn’t get that from having a bunch of strangers pick what we’d be eating that week.

How Plated Has Transformed Our Nights at Home

We absolutely love Plated[…]Our food budget is so much more predictable and several times smaller than before. We eat healthier and the portions are more sensible. We have much less food waste and our fridge is no longer a graveyard for produce. Cooking a Plated meal is surprisingly quick since I don’t have to search around for ingredients and measure them all out[…] Since all the ingredients are measured out and ready to go, we can literally start chopping away within a few minutes of getting home. Cooking a Plated meal together with our kids has been a real treat. I’m excited to cook dinner now and have a lot of fun making it.

Why We Prefer Plated

The recipes are just better. There’s almost always an ingredient we’ve never heard of, and the techniques I’ve learned over the course of using Plated make me feel like an actual chef. The Plated chefs are great at pairing sauces and sides with the main course, and Plated’s recipes call for more braising, poaching, reducing, and other cooking methods than other services. The end result is a much more flavorful, complex meal. I still have dreams about the cider-braised ribs.

Looking to save time while still discovering new techniques and tastes in the kitchen? Sign up for Plated, and get $30 off your first delivery.

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