{Where to Shop Wednesday} Plated

So I want to share something awesome with you.

You can have fabulous, fresh ingredients delivered to your door to make delicious dinners.  Plated, a New York based company, sends you fresh ingredients and step-by-step recipes for a fun and convenient cooking experience.  Everything is pre-measured and ready to go, all you need is a pan and some olive oil.  The menu changes weekly and they offer seven different dishes, with an option to please any palate. Delivering to over 80% of the continental U.S., it’s a very accessible service.  Just plug in your zip code here to check if your area is serviced!

I heard about Plated through Facebook.  They were advertising to try it for free, only paying the $20 shipping.  Amazing, right?

There was a week in February when I was totally slammed at work and it also happened to be the same week as my husband’s birthday and Valentine’s Day.  I knew I wouldn’t have the time or patience to grocery shop or spend much time in the kitchen, so I signed up for two meals to be delivered that Wednesday.  I decided to try meals that I wouldn’t usually pick myself when browsing through recipes.  I settled on Seared Tuna Chirashi (a spicy seared tuna over rice) and Sweet Chili Eggplant with Coconut Cashew Rice.
tuna chirashi

eggplant with coconut cashew rice I was totally impressed with the quality of the food, the intricate packaging and labeling, and the photos included in the step-by-step instruction card.  It made my week so much easier and I felt great to know I was coming home to everything I needed to cook a healthy meal.  When I’m swamped at work, I often get stuck in a food rut (read: greasy take out, frozen food, too many leftovers).  I’m looking forward to ordering again soon!

I can think of so many reasons this is the greatest idea…you live in the city and grocery shopping is a pain, you work constantly and never take the time to meal plan, you are a busy parent, you want to impress a date by cooking for them… I could keep going, but I’m fairly certain you get my drift.

By cooking with Plated, you help support organizations like Teach for America. They partner with companies that support healthy lifestyles, and further their waste-free mission by donating any remaining ingredients to local food banks.  They do things to make this world a better place…as if I needed another reason to think they’re awesome!

Also, it is basically my dream job to work for a company like this.  I’d love to spend my days in a test kitchen with like-minded foodies!

Have you tried Plated?  What was your experience like?  Please share!

*I did not receive any compensation for this post, I’m just sharing about something I find pretty awesome!  However, I did include a referral link so I will get credit if anyone signs up from this post.

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