In the past year or so, meal delivery services have been on the rise. From HelloFresh to Dinnerly to Blue Apron, there’s a plan out there for everyone. I had looked into these services before but none seemed to fit our budget. (My weekly budget for groceries is $50.00 and I stock up on meats at least once a month.
Last week, a co-worker of mine was telling me about Ever Plate and that her sister just switched to them and sent her a free week. I looked into it and at $4.99/serving per meal. I’m a horrible cook and I figured it was worth a try.
Since it was the first time ordering, I was able to get my first week at $2.99/serving per meal (3 meals) so my total including shipping ($8.99) was $26.93. My delivery date was set for Wednesday (today).
I choose the plan for 2 people with 3 meals per week. They offer the option of adding additional meals and also offer premium meals that are an additional $2.99/serving per meal.
Each week, Every Plate offers 9 different meals options. Depending on your plan, you choose what meals you want for the week. This week, for our meals, I choose the Crispy Caesar Chicken, Smothered & Stuffed Meatloaves and Umami-Glazed Pork Meatballs.
I can’t speak for other meal delivery services, but Every Plate offers two different type of add-on options: additional meals or additional servings. For example, if I know I’m going to have a crazy week and need to order 4 meals instead of my set plan of 3, I can just add the additional meal on without having to switch my plan around. The other option allows you to add additional servings to meals you already have in your box.
Changing your plan, skipping a week or even cancelling your plan is extremely easy to navigate on their page. Just a click of a button and you are done. No need to go searching on sub-pages or having it impossible to figure out how to cancel.
My delivery days were set for Wednesday and today was our first delivery. I received an e-mail yesterday that our box was shipped and we would receive any time between 8:00am and 8:00pm.
As I was getting in the shower this morning at 7:45 Ember began barking as if someone was at the door. I was waiting for an Amazon package as well so I didn’t think anything of it. Sure enough, when I took Ember outside before I left for work, there was the box.
I brought the box in and unpacked it. It was nicely packaged with ice and thermal wrapping to keep it cold all day long, especially since winter has been a tad warmer here in South Jersey. I wish I had taken a picture of it but it didn’t even cross my mind.
Meal Preparation & Cooking
I told Edward that if the box was here by the time I got home, I would make one tonight. I asked which one he would want to try first and (SHOCKER!) he wanted the meatloaf…
On top of all the ingredients being sent to you, you also receive a recipe card. It tells you which ingredients need to be refrigerated as well as any additional ingredients needed. (These are things you should already have in your fridge or pantry. Example: vegetable oil, ketchup, sugar, salt, pepper, etc.).
On the recipe card, they also give you the prep time and cook time. The meatloaf said the prep time is 5 minutes. It definitely was closer to a 15 to 20 minute prep time but I didn’t mind. I had time before Ed got home from work.
The instructions were easy to follow and they included pictures along the way. I was taking everything out of the oven as Ed was walking in the door from work. Most of the meals take about 30 minutes to cook.
Most Importantly… Taste!
Of course, we can’t forget the most important part… the taste!
I roasted potatoes were good, but had a little kick to me that I had to put ketchup on them. Ed, on the other hand, absolutely loved them and said they didn’t need anything else on them. For someone who usually gives me a response of “ah, it’s okay”, I was floored that he enjoyed it that much!
The mini meatloaves melted in your mouth and the taste was out of this world. I was a little nervous that they would be a little spicy with the pepper jack cheese, but it was perfect with the “glaze” they have your make for the top that was made of ketchup, Dijon mustard, and brown sugar.
Not going to lie… I have high expectations for the remaining two meals I plan on cooking tomorrow and Friday.
The weekly cost eats up majority of my budget, but I think it is well worth the price. I’m not wasting left over ingredients. The portion controls are perfect for just the two of us that I’m not making too much and having so much left overs that they go bad before we can finish eating them.
For me being a not so good of a cook, I think I did a pretty darn good job tonight. Especially with Ed’s reaction. I should have gotten that on video.
The only downside I found with Every Plate is that the recipe cards don’t have the exact measurements for the ingredients provided. For example, I should have written down the amount of meat that was written on the package when I opened it. That way, if I go to make it again, I’ll have the right measurements.
My plan is get 3 meals a week for a month and re-evaluate my in store grocery shopping budget.
If you are interested in Every Plate, check it out here!
Well folks, that’s the Icing on the Cake!
Until next time!