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Review – Ever Plate

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).

Plan

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.

Delivery

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.

Overview

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!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I’m officially another year closer to 40! Where has the time gone? The years seem to be slipping by faster and faster!

Oh Taxi…

My birthday festivities started at 12:30 this morning…

It is now becoming a birthday tradition and joke, that I taxi my brothers and his two best friends, Mikey and Michael around on my birthday. Last year, it was to rescue them from U-Haul to try to find my dad when they were moving Glenn into his new house. This year, as my dad’s co-pilot, we dropped them off at JFK airport in New York.

As we speak, they are currently taking off from LAX and on their way to Japan for four days. After that, they are on their way to the Philippines for their other best friend, Patrick’s wedding.  Patrick is in the military and will meet up with them closer to the wedding next week. His family owns a rice farm there and is now getting married to his childhood friend, Kay.

Very excited for them and even though they got me a card and gave me $25.00 for going with my dad, I told them they still needed to buy me something from each country, and not anything I can buy at H-Mart which is a huge Asian food store not far from where we live.

After getting home at 4:30 this morning, Ed let me sleep until 9:30. He didn’t want me to sleep too late so I could go to bed at a decent time tonight which I totally get. He went out and got me a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Dunkin and a few Munchkins.

Officially on Vacation…

As of Friday, at 5:00pm, I was officially on vacation. We had pizza and wings at my parents that night since they came home from Disney that day. My mom brought me home an apple from Disney which are my absolute favorite. I don’t know what they do to them that makes them better than any other caramel/chocolate covered apple I’ve ever had.

Saturday morning didn’t go as planned. Ed and I stopped at the place where I donate my plasma. He was unable to donate since he is on injectables for diabetes and I was the 3rd person in line to go next when I started to get a really bad headache and feel a little light-headed.

I went to the receptionist and asked her if she could remove me from the queue since I wasn’t feeling so well. She was thankful I came to her and was honest and didn’t donate since I started to not feel well. I told her that I think I just wasn’t good at donating first thing in the morning and was better towards the end of the day when I had more food and drink in my system. Plus, Ed and I were on our way to Cape May and I didn’t want to pass out in the heat.

On the way to Cape May…

After arriving in Cape May around noon, we ended up paying for parking at a bed and breakfast near Washington Street. It was the first place we saw that had open parking and was cheaper than a few of the other lots that were probably already full.

I love Washington Street! There are so many cute little shops and restaurants along and behind it.  My two favorite bath places are there, Bath Time Cape May and A Place on Earth. A Place on Earth is owned by the Allen Family, who’s granddaughter, Danielle, was one of the three people who introduced me to Ed. Sadly, we lost Danielle a few years ago in a car accident.

The last time Ed and I were in Cape May, I found the main store for the Cape May Peanut Butter Co. behind Washington Street. They have a tiny shop in Smithville which is so small and so hard to get into some days. It was true for this shop on Saturday. It was so packed in there and I don’t handle crowded places very well. Especially when it involved ignorant, annoying people.

It was so bad in there that Ed ended up waiting outside. I knew exactly what I wanted and knew where everything was located. Some woman must have thought she was the queen of the store. I needed to grab something off the shelf and said “Excuse Me” a few times and when I finally reached over her to grab the gift pack I wanted, she threw her arm in my face to give her friend a sample of peanut butter.

It felt like as I made my way through the store to the register, she followed me and became even more obnoxious as I got closer and closer. She didn’t even end up buying anything and I could tell the employees were annoyed with her as well. She was so loud yelling to everyone in her party and even saying something along the lines of passing the baby she had with her off to anyone, she didn’t care, even if it was a stranger.

By that point, it was towards the end of our day and I was beyond ready to get out of there. Besides, we were going to my parents again for that night for dinner and still needed to get home and get Ember. I got our peanut butter cannoli’s, paid for my stuff and high tailed it out of there. Ed and I found a bench in the shade on the little pathway back to Washington Street and sat and ate our cannoli’s before we headed back to the car.

I don’t know which was worse, the woman in the peanut butter store or the drivers on the Parkway and Expressway.  We were in the fast lane a little above the speed limit… okay, well above the speed limit but at a safe pace. I lost count of how many people were tailgating us and would fly past us. Then some jerk wouldn’t let us get passed him and almost caused an accident as we were trying to get off our exit. My blood was boiling. All I wanted to do was go home.

Icing on the Cake…

Before I left work on Friday, Ed had called me and asked if I could pick up his medications at the food store on my way home. He called me a few hours later and said that he wanted to surprise me, but he wasn’t going to make it in time to pick up my cake from my favorite bakery so if I didn’t mind, go and pick up my cake before they closed.

The bakery is called Sweet Eats and they are well known throughout South Jersey. Their main bakery is in Voorhees and they have an “express” shop in Marlton. No matter what you purchase there, you will never be disappointed. They are always so busy that you have to take a number and wait to be called, even if you are picking up an order. It’s well worth the wait!

My two favorite cakes from there are the white chocolate, chocolate chip with white chocolate shavings or the carrot cake with coconut. My aunt also got me the M&M’s cake from there a few years ago and that probably ranks at my 3rd favorite.

Their icing is so much different than any other bakery around. It’s smooth and doesn’t have that crunchy, sugary texture. The number of flavors and fillings they have are unreal. There are so many different combinations of cakes, icings, and fillings you can come up with.  

Well, I’m off to get cleaned up and enjoy the rest of my day. Need to prep for what I have prepared for the rest of the week!

Make sure to check back to see what I have been up to!

And that been, The Icing on the Cake! (How fitting!)