Believe it or not, I’ve started cooking. For many who know me well, this will come as a shock; I’m known, when left to my own devices, for subsisting on Lean Cuisines and breakfast cereal. So what’s brought about this monumental shift? A new service called Plated. On Tuesdays and/or Fridays, we get a big box delivered to our front door that includes fresh ingredients and recipes for making a healthy meal. This includes detailed cooking instructions (yes, with pictures), calorie counts, and approximate preparation times. For someone like me, this is terrific; everything I need is included, and even someone with little-to-no experience cooking can follow the directions. We’ve made several meals through Plated. So far, this has included:
- Creamy mushroom orzo
- White buffalo chicken pizza
- Philly cheese steaks
- Portobello burgers with tahini salad
- Meatloaf with broccoli
- Peanut chicken curry
We’ve got a fridge with three more pairs of meals waiting to be cooked over the coming week, but I can attest so far: everything we’ve made has been delicious, easy to make, and less than 700 calories per generous portion. Let’s pause and reflect that I’m actually excited about cooking, which is an altogether new experience.
You’ve probably seen advertisements on Facebook for similar services before. What makes Plated different? Well for starters, a dear friend is the sourcer for ingredients here in NYC, so we can attest to the quality. But their meat is free from antibiotics and added hormones, their fish is domestic and sustainably sourced, and their produce is locally sourced fresh produce. Bottom line: ingredients are healthy and delicious. Check out Plated today with two free meals, and no minimum commitment for future meals. You’ll be glad that you did.