I have a confession to make. I donâ€™t like take out. This is bordering on sacrilegious in NYC because the majority of the population lives on Seamless, but itâ€™s just not my thing. Itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t have those nights where I have zero time or energy to cook- those definitely exist. Iâ€™m just annoyingly picky about the freshness of my food. I want a piping hot pizza with the cheese completely melty, and pad thai that didnâ€™t get soggy on the trek from the restaurant to my apartment. Snobby, I know. The only thing Iâ€™ll order is Indian, because that reheats well, and I love me some Saag Paneer.
But beyond that, Iâ€™m left to cereal and spoonfuls of peanut butter on busy nights. So when the folks at Plated reached out to me about trying their meal delivery service I was intrigued. Truth be told, because I love to have full control over my kitchen, my initial thought was- “Ok Iâ€™ll try it, but Iâ€™m not really your target customer.” But then I had a chance to glance at their site. And then I learned more about their philosophies and methods (that they care about sustainability and locally sourced ingredients). And then I discovered theyâ€™re using actual chefs to create their recipes. And then I thought, ok, these guys are different.Â So I gave it a shot.
I tried two dishes- the Summer Vegetable Carbonara and Asian Soy Steak Tacos with Jicama Slaw. Both were delicious but the carbonara literally had me oohing and aahing audibly while consuming. Iâ€™m not kidding. I could not believe how good it was! They totally wowed this picky foodie
But what was even more amazing, and unexpected, was that the dishes also acted as a shock to my normal dinner routine- making me re-think flavors, ingredients, and our general way of eating. While Plated makes whipping up a homemade meal a snap, what I love most about it is that itâ€™s creative- and if cooking is not your fortÃ©, itâ€™s a great way to ease into it and learn how to cook healthy but truly delicious meals. And itâ€™s WAY better in takeout- whether you love it or not!
Have you tried Plated or any meal delivery service? Would you try one?