I have a confession to make. I don’t like take out. This is bordering on sacrilegious in NYC because the majority of the population lives on Seamless, but it’s just not my thing. It’s not that I don’t have those nights where I have zero time or energy to cook- those definitely exist. I’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 didn’t get soggy on the trek from the restaurant to my apartment. Snobby, I know. The only thing I’ll order is Indian, because that reheats well, and I love me some Saag Paneer.

But beyond that, I’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 I’ll try it, but I’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 they’re using actual chefs to create their recipes. And then I thought, ok, these guys are different.  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. I’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 it’s creative- and if cooking is not your forté, it’s a great way to ease into it and learn how to cook healthy but truly delicious meals. And it’s WAY better in takeout- whether you love it or not!

Have you tried Plated or any meal delivery service? Would you try one?

Disclaimer: While Plated generously provided me with two meals, this is NOT a sponsored post. All opinions are truly my own!

  1. What a cool website! I checked it out. I may have to try it myself!

  2. The more I hear about Plated, the more intrigued I am. Thanks for sharing!

    • Clara

      You’re so welcome! It’s really great- you should definitely check them out.

  3. Greetings from Australia! I hate take out too - always feel it’s underwhelming when you get it. Never what you had in mind. Love the sound of this company - be great to see something similar here!

  4. Jane

    Very well done! Yes, Plated is great! My granddaughter works for Plated there in NYC. I can even get it delivered here in my state of Michigan!

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