I came across Plated on facebook last week, and thought that I would give them a try and review my experience for you guys. Let me start by telling you a little about them…
Each week, Plated creates a menu for you to choose meals from. You pick your meals, the number of plates (servings) and then they deliver all the fresh ingredients to your doorstep the following Wednesday. Meals are $12/plate if you’re a member, or $15/a la carte.
I found a coupon that made my meals FREE, and all I did was pay shipping. I used coupon code “FBFIRSTPLATE”. I got 2 plates of White Bean Chicken Chili, and another meal that I’ll share with you tomorrow.
12 oz. ground chicken
1 poblano pepper
1 small yellow onion
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp. (approximately) ground cumin
1 tsp. (approximately) oregano
1 tsp. (approximately) chile powder
1 tsp. chicken base
1 can white beans
1/2 cup milk
1 tomato (for garnish)
2 corn tortillas
shredded cheese (garnish)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups water
salt & pepper
I would recommend adding additional spices during cooking, and if you like heat add a jalapeno, because the soup turned out a little bland. Very good still, just missing that kick.
Start by cooking your chicken in a pot with a little olive oil. While your chicken is cooking, heat your oven to 425, and then begin prepping your veggies.
When your chicken is browned add your veggies and allow to cook for 5 minutes or until onions become translucent.
Add spice mix and salt and pepper (to taste).
In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of water and a tsp of chicken base. Campbell’s sells those packets of chicken base, which would work fine. Drain beans, and rinse with water. Add chicken broth mixture and beans to your pot of chicken and veggies. Stir, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes. Then stir in your 1/2 cup of milk and cook an additional 3 minutes.
While your chili cooks, cut your tortillas into wedges, toss with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown (approximately 5 minutes).
Your chili is done! Add salt and pepper as needed, garnish with cheese, tomatoes, your fresh made chips.
My initial thoughts on Plated are that they are extremely convenient, but pricey. If this is the only way that you can provide healthy, well rounded meals for your family and you have the income to justify this, then I think it’s great. For the everyday family, $12-15 per person is a reach. If you are like me, and interested in trying it out, go use the coupon code above and see what you think. Shipping was $20, and definitely worth that small investment.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another Plated meal…my last MSK post, as Rene will be returning next week. Let me just tell you, food blogging is not a joke. If you could see the number of photos I took of that bowl of chili just to get a decent picture, you’d laugh. I have absolutely no idea how Rene does this, she’s amazing!
XO – Samantha