I just may be the last human on earth to join the wonderful world of meal kits.
Though it was a long road, I’m finally on the right path since I found
EveryPlate - “the affordable meal kit for everyone.”
I don’t have to tell you that the past year - no-wait, is it close to 2 years now!?! - has been bumpy, especially for an active family of 4. However, I tend to look on the bright side and encourage the kids to be positive and resilient.
So, let me tell you our story. The house was in a constant uproar with homework, games, clothes scattered about the place. Pots and pans stacked in the sink - crusty pizza cheese and grease from chicken nuggets. We were constantly behind on everything, I was racing to catch up.
I had to set up some systems - especially in the kitchen - so we could get a fresh start in the new year.
In the past, I wrote off meal kits as pricey and wayyy beyond our budget. For some reason, I imagined that the complicated meals required prep that outpaced my middling cooking skills. But when I found the EveryPlate site, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Even at full price it's only $4.99 per plate. Plus, they have 17 chef-curated, delicious-looking meals to choose from each week! There are plans like ClassicPlate, VeggiePlate, FamilyPlate, and EasyPlate with options for 3, 4, or 5 EveryPlate meals per week for 2 or 4 people.
But what really drew me in was the fact that a subscription is flexible. I can skip, adjust, or opt out at any time. I had nothing to lose. So, I crossed my fingers - toes, too - and took the plunge. I went for the 4-person plan with 4 recipes a week.
Our first EveryPlate box arrived the following week with pre-portioned ingredients and colorful recipe cards - so convenient! I simply lined up all the bags in the fridge - so efficient! - and waited impatiently for dinnertime to roll around.
First up, Smothered & Stuffed Meatloaves w/ Potato Wedges. With EveryPlate, each recipe takes 6 easy steps, so dinner was on the table in less than 30 minutes! I was shocked that they actually post accurate cooking times. The kids were delighted. At the end of the night, there were less pots and pans, less to load in the dishwasher, and more family time.
The following night we tried the yummy Honey Dill Chickpea Bowls for Molly - she’s vegetarian-curious. By the end of the first week, I was completely sold on EveryPlate. The meals taste exceptional and the ingredients are top-notch. Plus, the menu is ever-changing, so there are constantly new recipes and cuisines for us to try.
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Their weekly rotating menu is chock full of international cuisines, as well as classics like tacos, mac-n-cheese, and mouthwatering burgers. There's plenty of variety to avoid repeat-meal fatigue, although we’ll definitely order that burger again.
Then there’s a Premium Meal like - Roasted Garlic Dijon Butter Steak w/ Brussels Sprouts & Mashed Sweet Potatoes. NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS could I ever imagine I’d cook a gourmet meal from scratch that tastes better than any steak I’ve had in a restaurant.
And the quality? Super impressive. EveryPlate's dishes are packed with fresh veggies and seasonal produce.
Once I calculated our weekly grocery bills and compared it to what we now spend with EveryPlate, I was shocked at our savings. No more money going down the drain on expensive ingredients we use once and then toss in the trash.
Dinners for the week delivered straight to our door seriously cuts down on grocery store trips and EveryPlate's super-quick recipes save tons of prep time. Let’s not forget to mention reducing the annoyance of loading the dishwasher!
I have a feeling that 2022 is going to be a breeze with EveryPlate. So convenient and easy, it's barely cooking.