These seem to have become very popular over the last couple of years. Many people ask, is it for them?? I think it is all based on your own opinion not what others say. I started doing this last year because I decided I wanted to start eating fish, but had no idea how to cook it. Also, I was tired of eating the same thing day in and day out. One awesome thing about these programs is that it comes with all the ingredients you need (other than olive oil) and step by step instructions. When cooking my first meal, I felt like a chef!
Now the question is, which one should you try??? I have tried Blue Apron, Home Chef, and Plated.
I first started out with Blue Apron because their salmon recipes looked really good. It did not disappoint, the food was amazing and the flavor of everything was off the hook. I loved the everything was fresh and all the recipes were very healthy. The only downside to Blue Apron that you spent a lot of time cutting and chopping stuff up. Plus, you used so many dishes. G would complain the entire time he washed dishes because that was his job since I did all the cooking. Also, you are locked in to ordering at least three meals a week. Plus, your meal selection is limited.
I will openly tell anyone that I did not like Home Chef because there was not a lot of flavor in the food. It was cheaper than the others, however it just did not satisfy my craving for flavor. Also, while the recipes did vary from healthy to not-so-healthy the meat was not hormone free. Yeah-yeah I sound like a crazy person, but I can really tell a difference. (Yes that is a glob of butter on that steak.)
I started ordering from Plated last month and I have been loving it! It seems like there is a lot less prep work than Blue Apron, but it still has plenty of flavor. Meals come packaged like the other two meal delivery programs, but there is a little less waste. Like the other delivery programs, everything is recyclable which is always a plus.
I plan on continuing using Plated for awhile. I like that you do not have to order 3 meals a week and there are a lot of different meals to choose from. Currently we just order two meals and week, but we can change that anytime. Also, I like the fact that you can include a dessert if you so choose with your weekly subscription.
So, there are my thoughts on meal delivery services. If anyone would like to try out Plated let me know because I have some free boxes I can send.
Until next time…..