EveryPlate promises healthy, tasty meals to ensure that you’ll never again be bored while cooking. Do they deliver on this promise?
Considering that they offer one of the lowest per-portion fees, it’s well worth finding out more. Are you ready to see how they stack up? So are we.
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How Does EveryPlate Work?
The company’s mission states that delicious, healthy food should be easy for anyone to prepare, so they’ve opted for a more straightforward approach.
The meals are put together using simple ingredients and shouldn’t take longer than half an hour to prepare.
Best of all, the recipes are designed to use as few pots and pans as possible. After all, what’s the point in saving time shopping if you’re going to have to wash every pot and pan that you own?
The company also keeps things simple by limiting their weekly offerings; each box contains enough food for three meals per week. You need to decide if you want a family-sized box to feed four people, or a couple’s box to feed two people.
EveryPlate works slightly differently in that five menus are presented for the week; you’ll choose three out of those five to be delivered to your home.
Don’t see anything that you like? Then why not skip the delivery for that particular week? Just make sure you give at least five days’ notice. Once the order is in, you’ll get a delivery containing all the ingredients that you need for each meal.
Unlike other popular meal kit companies, the packaging is minimized. You’ll get a beautiful recipe card detailing the recipes step-by-step to build your own recipe book.
We found this interesting. Dinnerly is the only other of the meal kit sites that we’ve come across offering the same kind of affordability, but they send digital cards, not printed ones. Dinnerly claims that it’s this feature that allows it to charge less; it seems EveryPlate has broken the mold in that respect.
From our perspective, we’d rather have the card, especially if we’re going to be making the recipe again. Sure, we could look it up online, but the kitchen’s a messy place to have your phone out. Scrolling through a recipe with messy hands is not ideal.
Your meal kit will be delivered between eight in the morning and eight in the evening on delivery day. Our advice? Plan to make your first meal the day after delivery. That way if it arrives at night, you’re still good to go.
All the items in the box are packaged in recyclable materials. If there are any liquid items, they are carefully packaged to ensure that there are no leaks.
You won’t get kitchen staples like basic seasoning or oil, however; it’s assumed that you’ll already have those. You will get all the veggies and fresh herbs that you need to make your meal.
The boxes are fully insulated, and there may be ice packs included if you have more temperature-sensitive foods like meat or chicken. We’d still recommend getting it delivered when someone is at home, or having it sent to your work instead, especially if it is sweltering out.
Overall, the system is a flexible one. You can suspend delivery, skip a particular week, change up quantities, and so on as you like. The only thing is that you must do this, however, at least five days before the delivery date.
Another area where this service sets itself apart from the crowd is that it allows users to opt for premier meals. These cost an extra $3 per portion and have a more gourmet touch than the standard meal options.
These are perfect for when you need to impress someone special, or may want something nicer for yourself and your loved ones.
Types of Meals Available
Be prepared to try a range of different meals. From basic comfort food like mac and cheese to chimichurri steak like they make in Argentina.
Want something even more gourmet? How about chili-cherry pork chops? (We’re making ourselves hungry just writing about this…) The recipes are simple and can always be tweaked if you’re a cook that enjoys experimenting.
The rate structure is simple: $4.99 per portion + $8.99 shipping for the whole box. You get three meals per person, per box, and you can opt for a box for two, for a total of six meals. You’ll pay $38.93 for the week.
If you opt for dinner for four, that’ll be twelve meals at the cost of $68.97 per week.
It should also be noted that if you select Premier meals, you’ll pay an additional $3 per portion.
EveryPlate is a division of Grocery Delivery E-Services Inc., which is a subsidiary of HelloFresh SE. Grocery Delivery E-Services was formed in 2011 to provide food delivery service and is headquartered in New York.
- Home Chef: If you like being able to choose every meal, this might be worth looking into.
- Plated: Whether you’re cooking for one or eight, Plated has a package to suit you.
- Blue Apron: Could be a better choice if you want something a little more exciting.
Pros and Cons
- Reasonably priced
- Interesting meal choices
- Comfort food and family favorites included, but still suit adventurous cooks
- Option to upgrade meals
- Offers three meals a week
- A fair amount of variety
- Nice recipe cards that you can keep
- Well-balanced meals
- Flexible approach to subscription makes it easy to skip if necessary
- Not a lot of gluten-free meals
- Where possible, food is organic, but it isn’t always the case
- We’d like to see more options in terms of the number of meals you can order
These meals are designed for the busy parent who wants to get food on the table fast—but you’ll never find the meals from EveryPlate boring, that’s for certain. And we love that you get a nice recipe card to keep for the meals you want to try again.