Plated has amazing options for anyone from meat-eaters to vegetarians, novice cooks to professional chefs, timid to gourmet palates. The company’s focus on sustainability means you can dig in knowing your meats are antibiotic and hormone-free and seafood is 100% sustainable. When you choose your menu, each dish is labeled with helpful information, like “Stovetop Only,” “No Added Gluten,” “Vegetarian,” and “Low Calorie,” so you can quickly and easily choose the meals that work best for your lifestyle.
-Each box is $12 per serving for two to seven meals each serving two people. Shipping is $6 for the two-meal box and free for the larger boxes.
Each week’s menu includes seven choices (you choose two to seven). There are always three vegetarian, one beef, one chicken, one seafood, and one additional meat or fish dish. “Chef’s Table by Plated” offers two extra meal choices to all subscribers designed with premium ingredients to take dinner up a notch for an additional charge. And if you’ve saved room for dessert, there are also two dessert recipes each week offered for $4 per serving.
Sample Menu Choices
-Balsamic Steak Sandwiches with Creamy Horseradish and Quick Pickles
-Mediterranean Chicken with Corn, Zucchini, and Tzatziki Sauce
-Shrimp Tacos with Corn and Tomato Salsa
-Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Feta and Tomatoes
-Recipe cards only include calorie information, unlike some other services which include more nutritional details.
-Some meals can feel more complex, with more prep work or more steps happening concurrently. Make sure to read the directions completely before you dive in.
-Meals are pricier than with other services.
-I only have two choices of delivery days in my area – Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Green Chef is the only USDA organic certified delivery service as of yet – which means if you want to avoid synthetic pesticides, GMOs, artificial ingredients, growth hormones, and antibiotics and only eat fresh, sustainably sourced food, this service is definitely the right choice. Each meal is 450 to 750 calories per serving, but serving sizes feel generous enough to even have leftovers for lunch. Green Chef offers specialized boxes for restricted diets, like paleo, gluten-free, and vegan, but they also offer 100% organic dishes for omnivores and carnivores.
The Vegetarian Box is $10.49 per serving for three meals each serving two people. Shipping is free.
The Vegan Box is $11.99 per serving for three meals each serving two people. Shipping is free.
The Omnivore Box is $11.99 per serving for three meals each serving two people. Shipping is free.
The Carnivore Box is $13.49 per serving for three meals each serving two people. Shipping is free.
The Gluten-Free Box is 13.49 per serving for three meals each serving two people. Shipping is free.
The Paleo Box is $14.99 per serving for three meals each serving two people. Shipping is free.
Each week’s menu is curated for you based on your selected box (see above for options) and the preferences entered when you sign up.
Sample Menu Choices
-Teriyaki Steak Wraps with cucumber-daikon salad, cilantro & mango, and cashews
-Apricot-Glazed Chucken with smoky applewood potatoes & arugula-corn salad
-Mediterranean Tuna Burger with green beans, fennel salad, red pepper ketchup
-Indian Veggie Rice Bowl with radish & cucumber relish, spinach, and sweet potatoes
-You don’t get to choose any of your meals, as they are all curated for you from the available options each week. This service is perfect for the chef who doesn’t like making decisions about what’s for dinner.
-The prices can be pretty high compared to other services, especially when you order the more specialized boxes like the Paleo Box.
5. Sun Basket
Sun Basket is a great way to discover new products and flavors that would be difficult to find on your own. Each meal is created by the former head chef of the award-winning The Slanted Door Restaurant, Justine Kelly, and approved by an in-house nutritionist. The service focuses on organic, non-GMO produce sustainably sourced from farms they trust. The healthy recipes include paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian options, as well as meal kits for breakfast lovers.
Each box is $11.49 per serving for three meals each serving two or four people. Shipping is free.
Each week’s menu includes eight choices (you choose three). There are always three vegetarian, four assorted meat or seafood, and one breakfast option. Each week’s dishes include three paleo, three gluten-free, and three vegetarian options among the eight choices. In addition, three seasonal customer favorites are available to substitute in for any of your choices.
Sample Menu Choices
-Turkey tacos with roasted-red-pepper salsa
-Chicken wings barbacoa with salsa verde
-Salmon with roasted new potatoes and green beans
-Chard and white bean stew with creamy polenta
-Sun Basket doesn’t deliver nationally – yet. So if you happen to live in an area where the service isn’t available, you’ll just have to wait until they scale.
-All of the meals come with heaps of veggies, so choose another service if you’d rather focus on the meat.