Plated's best feature is its flexibility. The range of recipes encompass all tastes, serving needs (they will send you anywhere from 1-8 servings!), levels of kid-friendliness, difficulty, and more. There's just enough repetition that if you like a recipe you can get it frequently enough, but no so much that you get bored. If you're someone who loves a little of everything and wants to try new things, Plated is for you! Hear more from Chef Nick:
The cost of Plated varies based on servings you need, and how many recipes you get in a box. We usually get three servings of two recipes, and sometimes one of their dessert add ons (see this review of the cherry cheesecakes from this same box). Including the shipping charge, our box this week was $67.65 for six dinner and four dessert servings.
I also like that they track your Chef Stats, counting how many recipes you've cooked, and how many unique ingredients you've used. As of this writing, we are at 34 recipes and 188 ingredients!
The recipe: pan-roasted chicken with curried coconut rice
This recipe was way simpler than I expected. Sometimes I think that I think that the more words in a recipe's name, the more complicated it will be. And maybe that can be true, but here Plated makes it easy!
Plated's ingredients are a mix of prepared, semi-prepared, or completely DIY. Here, we got pre-shredded carrots and a premade sauce, but everything else was whole or raw. For us, Plated's main drawback is the amount of plastic they use. Everything comes in one large bag (not shown), and then nearly everything inside is contained in plastic too. Each piece of chicken is individually wrapped - and none of this is recyclable. I hope they are working on this! It's the main reason we don't get Plated as frequently as some of the more environmentally friendly options, such as Green Chef or.
One of the best parts of Hello Fresh (and there are many!) is that they produce these videos to match some of their recipes. This week, we happened to luck out with this one:
why hello fresh?
The BEST part of Hello Fresh is they beat all other services on variety and choice. There are 15 recipes to choose from in the Classic Plan, six in the family plan, and three in the veggie plan. That is more choices than any other meal box service. And you're not ever locked in! You can mix and match the plans each week, and choose different numbers of servings per meal, and even choose a different number of meals each week. Their "Dinner 2 Lunch" options supply creative ways to transform leftovers into new lunches! Hello Fresh definitely wins here.
Hello Fresh is also one of the most environmentally friendly services. The whole kits come in recyclable paper bags, and they keep the plastic to a minimum. Compared to some of the other services, this is a really nice feature. They've even partnered with GiveBackBox.com so you can ship used packaging to be donated - free!
Just like every recipe from Hello Fresh, this one came together quickly and easily. But it wasn't our favorite for a few reasons.
With meals like this one, it's easy to see why Hello Fresh is one of our favorites. The meals always come together quickly, they can please the pickiest eaters, they make plenty of food, and the options are always tasty.
This recipe is from Raddish - August 2018 - Taste of India
See our other reviews from this box:
Chicken Tikka Masala
Yellow Rice Biryani
Bread is one of those things that humans have been making from scratch for thousands of years, but today's humans suddenly much less so. This naan recipe was so easy, required minimal ingredients, and came together in less than an hour, including rise time - and it's delicious!!
We rolled and cooked each piece separately and we got a little better each time. We probably didn't knead the bread long enough, and we found that the last piece we made the thinnest turned out the best. It might be easier to do this in a stand mixer!
I'll let her tell it:
and then you roll them and butter/salt them:
and cook them in a skillet! This is when it's ready to flip - cooked on the bottom and bubbly on top!
Raddish provides instructions for modifications as such:
Gluten-free: Use Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour and add an additional 1/4 cup milk
Vegan/Dairy-Free: Use dairy-free yogurt and dairy-free butter
Vegetarian/Egg-Free: No modifications necessary!
For this recipe, we rated:
Thanks for cooking with us, and as always, eat well!