Cooking with Plated

Crispy falafel with Israeli salad and naan.

Crispy falafel with Israeli salad and naan.

I’ve been using Plated, a meal service that sends you a box of premeasured ingredients and recipes each week, for about a month. It gets me to cook and the food has been good. I still don’t like cooking, but I guess that’s not Plated’s fault.

Selection of Meals

Plated gives you a choice of seven meals each week. There are also two dessert choices you can add on for an extra cost. If you don’t like any of the meals or know you won’t be able to cook, you can skip a week. There are different plans for different numbers of meals; the plan I have is for two meals a week for two people and costs $54 a week. So far I’ve skipped one week because none of the meals appealed to me. My husband and I are pretty picky eaters, but for the most part the meals have looked good.

Preparation

All of the meals seem to be rated Easy or Medium and usually say they take 30-50 minutes to cook. I haven’t noticed a difference between Easy or Medium, and they all seem to take me around an hour or a little more to cook. I’m not a very good or experienced cook though. Hopefully I’ll improve as I do this. The recipes aren’t hard. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and all have the same format, which is helpful. I also like that the recipes don’t really involve trying to do multiple things at once. So far I haven’t needed any special kitchen equipment I don’t already have. They do assume you have some staples like salt, pepper, and olive oil. Overall, cooking the meals takes me awhile, but it’s not stressful (which is about the best I can hope for given my cooking skills).

Food

I’ve enjoyed almost all of the meals I’ve made so far. There was one I couldn’t eat because I didn’t realize it would be spicy. My favorite was the feta-stuffed beeftekia with green bean, tomato, and Kalamata olive salad. Tonight I made the crispy falafel with Israeli salad and naan at the top of the page.

Feta-stuffed beeftekia with green bean, tomato, and Kalamata olive salad.

Feta-stuffed beeftekia with green bean, tomato, and Kalamata olive salad.

Plated and Ulcerative Colitis

For the most part, I’m able to find meals I can eat. There’s usually one ingredient I leave out or don’t eat because I know it doesn’t agree with me (onions, corn). At first I wasn’t eating much fiber, but as I’ve been feeling better I’ve been trying out more of the veggies. If I was in the midst of a bad flare, I would probably skip Plated (both because of the food and because of the energy required to cook). Overall, it has made my life easier during a time when I am feeling well enough to make and enjoy the food. I don’t have to grocery shop, the ingredients are all measured out for me, and honestly the only way I seem to be able to make myself cook is to have everything delivered to my door this way. I’m cooking twice a week, which is amazing for me! So I think I’ll stick with Plated for awhile.

Spaghetti with burrata.

Spaghetti with burrata.