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By Alison Chew
EveryPlate is “America’s Best Value Meal Kit” with servings priced at $4.99 each everyone can bring convenient and tasty meals to their dinner table each week. How are they able to keep costs so low? They do this by using less packaging and fewer ingredients for each recipe. The result is simple, tasty meals for the whole family. EveryPlate’s aim is to make making dinner easier, not to make you a chef (though you will pick up plenty of cooking tips and tricks).
The recipe cards are easy to follow and do come in your meal kit box. The pictures along with the step-by-step instructions are nice to have and help you visually follow along. One thing that we found missing from the recipe cards was the nutritional estimates for the meal including calories. If you are using an app like Weight Watchers or Noom to track your meals having this information makes life a lot easier. EveryPlate says that nutritional estimates per serving can be downloaded 5 days before your delivery by clicking on “View complete nutritional info” on each recipe detail page.
Our favorite EveryPlate meal this week was the Pepper Jack Stuffed Pork Burgers followed in close second by the Vietnamese Steak Bowls. We loved this burger because of the yummy crema and the cheese inside. We also loved the “Southwest Spice” on the potatoes and will be making our potatoes this way in the future. The Vietnamese Steak Bowls were delicious and super easy to make. We marinated the beef overnight to give it even more flavor and used all of the siracha in the mayo for a nice kick. The third recipe, the French Onion Pork, was fine, but nothing special.
EveryPlate Reviews: Bottom Line
Would we order again? We would order EveryPlate again for the ease of recipes, simplicity of meals, and low cost when the menu is appealing. With only 3 people eating we had plenty of food and for the cost and convenience, you can’t beat it. Our family loves global flavors and we like to try more complicated recipes from time to time so for us, we will order from EveryPlate when the menu is interesting and will keep them in our meal kit rotation.
The weekly EveryPlate menu consists of 13 recipe choices with 2 Premium Meals and 2 Veggie Meals in the mix. Premium meals consist of higher-quality ingredients and cost more than the regular meals. See a sample weekly menu below.
EveryPlate: Packaging, Quality, and Quantity of Ingredients
EveryPlate boxes and separators are 100% curbside recyclable. The gel ice packs should be emptied into the trash before recycling the outside plastic at a store that accepts #4 plastic (like plastic shopping bags). To recycle the box liners cut the top off the plastic film, dispose of the cotton interior in the trash, and recycle the film. The packaging that the ingredients come in, like plastic bags, are plastic and not easily recyclable.
All of our ingredients were fresh upon arrival and lasted throughout the week while we made the recipes. EveryPlate recommends storing all fresh produce, proteins, and dairy in the refrigerator and that meals should be cooked within one week of delivery. It’s good to note that EveryPlate, like Dinnerly, ship ingredients “loose” (i.e. not packaged together by recipe) so you will have to read through the recipe cards to ensure that all of your ingredients are present and to pull them out of the fridge for each recipe. With this EveryPlate box, we weren’t missing any ingredients, but we did receive an extra package of pasta.