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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Eat Healthy with Plated

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.
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Here's something that targets more the single professional or the dual income couples or perhaps for parents, but after the kids go to sleep. Someone who wants to eat healthy, but is too busy to shop for a healthy meal, or needs some inspiration on just what to cook. The place is called Plated and they'll deliver to you all the ingredients to cook a chef-designed meal. No measuring for right portions of herbs and spices for instance, so no waste. Just cook and in about 30 minutes, you're meal is ready.

I first ran across Plated on Shark Tank last spring. I never used the service but the sharks were very negative towards the company, until they got an investment from Mark Cuban. It almost looked like they were going to blow it in the end but did get a deal.

To use the service, you visit their web site, enter your zip code, choose a delivery date for your area, then pick items from the menu for the week. For instance, some dishes for this week are Pecorino-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Kale Quinoa Pilaf and Creamy Pumpkin Rigatoni. For each item you want, you decide how many plates were you want (2, 4, 6...). 
Italian Sausage Burger with Provolone and Broccoli Rabe
Each serving starts at just $12, and your Plated box contains a minimum of 4 plates (servings), and each recipe a minimum of 2 plates (servings); but members may order as many servings of as many recipes as they’d like! The photo above is their Italian Sausage Burger with Provolone and Broccoli Rabe.

When the items arrive, you cook the meal for today and refrigerate the other plates/meals. Most take about 30 minutes to prepare.

When I was a bachelor, I can see this being useful. I never spent the time to figure out a full meal, but I liked to cook, just always the same thing. Yes, I had a cookbook or two or three, but I had no real interest in sourcing the ingredients. Call it lazy or whatever but I could have eaten healthier with a bigger variety on the menu with something like this. If I liked a meal, I would more than likely source the ingredients myself for the next time, or, if I did the subscription service, just try something new the next time.

What do you think? Sound like something that will survive long term?

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