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Friday, April 3, 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Chefs Plate

Now that Quinn and I are both working from home, we’re finding it difficult to separate work from life. I finally said we’ve got to set some boundaries. We need time together, that’s ours. Quinn suggested we sit down and eat a real home-cooked dinner at the end of the working day. But we’re such horrible cooks, we’d end up eating mac-n-cheese, or Doritos-n-Velveeta nachos 7 nights a week.

I’d heard a lot about meal kits because they’re all over social media these days. I decided to do a bit of digging and discovered Chefs Plate - a meal kit delivery service inspired by international culinary classics. Here’s what I found out…

Why a meal kit? Why this meal kit?

Convenience and variety. You don’t have to think about what’s for dinner. Each week you choose from 13 different mouthwatering seasonal recipes from Chefs Plate’s Personalized Meal Plans. Select as few as 2 recipes or as many as 4 recipes a week - they’re that flexible!

Direct to your door, really?

Chefs Plate lets you take back all the time you used to spend planning meals, shopping, and prepping. Everything you need to make delicious meals - pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards - are sent directly to your door. Specially insulated boxes and ice packs keep the food farm-fresh.

What kind of recipes do they have?

Chefs Plate offers Classic, 15-minute, and Vegetarian Meal Plans. New menus are created weekly by their team of culinary experts. Seasonal and local ingredients add another splash of fresh and healthy variety to what’s-for-dinner.

Their recipe developers create meals that accommodate both the beginning cook and the experienced culinary artiste. There’s something for every skill level.

Are the recipes complicated and time consuming?

Quality doesn’t have to be complicated and Chefs Plate makes it easy. Preparing pre-portioned ingredients according to step-by-step recipe cards means you’ll be eating in 30 minutes or less. And if you need some serious time savers, each week they feature several 15-minute recipes as well as a Slow Cook meal like Beef Barbacoa-Style Tacos. These steak strips are braised low and slow in a chipotle-spiced broth and practically cook themselves.

Is it affordable?

The average Chefs Plate serving costs less than $10 per meal. And the savings add up in other ways, too. Because Chefs Plate sends you the exact amount of ingredients required for each recipe, there’s no food waste. No food waste means no money waste. Even better, there’s no commitment, you can change, skip a week, or cancel your plan as needed.

So we took the plunge. When Quinn brought the Chefs Plate box in, I opened it, and started preparing dinner. For our first meal, I chose the 15-Minute Korean Pork Spring Roll Bowls with Jasmine Rice. The servings were just the right size and the food was restaurant-tasty.

Plus, I’d cooked dinner. Me! I was super happy. What a feeling, sitting together at our kitchen table, eating, talking, laughing, the demands of our jobs forgotten.

Chefs Plate helped us make our home home again.

Update: My friends at Chefs Plate are extending a limited time offer to my readers. LIMITED TIME OFFER: Get 50% off your first two Chefs Plate deliveries!
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