Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Plated, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, & Home Chef Comparisons.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably seen some of these delicious photos below from experimenting with the four companies that I'm going to tell you about. 

These four boxed meal companies are all the rage lately. Perfect for busy mom's on the go or novice home cooks who want to expand their palates and/or cooking skills. 

I really love this concept because it saves me so much time trying to figure out what I'm going to cook for dinner that week and rounding up all of the ingredients at the grocery store. I also love that each recipe comes with each individual ingredient portioned out to exactly how much you will need. No wasting that leftover cilantro that you need once and will likely go bad before the next time you use it. The ingredients are always super fresh and very high quality, as well. 

Simply sign up, select your menu choice(s) and delivery date, and a well-insulated box shows up on your doorstep on your selected date! 

Here is a simple breakdown of each company and photos from the recipes that I made:

Price: $12 per plate
Minimum order: 4 plates
Shipping: Free over $50

Want to try? Use this link to sign up and receive 2 free meals.

Braised Massaman Chicken

Beef Pho

Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Price: $9.99 per person the for 2 person plan
$8.74 per person for the family plan
Shipping: Always Free
Family plan option: Two recipes a week {one delivery} or four recipes a week {one or two deliveries, your choice}

 Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice

 Beef and Pinto Bean Chili


Price: 3 Classic Meal Box for Two - $69, 3 Classic Meal Box for Four - $129 
3 Vegetarian Meal Box for Two - $59, 3 Vegetarian Meal Box for Four - $109
Shipping: Always Free

Want to try? Use this link to sign up and receive $40 off of your first order!

Roasted Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes, Green Beans, and Yukon Potatoes

Chicken a l'Orange with Cous Cous and a Citrus Fennel Salad

Peppercorn Steak with Baby Potatoes and Creamed Spinach

Pan-Seared Salmon with Honeydew-Cucumber Salsa and Watercress Salad

Shrimp Ceviche Tacos


Price: $9.95 per plate
Shipping: Free for orders over $50

Want to try? Click this link to sign up and receive $30 off of your first order!

Chimichurri Pork Chops with Gaucho-Style Vegetable Saute

Herb-Roasted Chicken with Whipped Cauliflower and Lemon Gremolata

Pan-Seared Salmon with Papaya Salsa and Roasted Asparagus

Salmon Encrusted with Everything Bagel Seasoning Over Arugula Salad with Lemon Caper Vinaigrette

With all of these companies, you are able to skip a week, or two, or however many you want until you are ready for them to send you a new box. You may also cancel your account at any time. 

I can honestly say that we enjoyed all of our meals! If I had to choose the box that was our favorite, Cameron and I both agreed that we liked the meals from Hello Fresh and Home Chef the best. 

Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have!

This post was not sponsored in anyway, however the sign up links do contain referral codes.

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  1. I've heard great things about all of those services. So glad you enjoy them, the meals look delicious! Not having to grocery shop sounds like the best part, haha! Thanks for the info, have a great day!

  2. What a fun endeavor to take on...rating all of these companies and getting to eat the delicious food in the meantime! I've always been curious about these companies so maybe I'll try one of the ones you recommended!

  3. I still need to try plated! I'm really shocked with how reasonably priced these companies are. I know our dinner for 2 last night cost $24 so I'd actually be saving a few dollars.
    Ally - Life as I know it

  4. Thanks for the comparisons I have always wanted to try one of these, but I never knew which one to try first. Now I kind of want to try them all. So fun!

  5. I love that you tested all these. The Hello Fresh meals look the most like fully composed meals - protein, starch, veggie where the others look like one-pot or bowl meals. If that makes sense. Haha!

    1. I use Home Chef and they do provide fully composed meals = protein, start and veggies. Each meals comes with a meal card (three hole punched) with instruction and photos of each step along the way.

  6. I love that you've tried all the companies! Very neat!! I think Hello Fresh definitely looks the best but I'd try Plated and Blue Apron for sure!

  7. Glad you enjoyed Hello Fresh! :)

  8. Super interesting! I've got to try one of these companies!

  9. I've been wanting to try spaghetti squash, yours' looks delish!

  10. This all looks so, so good. I'm horrible about letting fresh food/ingredients go to waste, especially now that cooking for one is just annoying, but I'm glad you compared all of these because I'll totally refer to this later I bet ;)

  11. We love Blue Apron and Plated, we order them frequently! I am going to have to try Hello Fresh soon! Xo, Stephanie

  12. Through a friend we have tried Homechef and we are loving it. Their meals are easy to fix, light where we feel energized after it not tired, and we find the variety great. Their steak is more tender than the ones in restaurants. Most importantly, our kids are giving a try to some new meals. Will have to try Hello Fresh one day.

  13. I have tried Blue Apron and just signed up to try Hello Fresh. Thanks for the idea to try more than one!

  14. I am so torn... I can't decide whether to try Hello Fresh or Plated

  15. Cheaper to buy & fix yourself, in my opinion.

  16. The website is looking bit flashy and it catches the visitors eyes. Design is pretty simple and a good user friendly interface. home chef promo code