Families who dine together at home are happier and healthier, it's a fact. Another fact: I'm a crummy cook. I can't stand how complicated the process is, how long it takes, and on top of that there's the messy kitchen. I put in so much time into shopping for food and cooking dinner - and all I get for my efforts is "yuck" from my kids. It was time for a radical change.
I was complaining to one of my mom-friends and she suggested Chefs Plate. She called it, "a sensible meal kit plan." I worried it might be beyond my budget and that the recipes may be over complicated.
But when I took a closer look at Chefs Plate, I discovered a cooking hack that could bring my family together, too.
Here are a few reasons why my family and I are loving Chefs Plate:
Less Trips To The Grocery Store
Chefs Plate will do all my meal-planning and grocery shopping for me and ship everything directly to our doorstep - super convenient. So, in less that 5 minutes, I chose a personalized meal plan and ordered our dinners for the week! The ingredients are packed in a special insulated box with ice packs that keep them fresh until they reach our fridge. Plus, their flexible delivery dates suit our family's schedules.
You Don't Have To Think Of Recipes
With new mouthwatering recipes every week, there's something for everyone. Created by Chef Plate's culinary team, the recipes are thoroughly tested and geared toward beginners but also work well with more experienced chefs.
The choice is amazing. I can select my preferences from a variety of meals - Classic, 15-Minute, or Vegetarian. They have meat, seafood, and vegetarian options. What's not to like?
Minimal Prep Time / Easy To Cook
Delicious meals in 30-minutes or less? I didn't believe it myself. But the perfectly portioned ingredients arrive in recyclable paper bags with step-by-step recipe cards. All I had to do was follow the instructions.
For those early meals, I stuck to 15-minute recipes like Beef & Roasted Red Pepper Ragu - a hit with the kids. But lately, I've been branching out and experimenting with international cuisines.
Now that I no longer have to stress about what and how to cook, I'm gaining confidence in the kitchen. Cuban Braised Beef & Rice w/ Roasted Red Peppers? Easy-peasy.
Meal kits are a wonderful way to stick to a budget, it's true. There are great options. Chefs Plate has a flexible meal plan with 2 recipes - or as many as 4 recipes - per week for as little as $8.99 a serving.
Every ingredient, from meat to condiments, is pre-portioned, so I won't over-buy. Less food waste is good for my wallet and for the planet.
Even better, there's no commitment required. I can change up our plan, pause, or cancel at any time.
Their meals feature farm-fresh and local produce sourced directly from local farms and suppliers so they're much fresher than the grocery store. Sooo much healthier than our old diet of take-out and frozen pizzas!
Most nights, we eat at home now. It's a time saver. It's cheaper. And priceless, because we're home, spending time together. Chefs Plate's flavorful seasonal recipes really do bring home-cooked meals home.
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