The Culinary Arts Hates Me – My Biggest Crutch

I’m not sure what I had been clicking, but I kept getting these advertisements on Facebook for food subscriptions. I get the whole marketing algorithm crap to redefine advertisements and show only ads that are relevant to our tastes, but it is either becoming a bit too scary or it is becoming too tempting to start clicking on every advertisement that interests me. Plus, I have a huge fondness for food, yet, I don’t cook. Much.

Scrolling through my feed, I saw a few adverts for subscription boxes that offered fresh food and recipes to follow. Being a lazy person and the type who hates grocery shopping, I was intrigued. Did I also mention that I don’t cook?

So I saw Plated on my feed and decided to try it out. I am also interested in Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, but at the time Plated had the best first-time subscriber discount so I ordered it. It was basically 6 plates for free and all I had to pay was shipping, which was $20.


The shipment was fast! I ordered it on Wednesday and it arrived that Saturday.

3 Dishes

Each recipe feeds 2 -3 people.

Mexican Lasagna

Each ingredient were individually divided and labeled, so you know which ingredient went with which dish.


More fresh food!


Even more fresh food!


Lets start cooking for the Mexican Lasagna!


This is how the Mexican Lasagna turned out and it was the easiest to make. It took me about 25 minutes to prep+cook+bake.


Next is the Garlic Shrimp + Spaghetti Squash.

plated-7I’ve never had spaghetti squash before, but doesn’t it look interesting? And a great replacement to pasta! This squash was seasoned and baked first.


shrimpsVoila! We have the final Garlic Shrimp + Spaghetti Squash dish! This took me about 30 minutes to prep+bake+cook.


Time to sear the chicken for the Rosemary Chicken + Parsnip and Carrots dish.

plated-9After baking the seared chicken with parsnips and carrots… This recipe actually took longer than I expect. About 40 minutes. I blame the salad… seen below.


Arugula salad seasoned with zest of lemon, olive oil, and salt.

Overall, my favorite recipe was the Mexican Lasagna. The shrimp garlic and spaghetti wasn’t bad, either! However, I wasn’t too fond of the Rosemary Chicken, only because I don’t really like rosemary.

I think this is a great way to experience new recipes + food that’s prepackaged with the right amount. It takes away the angst from going grocery shopping, that is for sure! It’s also good for if you just don’t have the time to go to the grocery store, since the package seems to arrive pretty fast! The “menu” is on the healthy side, too! Which I can appreciate, since during lunch time I had fried chicken and buttery biscuits. Hey, don’t judge!

The only thing I had an issue with was how much salt or pepper to add. Vegetable oil, Olive oil, salt and pepper did not come with the food, which was fine, but it would have been nice if they added how much salt to add… I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to add a lot of salt to my dishes, so I may have added too little salt.

I plan on trying out Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, soon.

Please do use my referral link, so that I may earn some meals and become a culinary expert! Sort of. Plus you’ll receive two free plates!

Have you tried any of these cooking subscription boxes?

*This post was not sponsored in anyway, except from my own wallet.


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    Christine 4 years ago

    This all looks so yummy!! I’m curious!!

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      Vivienne 4 years ago

      I was delightfully surprised by how fresh the food was and delivery was fast! I really did appreciate how convenient this type of program can be. :) So hate the grocery stores! lol

  • Reply 4 years ago

    Wow! All that food for $20? That’s great and I think they all look delicious, but that Mexican Lasagna looks bomb! :D

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      Vivienne 4 years ago

      Yeah, but the $20 is ONLY for first-time subscribers. After that it gets pretty pricey! The Mexican Lasagna was SO good!

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    Allison 4 years ago

    Wow, that’s a great introductory program – $20! And what a ton of delicious looking food. Pretty soon you won’t need the service, you’ll be a pro ;)

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    Jen 4 years ago

    Interesting! I’ve never heard of plated. Only $20 for shipping for the first 6 plates is a great introductory price. Also you already look like a master chef after these dishes, great job!

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    Amanda Baker 4 years ago

    I’ve never seen anything like Plated!! I’d love to try that out!!

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    Birdiebee 4 years ago

    Wow, I would love to have food delivered to me to make. These meals look so delicious. I love the Garlic Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash as well as the Mexican Lasagna.

    This is the first I’d every heard of any fresh food subscription boxes. I would love to hear more from you on the other two that you try. I did check Plated and they do deliver to my small town in the northwest which is amazing.

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    Linda Manns Linneman 4 years ago

    I love this idea. Everything looked so fresh in the pictures. I will have to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing

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    Linda Manns Linneman 4 years ago

    This food looks so good. The shrimp looks yummy. I love that everything is individually wrapped. Thank you so much for sharing

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