In collaboration with You Plate It
No More ‘What’s for dinner’ Woes with You Plate It!
You Plate It are on a mission to make the lives of their customers a whole lot easier, helping them enjoy more free time with their family in the process. They do this by simplifying the meal planning and cooking process. You Plate It design easy to follow recipes and deliver all the fresh ingredients you need, straight to your door, ready to be cooked. As I’m all for working smarter not harder and making my life, especially in the kitchen a whole lot easier, I had to find out for myself if this would work for my family.
You Plate It & Me
If you’ve been following me on Instagram you would know I’ve been having a whole lot of fun putting You Plate It, a meal delivery business based in Perth, through their paces this past week. Rather than just road test, I decided to attempt a little You Plate It & Me challenge. Kind of like Nikki Parkinson’s (Styling You) Model and Me Monday, where she attempts to style an outfit that a model is wearing, only in this case it’s with food and a recipe card photo. Attempt being the operative word here.
My plating up and food photography skills, with my hangry (hungry and verging on angry) family, were also put to the test. My family kind of have an unwritten rule, much like the rule for edibility if you drop food on the floor (is it 3 seconds?), whereby if I don’t get a photo in the first three attempts and a certain time frame (generally under 3 minutes) it’s a NO from them. They just want to eat the food because
HANGRY food, especially hot food, is meant to be eaten, not photographed. I agree. Which is why I’ll never really make it as a food blogger and why I stick to my mystery shopping restaurant audits and reviews that don’t generally require photographic evidence.
HOW YOU PLATE IT WORKS
You Plate It PLAN – each week there are 6 delicious and seasonally inspired recipes to choose from.
You Plate It SHOP – picking only the freshest local ingredients.
You Plate It MEASURE – saving you even more time in the kitchen and reducing food wastage.
You Plate It DELIVER – FREE of charge on a Sunday evening. Goods are in an insulated box, so you don’t even need to be home!
All you need to do is unpack all your ingredients for the week. Then it’s a matter of cooking, cleaning up afterwards and of course You Plate It…
Ordering was as simple as selecting a box (Classic or Family), the number of recipes required (2, 3, 4 or 5) and the number of people for Classic box (2-4) with the family box enough to feed a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children. Then the tough part, choosing the actual recipes. Each week, there are 6 delicious recipes to choose from. All equally tempting.
Even though we are a family of 5, I opted on this occasion to go with the Classic Box over 4 nights for 4 people. Mainly because my girls are older (16, 17 & 19), are all self-confessed foodies and we were down one child for most of the week. In the end though there was more than enough to feed all five as my eldest generally took one look at the recipe before leaving for her night shift and insisted we plate a meal up for her to eat when she returned home. It just meant a disappointed hubby didn’t have left overs to take to work the next day.
I found the recipes easy to follow and all meals were on the table in 30 to 35 minutes. You Plate It assume you have 6 basic ingredients on hand (oil, butter, salt, pepper, milk and eggs) and everything else is included in your weekly delivery. EVERYTHING, including the ingredients to make the pesto in the pesto pasta dish from scratch!! Which means there’s no chance of needing to hit the shops for forgotten ingredients and coming home with extras you don’t really need.
There’s no contracts or commitments either, so you can skip or pause your delivery subscription when you need to.
The meals were absolutely delicious and well received by my entire family. Even Miss fussy 16! I must confess, I was a bit skeptical about one of my choices (Winter Salad) and wondered if we shouldn’t have gone with the family friendly recipes from the Family Box but in the end this recipe actually surprised and impressed the family the most. So much flavour and super healthy to boot. So, let’s start there for You Plate It and Me…
Roasted Winter Salad with Crunchy Ciabatta Croutons
Pea & Basil Pesto Pasta Salad with Pine Nuts, Parmesan, Sundried Tomatoes & Rocket
Spanish Chicken Casserole inspired by Neil Perry
Crumbed Salmon with Sweet Potato Fries
While I’m the first to admit, I fail when it comes to plating up and photographing under pressure (hello hungry family), I certainly didn’t fail in the kitchen this week. I’m not a natural when it comes to menu planning and I don’t have time or patience for complicated recipes or shopping right now, as I pack up our house for our 24th move. Who am I kidding, I don’t have time, period.
We generally have a quick and uninspiring menu on rotation most weeks and meal time especially when I have events on two or three nights a week, can be fairly chaotic. There’s also always far too much food wastage for my liking with my local supermarket never having produce fresh enough to last the distance. As much as I would like to, I honestly don’t have time to go running all over town to source fresh local produce.
For me there are so many things to love about You Plate It, they do all the menu planning and food shopping hard yards for you and we will definitely be back for more…
- Convenience and time saving factor
- Reduction in wastage
- Fresh local produce in the right quantities
- Easy to follow recipes
- Avoiding hitting the shops for last minute ingredients and buying the shop out
- No more ‘what’s for dinner’ woes!
WHERE TO START…
Firstly, I would head over and case the recipes on offer this week and try not to drool. Still not sure if this is for you but keen to give it a go? Perhaps, start with one of the You Plate It trial boxes, which have 2 chef selected recipes delivered to your door.
If you do decide to try You Plate It, pop back here and let me know or even better pop a photo up on Instagram and tag #youplateit and #nomorewhatsfordinner.
**You Plate It are official sponsors this month and are generously donating a Classic Box to our nominated charity Breast Cancer Care WA for their next fundraising auction. We couldn’t be more impressed with the team at You Plate It. You will be too!