EveryPlate Meal Delivery Service

Compared to the price of shopping for groceries and cooking at home, meal-kit delivery services aren’t cheap. Yes, they may be less expensive than going to a restaurant or ordering takeout or delivery meals, but dinner for two still costs somewhere around $25, and that doesn’t include shipping. EveryPlate trims that price down to about $10. It is by far the lowest cost meal-kit service we’ve seen.

What do you get to eat with EveryPlate? The weekly rotating menu resembles American favorites that you’d expect to find at a family restaurant. If you like your cheeses ooey gooey and your burgers stacked high, you’ll have fun with this menu. If you have food allergies or are vegetarian, don’t bother trying to make EveryPlate work.

EveryPlate is a great option if price is your main concern with meal kit delivery. Our Editors’ Choices, however, are Blue Apron for novice cooks, Green Chef for people who like plant-focused meals (vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike), and HelloFresh for people who eat widely. We also recommend Purple Carrot for vegans. One last pick worth pointing out here is Hungryroot, which sends you groceries and recipe suggestions rather than fixed meal kits. It caters well to every diet, from vegans to pescatarians and meat eaters.

Pros

Low cost
Crowd-pleasing, American comfort food menu
Few premade sauces
Good packaging that minimizes plastics
Student Discounts

Cons

Menu not especially vegetable-heavy or health-conscious
Not good for vegetarians
Can’t filter menu options by dietary requirements
Finding allergens takes two steps

EveryPlate Pricing

EveryPlate’s pricing is decidedly straightforward and the lowest you’ll find among meal kit delivery services. Every serving costs $4.99 and shipping always costs $8.99. It doesn’t matter how many meals you order per week.

Some selections from the menu, usually one per week, are Premium. They cost $2.99 per serving more, so $7.98. Most of these entrees contain steak, although I did see one with prawns.

As of this writing, EveryPlate has an offer for students to get their meals for $3.99 per serving for their first 52 boxes. The shipping rate is still the same.

The minimum number of servings you can get in a single shipment is six (three dinners for two people). The maximum is 12 servings (three dinners for four people).

How Much Do Other Meal Kits Cost?

Most meal-kit subscription services cost between $9.99 and $12.99 per serving. EveryPlate’s prices are far lower than others. Depending on what you like to eat, however, you might find that paying a little more gives you a better experience.

Blue Apron is among the lower-cost services, charging between $7.49 and $9.99 per serving; shipping is always free for all but the smallest plan.

Purple Carrot, the all-vegan service, also costs a little less than most others when you consider both the per-serving price ($8.99-$10.99) and shipping rate ($5.99-$11.99). Shipping is based on the size of the box being delivered. The smaller and lighter the box, the less you pay.

HelloFresh and Green Chef, two personal favorites, charge between $9.99 and $12.99 per serving, depending on how much food you order at once. There’s a $7.99 shipping fee. Many companies waive the shipping fee on your first order.

Sun Basket costs more at $10.99 to $12.99 per serving, plus a $7.99 shipping fee.

Hungryroot is a little different. As mentioned, this company sends a selection of groceries based on your preferences and includes suggested recipes. If you follow the recipes, they work out to be between $8.49 and $9.99 per serving. But you get snacks and other foods, too. For a single box, you can expect to pay a minimum of about $75. Shipping is free if you qualify for ground delivery. Otherwise, it’s an additional $10 per box.

The Menu

EveryPlate’s options are what I would call American comfort food—including some flavors and dishes from other shores that have become staples of the American palate, like enchiladas and balsamic vinegar. It’s a lot of burgers, pastas, meaty tacos, and pork chops. If you have a taste for barbecue chicken and meatballs served over mashed potatoes, you will do just fine with EveryPlate.

If you have food allergies or are vegetarian, this is not the right service for you. I looked through EveryPlates menus over the course of a few weeks, and there were hardly any vegetarian meals at all. Nothing seemed particularly health-conscious either. From time to time I’d find a grain bowl, and maybe even a vegetarian one, like harissa-roasted chickpea bowls with couscous, creamy avocado dressing, and cilantro. But they are rare finds.

Packaging

The amount of packaging that goes into shipping a meal kit box is a major concern. So far, I have yet to see any company offer packaging that’s remarkably lean and eco-friendly. The limitations of putting together a box of fresh food that will stay cold and fresh during transport, and which is packaged in a way so that ingredients don’t contaminate one another, is a challenge.

That said, some kits do better than others.

Cooking and Eating

We both enjoyed the linguine a fair amount. Compared to the marketing photos, our dish didn’t have bright green peppers. They got lost in the sauce. The recipe recommended we top our pasta with fresh basil or parsley if we had some, which we didn’t. I am surprised none was included.

The portions were very large. In general, I’ve been surprised at the ample portion sizes of most meal kit dinners. If I were making linguine without a meal kit, I would have cut the portions by at least 25% and supplemented it with a salad or more vegetables. One pepper for two people isn’t much.

Would You Eat It Again?

EveryPlate’s meals lean very much toward American comfort food. It’s a meat-and-potatoes kind of plan, not quinoa-and-kale. If you enjoy cheesy quesadillas and chicken with gravy, you’ll probably like the menu options. The meals don’t suit my taste, but because of the low cost, I could see myself ordering a kit or two if I had friends or family visiting. It’s a nice way to pick and cook a few crowd-pleasing dishes without having to plan a menu, make a trip to the grocery store, and figure out what to do with a half-empty tub of sour cream a week later. It’s hard to argue with the cost, and the student discount should makes it even more appealing for that customarily cash-strapped demographic. It won’t do much for students who are trying to follow a healthy diet, however.

 

 

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