EveryPlate Meal Kit Review 2023: Home-Cooked Meals That Are Actually Affordable

published Dec 26, 2023
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I enjoy planning my own meals and taking my time in the kitchen, but the convenience of meal kit delivery services can’t be overlooked. I learned this the hard (or, rather, easy) way recently when I needed to clear my plate a bit in the middle of moving. After a few nights of takeout, eaten while sitting on moving boxes, my partner and I agreed we couldn’t keep running up that dinner bill. But I didn’t have time to go to the grocery store, either — especially with most of our kitchen cookware and tools still in boxes.

Quick Overview

A Quick Look at EveryPlate

  • Affordable meal kit delivery service with plans starting at $44.94 for 3 meals per week for 2 people
  • Delicious and easy meals that come together in under 30 minutes 
  • Great way to save time and effort in the kitchen

That’s where EveryPlate (thankfully) came into the picture. With a box of ingredients dropped off on my doorstep and the recipes already planned out, I was easily able to squeeze some home-cooked meals in between hauls to the moving van.

What Is EveryPlate?

EveryPlate is a meal subscription from the people behind one of the OG meal delivery kit services, HelloFresh, so they really know what they are doing. What makes EveryPlate different from other meal kits is that affordability is the brand’s top priority, with meals starting at $4.99 per serving — that’s half the price of other services I’ve tested!

Rest assured, this steep discount doesn’t show in the dishes. There are dozens of delicious and ever-changing meals to choose from, so you never have to repeat dishes — unless you want to. Compared to other meal kits I’ve tried in the past, the EveryPlate recipes were also easier to prepare with minimal work. However, at these prices, it does mean that EveryPlate can’t cater to different dietary preferences so you wouldn’t be able to choose between vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, or low-carb options. Nutrition information is provided for each recipe so you’d be able to see if certain meals can still fit your lifestyle. 

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How Much Does EveryPlate Cost?

The price varies based on the number of servings and number of people you’re feeding. Currently, the smallest plan for new members is three meals for two people per week, which comes out to $44.94 for your first box. For six meals for six people per week, the price jumps to $179.64. However, there are often discounts and special promotions for new members, so the prices might fluctuate depending on the deal you snag.  

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My Honest Review of EveryPlate

Upon opening my EveryPlate box, all the ingredients were individually sealed in plastic bags and everything was packed neatly inside with ice packs. They’re not organized by meal so it took a little time to wrangle and sort the ingredients for each meal I was testing, but it’s a small chore compared to planning a whole trip to the grocery store. (Keep in mind that these meals were prepared with my counters cluttered with glasses, plates, and bowls that hadn’t found a home in my kitchen yet.) 

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The first meal my partner and I made was cumin-spiced pork rice bowls with cucumber salad, which just involved cooking rice on the stovetop, stir-frying thinly-sliced pork with the seasoning packet, chopping some cucumber, and mixing the garlic sauce packet with some mayo from my fridge. A pretty low-stakes meal, all things considered, but the smoky pork, crisp cucumber, and creamy garlic sauce over steamy rice was perfectly balanced and satisfying. It was a glorious bite after an exhausting day of moving — our first home-cooked meal in our new kitchen was a total success!

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And would you believe that the recipes are so easy, I was able to make two meals at once from EveryPlate — without even breaking a sweat? I had a busy week ahead of me and no other food in the fridge, so I decided to make creamy Dijon chicken and smash burgers with potato wedges at the same time for dinner and an easy next-day lunch. For dinner we had the creamy Dijon chicken, which was a major convenience as one of those magical one-pan wonder meals. The chicken fillets got seared off first before I built a pan sauce with broth and Dijon mustard from the box while broccoli and potato wedges roasted in the oven (on parchment paper so that doesn’t count as a dirty dish!). It was so effortless, I was able to meal prep the Super Smash burgers at the same time to eat for lunch the next day.

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Who Is EveryPlate Good For?

EveryPlate is perfect for anyone looking to save time and money in the kitchen — so I guess that means it’s perfect for everyone.

But seriously, this meal kit service is ideal for anyone who’s busy with work, family, or anything else that makes cooking seem too arduous and time-consuming to tackle. Families especially can rely on EveryPlate because the meals feed up to four people pretty cheaply without compromising flavor and nourishment, and most are ready in about 30 minutes. It’s also a great service to try during the holidays and through the new year when you’re focused on shopping for gifts and other festivities. 

If I could make time to cook while moving during the holidays, I’ll bet almost anyone can fit EveryPlate into their budget and schedule.