After a busy day working I often lose track of time. Suddenly 5pm arrives and I start panicking! What’s for dinner?!
Perth small business “You Plate It” have made home cooking easy and enjoyable with their tasty recipes. It’s especially good for people and families that are time poor (saving you time shopping, meal planning measuring and some prep). The meal boxes are also ideal for new parents and even as a gift to someone you know.
You Plate It deliver weekly boxes of fresh local ingredients, along with recipes, so you can easily prepare a delicious meal in your kitchen. It’s very easily ordered online. Most of the You Plate It meals can be prepared in 35 minutes or less.
I was really keen to try out their concept and add a bit of excitement to our dinnertimes.
How You Plate It works…
Delivery day are on Sundays, when everything we needed to prepare two delicious meals was delivered (for free!) right to our door. We were out at the time, but that’s ok, each box is insulated and has an ice pack inside, keeping the meat and veg very cold and fresh.
The box is brimming with fresh produce, as well as recipe cards that include easy, step-by-step instructions and photos.
The ingredients for each dish are packed in separate bags, so you just pop the bags in your fridge until you’re ready to cook it up a few days later.
The ingredients are sourced from local WA farmers and family owned businesses, ensuring the freshest, highest quality produce available. You Plate It hand pick the ingredients, which are portioned, ready for adding to your recipe. As they say “Less mess. Less mistakes. Less waste.”
Cooking With You Plate It
Cooking with You Plate It really appealed to me. In our house we generally rotate between the same five or six meals – chicken salad, tacos, fish wraps, chicken curry, spaghetti bolognaise – you get the idea.
I cook these dishes because they’re quick, easy, healthy and Little Chef will eat them with minimum fuss. They don’t excite me. I choose “safe” dishes for the sake of a quiet dinner time without whining! I want to enjoy our family dinner time together, not have a battle at the dinner table.
Choosing recipes from their website was so easy, everything sounded so delicious and not too difficult to cook. Even Little Chef gave me a hand!
So what did I cook?
Dinner one was a beef stir fry. This dish was so easy, as most of the veg was pre chopped.
The meat isn’t your usual pre sliced stir fry beef, like you get at the supermarket. Here you‘re supplied with a juicy steak to slice up, ensuring a quality meal.
Little Chef did whine a bit about the amount of veggies, but after a little coaxing, he enjoyed his meal. I did choose something based on what I would rather eat, other than my fussy 8 year old. There was also a pasta dish available that week, which I know he would have loved too.
It was the tastiest stir fry I’d had in a while!
Dinner two, a couple of nights later, was balsamic pork medallions. This had to be the favorite out of the two dinners, mainly because the crisp potato hash is something I wouldn’t usually cook – I’ll certainly be making that again!
We were really impressed with the quality of the seasonal local produce, the meat in particular. It was so easy to cook too.
It was a big hit with Little Chef and Chef, especially the tasty pork fillet.
Cooking with You Plate It made me realise that I don’t really mind cooking. What I don’t enjoy is thinking of what to cook each night and the monotony of cooking the same meals over and over again. You Plate It’s nutritionally balanced dishes change each week, so there’s always new tried and tested recipes that you’re guaranteed to love.
What you’ll get out of You Plate It…
The boys really enjoyed our taste of You Plate It and I’d definitely recommend that you try it, they certainly take the hard yards out of meal preparation!
o It takes the thinking out of meal planning.
o Less time spent grocery shopping.
o Preparation is a breeze with ingredients already portioned out – no wastage!
o Hassle free cooking, with an easy to follow step by step method with pictures.
o The feeling of organisation!
o Experiment with a variety of cuisines and foods you haven’t tried before.
Amanda was gifted a meal box from You Plate It, all comments and opinions are her own.
Amanda Carlin has her own blog – The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life. The Chef’s Wife LOVES to eat out in our beautiful city and discover new spots to dine. Amanda and Chef love tapas or something a little fancy for date night and with their son “Little Chef” in tow there’s plenty of family friendly options too.
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