PlateJoy Review - UPDATED Apr 2018
PlateJoy is not your average meal delivery service. In fact, it can best be described as a personal meal planner that takes the time out of recipe searching and makes sure there is never anything missing from your grocery list. With PlateJoy, you can always know what you are cooking next and have all the right ingredients in your pantry. Learn more about this unique service in this comprehensive PlateJoy review.
How PlateJoy Works
PlateJoy is designed to save you both time and money. It aims to stop the vicious cycle of forgetting what you already have in your pantry, buying groceries you don’t need, and letting perfectly good food go to waste.
Once you sign up for PlateJoy services, you get to fill out a quiz that lets PlateJoy know exactly what your dietary preferences and habits are. You get to state how many adults and children you are cooking for, whether you are limiting carbs, how often you eat meat, whether you are on a special diet, and whether there are any ingredients you would like to avoid.
You can decide whether you wish PlateJoy to help you plan your breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks or all of the above. You can also state if you want to use seasonal ingredients only or opt for out-of-season ingredients too. You can choose to enjoy a great variety of meals regardless of the cost or stick to more affordable meals and state how much time you have to prepare them.
Based on your preferences, PlateJoy designs a custom meal plan perfect for you and your loved ones. You get to additionally customize your plan and pick out the recipes you like. You also get detailed information on which ingredients you need to purchase in order to prepare the meals.
All of your recipes and ingredients are available in your digital pantry, so you can keep track of what you have cooked previously and what you have left, so you can use up all of your ingredients and let nothing go into the trash.
What Makes PlateJoy Different?
PlateJoy does not provide ingredients but instead builds grocery lists you can take with you to your favorite local store. If you prefer having your groceries delivered to your door, PlateJoy allows you to instantly import your grocery list into Instacart. There you can pick the store you want to order from and choose the exact ingredients you wish to have delivered. The amounts necessary are already indicated, so you only need to pick the best ingredients available in the store.
PlateJoy strives to help you achieve your dietary goals with ease, which is why it allows you to consult with its in-house nutrition coach whenever you feel the need. The coach can help you maintain a healthy, balanced diet, shed pounds or design a meal plan that best suits your lifestyle. This allows you to finally have the diet your body craves with the professional help of a nutrition expert.
Unlike meal delivery companies that offer a limited number of ready-made meals or meal kits, PlateJoy provides you with completely customized meal plans and recipes. You no longer have to compromise and settle for meals that only partially suit your tastes and needs. You can cook and eat exactly what you want, at any time of the day, every day.
Meals and Recipes
As we have mentioned previously in this PlateJoy review, the recipes you receive from this company are in complete accordance with your desires, thanks to the detailed quiz you fill out once you subscribe. You get to decide on everything, from the ingredients to the portion size and cooking and prepping time.
As far as the amount of food per meal is concerned, you get to choose from a number of options. You can indicate how many children and adults you are cooking for and decide on the size of the portion per person. You can choose from three options: small, regular, and large portions. You can indicate whether anyone in the family is trying to lose weight and state if you want to have leftovers and like to cook in batches or cook every day.
You can also determine exactly how much time you have to prepare each meal, including snacks and desserts. You can enjoy exotic flavors and new recipes all the time or stick to classic, family-friendly meals everyone in your family loves.
When it comes to special dietary needs, PlateJoy has thought of nearly every special diet that exists. You can indicate whether you are on a low-carb, diabetic, prediabetic, ketogenic, Whole30, low FODMAP or Paleo diet. You can declare yourself as a flexitarian (mostly vegetarian meals with meat and seafood on the menu from time to time), vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian (no red meat or poultry) and you can also state that you do not eat red meat. Other dietary options include clean eating, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sodium, and kosher, as well as pregnancy and nursing. You can choose which ingredients you wish to avoid from a list of over a dozen of items and add as many other ingredients you dislike or cannot eat as you want.
PlateJoy offers two different subscriptions to its customers: semi-annual and annual. Six months of PlateJoy services cost $69 ($11.5 per month) while a year of its services comes at the price of $99 (around $8 per month). Payments are made in one installment and do not include any ingredients you might order via Instacart. The prices of ingredients and the shipping costs solely depend on the store you choose. Before opting for a subscription, you can try it out with the free trial.
As we have mentioned before, PlateJoy does not deliver food but redirects you to Instacart for grocery shopping. Instacart delivers to 31 US states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. For the full list of delivery areas, check the PlateJoy or Instacart website.
- Simple meal planning
- Completely personalized recipe suggestions
- Nutrition coach at your disposal
- Digital pantry
- Only offers recipes and grocery lists
- Ingredients available only via Instacart in 31 US states