We started PlateJoy because we know how hard it is to maintain a healthy diet on top of a busy schedule. Too often, we'd come home after a long day and order unhealthy take-out because there was nothing in the fridge. Or we'd find ourselves in line at yet another fast food restaurant, vowing to plan better in the future. We believe that healthy eating should be the most convenient option, not the least convenient, as it often is. We also believe there is beauty in ease and simplicity, so we've worked to make the entire PlateJoy experience as seamless as possible. The end result is a refrigerator stocked with healthy foods. By providing you with customized shopping lists and simple recipes, we make it easy and delicious to eat the way you want to, every day.
Frequency: you plan your meals, I plan in 1 week increments
Cost: $69 for 6 months and $99 for 12 months and billed all at once
What is PlateJoy?
PlateJoy is an easy to use website that show you wow to Eat Healthy and easily. They make Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping fun. The Key to Eating Healthy with Meal Planning Made Easy!
My PlateJoy Experience
I haven't been using PlateJoy long so this is my initial impression: I Like It! I already did the launch of telling them about my family, our likes and dislikes, allergies and who we are. It didn't take long, less than 5 minutes.
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Then I moved into selecting the specific meals I liked and that I am willing to try to cook from their list of suggestions. I requested all meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Desserts.
Key to Eating Healthy with Meal Planning Made Easy
Then lastly I did the food portion where I told them what I like to buy, what I already have and what I'm willing to buy from the grocery store. That too was fast and very easy to complete. And bam, I have Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Desserts all planned out for the entire week.
So then I wondered, how do I get the food? Well, I clicked over and a grocery list is provided. I can print that off, save it to my phone, etc and take it to the store or I can click Instacart and have them do it all for me. So that part is easy, see the photo below so that you can see how they group everything for you.
So next we cook. Here are a few of the recipes I saved that are unique, fun, healthy and coming up soon. I will take photos of those meals which won't be pretty (but hopefully they are yummy) for you all. I will also talk about the grocery proportions and time estimates from a beginner cook perspective. One thing I wanted to share is about the last photo below. When I was gathering from my big selection of meals, my meals for this week, I saw 1 meal I wasn't wild about so I asked to swap it out. The last photo below popped up. PlateJoy not only ensures you are cooking healthy and efficiently but they also make sure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck, which I think is so cool. So take a moment and sign up here at $10 off.
So Why Not Just Use Pinterest?
I am so glad you asked! I am a huge Pinterest recipe seeker however even with as much as I love digging for those golden recipes here is why I am liking PlateJoy more:
- no more “your pin has been deleted” ordeals where I loose yet another recipe
- no more tracking back or loosing recipes I loved
- no more trial and error to find the recipes that are real (and not something someone just typed up but never actually cooked….oh yeah there are a few of these)
- I am cooking for efficiently and cost effectively
- I am saving Soooooooo much time! No more rabbit trails, planning can be done in minutes from my work desk during a 15 minute break.
- grocery shopping is included – Yay Instacart
- it starts to learn what we like, dislike, etc so that meals become more custom to me
- Key to Eating Healthy with Meal Planning Made Easy!