When you think of traveling to a new destination, what’s one of the number one things you look forward to? For me, it’s trying and enjoying new foods and flavors! With everything going on right now, international travel is practically nonexistent due to safety and public health. BUT – if you’re like me and your wanderlust is eating you alive – then you’re probably searching high and low for ways to get a taste of travel both locally and from home. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to immerse yourself in other cultures? Through food! With Everyplate meal kit delivery service, I’ve been getting a diverse selection of dishes delivered straight to my door. No trips to the grocery store? Check? Saving money? Check! Cooking with culture? Check and check! Here’s my experience cooking with Everyplate.
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How it Works
Everyplate touts the same benefits and quality of other meal kit services, but comes with a cheaper price-tag. Literally – each serving costs what you’d pay for a cup of coffee. Each week, you choose from three meals from their menu of selections to be delivered straight to your door. Every meal comes with a recipe card, which includes instructions on how to make the dish and lets you know which ingredients and spices you’ll use to make the magic happen. Then – voila! Your food is delivered straight to your door, ready to be cooked – eliminating annoying adult activities like meal prepping and grocery store runs! It’s always well-packaged, with recyclable ice packs to make sure it stays fresh. Win – win! I love to choose dishes from their menu that are unique and different from what I’d typically make on my own. And so, we embark on our food tour and cooking experience “around the world!” All aboard!
First Stop – Vietnam
For my first meal, I opted for these colorful Vietnamese Steak Bowls because it featured two things I already love: steak and Asian food! As I mentioned before, each meal comes with a recipe card detailing instructions and telling you which ingredients to use – making it practically impossible to mess it up. This meal consisted of diced steak, white rice, soy sauce, sriracha mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, carrots, garlic, and Persian cucumbers. Yum! Everyplate‘s meals typically take anywhere from 25-45 minutes to prep and cook, and this was no exception.
Cooking this dish was as easy as 6 steps:
– Heating the rice on the stove
– Tossing the steak with garlic, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper
– Whipping the sriracha and mayonnaise together
– Quick-pickling the cucumber and chopping the carrots, and
– Cooking up the diced steak
And there you have it! A sweet and salty Vietnamese dish that really hit the spot. Oddly enough, my favorite part of the dish was the garnish from quick-pickling the cucumber – which essentially means letting it sit in vinegar until it has a pickled taste. Magnifique!
Next Stop: Italy
Next, we stop in the Republica Italiana for a chicken dish with charred scallion pesto. For this recipe, scallions are charred and caramelized, then stirred into lemony pesto for Italian-seasoned chicken breasts. Alongside it are seasonal zucchini and yellow squash with garlic bread made from a demi-baguette. One of the things that made this dish so great is that Everyplate always sends very fresh ingredients in their meal kits – the seasonal vegetables were perfection! Also, maybe I’m a weirdo, but I love chopping fresh scallions and the flavor it brings to a dish. Chef’s kiss!
Hot tip: Make sure you always have butter, sugar, salt & pepper, vegetable oil and olive oil on hand. Everyplate‘s meals frequently call for these household staples which aren’t provided with the box.
And Finally, We Land in Mexico
And last, but certainly not least… actually my favorite dish in the box this time around. I’m a sucker for good Mexican food, and these Southwest Pork Bowls won over my heart and my stomach. Forget the Tex Mex that you get at cheap chain restaurants, this takes the cake hands down. This dish comes down to a longer-than-usual cook time for Everyplate meals, but the 50 minutes are definitely worth it once you take your first bite of that buttery white rice and spiced pork.
– Heating the rice on the stove
– Dicing the vegetables and quick-pickling the jalapeno
– Whipping up a quick kiwi salsa
– Creating a sour cream and lime topping
– Spicing and browning the pork on the stove
This recipe is literally seasoned to PERFECTION! The spiced pork, light sour cream, and pickled veggies make this dish feel authentic in every way. If you ever see this on the menu for the week – order it! I know you’ll love it as much as I did.
Everyplate is the perfect meal kit delivery service for anyone who wants to save money, avoid trips to the grocery store, meal prep, stop spending hours scrolling Pinterest for recipes, and the like. I love having diverse, authentic meals delivered to my door – expanding my palette and my culinary expertise! Luckily, I’ve partnered with them so you can try it yourself. Get 3 weeks of meals at $2.99 each with the code MARISSA3 or by clicking this link. Which meals will you try first?
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Everyplate. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed above are 100% my own – I wouldn’t have it any other way!