PlateJoy Might Save My Grocery Related Sanity

May 5, 2014 · 5 comments · Print This Post

in Paleo / Primal, Reviews

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Hi! It’s me. I haven’t written on here in forever and ever and ever. I can regale you with excuse after excuse but really I just needed a blogging break. A nice big, long hiatus was just what the WordPress doctor ordered.

So what’s new? I just finished grad school, CK and I finally bought some curtains like the pseudo grown-ups we are, and we eat a lot of Paleo/Primal meals (just like everyone else in the universe these days). We’re not crazy strict about it but Monday-Friday we try our best to avoid grains, sugar, and the White Mochas at Starbucks.

We’ve been doing this for almost a year and a half now (hence my lack of new cookie, cake, and tasty loaves of bread posts). Recently though I’ve hit my limit on finding things I want to eat. Meal planning for the week has become this super stressful and dreaded task. It’s at the point where I might scream if I have to make one more meatball recipe or eat another plate of spaghetti squash noodles. Even Pinterest isn’t helping. I feel like I keep seeing the same recipes over and over again and I’m seriously tapped out in the creative food thinking department.

In addition to my complete disinterest in making a grocery list I’ve developed a huge aversion to going to the grocery store. I feel like it’s such a waste of precious weekend time and while I used to have groceries delivered from other services fairly often we now mostly shop at Whole Foods and they don’t deliver — or they didn’t.

I feel like I just hit the jackpot. There’s a newish local service called PlateJoy that I decided to try. So instead of CK listening to me complain about project managing all of our food for the week I just logged onto their website, picked out a bunch of meals, the recipes were emailed, and a super nice lady delivered all of the food to me 24-hours later. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am not to have to go to the grocery store.

Some of the highlights so far include the fact that you can choose where your groceries are sourced from (yay, I didn’t have to go to Whole Foods and play chicken with SUVs in the parking lot). They also have a pretty big range of special diet meals and categories like gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian etc…You can also opt to receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I just did lunches and dinners this time though. The cost for 5 days of meals was substantially less than what I normally spend when I shop. I’m also kind of stoked about the fact that I’m making food (for instance steaks) that are the proper portion size because I am so bad at that. Here’s their FAQ if you want more details.

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Anyway, I just whipped up one of the meals I received which was a super tasty tuna salad recipe with spinach, scallions, walnuts, and cranberries — so far, so good!

Right now Platejoy serves Boston and some of the burbs as well as all of the Bay Area. At the end of the week I’ll leave a comment on this post letting you know how it all shook out. Currently a la Annie “I think I’m gonna like it here.”

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I almost forgot! They also included a bouquet of tulips in my bags as a welcome gift. It’s like they know me?!

PS: This isn’t a paid ad or a shill. I’m just trying to get back into the swing of blogging and this is the most interesting food related thing I’ve come across in quite some time.

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1 Holly May 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Just last night I was thinking about how much I miss ‘erincooks.’ Wish and you shall receive! Now I’m going to start “missing” my own grocery/recipe-delivery system and see where that gets me!

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2 Erin May 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Woah! I haven’t received a non-spam comment on my blog in ages and ages. Thanks for writing, Holly! There has to be some delivery services in Maine. I feel like PeaPod is there? Am I wrong?

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3 cheri May 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this type of service, sounds like you are happy with it. Welcome back!

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4 Kristen B May 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I am also quite glad you are back. This sounds like precisely the thing I need since I can’t ever seem to fit grocery shopping in, and we are constantly playing a Chopped-like scenario in our kitchen…what can you make out of the things found in the back of your cabinet? Now go!…

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5 Erin May 9, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I’m kind of loving it. All of the recipes I made this week were great. Including a salmon dish with strawberry salsa, and a really tasty thai chicken soup with butternut squash. I actually just placed another order. This is definitely my new jam for a bit. I wish they were in your area. You’d be so stoked.

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