Plate Up Review

Elana KutscherByElana KutscherAug. 11, 2019

In a Nutshell

Plate Up is a New Zealand-based food delivery service that creates fresh, paleo meals and delivers them right to your door. Meals can be ordered individually or you can sign up for a recurring weekly subscription. As a paleo meal delivery service, you can expect meals that include beef, pork, chicken, fish, nuts, leafy greens, vegetables, and seeds—what you won’t find on the menu are grains, lactose, gluten, additives, and refined sugar.

pros

  • Meals are delivered fresh and can last up to 7 days in fridge
  • Can order anywhere from 5-28 meals per week
  • Has Rewards Program

cons

  • No breakfasts or desserts
  • No discount when ordering a subscription

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Ideal For

  • People who want to stick to a paleo diet
  • People who love delicious food

What’s Unique About Plate Up?

Plate Up was started by people who wanted to eat healthy but found themselves bogged down by such busy schedules that cooking became just another chore. So they decided to create a solution to their own dilemma, and Plate Up was born. 

Plate Up offers freshly cooked meals that are completely paleo-compliant. Produce is sourced locally, chicken is free range, and beef is grass-fed. Meals are created by professional chefs and consist of meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional vegetables, and seeds. On the flip side, all meals are free of grain, lactose, gluten, additives, and refined sugar.  

At Plate Up, you won’t find dishes with fancy, elaborate names, but you will find delicious, classic meals prepared fresh on a weekly basis. More importantly, when you read the list of ingredients for each meal, you’ll find that you’re able to pronounce every one. 

A nice perk of Plate Up is that is has a Rewards Program that allows you to earn points, which can be used toward gift cards and exclusive free items.

How It Works

Plate Up is a really easy service to use. Just browse the site and choose your meals. You can order individual meals or a weekly subscription that includes anywhere from 5-28 meals. If ordering individual meals, there’s a minimum of 5 meals per order.

Individual meals are delivered on Thursday and Saturday, while meal subscription orders are only delivered on Thursdays. If ordering individual meals and you want to receive your package by Thursday, you must order before 4pm on Monday. To receive them on Saturday, order before 4pm on Wednesday. You can change, pause, or cancel your subscription at any time, as long as it’s before the order cut-off deadline.

Meal Options

While Plate Up doesn’t have the biggest selection of meals, its food is very high quality. Meals are prepared from fresh ingredients, then vacuum-sealed and flushed with Nitrogen and CO₂ to prevent bacteria from growing. Meals can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 7 days or frozen for up to 3 months (though eating fresh is recommended). 

Serving sizes range from 325g – 380g.

At this point, Plate Up doesn’t cater to specific diets like Keto and Whole30, but all meals are  guaranteed to be free of grains, lactose, gluten, additives, and refined sugar. Specific allergens can be checked on individual meals.

Favorite Plate Up Meals

1. Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Cost per serving: $15.99

Prep & cook time: 1-2 minutes in the microwave or 10 minutes in the oven at 180°C

You’ll feel like you’re dining at a fine Italian restaurant when you eat Plate Up’s Creamy Tuscan Chicken. The free range chicken is cooked to perfection in a dairy-free, creamy sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. The side is a generous helping of kumara mash, which adds a healthy splash of color, as well as vitamins, to your plate.

2. Shepherd’s Pie

Cost per serving: $15.99

Prep & cook time: 1-2 minutes in the microwave or 10 minutes in the oven at 180°C

Who said there’s no such thing as healthy comfort food? Plate Up’s Shepherd’s Pie is made from grass-fed beef mince, which is slow-cooked in flavorful tomato sauce. Instead of the traditional mashed potatoes, it’s topped with kumara mash for a delicious twist on a classic favorite. 

3. Cajun Roast Beef Salad

Cost per serving: $15.99

Prep & cook time: 1-2 minutes in the microwave or 10 minutes in the oven at 180°C

Plate Up’s Cajun Roast Beef Salad is not only a treat for your tastebuds, but also for your eyes. Made fresh with chargrilled broccoli, caramelized onions, and cajun grass-fed beef, this delightful salad is topped with a coconut aioli, almonds, and fried shallots. 

Pricing

Most individual Plate Up meals cost $15.99 per serving. You can also order a meal subscription box, which is a delivery that recurs weekly. You can choose anywhere between 5 and 28 meals in your subscription box, but the downside (quite surprisingly) is that no discounts are given for larger orders. So if you order a 5-meal subscription box, the cost will be $79.95 (5x$15.99). The only saving grace to the pricing system is that there is a Rewards Program in place that allows you to accrue points with every order.

There is a cost for shipping, but it depends on how many meals you order and the delivery location. For example, a package of 21 meals delivered to Auckland is $23.50, which a package of 15 meals delivered to Tauranga is $13.50.

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Help & Support

Plate Up customer support can be contacted via live chat, phone, in-site messaging, and email. There are also FAQ pages on the site that offer detailed information on topics ranging from the paleo diet to delivery.

Phone: 0800 PLATEUP

Email: info@plateup.co.nz

Bottom Line

Plate Up creates delicious, chef-prepared paleo meals and delivers them right to your door. There’s not a huge choice of meals, but what it lacks in selection, it makes up for in quality, by using only grass-fed beef, free range chicken, and locally sourced produce. You can order individual meals on a one-time basis or save time by setting up a weekly subscription. Plate Up caters to New Zealand and makes deliveries to both cities and rural areas.

Elana KutscherByElana KutscherAug. 21, 2018
Elana is a creature of the digital age, and has been working in social media marketing and content for the better part of the past decade. She has experience with software and online platforms from multiple projects with high tech firms.
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