PlateJoy Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

PlateJoy Review

When I am preparing my grocery list I can spend hours looking up recipes on Pinterest and nutrition blogs. I’ve discovered searching for meals that are creative, appetizing, and healthy is not an easy task. When I don’t have time to do this, I find myself in a rut of cooking the same meals, or not planning at all and surviving on grab-and-go options.

Recently I’ve been exploring the world of meal delivery kits, but I quickly discovered that many of these companies are tailored to a very specific market. Meal delivery services aren’t for everyone, and PlateJoy bridges this gap to make meal planning simple. In this article, I will share my experience with PlateJoy – a discussion of key features, pros, and cons so you can determine if PlateJoy is right for you!

DEAL: Use coupon code INTROWELLNESS for $10 off any PlateJoy plan!

Young couple in kitchen

What is PlateJoy?

PlateJoy is a subscription personal meal planning assistant, providing customers with custom meal plans and recipes.

What to expect using PlateJoy

Have you ever wanted a personal meal planner who could tailor recipes specifically to you and your lifestyle? This is what my experience was like using PlateJoy.

As a dietitian, I have an expansive food and recipe vocabulary. As a result, I have struggled with feelings of inadequacy when meal planning becomes a challenge. However, I’m being honest with you when I say it is normal to feel uninspired, especially with a busy schedule. If I am struggling, I know there are many people out there struggling as well! With this in mind, this is what you can expect from PlateJoy based on my experience:

  1. An upfront time investment to complete your detailed profile.
  2. A weekly commitment to update your profile with what you would like for the upcoming week.
  3. Minimal time to review and select your menu options.

From there, your menu, ingredients, and recipes for the week are delivered straight to your inbox. It’s as simple as that!

Completing your PlateJoy profile

Completing your profile is the key to using PlateJoy. There are 50 data points based on questions about your food preferences, cooking experience, and time to cook. There are also questions about your health and wellness for you and each of your family members. All this information is collected to give you recipes to choose from that fit your diet and lifestyle needs. You can even change your answers as needed if your time to spend on cooking changes from week to week.

Simple customization

On a weekly basis, you can tell PlateJoy how many breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert options you are planning.

For example, do you need breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 4 meals for your family of 4? Or, do you only need dinner for 2 meals this week and a couple of snacks to bring to work for just you? No problem! Your subscription doesn’t change based on the number of meals or number of people. As a result, every week you get exactly what you need.

Reminders and grocery delivery

Each week you will get a friendly reminder that your menu is ready. At this time you can review and select your meal options. Once you are satisfied with the meals and snacks for your week, PlateJoy will create your grocery list complete with the exact amounts needed for each item.

If you are like me and don’t prefer to take the time grocery shopping, you can choose the grocery delivery option provided through a third-party application. I was very excited about this feature because my grocery list synced and all the items I needed were added to my cart. It only took me 5 minutes to review the items, confirm, and in 45 minutes I had my groceries at my door.

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Enjoying a PlateJoy meal together

Additional PlateJoy features 

A few additional features that stood out to me while I was using PlateJoy include that they cater to a large variety of diet preferences, they make an effort to decrease food waste, and they include your personal recipes.

Dietary needs

One of the first things I liked about PlateJoy is that it can literally be used by anyone! There are 12 meal styles: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, paleo, ketogenic, low carb, clean eating, allergy, batch cooking, and kid-friendly.

Additionally, since you are buying and cooking the meals yourself your options to substitute are limitless, so you can truly make your meals exactly how you like them.

Decreased food waste

PlateJoy gets acquainted with your kitchen in an effort to minimize food waste. Each week before generating your menu, you can provide an update on the amounts of foods you have on hand in your pantry and refrigerator.

For example, do you grow your own herbs that you want in your meals? Do you buy your baking goods in bulk at a surplus store? Or maybe you have some ingredients left over from last week that you want to incorporate in new recipes before they expire. No problem! Let PlateJoy know what you have and this information will be used as one more way to create a menu tailored just for you.

Home recipes

Furthermore, this is the first model I have seen that allows you to continue the recipes you love without having to pause your subscription.

Are your kids are requesting your famous macaroni and cheese dish? Have you been craving your go-to chili recipe? You can add your personal recipes to the PlateJoy app, so you can still enjoy your favorites without canceling your service.

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Couple cooking together using PlateJoy (2)

What people are saying…

On the PlateJoy website, you can find a diverse customer base who have many positive reviews of their experience with PlateJoy too. Here is a few worth noting:

  • A working mom of two describes PlateJoy has been “crucial” to providing healthy meals for her family.
  • A gentleman says it helped him and his wife “broaden their horizons in the kitchen.”
  • Another subscriber says it has helped “save money at the grocery store by not buying items that we don’t need.”

Is PlateJoy right for you? 

Pros

  • Can be used for a variety of diets and lifestyles.
  • Customization based on your cooking experience and time constraints.
  • A large variety of recipes so you won’t get bored.

Cons

  • The additional cost in addition to food cost (since food is not included).
  • Subscription required.
  • You pay regardless of the ability to use. This may be less value for individuals/families who do not have time to cook each week.

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How much does PlateJoy cost?

On the PlateJoy website, there are two subscription plans.

  • The first is a 6-month plan for $69, which comes to $11.50 per month.
  • The second is a 12-month plan for $99, which is a better value as it comes to $8.25 per month.

The subscriptions are paid in one installment and the price does not include the cost of food. Furthermore, the option for grocery delivery is through a third-party company of which associated fees for service charges and delivery may apply.

DEAL: Use coupon code INTROWELLNESS for $10 off any PlateJoy plan!

Is PlateJoy covered by insurance?

In some cases, yes! In fact, many health insurance plans cover your cost 100% and PlateJoy can tell you instantly if yours does.

To learn more, all you have to do is enter your email and health insurance here. Even better, you might be eligible to get a free Fitbit and free wireless scale to assist with your health transformation.

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Autumn spiced tacos with butternut squash

My personal experience using PlateJoy

Honestly, I have never seen this type of meal planning service. Therefore, using PlateJoy was a new and very unique experience for me. From the beginning, I was excited to see how customizable the meal plans were. While filling out my profile it was apparent that this program can benefit a wide variety of customers. This is important to me as a dietitian because I encounter individuals with very diverse needs, so a one-size-fits-all approach is not successful.

Additionally, the app provided guidance about proper serving sizes for the people in my family. Based on the number of foods we indicated for our lifestyle as well as our differing nutrition needs, PlateJoy provided a breakdown of the nutrients for each of us (photo). This could be especially important for individuals with specific medical conditions who may be monitoring carbohydrates, saturated fats, sodium, potassium, fiber, and more.

Practical recipes I could live by

My first week I received a breakfast recipe for 2 days, two dinner recipes for 2 days and a dessert. All were 2 servings each to accommodate my family of two. The breakfast was a tomato and egg stir-fry on whole-grain toast with blueberries. It was healthy, easy to make, and a satisfying portion size that kept me full until lunch. I also used the blueberries in my own smoothie recipes and took some to work as an extra snack. The other 2 recipes – herbed scallop salad with zucchini and prosciutto, and mozzarella and tomato baked gnocchi – were equally simple to prepare and tasted delicious! 

I have been cooking my own dinners for many years, but I really enjoyed having a recipe for new and creative breakfast, lunch, snack, and dessert options. One of the desserts – yogurt with apple, honey, and granola – has become one of my go-to breakfasts. Also, I’m enjoying buying fresh fruit from the farmers market and having a different parfait each week!

Challenges to consider

The only challenge I experienced was keeping up with using the meal service on a weekly basis. One week I had leftovers but was not able to cook and use those foods the following week, so I was not able to stay ahead of my food waste as PlateJoy intended.

Additionally, because you pay for the subscription in one installment upfront, there is no way to pause or defer when I know there are some weeks I will be able to take advantage of the meal plans.

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BLT Bowls with Veggie Bacon

Final thoughts 

PlateJoy helps solve a growing problem in our busy society – it eliminates the time required for planning healthy and delicious meals you can make at home for yourself or your entire family. Additionally, the degree of customization brings this solution to a variety of customers regardless of diet restrictions, medical conditions, or specific nutrition goals.

This meal planning service is not designed to recommend specific diet changes or to treat medical conditions; therefore, I always recommend to talk to your doctor and registered dietitian about lifestyle changes that are best for you. PlateJoy can help make your health goals a reality by providing the delicious recipes and the exact ingredients you need to bring those meals to life! 

If you can afford the monthly price, in addition to food cost, this is one great way to make meal planning and cooking healthy food at home much easier. The small price may even outweigh the price you might be paying for food delivery, food waste, or eating outside of the home. Visit PlateJoy today to find out if this meal planning service is right for you.

Have you tried PlateJoy before? What did you think of it? Leave your feedback in the comments below 🙂

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Summary

PlateJoy is a subscription personal meal planning assistant, providing customers with custom meal plans and recipes.

Pros

  • Can be used for a variety of diets and lifestyles.
  • Customization based on your cooking experience and time constraints.
  • A large variety of recipes so you won’t get bored.

Cons

  • The additional cost in addition to food cost (since food is not included).
  • Subscription required.
  • You pay regardless of the ability to use. This may be less value for individuals/families who do not have time to cook each week.
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Amanda Haney, MS, RD, CNSC
Hi, my name is Amanda Haney. I am a registered dietitian, board-certified nutrition support clinician, Cal State Long Beach alumnae, and former pediatric clinical dietitian. Currently, I am working as a project manager at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As a clinical dietitian or in my current role, my passion is working in a diverse setting with a variety of teams in order to improve patient outcomes and achieve better health for the families in my community. I became a dietitian because I love food and I love medicine. There is so much misinformation about nutrition in the media, so I enjoy creating educational content that makes nutrition simple and to make your health goals achievable. In my free time, I love soaking up the beauty at the beach, riding my bike, staying active, cooking, and, most of all, spending time with my family and friends!

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