My goal for 2020 is to be better about cooking my dinners at home, so I was psyched to find Green Plate Club. It’s way too easy to order takeout on the way home from work, and sometimes even when I buy groceries on the weekend intending to cook, I end up getting takeout anyway and throwing out ingredients that end up spoiling. It makes me feel like a hypocrite since I have a zero waste kitchen blog, but I’ve been so exhausted from work this school year, it’s been hard to get my act together.
I saw an ad for a meal planning site called Green Plate Club on Facebook and since it was $6 a month, I decided to give it a try, even though I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. I am so glad I did because it’s helped me save money and waste less food. (BTW, this isn’t an affiliate link or paid post. Just my honest review of the site.)
Every week, there are 3 new meal plans posted. One is vegetarian, one is vegan, and one is for people who still eat meat but want to incorporate more meatless dinners into their week (flexitarian). The first two types of plans are for 5 days a week and the flexitarian plan is 3 days. The plans are for 4, but I’m cooking for myself only, so the flexitarian plan has been perfect. I cook 3 days and have food for the whole week. The plans all include printable shopping lists and links to recipes, which can also be printed.
The recipes are really good and practical for people who work all day, but what makes this site different from the free meal plans I’ve found on food blogs is that the plans are really well thought out. There’s no food wasted at the end of the week and there are tips for saving time, meal prep, etc. I feel like a lot of the meal plans I’ve tried from other blogs are just randomly picked recipes and by Friday, I have all these half-used ingredients in the fridge.
I don’t make the meal plans every week, but I have been making recipes from the site weekly because they’re easy and work well for meal prep, so I’ve definitely found that it’s worth the $6 a month. I used to read a lot of food blogs, but I got out of the habit because all the ads on them started driving me crazy and it was frustrating having to scroll through ads, dozens of photos, and text to get to the recipes. Green Plate Club has no ads, and the recipe pages are just the recipes, nothing to scroll through.
If you’re trying to go zero waste in the kitchen, or you just want to save money and time while eating less meat, you might find the site useful too.