Meal Planning Resource: PlateJoy

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“I don’t know what to eat.”
”I don’t have time to shop.”
”I’m bored with food.”

If these roadblocks are your roadblocks, there are a lot of pay-by-the-month services like PlateJoy* that could help. PlateJoy asks you some food and lifestyle questions then gives you doable recipes, like the one I tried yesterday: Creamy Chickpea Salad with Apples and Pecans.

I don’t like pecans, so I used walnuts. And this kind of “creamy” is okay for the non-dairy-eaters, too: it’s made with just a tablespoon of better mayo.

I don’t like pecans, so I used walnuts. And this kind of “creamy” is okay for the non-dairy-eaters, too: it’s made with just a tablespoon of better mayo.

PlateJoy got my attention for a few reasons.

First, if you’re too busy to shop, your personalized list of ingredients can be sent directly to Instacart. Homemade food is the Box Lunch Lifestyle goal. Getting those ingredients to your home is the first step.

Second, people trying to prevent diabetes may be eligible for a CDC-inspired program that goes beyond food with perks like a free FitBit and on-demand personal coaching.

Third, they do LUNCH.

Personally, I don’t need a lot of lunch food variety, and I love grocery stores so much that I work in one just for fun. But if you aspire to try new dishes, need ideas for getting two vegetables into your lunch, or would rather skip the store, PlateJoy could solve those problems with one swift blow. (Or with one free 10 day trial.)

If you try it, or if you have another good service to recommend, I’d love to hear from you.

*I don’t make any money if you try this. I just want you give any tool a chance that will get you one step closer to a better lunch.