Local Plate: Delicious PDX Meal Kits Delivered to Your Door

Sesame Noodles with Greens & Oregon Albacore + Broccoli

A complimentary meal kit was provided for review.

I recently discovered a cool Portland-based business called Local Plate, which creates dinner kits boasting ingredients from local farms and stores. These kits are seasonal and updated regularly according to what the farms have available that week; you can place your order online and either pick it up at Know Thy Food or opt to have it delivered straight to your door. Now, I live in Seaside, but since we have been spending so much time in Portland this month, I thought it would be fun to give the service a whirl and cook up one of these dinners over bachelorette weekend!

Local Plate

Ordering was effortless: I just logged onto the site, chose a meal kit – we decided on the sesame noodles with Oregon albacore, greens and a side of broccoli – and scheduled it to be delivered to my in-laws’ house where we were staying. If you’re not home when they deliver, they will leave the food in an insulated bag on your porch, which I thought was nice; they also give you a space on the order form to enter any special instructions they should be aware of to make delivery easier.

Local Plate delivers on Monday and Thursday, so I opted to have them drop off the meal kit on Thursday and made the dinner on Saturday before I left town, since the kits keep for 7 days.

Local Plate meal kit ingredients

This meal kit included everything you need to make dinner for 4 people except for salt, pepper, and olive oil; though honestly, if I was in a pinch I think I could have adapted this kit’s ingredients and made it even without the olive oil. The best part is that everything is pre-measured, so it’s all ready to go; some of the ingredients have even been combined when applicable, such as rice vinegar/soy sauce/sugar/sesame oil in one bottle. I was pretty punchy by the time I set about making this, since I had hosted the bachelorette party the night before and just walked in the door from the tapas competition that afternoon, so when I looked over the recipe included with the kit, my first thought was: That’s a lot of words. ;) However, it was actually very straightforward and quite simple to prepare, even in my sleep-deprived state. Looking over the recipe today, I have to laugh, because I was so out of it that I totally misread some of the directions. I only cooked the whites of the scallions because somehow, I didn’t even see the part about adding the greens of the onions to the noodles. And because I am crazy, and tired, and crazy tired, I added the entire pan of chili oil instead of 2-3 tablespoons. Fortunately, this did not make it too hot or ruin the recipe – I honestly didn’t even realize I messed anything up until I reviewed the recipe again while writing this. Ha!!

Local Plate Noodles & Broccoli

This dinner was delicious! This makes a fresh, cold noodle dish mixed with albacore, spicy sesame seed tahini sauce, green onion and kale. The side was simple and tasty broccoli with lemon zest. It was really, really good!

Jai eats Local Plate

Jai enjoyed seconds!

Stella wants noodles

For the duration of the evening, Stella the foodie dog kept trying to sneakily jump up on the table to get to the bowl of noodles. Local Plate: So good, you’ll spend the whole evening whining and scheming to get a bite. ;)

When Local Plate said that this recipe makes “Quite a bit”, they aren’t kidding. The broccoli portion was modest, but the noodles made a HUGE bowl! We left the rest of in the fridge for Jai’s brother and sister-in-law to enjoy.

This meal kit retails for $40, which includes free delivery. $10 per serving is more than I would normally pay for a dinner since I’m cheap frugal, however this service is a little different since the food is locally sourced. The onions came from the Gathering Together farm in Philomath, the albacore is from the southern Oregon coast via Port Orford Sustainable Seafood, with the seasonings coming from Portland’s Savory Spice Shop and other unlisted local retailers. I believe in supporting local businesses whenever I have the budget to do so, and I really love the concept of Local Plate. I was also impressed that they could afford to include delivery in the meal cost. I honestly think they ought to be charging danger pay for having to navigate through Portland’s labyrinth to deliver these meals! ;)

If you’re in Portland, check out the new meal kit offerings weekly on LocalPlate.com.

Beeb Ashcroft

Owner & editor
As a food blogger, I love to make delicious recipes - but real life doesn't always look like Pinterest! From the triumphs to the tragedies, this blog is dedicated to the funny side of cooking.

19 thoughts on “Local Plate: Delicious PDX Meal Kits Delivered to Your Door

  1. That is SUCH a great idea! That does seem a bit pricey, but like you said, to be able to eat locally makes it worth it. I’d totally use a service like that for special occasion dinners if there was something like that near me!

  2. That sounds like a delicious meal, Beeb, and I would have ruined the dinner if I were crazy tired so I am glad you didn’t. :) I hope Stella the foodie dog was able to sneak in a few bites too!

  3. I ordered the same dish and really loved it! I think it is an awesome idea for trips, special dinners, or one lazy (but healthy) evening meal. Great review!

  4. You know what I’m thinking? A friend is on bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy, and will need lots of meals. What a great way to send her a meal if I can’t take her one! Love it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I like these kind of food services. Although I love to create my own meals, this service would be convenient for the nights when I don’t have time to think of a meal.

  6. This is my way to cook! Just provide the food in the correct portions, give me directions and voila. (My husband Rob is the true cook in the family, I do my best.)

    And Beeb, you had me laughing about the chili oil! Wow! I’m sensitive to spicy food and I’m sure this would have had smoke coming out of my ears ;->

  7. Great review! I love your initial reaction to the recipe: whenever I see a recipe with too many ingredients or long instructions, my brain freezes over. ;) But sounds like this one was fantastic!

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