ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Momma Knows: Meal Assembly Services (Pass Your Plate)

Updated on February 11, 2013
Lela Davidson profile image

Lela Davidson is a mother and writer, passionate about healthcare and education for women and children.

If you have been wondering, like I had, whether or not a meal assembly service (particularly Pass Your Plate) is all it's cracked up to be, all I can say is YES! One of the first rules of writing is to steer clear of cliché, but the best way to describe this revolutionary service is that it's the best thing since sliced bread. I literally know how women must have felt when their loaves came pre-sliced.

Meal assembly services are the greatest new technology since the grocery list!

At a meal assembly service they have all the prep work done for you. There are stations where you simply follow the printed recipe and assemble however many meals you choose. What's so great about that? Let me tell you!


When you use a meal assembly service, they go to all the trouble of coming up with nice meals. There's no poring over cookbooks trying to figure out what to cook. Also, they buy their spices in bulk, and use them that way too. So while you may have the same jar of marjoram that you shelled out four dollars for six years ago and it's no good anymore, these people go through the stuff like nuts so you know it's going to be fresh. Plus, you haven't wasted all that money on some weird spice that you'll never use again.

Time Savings

Not only does the meal assembly service do all the prep work for you, they clean up too! You walk into this immaculate kitchen space, make a huge mess, and walk away. While I was assembling my meals, a friendly woman came behind me and whisked away all my trash and used utensils. And speaking of supplies, everything is all laid out for you on racks and the recipes even tell you what to pick up before you begin. Instead of ending up with a sink and dishwasher full, your kitchen at home stays spick-and-span while you're dirtying up a new bowl and spatula every ten minutes for someone else to clean.


Whether you don't like to cook or you do, a meal assembly service is a great option. If you don't like cooking, you get it all over with at once. I made 14 entrees in under three hours. And at many places you can split the meals to use on evenings when not everyone is at home. For families with a traveling spouse, this is ideal. I ended up with 22 containers, some full orders, some half. If you really hate to cook you can have the staff assemble the meals for you for an extra charge.

If you like to cook it's also great because you go there and you cook. That's it. No cleaning, no searching around the pantry for that twine you bought just for this recipe. (And I can tell you I would never, ever make a recipe that involved twine if not for this service.) They play nice music and you mindlessly follow the instructions and relax. Some places do parties where you can get together with friends and they even serve appetizers and wine. How nice is that?

The best thing is that I have great stuff on hand that my kids will eat. If you're worried your kids won't like the food, just check out the menu at your local store. I made chicken manicotti and penne with meat sauce. What kid wouldn't love that? There's a Mexican meatloaf I can't wait to try and my kids went nuts over smoked gouda bacon burgers! Try it and report back here with your results!

How Good and How Much?

I was concerned about both the flavor and the cost. Pass Your Plate has freezer meals, which you can pick up pre-assembled. Ours also has a handy BOGO for first timers. I took advantage of that deal to make sure the food was decent. And when you assemble the meals yourself, you have control over how much spice or other ingredients to include. I doubled up on the garlic on almost all my recipes!

As far as cost goes, I ended up with 22 foil trays of food for $209, so just under $10 per entrée. Some of those are full, some are half, and three were ‘holiday sides' which were large enough to feed everyone at a large holiday dinner. It can seem pricey depending on how you look at it. I had to wait until I had an extra $200 lying around, but it'll be interesting to see how much lower my weekly grocery bill turns out to be. I figure since I have all this wonderful gourmet food on hand, I can supplement with crock pot chili and scrambled eggs to bring down my average meal cost!

These places are a great to take kids to cook because all the dangerous stuff is done! It would also be super fun to have a kids' party there and make dinners to take home!

Tip: Increase your kitchen power even more by learning how to plan meals and shopping with a list with my article: How to Grocery Shop With a List: Weekly Meal Planning.


Submit a Comment
  • profile image


    8 years ago

    How does one go about starting something like this? We don't have one in my state and I think it would be very useful...Do they have franchising possibilities?

  • profile image

    Melanie Munn 

    8 years ago

    Where are the cooking demonstration videos that Cindy is talking about?

  • profile image


    10 years ago

    they now have cooking demonstration videos where their chef cooks some of the entrees, pretty cool!

  • profile image

    Marye Audet 

    11 years ago

    I have never heard of this Lela, I have been a personal chef before but this sounds neat.

  • MrMarmalade profile image


    11 years ago from Sydney

    your explanation is explicit and right up to date

    thanks for telling it as it is


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)