It is no secret around here that I try to fit a lot in during a day. One of the biggest things that sometimes falls to the wayside when I’m running from one thing to the next is meal planning. I am really fortunate because Mark does a lot of the cooking in our house. His meals have definitely come a long way…..not going to lie. Sometimes, since we are so strapped for time, we end up making a lot of the same meals over and over. We were definitely getting into a chicken in the crockpot kind of rut. So when I was contacted by Blue Apron, it seriously could not have come at a better time.
Let me tell you something. I am officially hooked. Like, now that the campaign is over, we are still ordering from Blue Apron. The concept is so brilliant. They deliver 3 meals once a week for couples or 2 meals once or twice a week for a family of four. The meals come in a cold packed box that could stay out on your doorstep even if you aren’t home to pick it up right away. Shipping was free, you know that is always a requirement for me. We brought it home and cooked each meal over the next three days. Someone in my household is not easily excitable but he was throughly impressed from start to finish with this experience.
Each meal comes with every single thing you need, even down to the grass fed quarter stick of butter. The only thing you need from your own pantry is salt, pepper and oil. For busy people who don’t have time to shop, this is the plan for you. Or, I keep on thinking about people who live in the city. This is such a healthier option than takeout. Or if you are going on vacation and don’t want to go out every night, get this delivered and have some home cooked meals.
I personally love this because we only buy what we need. I can’t tell you how many times we buy produce and it ends up going bad because we don’t have enough recipes or time to use all of it.
I was also very impressed with the quality of the ingredients. Everything was extremely fresh and locally raised, you know the whole farm to table concept. The recipes were easy to follow and usually required two to three pans and pots.
The best part. The overall product tasted incredibly. We loved every single recipe we made. Also, it got us to explore new flavor combinations that we had never thought to put together. Like the lemongrass and cilantro brown rice which accompanied the spicy baked chicken wings. Plus, all of the recipes were ready in less than 40 minutes tops.
It was a toss up on which recipes was our favorite but it was a tie between the squid ink pasta or the Vietnamese chicken wings. The squid ink pasta was I can’t even begin to tell how delicious. It wasn’t some generic box pasta but from fresh squid ink pasta dough. You could definitely taste the difference.
Mark loved the Vietnamese Chicken Wings with Lemongrass Brown Rice.
I make stuffed peppers all the time but using Poblano Peppers was such a nice spin on it.
I am so excited that I got to experience this Blue Apron concept because we are now officially hooked. Now we don’t have to ask “what’s for dinner, are you going to Publix or am I? Should we take the frozen chicken down?” Now, we have half our meals for the week already planned and we know they are from fresh and high quality ingredients. Plus, they list all the calories and most are between 500-700 calories. Last thing I want to mention. You know whenever you get meals that are supposed to feed two people and then it ends up just feeding you and your significant other is like eating leftover pizza while giving you a side eye about never doing anything like that again? Well, these were actual portions for real hungry human beings. I actually had a small amount to bring for leftovers for lunch the next day. They definitely don’t skimp.
There is absolutely no commitment. You can pause or opt out any weeks. So the times we know we are going to be out of town, I don’t order that week. When we know we are around on the weekends, I make sure to get my order in. The price per person for a family of two is less than what we would spend per person getting quick takeout. It is $9.99 a person per meal or for a family of 4 it is $8.74 per person.
The first 25 readers from Meet at the Barre will get two free meals check it out here. I can’t wait to try out the Cod and Miso soba noodles next! Check out all the recipes that are currently available here.
For the busy and on the go people like we are Blue Apron has been the best new discovery. Have you ever tried them before? We are officially converted and I can’t wait to get my next shipment! Make sure to be one of the first 25 readers to get two free meals check it here!
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