Do you hate meal planning and grocery shopping and worrying about what’s for dinner? I do! When 4pm rolls around and I realize I have no idea what I’m going to feed my family, I kind of just want to hide in the room and let everyone pour themselves a bowl of cereal at dinner time. But, since that’s not a feasible option (at least not every night), I have to figure out ways to be a responsible adult and help feed the other people who live in my house with me. Sometimes I manage a meal from scratch, sometimes I balance homemade with pre-packaged items, sometimes I get everyone take-out, and other times I rely on a meal delivery service like Blue Apron. What is Blue Apron, you ask? Well, lemme tell ya!
Blue Apron meals are designed by chefs, and they use farm-fresh ingredients for every meal they curate. They take the guess-work out of meal prep! Honestly, doing the leg work to get meals organized for my family is my least favorite part! With curb-side grocery pick up and grocery delivery services, I know longer dread the actual shopping. But sitting down and figuring out what to eat? THAT’S THE WORST!! Not to mention that my kids are still young enough to absolutely love something one day, and despise it the next. I always regret purchasing things in bulk because of this!! Can you relate?
So, What is Blue Apron exactly?
You sign up online ( Blue Apron: $50 Off! for new customers!) for Blue Apron meal kits. Since it’s a subscription service, you choose your weekly meals (frequency, recipes, etc…) and they’re sent to you every week. When you log in, you’ll see all the options currently available, whether vegetarian, Mediterranean, or a family favorite like ramen (but definitely a step up from those packages you used to eat as a kid!). And yes, you can skip weeks if you want.
Each week you select the meal(s) you want to delivered right to your door, and anxiously wait on the porch for the hormone-free, sustainably-sourced ingredients to arrive!
With the fresh Blue Apron ingredients, you also receive a recipe card with step-by-step instructions so you can figure out how to make your flavorful masterpiece. I love that you don’t have to search for a recipe online, then make a grocery list, then purchase the groceries, then haul the groceries home, then unload the groceries, then tediously prep all the groceries to turn them into an actual meal. You just open the box, open the pre-measured ingredients and VOILA! Meal time!
And speaking of pre-measured ingredients (which isn’t actually a phrase, I guess, according to spellcheck), this can be helpful if you’re trying to reduce food waste, and watch your waist as well <--- see what I did there?! Ha! Also, the recipe cards have big, beautiful pictures and the instructions actually teach you as you go; so if you're not a veteran home chef, you can still feel like a skilled mastermind with Blue Apron! You'll learn why items were paired together, or how the sauce was created before it was sent to you.
What is Blue Apron gonna cost you?
I get that Blue Apron meal kits aren’t going to be as cheap as menu planning on your own. But if you’re just looking for a break in your meal routine, or looking to get a leg-up for date-nights-in, or maybe you want to impress some guests, Blue Apron is totally worth the cost! It can average less than $9 per meal if you order 3 meals per week for four people. If you choose 3 meals per week for two people, the Blue Apron meals cost closer to $10 each.
So why is Blue Apron worth the extra cost compared to getting take-out (when the food is already prepared for you)?
The foods in Blue Apron meals are often organic, locally sourced, and free of hormones just like k cups online. They’re a better quality ingredient than those found in most to-go options, or fast-food options. You also pay a little more for the convenience of not having to leave home! I’m a pretty big extrovert, myself, but I also LOVE LOVE LOVE delivery services. Sometimes I just need to stay home after a long day and not have to run to the store to get that one ingredient I forgot for the meal I did actually plan 😉
What is Blue Apron in a nutshell?
Premium meal-delivery service for vegetarians and/or omnivores. Blue Apron meals include locally-sourced, organic, hormone-free, sustainable ingredients with recipes that are clear for even the novice home cook. It includes options for 2-person to 4-person households, and you can skip a week, or weeks, in advance. Sign up with this link to get $50 as a new customer: Blue Apron: $50 Off! ($25 Off Each Week)
Have you ever tried Blue Apron? What do you think?
If you’d like to make a recipe that’s gone viral three times now (that means it’s really really popular), check this one out: