Disclosure: I received a free sample of Blue Apron mentioned in this post. I was not additionally compensated for my time.
Have you heard of this new service called Blue Apron? It’s an at-home delivery meal service that provides perfectly portioned ingredients to cook delicious, chef- inspired and seasonal recipes at home. I was lucky enough to try out this service, so I wanted to write about my experience. Also, at the bottom of this post, there’s an offer to receive two free meals with your first Blue Apron Box for my first 50 readers!
A little about the service:
- Blue apron offers meals for 2 or 4 people. The 2 person plan will set you up to receive one delivery a week; you’ll receive three inventive meals for two people. The Family Plan is perfect for feeding a family of four; you can opt to receive either one or two deliveries (each consisting of 2 family style meals) per week.
- Each week, you will receive 3 recipes and the ingredients for those recipes. You cannot choose the recipes, but you can choose the protein. I chose a vegetarian option, but there is also beef, lamb, poultry, pork, fish, and shellfish.
- Blue Apron is available nationwide, but check to see if they serve your zip code here.
- Blue Apron recipes are delivered in a refrigerated box, so you don’t have to be home at the time of delivery!
What I made:
A great thing about Blue Apron is that recipes are posted a week ahead of time, so you can check out what will be coming in next week’s box. There’s an option to skip a week’s subscription if you don’t like what’s offered. My week consisted of these three recipes:
What I liked:
- The White Pizza and the Winter Panzanella were AMAZING. I would have never thought to put these ingredients together, nor would I have bought most of these ingredients. I loved that I was able to make these restaurant style meals at home.
- The meals were super creative and pushed me outside of my cooking comfort zone. I was excited to use ingredients that I don’t normally cook with and prepare meals that I have never made before.
- As I’ve mentioned, the ingredients were things that I don’t normally buy or even see in the supermarket. Meyer lemons, fennel, heirloom cauliflower, Piave cheese, Castelvetrano olives, and Korean rice cakes are not items that are usually on my grocery list!
- A box for 2 for a week is around $60. That may sound expensive, but that’s about how much my boyfriend and I spend on a restaurant dinner. Instead of one date night for $60, we got three.
- I always had leftovers!
What I didn’t like:
- I really didn’t like the Korean Rice Cake meal. It wasn’t that the flavors weren’t good. The sauce was delicious, but I was trying a new ingredient (rice cakes) that my taste buds just didn’t enjoy. Obviously that’s bound to happen with these inventive recipes.
- Each meal definitely took me longer than 30 minutes to make. The washing and chopping of ingredients takes quite a while. I had all vegetarian meals, which are usually vegetable heavy, so maybe the meat recipes require less prep work.
And now for the best part: the offer! Do you want to try Blue Apron too? My first 50 readers get two free meals with their first Blue Apron Box – redeem it here!
Have you ever used Blue Apron? What did you think?