My Dinners with Blue Apron [Review]

Monday, August 31, 2015

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I'm sure many of you have heard about those meal delivery services where you cook the meals and the company gives you all the ingredients. Well, I got to try out Blue Apron for a week and I wanted to tell you all about it! Blue Apron has different plans depending on the number of people you need to cook for. I got the 3 meal - 2 person plan. 

When the box arrived it was neatly packaged inside with the 3 recipes on top and information about eggplants, which is one of the main ingredients in one of the recipes.   In order to get the meals you like, you basically get to tell them which meats, etc. you do or don't like and if you have any allergies or sensitivities.  
My 3 recipes ended up being Spiced Meatballs, Stir-Fried Chicken, and Seared Salmon and Panzanella.
Some of the minor ingredients come in a little brown baggie marked with each recipe.  Each ingredient is labeled.   The produce is gorgeous and the meats were kept in a very cold section at the bottom of the shipping box.  

So for the first meal - Seared Salmon and Panzanella with Corn, Shishito Peppers, and Thai Basil.

The directions are pretty detailed with how to prepare the ingredients.  For the most at you can do it with basic cooking utensils and tools. 

FINISHED! This was by far my favorite meal! I love fish and I loved the taste of all the veggies!

Next up was Spiced Meatballs with Garlic Toasts & Summer Squash Salad.
This was a bit more challenging because I was really multi-tasking a lot and sometimes it's just nearly impossible to do everything perfectly all at the same time so I definitely had to enlist James' help!

And finally there was Stir-Fried Ginger Basil Chicken with Tinkerbell Peppers and Coconut Rice.

This one was super challenging so without James I likely would have burned the house down!

All in all the meals we got were pretty delicious but also very involved.   It took me longer than expected to prepare them but that could just be because I'm not used to cooking so much.  For instance, instead of making my own croutons, I'd probably just buy premade ones.

The portion size was accurate and it definitely filled and satisfied two mouths.   The only downside is the amount of clean up afterwards because of all the different knives and cutting boards and bowls I used.   But still it was a great experience.   Make sure you have the time to make these meals within a few days though because some of the ingredients may start go bad and lose their freshness.

And if you read this post to the end you are lucky because My first 50 readers will get 2 free meals with their first Blue Apron Box - redeem here.

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  1. THose meals look DIVINE!!!! That fish especially :-)

  2. My friend uses this and really likes it. Everything looks good!

  3. I have never heard of them but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this concept!!!! What fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I adore to cook and this looks so interesting!

    1. it really does make a difference when it comes to the ease of meal prep and having to run errands to get everything!

  4. Wow, sounds great! The food looks good!

  5. Very helpful review! This is a great idea and something I'd like to try!

  6. This looks amazing and is such a neat idea! How costly is it?


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