Blue Apron Review

Disclaimer: I paid for Blue Apron on my own and was not compensated for this post.  Check the end of the review for a referral code for 2 free meals for all you awesome readers!!

I have been seeing Blue Apron all over the internet world for a long time now and have gone back and forth between whether to try it out. When we moved to Chicago I even got a coupon in my mail forwarding package and set it aside. Then I stared at it for awhile and eventually it disappeared somewhere.

As I was doing my daily blog reading a couple weeks ago, I read about it AGAIN and this time was offered a deal by following a referral link. I went for it and I am so glad I did because I have been having a great experience!

If you are not familiar, Blue Apron is a weekly meal delivery service.  You are provided with all of the ingredients and a recipe card with step by step instructions on how to prepare each meal. Some of the highlights of the Blue Apron service are:

  • complete meals with 500-700 calories per serving
  • fresh and specialty ingredients (wtf is celeriac?)
  • meals can be personalized based on dietary preferences
  • average of 35 minutes to prepare
  • everything is pre portioned and easy to follow

There are two plan options when ordering from Blue Apron: a 2 person or a 4 person plan.  I chose the 2 person plan for Neil and I and regardless of which family size you choose, you are sent 3 meals on a weekly basis. You have the option to cancel at any time or skip a week if you will be out of town or simply don’t wish to receive meals that week.

Our first delivery came with Banana Leaf Steamed Cod, Chicken Charlemagne, and Korean-Style Tteok.

One of the things I love so far is being able to use ingredients that I would never normally use. For the cod, we cooked it wrapped in banana leaves and also used greens called yu choy that I would have never bought on my own or known what to do with.

IMG_1177.JPGWhile all the ingredients come pre-portioned, you will be responsible for doing some chopping.

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IMG_1187.JPGFor the Chicken Charlemagne, there were a lot of root vegetables that again I wouldn’t normally use.

IMG_1225.JPGA turnip??

IMG_1227.JPGI learned about demi-glace and crisped some sage in olive oil. NBD.

IMG_1231.JPGI think this Korean-Style Tteok was our favorite meal of the three. It was a warm, flavorful bowl that helped combat the cold weather outside. If you are like me and have no idea what tteok means, the recipe cards nicely assist in culturing you.

IMG_1241.JPGI had to boil these rice cakes which confounded me, but I ended up loving their chewy consistency when mixed in with everything else.

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IMG_1244.JPGBlue Apron has made it very easy for us to make more complex meals in a shorter period of time.  It is a really fun activity for us to do together and we end up trying a lot of things that we normally wouldn’t.  I love that we get a giant box of food every Friday and then we can just throw it in the fridge and make it throughout the week. We also have never had any leftover food; the meals are perfectly portioned to split between two people.  We are on our second week and so far I am really liking it!  Blue Apron definitely takes the guesswork out of dinners.

Now, for all you great people, Blue Apron is offering a special deal to the first 50 readers who sign up.  Click here to redeem 2 free meals with your first Blue Apron Box!

Linking up with Sara for Tried It Tuesday!

Questions:

  • Have you ever tried Blue Apron? Thoughts?
  • What’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve ever used?
  • What are you eating for dinner tonight?
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11 Comments

  1. February 3, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    If you loved Blue Apron you should try Plated too. I am doing that right now and like it better than Blue Apron. They have a great first time deal too

  2. February 3, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    The names of these dishes sound so complicated but it doesn’t look so bad! I don’t have too much patience for cooking, which is funny because I cook for YouTube – BAH HA HA! I have all the time in the world for eating though 😉
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    • erinsinsidejob
      February 5, 2015 / 2:39 pm

      I know seriously. I feel so fancy whenever I make these meals, especially when it tells me how to plate and garnish them. Basically I’m a master chef now.

  3. February 4, 2015 / 10:44 am

    I need something like this because I never could get that involved with a recipe if the ingredients weren’t mapped out like that. lol Looks super yummy!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      February 5, 2015 / 2:40 pm

      It’s super fast and also delicious. See if they will send it to Scotland 🙂

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