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.
I 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.
Blue 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!
- Have you ever tried Blue Apron? Thoughts?
- What’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve ever used?
- What are you eating for dinner tonight?