Today I am excited to share with you a whole new concept to make cooking easier and more fun! Blue Apron delivers farm fresh ingredients and original recipes so you can make a perfectly portioned new recipe and know it will be great. I will be sharing my Blue Apron reviews of the meals I have tried so far and letting you know what I thought of the ordering process and the food itself. This post is sponsored by Blue Apron and includes an affiliate link but the opinions expressed are my own.
Blue Apron Meals
Before I share my Blue Apron reviews, I want to make sure you know what Blue Apron is and some general information about how they work. The Blue Apron mission is to “make incredible home cooking accessible to everyone.” The gravity of that statement is actually really profound if you stop to think about it. I believe that in an era of go-go-go and both parents often working full time, less and less meals are being home cooked. I also believe that home cooked meals are an important component of family life both for building family bonds,for staying healthy, and learning good eating habits. After having tried Blue Apron meals, I think they deliver on their mission. I normally cook home cooked meals so I initially thought I was just trying this meal delivery service out for my readers that may not cook from home as often as they’d like but I think it is great for people like me too! It really has made home cooking easier and therefore more fun for me.
Blue Apron meals are a meal delivery service that puts great recipes and perfectly portioned, fresh, high-quality ingredients in a Blue Apron box and they deliver weekly. Cool, but why do you need it? Well it useful for lots of types of folks- busy parents, young professionals, elderly- anyone looking to try new, healthy recipes without having to go to the store. It is so nice to have recipes that you know will be good because they have already been picked out because they are delicious and not too hard to make. Plus, we are talking the best ingredients- farm-sourced produce which means it is extra fresh when it arrives at your door, meats without hormones & antibiotics (the only kind I buy), and artisan sourced ingredients (hard to find good food).
Only read the following quote from the Blue Apron site if you are a tree-loving, farm-loving, sustainability-loving nut like me!
“Our direct relationships with farmers allow us to send our home chefs produce at peak freshness, with minimal time in transit, and at a better value than they can find at their local grocery store. These direct relationships provide our farmers with guaranteed demand for their harvest, allowing them to better plan their crop rotations to grow specialty produce just for us, and improving their livelihoods in the process.”
In short, Blue Apron meals because I like trying new recipes, I like having the best ingredients delivered in just the right quantities, and I like the cooking instructions that make it easy to cook and teach you some techniques as you cook. Ok, so now you know how I feel about Blue Apron meals, let’s get to my Blue Apron reviews.
Learn more about Blue Apron here.
Blue Apron Reviews
I found it easy to navigate the Blue Apron site. You can select the number of meals you want delivered weekly and whether you want a your meals for a couple or for a family. Then you can select your delivery week and choose your favorite meals from the options and if you are going to be out of town for a bit you can choose to skip a delivery. Very easy to use.
My first Blue Apron Box arrived as scheduled with two family meals. I love the nice recipe cards which I plan to hole punch and use again. I also dig the informative “From The Pantry” newsletter with ingredient stories, cooking techniques, food facts, and prep tips. Here are my Blue Apron reviews.
Seared Chicken & Mison Udon Noodles with sauteed Sugar Snap Peas & Pea Tips.
I absolutely loved this choice. It was a fun meal that I would not ordinarily make at home and I got to use the chance to expose my kids to new foods. I gathered up my ingredients which was easy since I placed them in a fridge drawer when they arrived.
I enjoyed that many of the ingredients were ones I could not find at my local grocery store like Miso, pea tips, and soy glaze. I was happy to be able to show my kids what miso looks and tastes like because they love miso soup and I told them about what miso paste is like but I had not been able to show them before. My dad was visiting and he was really excited about the pea tips because he never knew you could eat them and he said that would he would enjoy getting to use more of the plant out of his garden now that he knew about it.
My dad prepared the veggies according to instructions (by the way, I love that the meals are so balanced with lots of fresh vegetables). I prepared the chicken according to instructions. I even learned a new term- fond- for the bits left in the pan after browning the chicken.
I also liked how they include plating instructions.
Everyone enjoyed the Blue Apron meal (which was great because I hate spending time looking for new recipes and then you try them and sometimes they don’t turn out to be all that impressive). I really liked not having to worry about what to cook and I liked trying something out of my comfort zone made easy.
White Focaccia Pizza with ricotta, zucchini & red leaf lettuce salad.
Again, this recipe had the comfort of being familiar but with a new twist- pizza on focaccia bread. I gathered the ingredients and found once again, there was a nice amount of fresh vegetables. So many people struggle to get enough veggies in their diet for the health benefits and Blue Apron makes that easy.
This time, I put my son to work helping me complete the recipe and I was so proud of what a good job he did topping the pizza.
The salad was great. My husband was impressed with the how fresh the red lettuce was and I enjoyed that I made a homemade salad dressing that was familiar to me but with a twist, including parmesan cheese and pistachio nuts which I never would have thought of.
Man, that was a yummy meal! Again, we all enjoyed it.
I like that these blue apron meals take all of the stress out of cooking. I don’t have to think about what to make or where to find the ingredients. I just get to cook and know it will be good and something new! For my Blue Apron reviews, I’d say both meals were fabulous and I loved the whole experience. I also found the prices quite reasonable to high quality meals.
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I hope you found my Blue Apron reviews useful. What do you think you would enjoy most about Blue Apron meals?