Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wednesday Reviews: Blue Apron

Happy Wednesday!  We're officially halfway through another week.  Thank goodness- I've been fighting a cold all week and could use some rest!  I don't know about you, but whenever the weather starts changing I get congested and exhausted.  It's no fun at all!

food service review

Today, I have a review of a service I recently tried: Blue Apron.  This is a popular food subscription that I've seen recommended by countless bloggers.  During my insanely busy week last month, I decided to give it a try so I would have food all week and not have to worry about stopping at the store!

Note: I paid for this myself and do not work for or with Blue Apron.  I'm not writing on behalf of Blue Apron in any way or being compensated at all!  I wish ;)

Here's a summary of the service from Blue Apron's website:
We offer two plans, with no commitment and no fees, so you can prepare delicious, inventive meals at home. We do the menu planning and shopping, and deliver recipes right to your door with all the fresh, perfectly portioned ingredients you need to cook them. All you have to do is cook and enjoy! We have no membership fee, and no minimum commitment. You can skip any week’s delivery in advance or cancel at any time.
This service is awesome because all the ingredients come in a huge refrigerated box, already measured and portioned out, with three recipe cards that have extremely detailed directions.  Each week, you're able to choose three meals out of the six offered, or skip the week.  Once your meals are selected, you can select a day for the food to be delivered, and that's it!  No need to stop at the store because EVERYTHING is included, except for essentials like oil, water, and salt/pepper.

Here's what I got for my first delivery (For the "finished product" pictures, the image from Blue Apron is on the left, and my version is on the right.)

Corned Beef-Spiced Flank Steaks

Makes: 2 Servings
Calories: About 650 Per Serving
Cooking Time: 25 to 35 minutes

Ingredients

 Finished Productblue apron beef

  Thoughts

Really good and easy to make.  The seasoning was delicious, and the produce all tasted really fresh.
Dan gives it 10/10.  I give it 8.5/10.


Turkey Chili

 Makes: 2 Servings
Calories: About 700 Per Serving
Cooking Time: 25 to 35 minutes 

Ingredients

blue apron chili

Finished Product

blue apron review

Thoughts

 Pretty basic dish, but provided lots of leftovers.
Dan gives it 7/10.  I give it 7/10.


 Finally, I saved my favorite for last...

Tom Yum-Style Shrimp and Noodles



Makes: 3 Servings
Calories: About 575 Per Serving
Cooking Time: 15 to 25 minutes

Ingredients

blue apron thai

  Finished Product

blue apron thai

Thoughts

Taste is very authentic and it was really simple to make.  I had lots of leftovers and took it for lunch the next day!
Dan gives it 8.5/10.  I give it 10/10.


Overall, I had a great experience trying out Blue Apron.  It was really convenient, a lot of fun, and the food was delicious!  We got to sample three different types of cuisines, and didn't have to worry about tracking down specialty ingredients, like the tom yum paste.  I'll definitely be trying this out again when we are going to have a busy week.  It's a lot of fun and I would highly recommend it!

If you're interested in trying out Blue Apron, or learning more about the service, check out www.Blueapron.com

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8 comments:

  1. All of those meals sound fabulous and I love the colourful photos that you took! My husband and I still haven't quite gotten to the "meal planning" stage - we still wing our meals every night (sometimes that includes leftovers and sometimes that means eating out). We've been trying to get into a good meal planning habit for a while, and I think a service like this would be really nice from time to time since we love to cook together. :)

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    1. Thanks alison! I'm still working on my meal planning..it's definitely not easy. I love cooking but dan doesn't unfortunately :(

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  2. I got a free Blue Apron box from a friend and loved it. I then ordered a few boxes, but ended up skipping a lot of weeks and finally cancelling because I didn't think it was a good value for veggie meals. I definitely liked the concept, though, and I think if you regularly eat meat it's a much better deal!

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    1. I could definitely see how it wouldn't be worth it without the meat! Glad you got to try it for free though :)

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  3. I'm dying to try Blue Apron - it seems like such a brilliant service. I always hate buying those ingredients that you only use once! This is such a great review. Thanks for sharing!

    Annie Reeves

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    1. I'm glad you liked it annie! I would highly recommend trying it. Sometimes bloggers have codes for a free meal (that's why I tried it!)

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  4. I have saw commercials for this and I always thought about trying it. But I think it may get too pricey! The food looks great though!

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    1. It isn't cheap for sure, but it's fun for a treat once in a while or when you're busy! It's also a fun way to try out a new dish without having to buy a ton of ingredients you might not use again. I don't think I could afford it all the time though :)

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