It's been about a year now that we've been using Blue Apron. If you don't know what Blue Apron is, it's a food service that's brought right to your door.
I love cooking, but with a family of five, it's hard to plan dinners ALL week long. The kids are picky, no one likes the same thing, it seems like I'm always running to the store because I forgot something, OR I have a TON of leftover ingredients that I'm probably not going to use again! Ugh...it can be so frustrating!!!
When my friend and neighbor first suggested Blue Apron to me, my first thought was, "Umm...I don't really need help making dinner for my family. I know how to cook! I'm actually pretty darn good at it!" But then I thought, "Ok, Nichole, don't be so rigid. It's probably better than rotating between burgers, tacos, and pizza all week. Maybe try it...just once."
So I did. And here's what happened...
I ABSOLUTELY love it. The ingredients are super fresh and the meals are all pretty darn healthy. And yummy! I don't think we've ordered anything that I didn't like. I'm not gonna lie, there have definitely been those times that the kids try something that they don't like, but like I said earlier, it's pretty much pizza, tacos, or burgers that make them happy.
Here are a few of my favorite things about Blue Apron:
It's delivered right to my door, on ice, EVERY week! (Can you hear the angels singing?) No going to the grocery store and NO PLANNING!!! This is probably my absolute favorite thing about Blue Apron. I get soooo tired of trying to come up with new dinners each week. Anything that helps me take a little off my plate (no pun intended! haha) makes me a happy mama.
You can choose how many meals you want per week. Most weeks we do two, but I love that we don't have to stick to that. If we want to skip a week we can. Or if we want more than two meals, we can do that, too.
Everything is really fresh. I've never opened a Blue Apron box that wasn't filled with absolute quality, fresh meats and produce.
It's everything I need for that meal, and nothing more. No wasted ingredients! No running to the store and nothing left in my fridge to rot.
Choose your meal plan. They have plans for two, or a family plan that serves four. The servings sizes are pretty right on. The kids obviously don't eat as much as we do, so even though we're a family of five, it usually works for us. If it's a meal that I know they're going to really love, I'll grab a package of chicken (or whatever it is were making) out of the freezer and add it. It would be nice if they added a family of five plan, cause let's be honest, my kids are only getting older and with that, comes bigger appetites! OMG, I have an almost teenager!!! (sob)
It's affordable. Definitely less than what we would spend to go out to dinner and a lot of times, less than what we would spend at the grocery store.
Lastly, it's always delicious! It really forces me you use ingredients I wouldn't normally use, and I'm always pleasantly surprised by how much I like it. Sometimes it's something I've never even seen before, much less cooked with!
Overall, Blue Apron has been great for our family. Anything that makes my weeknights a little easier is good with me! I would love to hear if any of you decide to try it or have used other food services.