In my quest to become a better cook this year, and so I don’t get bored with my typical meals, I committed to trying one new recipe a week. One new recipe doesn’t feel too overwhelming and has been pretty easy to incorporate, especially if you take a few minutes on the weekend to decide what the recipe will be. My intention is to branch out, get more comfortable with cooking and new flavor combinations, and try different cooking techniques. I use Pinterest, cookbooks, websites and also Blue Apron to mix things up.
If you’re not familiar with it, Blue Apron it’s a service that delivers fresh ingredients for meals that you make at home. They include just enough of what you need to make the three recipes they give you. The food is delivered in a refrigerated box so that the ingredients stay fresh, even if you’re not at home when your package arrives. I’ve always gotten quality ingredients and you can check out the Blue Apron mission page regarding their efforts at sustainability.
They have a two-person or family plan and I opted for the two-person since our son eats the same thing over and over. We always offer him our food, but it’s a work in progress and our pediatrician keeps assuring us not to worry. Jordan, on the other hand, has gobbled up everything I’ve given her and I have a post on her baby food coming up this month.
To be honest, my favorite part about Blue Apron is the time it saves in grocery shopping! It’s not my favorite chore, so I try to pawn it off on my hubby as much as I can, but he’s busy too!
When you go to schedule your Blue Apron order, you can choose 3 out of 6 options for that week. I appreciate that so you can still pick the meals that are most appealing to you.
The meals take no longer than 40 minutes to cook and are between 500-800 calories per person, but I find you can take some shortcuts to cut calories further if you want. For this Orange and Mirin Glazed Cod, for example, I sprayed the pan with cooking spray instead of using olive oil.
It’s insightful to get these recipes and see how you can change things up with your own everyday cooking. Here, the cod came with a faro and broccoli salad that was delicious. I never cook faro, always opting for rice, so this was a great introduction to a new dish.
And I loved the way the recipe instructed to prepare the broccoli. I get stuck in my rut of always steaming it- but for this dish, I sauteed it with garlic and red pepper and it was so much more flavorful.
You’ll definitely want to read the directions carefully, but it’s cool how they outline the steps, ensuring everything comes together and is ready to eat at the same time.
I’m a big fan of fish, and this cod was beautiful and the perfect portion size for two people.
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I made this recipe at lunch, so I packed up the second helping and warmed it up to eat as leftovers.
Everything I’ve eaten from Blue Apron has been super tasty! This faro and broccoli salad had orange segments in it and I loved the brightness it added. The red pepper gave just the right amount of heat too.
At around 12:00 p.m. on most days, you’ll find me right here at our new breakfast table eating lunch with Jordan. It’s a wonderful break in our day that I always look forward to!
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As far as pricing, I feel like it’s decent at $60 a week for 3 meals or about $10 per serving. We’d spend that much or more on takeout and at the grocery store, but are saving time/energy on the meal planning, grocery shopping and preparation. I like that you can skip or cancel the service anytime too.