I’ve written about our love for Blue Apron for many years, and today I want to share some of the delicious eats we’ve had from them lately!
Thank you to my friends at Blue Apron for sponsoring this post.
In case you haven’t heard of it, Blue Apron is a meal kit company that sends you all the ingredients you need to make delicious, balanced meals right at home – no grocery shopping or meal planning necessary.
Pictured above: Hot Honey Crispy Chicken with Dirty Rice and Garlicky Green Beans (this was so good)
Matt and I both enjoy cooking, but neither of us love meal planning. I know, I’m a dietitian and I don’t like meal planning – yep, I said it, it’s fine.
In the past, when we’ve tried to meal plan, both of us put it off as long as possible and then halfheartedly tried to plan something last minute, making it all feel stressful. It also led to lots of repetitive meals – I’m usually testing out a new recipe for the blog once a week or so, but other than that we’d end up just making the same usual things over and over on repeat and getting really tired of them.
Over the years we’ve discovered that what works best for us is to have a similar list of groceries that we buy each week (stuff for our usual easy breakfasts and lunches and snacks, plus stuff for 1 or 2 super easy standard meals that we make all the time, like tacos, or a pasta night). We usually plan to order in or eat out (outdoors at the moment!) one or two nights a week, and for the other 3 nights we have Blue Apron to do the planning for us!
Blue Apron can make everyone’s lives easier by saving them the time to meal plan and grocery shop for dinners. Not only is this nice because it takes out the stress of planning a ton of unique meals each week, but it also keeps things interesting because the recipes that Blue Apron introduces us to are often things we wouldn’t try making ourselves at home, or wouldn’t think to make!
Take this Seared Tilapia with Lentils, Snow Peas, and a Creamy Mustard Dressing, for example – we never would have thought to make something like this, but all 3 of us ended up loving it – even our toddler Riese!
The way Blue Apron works is that every week you select the meals you’d like for upcoming weeks. There are about 10 options to choose from, and you can choose either 3 or 4 meals (the 4 meal option is brand new, and I’m excited about it) and either 2 or 4 servings depending how many people will be eating. You can change these setting options each week, too – for example, we have my brother-in-law and his wife here visiting this week so we switched our order to 4 servings – easy!
The recipe instructions are easy to follow and you receive exactly the amount of ingredients that you need to make the recipes, so there’s nothing leftover and no waste. Riese likes helping us make them, too – there’s always something she can help with as we prep, like stripping herbs off of stems, stirring, or snacking on the raw veggies in the dish as quality control. 😉
I know everyone is busy right now – especially with many parents jugging virtual school and busy work schedules at the same time – and Blue Apron is a game changer so dinner is one less thing you have to worry about.
Click here to check out this week’s menu on their website and to save $60 off over your first 3 boxes, too.
Enjoy – and let me know what you think!
I’m curious – what is your household’s usual process for planning out meals each week? Always interesting to hear how others do it!
And if you’re already a Blue Apron fan, what’s the most delicious meal you’ve had from them recently? I’ve been loving any of the meals that include za’atar… so flavorful and delicious!
p.s. If you’re interested in how Blue Apron compares to some of the other similar services, here’s my take in this full review comparison post: Blue Apron vs. HelloFresh vs. Sunbasket.