Ever since we were first introduced to Blue Apron last September, we’ve been hooked. We typically get a delivery scheduled every month or so, and it’s always such a nice treat to change things up from our usual go-to meals.
Many of the Blue Apron meals we receive would, honestly, never be something we’d think to create (or attempt) on our own. It’s not that the meals are too complex, though…rather, it’s more that they incorporate so many different ingredients and combinations that I’d just never think to do.
Like Fregola sarda pasta? Never heard of it until now!
So if you guys have been reading over the past few months, then you probably already know about Blue Apron. But in case it’s new to ya, let me give you a quick overview…
Blue Apron is a meal delivery service (not pre-made meals) that allows you to create delicious, chef-inspired meals at home, using farm-fresh ingredients, in exactly the right proportions. The recipes are delivered in a refrigerated box so ingredients will stay fresh even if you’re not at home when your package arrives (<—this is big for us, since I’ve yet to be home when a delivery has been made!).
Blue Apron offers two types of plans, the 2-Person Plan and the Family Plan. The Family Plan is perfect for feeding a family of four, and gives you the option to receive one or two deliveries per week (for $8.74 per person per meal), each delivery consisting of two meals to be served family-style. If you’ve got a large family, or are planning on hosting a few extra guests and want to impress them, then this would be a great option for you!
The 2-Person Plan is $9.99 per person, per meal (shipping is always free!) and gives you one delivery a week, each with (3) meals for two.
Each week, six new recipes are created for this plan, and you will be sent a curated menu of three recipes based on your dietary preferences (you choose these when you set up your account). This is the plan that we choose, and with some meals, there’s still enough to be able to give Lucas a small portion as well.
And this past week, the first meal that we cooked wound up being a HUGE hit for Lucas!
We decided to cook up the Italian Wedding Soup with Fregola Sarda and Spinach on Sunday, since I wasn’t sure how much time it would take to make the meatballs and everything else.
I should note that all meals can usually be prepared in 40 minutes or less…unless I have a whining toddler at my feet. Then it takes a bit longer. Fellow parents out there, I’m sure you can relate?
Thankfully, Jay was home to keep Lucas occupied, and I was able to get this meal put together in no time.
We love how incredibly fresh the ingredients are, plus the fact that they’re sourced from quality local suppliers and artisans.
Let me tell you…the end result of this meal was amazing.
And even by me cutting the recipe into 2 main servings + 1 toddler serving, we still had plenty to keep us full.
The second meal we cooked up from this delivery was the Za’atar Spiced Steak with Rutabaga-Barberry Tabbouleh & Labneh Cheese.
Honestly, I thought this meal was going to wind up being a disaster. Lucas was being needy, I thought I overcooked the bulgar (which I’m still pretty sure I did), I got two phone calls while cooking, and then I almost forgot to add about 3 different ingredients.
Eventually, the craziness slowed down, I was able to get back to the meal, and things started coming together.
And by the time I plated everything up, it looked even better than I could have expected.
The rutabaga had some really unique flavors happening, and the steak was absolutely delicious; especially when it was paired with the Lebneh cheese (another thing I’d never heard of).
The third and final meal we cooked up from our delivery was Roasted Poblano Chilaquiles with Sunny Side-Up Eggs and Avocado.
We made one slight alteration to this meal, and that was by making our eggs fried, rather than sunny side-up (I have a thing about runny yolks…just can’t do it). This was a great example of a meal I’d never think of making, but Jay and I both loved it as a different kind of meatless entrée…even if my mouth was on fire. Whew, baby, was it spicy!
But they really do get us out of our cooking comfort zones (and comfort ruts!) and that’s another thing I love about Blue Apron…they offer such a large selection of recipes, and they’re always adding new dishes to their menu every week. For example? Right now, I’ve got my eye on Fresh Cavatelli Pasta with Endive, Pear, & Gorgonzola Cheese and this Cioppino Tagliatelle with Bay Scallops, Toasted Baguette & Garlic Aioli.
Want to see if they deliver to you? Check out THIS MAP! Blue Apron is available nationwide, shipping to over 80% of the country. Plus, there’s no commitment – you can skip or cancel the service at any time. The perfect reason to give it a try!
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