This post is sponsored by Blue Apron!
I’m sure this is no secret to you guys by now…and maybe you’re even sick of hearing me say it, but…we love Blue Apron over here.
Seriously. We’ve been ordering from them for probably a year and a half now (?) and it’s always such a treat when a new delivery arrives. For example, I had already been excited about getting this past week’s delivery because of the recipe for Spiced Pork Chops & Mashed Potatoes with Kale, English Peas & Goat Cheese.
We don’t cook pork chops all that often, but this dish made me think that we should. They were just SO GOOD!
So I got to thinking a bit more about why we love Blue Apron so much, and here’s my Top 5 list I was able to come up with:
1. It makes meal prepping and shopping SO much easier
Whenever we have a week of Blue Apron meals on the way, it’s sort of like I get a nice mini reprieve from the full out grocery shop. Because we choose to do their 2-Person Plan still (as opposed to their Family Plan), that gives us three days worth of dinners for the week. As for the rest of the days, I usually try to do at least 1-2 days using something we already have at home, or do some simple dinners like breakfast for dinner, soups and sandwiches, or leftovers. It just makes things easy, and I love how we can skip weeks if/when we need to so it’s convenient for us.
2. We waste less ingredients
If there’s one thing I hate, it’s wasting food. I get so annoyed when I have to throw away produce or meat that has gone bad (I had to throw away a whole pound of ground beef last week and it killed me!) because that’s basically money down the drain. With Blue Apron, we get all of the ingredients we need, in exactly the right proportions. So there’s no extra waste AND there’s no last-minute trips to the grocery store to pick up something we may have forgotten.
3. It gets BOTH of us to try new cuisines, recipes, and cooking techniques that we’d never end up making on our own.
Whether it’s because we wouldn’t have the ingredients typically on hand, or just because it’s outside of our “safe” meals, there is almost always a meal in each of our deliveries that is different, unique (to us), and fun. This past week, we had Spring Gemelli Pasta with Garlic Sugar Snap Peas, Crispy Capers & Soft-Boiled Eggs (which I hardboiled because soft boiled isn’t our thing), and I’d have never thought of putting an egg on my pasta. It was a totally fun and different way to incorporate some protein into a pasta dish, and I loved it.
Then there’s these Roasted Poblano Chilaquiles with Sunny Side-Up Eggs and Avocado that we had last year…I’d never think to cook something like this on my own.
Or Spicy Korean Chicken Wings with Rice Cakes and Baby Bok Choy? Again, something else I’d never put on my meal planning list, but it made the husband QUITE happy this past fall and was something we both totally enjoyed.
4. It gets Jay to eat kale. And other veggies he wouldn’t eat if I bought them on my own.
Anytime I tell him there’s a recipe with kale in it, his immediate instinct is to turn up his nose. See, he thinks he hates kale, but in actuality, pretty much any Blue Apron recipe we’ve had that incorporates kale has been a winner, and he winds up declaring it delicious. But if I had come up with a recipe on my own for us to try that involved kale (or another foreign food), he’d be less inclined to want to try it.
And not every recipe winds up being a winner for the both of us (he wasn’t really a fan of the mushrooms or collard greens from this week’s Roasted Chicken & Mixed Mushrooms with Crispy Rosemary-Orange Salad & Chipotle Pan Sauce recipe, but I still give him props for trying it because he totally wouldn’t otherwise!
5. We’re able to share the cooking duties by either splitting them or cooking together.
Jay is a very literal cooker.
If he’s going to make a recipe, he needs the exact recipe in front of him, and will make sure he uses the exact ingredients for everything (except when he’s seasoning meat…he’ll usually wing that on his own).
Having the Blue Apron recipe cards makes things so much easier because everything is laid out right there for you.
Bonus #6: They have SO many awesome recipes!!
Blue Apron has a ton of awesome recipes, many of which we’ve saved recipe cards for so we could make on our own. A couple favorites that stand out and quickly come to mind? The Rigatoni Puttanesca with Eggplant pictured above, as well as the Seared Salmon and Tomato Chutney with Cranberry Bean and Spinach Stew.
That was one of the first recipes we ever tried with Blue Apron, too!
Discount Offer and GIVEAWAY!
So if you haven’t already caught wind of it, we love Blue Apron. And if you haven’t already given it a try, I’ve got a little something for you.
And even better? I recently got some more new invitations added to my personal account to give away a week of free meals. So I’m offering to give away TWO of them to you guys once again!
To enter for a week of free meals from Blue Apron (no commitment!), just leave a comment below saying a meal/recipe from Blue Apron you’d love to try (you’ll love ‘em if you haven’t tried them already!).
I’ll choose a random winner on Sunday, April 24th. Good Luck!