This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.
So we've been Blue Apron members for...wow, three full years now, officially. Every Monday, two boxes show up on our doorstep. (We find that two boxes of the 2-person plan feeds our 5-person family perfectly, often with leftovers. Blue Apron also has a 4-person family plan but we found the portions a touch smaller and the meals more kid-friendly than our kids really need. YMMV.) We unload the ingredients, pull out the recipe cards, map out when we'll make what, and bam. Our dinner menu planning and shopping is done for the week, in less than 10 minutes.
We have tried other meal delivery services in that time, but have always returned to Blue Apron time and time again. Some are just too expensive and/or the prices advertised don't include the shipping costs (tricksy hobbits). Others consistently sent us rotten ingredients and reaching customer service was a labyrinth of response-less frustration. (BA lets me report missing or damaged ingredients directly from their app, and I always hear back with an account credit within a day. Their customer service is fabulous.) Another one promised super fast, zero-prep meals but relied heavily on processed foods full of HFCS or artificial flavors and colors. NOPE. And most of the time, we just found the meals kind of boring and repetitive.
And then we'd look at the upcoming BA menu and be like...
Paneer and lentil masala with spinach and lime rice?
Cajun-spiced catfish sandwiches with roasted broccoli?
Sweet pepper chicken with ditali & spinach?
Seared barramundi with avocado tempura? Spiced chicken and honeynut squash tostadas? Pretzel burgers with cheddar cheese sauce? Seared steaks with balsamic-glazed mushrooms?
AAAAHHHHHHH WANT SO HUNGRY NOW
Why even bother ordering anything else? Stick with what works! (And with what you know will actually, like work.)
And yes, my kids really did eat and enjoy all of the above, including all the vegetables. That said, they are still kids, and the presence of the buttery cheesy pasta with that chicken dish caused an impromptu celebratory dab fest at dinner.
A couple things HAVE changed at Blue Apron recently -- if you tried them out and were frustrated that not all recipe combinations were available (i.e., if you wanted the steak but skipped the fish you were limited to only one of the vegetarian options), or didn't always want to commit to three meals each week, great news! The two-person plan now allows you to select two OR three meals (without making any account changes, though note that there are shipping costs on a two-meal box) and you can select ANY RECIPE COMBINATION that you want. AND there are now EIGHT recipes to choose from instead of six. AND at least three of those recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less.
So yeah! We were happy with Blue Apron before; with the added flexibility and extra choices we're pretty much thrilled. Tonight we're making Korean beef steam buns, tomorrow it's Tuscan-style pork chops. Next week we're going to try broccoli and cheddar turnovers with a pea green and apple salad. My kids are definitely going to happy-dance over that one. I might join in too.
Want to give Blue Apron a try? Yeah, you should. The first 50 readers can get $30 off your first order using this link.