Blue Apron Review

Howdy Y’all,

Happy hump day! So todays post is a review of a new service I have tried last week called Blue Apron. I love to cook, I like trying new recipes and producing home cooked meals, I don’t always enjoy meal planning, list making, shopping etc. I often thought how nice would it be to have a service who took some of the hardwork out of it and voila we have Blue Apron. I had been meaning to try this for a while but with moving etc the time had never been right. When I got my hands on a coupon I thought lets give this a try. Now I am aware that Blue Apron is not the only place that provides this service but from what I have read to date Blue Apron has good feedback. It is a service which sends you in refrigerated boxes with fresh produce to provide meals for your family. You have two basic options 2 meals for 2 covers (2 person plan) or 4 meals for 4 covers (family plan.) I went with the latter because I need leftovers to send with Mr L for his lunch. Blue Apron explain that the meals are farm-fresh, seasonal produce, meat and poultry with no added hormones and sustainably-sourced seafood. So if like my family you are conscious about where your food comes from this is for you. As well as the fresh produce you are provided with extensive recipe cards which guide you in producing each meal.

A Photo Diary Of My Blue Apron Experience

Blue Apron Delivery
Here waiting on my doorstep as described was my first delivery
Blue Apron Box Open
When I opened the box, everything was well packed and very cold from the efficient ice packs provided, these can be reused by you if you want to. I was also impressed with the small brochure with seasonal ideas and the menu cards provided.
Inside the boxes, you can see how cold the products are kept, which is a deep concern for people like me who live in a warm climate.
The first meal I prepared was Lemongrass Roasted Pork . This had the thumbs up. Mr L loves pork so I knew it would be a hit.
Please don’t judge my messy plate, I should have wiped it. But this is a view from above.
This is Pan-Seared Barramundi with Prince of Orange Potatoes & Spinach. This was also delicious, I perhaps chopped the potatoes a little small, I enjoyed cooking with Barramundi, I love to cook fish but had never cooked this. I love extending my repertoire.
An overview and the plate is a little cleaner.
This was the vegetarian option Broccoli & Cheese Enchiladas with Tomatillos & Sour Cream, now a veg dish has to be good to get Mr L’s approval and this did. It was delicious. Plus it got Little L eating lots of veggies.
These were yummy.
Seared chicken with brown rice and glazed carrots. This was yummy and the purple carrots were different.

I have Blue Apron delivering this week, mainly because I have been so impressed. The app and website have a great interface, clear and easy to use. The service is first class, every time I have emailed the response has been prompt and effective. I will add, this service is not for someone who has little or no interest in cooking, it does require prep. If you are looking for a prepared meal service this is not for you. If you are a family or couple pushed for time who like wholesome good food and enjoy eating around the table this is for you. If you are in a meal rut and like some insipiration this also may help. The meal cards, provide extensive photographic and written method so if your wanting to improve your cooking this would also help. I really wish they had this service when my husband and I were both working. This would be a great gift idea for new parents or a family or couple on the go. I have been so impressed I intend to keep the service up, I will use in weeks where we have lots going on. If you wish to cancel or miss a week to do so is very easy and straightforward.

If you were thinking of giving this service a try I urge you to do so.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Ta ta for now

Meal Time Inspiration

Do you ever get to the evening and this oh C*** its dinnertime and I have no inspiration and even less energy to whip a Martha Stewart creation into fruition. Well that’s me, especially at this time of year, and by that I mean when its hot hot hot! Growing up in the UK where Cicadas frequent the shores more often that we have hot days (you have all seen Wimbledon where it rains for the fortnight.) creating a range of summer meals is less essential. Its not that I am totally incompetent I made it a NY resolution to meal plan, which I did unapologetically with a weekly shopping list and I laminated it! (I love to get that machine out its a little like a clip board it makes me feel important and efficient!) The summer however has me failing. Salad, how many can you have? Before you barrage me with abuse on the beauty of the salad and how it can comprise of far more that lettuce, cucumber and tomato, I do have Mr L (Mr Lifestyle, my beloved) and Little L (my toddler) to keep happy. So what do you make? Mr L assures me that my winter repertoire is quite sufficient for the summer months as we have AC which makes our home the same temp in January as July, but then again he has not been chasing a toddler around and running errands in 100+ degrees. When you come in from that you don’t really feel like eating a winter meal, let alone cooking in front of a hot stove. I love BBC Good Food website because all the recipes are rated and also Pintrest because I love it, although some of the meals I have tried from their have been a flop. So what do you like to cook? What meals make you go mmm? After all there is nothing lovelier than hearing Little L going nom nom nom. So come on help a gal out here share some ideas.