Meal delivery service plans have popped up everywhere in the past year. Whether I’m on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, I’m likely to see a flawless video ad for Blue Apron, Home Chef, Hello Fresh, etc.
I’ve always wanted to try a meal delivery service. But I had a couple of things holding me back. For one, it was pricey. And two, I was worried the recipes wouldn’t be yummy. But when I saw a $40 off coupon for Blue Apron in my inbox a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t resist. I signed up for three meals, two servings each and picked the meat and seafood option. I was ready to see what the hype was all about.
Normally, this would cost me $60, which is my grocery budget limit for the whole week. But with the coupon, only $20. I scheduled my box to come on a Friday so I could use the food for the following week.
The box came to my front door one Friday morning around 10 a.m. Can you believe everything fits into this one box? All the fruits and vegetables were stacked neatly on the top layer of the box. And at the bottom, the meat and seafood sat under two big ice packs to keep them chilled during delivery.
The photo above shows all the ingredients that came out of the box. I have to admit, the produce was all very fresh and tasty looking. The pork, ground turkey and cod looked delicious. And everything was so organized. The recipe cards were so interesting to look at it and very easy to follow. And the best part? I could keep them and make the recipes again!
After opening my big box of surprise, I was ready to take on the meal delivery service cooking challenge!
These were the recipes I received:
- Brown butter cod with corn, tinkerbell peppers & purple potatoes
- Seared pork chops with plum salsa with corn, kale & farro salad
- Lemongrass chicken burgers with hoisin mayo & roasted potato wedges
- I also got an extra card about tomatoes. It talked about the different kinds of tomatoes, tomato fun facts and how to core a tomato. Very cool!
NOTE: Since I received my delivery on Friday, I froze the meat and seafood until I was ready to use it.
Recipe No. 1 – Brown butter cod
This was my first and most favorite dish I made. The flavors of the cod with the brown butter sauce and the vegetables married so well together. And hello, do you see those purple potatoes?! I’ve never seen those before and was so intrigued while cooking them. They taste a lot like baby red potatoes. With prep and cook time, this recipe took about 35 minutes to make. I had easy clean up because the recipe tells you to wipe out the same pan after each step.
Recipe No. 2 – Seared pork chops
I invited my boyfriend over to help me cook this one. I have to admit that at first, I was worried this wouldn’t be enough food for him. (He loves to eat. haha, please don’t hate me for saying that, Ashton!)
We cooked the pork chops and made the corn, kale and farro salad in about 35 minutes. Both of us had never cooked pork chops before but the clear recipe instructions got us through! And the dish was better than we expected. It was full of flavor. The pork chops were juicy and tender with the plum salsa, and the salad was a nice complement to the meal. And the best part? My boyfriend’s tummy was full and satisfied!
Recipe No. 3 – Lemongrass chicken burgers
For my final recipe, I made lemongrass chicken burgers with roasted potato wedges. I feel like this is the only recipe that I had some trouble with. Granted, I was in a rush to cook them before work. When I added the sauces and spices to the ground turkey, it was hard to form the two patties and get them on the skillet. When I was cooking the patties, it took longer than recommended for them to cook all the way through.
But other than that, the outcome of these burgers were phenomenal! The flavors of lemongrass, sriracha and soy sauce burst through the bun. And the roasted potato wedges were a nice addition! It was a healthy version of a juicy burger and greasy fries.
The Blue Apron Verdict
- Very organized: Premeasured ingredients, easy to follow recipe cards
- Fresh ingredients: Delicious cuts of meat and seafood, organic produce
- Minimal waste: In the end, I think I had a little bit of tomato left over. But that was it! My fridge was bare!
- Healthy: The portions were a perfect size and I felt satisfied after each meal. There were a good amount of protein and vegetables on each plate.
- Delicious recipes: There wasn’t one recipe I didn’t like. All of them were so yummy, I felt like I was eating in a restaurant.
- The original price: If the price was a bit lower, I would do this at least once a month.
- Cook and prep time: These meals aren’t ideal for someone always on the go. You do have to spend time prepping the ingredients and then cooking in multiple steps.
Overall, I would recommend Blue Apron to anyone. I had such a great experience! It’s really beneficial if you’re single because you’ll have plenty of leftovers. And it’s awesome for people who want to cook, but don’t want the hassle of finding recipes and going to the grocery store.
Have you tried a meal delivery service? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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