Happy Monday and congrats to all of the runners who had big races this weekend. I had a blast tracking so many people at multiple marathons. You guys are all rockstars!
A few weeks ago I saw a coupon code on Facebook (are you following me @runonhealthy?) for $40 off of your first order on Blue Apron. I had read a few reviews on various blogs and I did a little Googling to see what other’s had to say. I couldn’t find a bad review, so I decided to give it a try.
How it works: I simply signed up online and gave them my credit card info plus my $40 coupon code. Each week that you choose to use Blue Apron, you pick 3 meals to be delivered to you. Each meal costs $9.99 per person for a total of $59.94 per week for 3 meals for two adults. Meals are delivered at your door in an ice packed box every Friday.
Inside the box you will find cards with directions and pictures. All of the ingredients are also provided except for olive oil, salt, pepper, and water. Otherwise you receive “knick knack” bags that include all spices and other essentials.
You can skip weeks or put your orders on hold. You also can earn free meals to share with friends.
What we got: The first week we received 3 meals and I gave one of my meals to my brother and sister-in-law to try because we had a busy schedule and couldn’t make everything. We received the Paprika Shrimp and Cheddar Grits, Spicy Hoisin Chicken Stir-Fry and Sloppy Joe’s. We shared the Sloppy Joe’s and made the other two meals.
How it went: The ingredients we received were of excellent quality. Fresh corn on the cob, beautiful and plentiful shrimp, and perfectly picked produce were stocked in our refrigerator. I’ve never used tomatillos before and had a blast trying new ingredients and spices.
The directions were spot on and we were both pleasantly surprised by how delicious the meals were. Both meals took about 20-30 minutes from prep to finish. The cards we were provided with had excellent directions along with estimated cooking times and calorie content.
I wouldn’t regularly make grits but having made this once, I will absolutely recreate it again. I love that we received meals and ingredients we typically wouldn’t make or try. The stir fry was also of restaurant quality and we saved both recipe cards for later.
We made a second order: The first time went so well that I made another order a few weeks later. This time we received Pork Chops with Spicy Chow Chow, Seared Chicken with Caramelized Vegetables, and Basque-Style Cod. This time we had three major winners!
I loved the Basque-Style Cod and enjoyed the chance to try freekeh (essentially a young wheat loaded with protein and fiber) for the first time. The cod was topped with a delicious relish made of chopped parsley, garlic paste, olive oil, and chopped almonds. The combination of flavors were new for me to use with a fish. But I will be repeating this one again for sure.
The Seared Chicken may have been my surprise favorite. I absolutely loved the homemade, simple mashed potatoes topped with caramelized onion and fennel. This is the perfect simple dinner to make for family and friends on a winter evening.
I mentioned the spicy sweet potatoes that I loved with the pork chops in an earlier post. You can find the recipe here. I have made this quick and delicious side several times and love making extra for adding the leftovers to my salads.
The low down: For about $60 a week you can receive restaurant quality meals delivered to your door. I believe that for the price of food and delivery, you receive a great deal. For the moment I have my orders on hold but will continue to order from time to time.
I was not contacted by Blue Apron. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post. If you would like to try this service out for yourself they are currently offering 3 meals free on your first order.
Have you ever tried Blue Apron or another meal delivery service?