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Blue Apron First Impression

Hello friends! Over the weekend Alex and I tried out Blue Apron for the first time. I wanted to review it for anyone who has never tried it as well as give my opinion of it. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

A few weeks (month?) ago,ย Erinnย was talking about Blue Apron. She said she had a week of free meals and whoever commented about it first could have it. I guess I was first because a few days later I received and email from Blue Apron. So I did not pay for the box we got but all opinions are my own.

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When Alex and I were talking about which size to get we ended up going with the family plan which feeds 4 people. Now you’re probably thinking why would you get that if there’s only 2 of you which is totally fair. Leftovers are the way I keep my sanity on weeknights so by going with the option with more food, some weekday dinners would be taken care of already. Since the power was being weird Monday and Alex had a late work event Wednesday, I ended up not having to cook at all. That’s a win in my book!

I opted to get the box delivered on a Friday. Unfortunately that ended up being the Friday right after Winter Storm Grayson which meant no mail was being delivered and FedEx was closed. So instead of getting it on Friday the box arrived on Saturday instead. I was a little concerned only because there was meat involved with one of the meals so I wasn’t sure how long the box would keep it cold. Well the worry was unnecessary because the box came and everything was still cold. There was a giant hunk of ice in the bottom that the meat was packed on top of.

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The first meal we tried was broccoli and mozzarella calzones on Saturday night. I had never had calzones before but I like pizza so why wouldn’t I like calzones. The recipe card was so detailed and all of the ingredients were labels so it was so easy to find what I needed once it was all in the fridge. Everything was so detailed and there was nothing I was confused about at all. Alex helped me by working the pizza dough. If you have a rolling pin then it would’ve been easier but he kind of man handled it. It got the job done though!

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When I put the pan in the oven to cook, I was shocked at the size of the calzones. They were honestly as big as my head. I wish I had a picture but it was either risk breaking the dough before baking or touching something that had just come out of the 475 degree oven… The dish was to be served with a Caesar salad. Making the dressing was so easy and delicious. We split a single calzone in half and it was filling without making us stuffed to the max. The salad was the perfect side and so light compared to the heavier main dish. Meal 1 was a success!

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Sunday night, we made the second meal which was hoisin glazed pork chops with wonton noodles and vegetables. This recipe allowed me to work with a new to me ingredient – ginger! To my knowledge I’ve never had ginger and definitely have never cooked with it. I peeled it with a spoon which made it so easy (thank you Google for that tip). Again, the recipe card was detailed and it was very easy to follow. Nothing was incredibly hard to make or prep and I was able to complete multiple steps while certain parts cooked.

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The vegetables were cabbage and carrots. I wasn’t sure how I would like this meal because I’m not a cabbage fan. Well with the sauce and all of the flavors, I was converted to a cabbage person, at least for this meal ;). Like with the calzones, Alex and I kept commenting on how good the food was while we were eating it. Everything worked so well together and it was all so delicious.

Overall we had a fantastic first experience with Blue Apron! It’s something we both said we would buy again although it will not be a regular purchase for us. The only reason it won’t be a regular thing for us is for budget reasons. It’s definitely a great way to get new recipes and learn new techniques or make you work with certain ingredients. Blue Apron does offer some recipes online in their cookbook and I will definitely be checking it out for recipes ideas in the future.

Thank you again Erinn for sending this to us! We both give it to thumbs up!

Question of the day: Have you ever tried a meal delivery service?

32 thoughts on “Blue Apron First Impression”

  1. I have never done a meal delivery service but I totally agree with your feelings on leftovers!! They make work lunches so easy! My favorite is pasta or anything leftover from going out to eat. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I don’t even have them for lunches lol. I prefer to save them for dinners. Not cooking after work is amazing some days! Pasta is awesome leftover since it can be reheated or eaten cold. Plus paying for a meal while out and getting to have it again is the best!

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    1. That’s exactly when we would get another box! I think it would also be nice to have a delivery scheduled after a long vacation when there is no food in the fridge as well. Thanks Erinn! Enjoy your day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I tried blue apron a few months ago! the food was pretty tasty, but I have a gluten allergy and there weren’t many gluten free options available:( In the end I decided not to continue with it after 2 deliveries.

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    1. That surprises me! I did notice they had a bunch of different diet options when I was working on it. They did have Whole 30 which may have more gluten free options! I don’t know a ton about Whole 30 though so maybe I’m completely off haha.

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  3. How much fun! I’ve tried Blue Apron too. I liked them… but thought there was a lot of prep work. I recently tried Plated and they’ve been a little less work and my hubby has liked their vegetarian options more. Hope you’ve been well!!

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    1. I think some of the recipes involve more prep than others but that’s just my opinion! I’ve never heard of Plated but maybe we’ll try them next. Thanks Julie! I’ve loved following along on your trip via Instagram.

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    1. They really are! I’ll try and repurpose them as well so I don’t feel like I’m eating the same thing.

      You should ask for it as a gift! It would make a cute at home Valentine’s Day as well in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Interesting! I got a Hello Fresh gift card from my bridal shop. Can’t wait to try it now. Although everyone seems to prefer Blue Apron over Hello Fresh, I’ll have to give them a try:)

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  5. That sounds like a cool option. I have always wondered about meal companies, but I doubt there is one out there with gluten free and dairy free. oh well. I’m glad you had a good first impression!

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      1. I know there is a grocery delivery in my neighbourhood, but I can’t even bring myself to use it as I live across the street from a grocery store!

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    1. Honestly I would recommend it! I was like you before but when Erinn had the free box I just went for it. Getting to pick the meals we got was perfect for my picky eating. I think it would be a super fun at home date night for you and your husband!

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