Ten Things I Love About Blue Apron

22 01 2016

Sometime last year, many of the “Healthy Living Bloggers” raved about their experience with Blue Apron. All their meals looked really yummy, so I decided to use the discount code one of them was sharing for a free meal.

If you’re not familiar, Blue Apron is a spin on a meal delivery service: Basically, when you sign up, you receive the ingredients and recipes for several meals (select either a plan for 2 or a plan for four). You can choose to go the vegetarian route or not, and you’re free to swap out one of the recipes for another that is offered that week. The other thing that’s great about the service is that it is super easy to skip a week if you don’t like the recipes, are going to be out of town, or want to rely on TJ’s for your meals that week.

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There are 10 things I love about Blue Apron:

  1. The recipes: I love, love, love, trying new recipes. I did some research before choosing to go with Blue Apron (instead of Hello Fresh or one of the other similar brands out there) and it’s really the recipes that won me over. The vegetarian recipes weren’t just different kinds of salad (which is what I noticed on some of the other services) and the recipes were all so unique. All of the recipes I perused looked and sounded delicious, and were a bit more “adventurous” than some of the other services. IMG_0753(rice noodles and coconut matcha broth)
  2. Because I love trying new and interesting recipes, I always end up buying a jar of X or a gallon of Y just because the recipe calls for it. But then I’m stuck with a jar of X or a gallon of Y until I make that recipe again, or the ingredient goes bad because I have nothing else to use it in! With Blue Apron, the ingredients are already measured out; I get just enough for whatever it is I’m making. The first recipe I made with Blue Apron in November required Verjus Rouge- I had to look it up to even know what it was! If I had spotted this recipe on my own, I would have had a bottle of it siting in my house still, because I wouldn’t have known what else to do with it. Blue Apron provided me with the exact amount I needed, and no more- perfect! IMG_0060
  3. I’m expanding my cooking repertoire with new flavors and techniques! I’ve made “mise en place” a priority when cooking on my own, because I’ve gotten into the habit thanks to Blue Apron. I’ve made béchamel multiple times since starting Blue Apron, tried queso oaxaca (love!), and finally made something with Meyer Lemon. IMG_0059
  4. They have direct relationships with farmers and provide the highest quality ingredients they can find. I was super pumped to see a card in one of my latest deliveries that had a picture of a farmer from Buena, NJ. That’s not too far from my parent’s place in Jersey, which I thought was pretty cool!
  5. The price: I get the vegetarian meal plan for two, which is three meals for $59.94/week. That works out to be $9.99/serving. Sure, I know that I could probably make meals for cheaper than that, but it saves me the trip to the store, the planning time, and all that extra stuff I would have thrown in my cart at the store because “OOH, that looks good!” For me, it’s totally worth it. Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 5.25.03 PM
  6. They’ve recently started a recycling program. This is great, because the biggest negative about the whole thing is that there’s a lot of packaging. I can pack up a few week’s worth of wrappers, containers, bags, etc., print out a shipping label, and send it back to them. Easy peasy!
  7. Portion size: I have been pleasantly surprised by the portion size for most of the meals. Most of the meals have been plenty for two and then some. Hooray leftovers! And, when I’m just making a meal for me, I have meals for several days!
  8. It’s a great excuse for me to go have dinner with a friend. I’ve taken over the recipe and ingredients to a friend’s house on several occasions, and we’ve had a great time chatting, making dinner, and enjoying a fabulous homemade dinner that is way cheaper than if we had decided to go out to eat!
  9. I guess I haven’t been explicit about this yet, but everything is delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking about the recipes I’ll get to make this weekend!
  10. Their mission: to make incredible home cooking accessible to everyone. Yes!

 

If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of Blue Apron. And no, I wasn’t paid to say that. I’ve paid for all of these myself (with the exception of the free meal I got when I signed up with a coupon code) and I’m writing this just because I want to share my experience with you.

If you want the convenience of having ingredients delivered directly to your door and the recipes for fabulous recipes-give it a try! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!





Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup!

8 11 2012

Can you believe Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away? Holy smokes, this month is flying by! Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. A holiday centered around food? That just screams my name!

This year Thanksgiving will be a little bit different for me. It will be the first year I don’t head home to Jersey to spend a few days with my family. Instead I’ll be staying here in the (hopefully) warm south to celebrate with Bill! Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE spending Thanksgiving at home with my family- there’s the big high school football game to go to, friends that come over, and mom’s super awesome meal. But, I’m actually excited (and kind of nervous) to take charge of the day’s meal and start some new Thanksgiving traditions.

We’ll be at Bill’s place in Orlando and we’re inviting several friends over to spend the holiday with us. I want to make sure the day is a success, so I’ve started to plan a menu. However, I’m undecided if I’m going to take the plunge and make a turkey. Thoughts?
If I don’t make a turkey, I might make pumpkin gnocchi or some other pasta with squash.

But what I’m really excited about is the sides!

So far, I’ve decided to make:

Oh, and of course I’m making pumpkin pie!!

I’ve probably listed enough for our small group, but I’m looking for one more side to round it out. I’m considering my mom’s cole slaw, but I wanted to see what the blog-o-sphere could suggest.

So tell me, what’s your favorite Thanksgiving day dish (side or otherwise)? Link up below if you’d like!!





Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

22 10 2012

Hello! Hope you all had a great weekend! Sorry I’ve been a lil MIA, work has got me pretty busy right now.
I wanted to pop in to say hi and tell you about these fabulous new tortilla chips by Garden of Eatin‘.

A little while ago, the company contacted me to see if I would like to review their newest tortilla chips, Sprouted Blues and Sweet Potato. I’m a huge sweet potato fan-I’ll swap sweet potato fries for regular fries any day- and I love tortilla chips, so I jumped at the chance.

I’m also a fan of the Garden of Eatin’ company. They pride themselves on using all natural, all organic ingredients.

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips: Prepared with premium quality organic yellow corn and organic sweet potato that can be seen and savored in each chip, Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips provide 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving.  Like all Garden of Eatin’ products, Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips are made without any genetically modified ingredients, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. In addition, the new flavor is kosher and certified gluten-free.

That sounds pretty good to me!

I can’t shouldn’t eat an entire bag by myself, so I saved the chips for the night I hosted book club at my house. I made my favorite pork tacos, Courtney made some homemade salsa, Meghann cooked up some kale, and Jess brought the sangria.

The chips were a little crushed from traveling in the mail, but I managed to grab some of the bigger pieces to have with my meal. It was love at first bite! They were slightly sweet, with just the right balance of sweet potato and corn. I could definitely taste both! I dipped a few in the salsa, but I honestly preferred them plain; they didn’t need anything to add to the flavor. By the end of the night, all that was left of the chips were a few crumbs. I guess the chips were a hit 🙂 I’ve already purchased another bag; I think I might keep these all to myself! Thanks for the chips, Garden of Eatin’!

While on the topic of sweet potatoes, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite sweet potato recipes! Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Doughnuts

Lime Lover’s Nachos

Caribbean Sweet Potato Gratin

How Sweet Eats Sweet Potato Cream Pasta

Mama Pea’s Spicy African Stew

Note: Garden of Eatin’ provided me with the chips, but the opinions are my own 🙂

Question of the day: What is your favorite sweet potato recipe? (Link below!)