DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Blue Apron. The opinions are 100% my own.
My love affair with my exotic meals continue. And when I say exotic, I mean Ramen noodles.
Ramen was our latest meal from Blue Apron. And it was melt in a puddle delicious. Just look at this and try not to drool.
You just licked your laptop, didn’t you?
Go ahead. It doesn’t have any calories that way.
That deliciousness right there with the steam coming off it is a Blue Apron meal. Blue Apron is one of those subscription services but with chef designed meals. The box of three meals gets delivered right to your door in a refrigerated box and it has everything already measured out for two folks to enjoy a fresh meal from quality local suppliers and artisans.
Since the food needs to stay as fresh as possible, you do need to do some prep…mainly chopping and slicing. This time around we decided to do the Chicken Tsukune Spring Ramen. And no…I don’t know how to say that second word. But even though I can’t pronounce it, I licked the bowl.
Also – I gotta give credit where credit is due…Jeremy helped. I figure he needs practice in the kitchen and this way he is introduced to the ever elusive vegetable. Love you honey 🙂 Seriously though…LJ needed nursing so Jer jumped in and helped (with the chopping…not the nursing) and I think having the recipe card right there with detailed instructions was just the encouragement he needed.
Once the chopping is done, the cooking part doesn’t take long at all. They say that all the meals take no more than 40 minutes to be prepared. This one took less than that.
It was actually my first time ever making chicken meatballs and the boys LOVED them. I knew that they would like the noodles but any time I get some protein in their bellies, I take note. I think that is one of the many reasons I like this service…it forces me to make foods that I wouldn’t normally make. It’s like taking a cooking class in my own home…where I can take let-it-all-hang-out breastfeeding breaks and not worry about the kids ruining someone else’s dining experience. #flyingfoodhappens
Oh and you know how I said that each meal feeds two? Well, we have found that most times that we can easily stretch the meals to feed our whole family. In this case, it was very easy.
Last time I posted about this some folks voiced their concerns that it wasn’t as affordable as they would like. I get it. When you compare this to couponing, price shopping, and meal planning, it is more expensive. But that isn’t how we use it. That all requires brains. We use it as comparable to going out to eat. For our little family, eating out averages about $27 per meal. Combine that with a really busy schedule and very brain-dead parents and it adds up fast. This meal service allows us to have the same no-planning-required mentality but actually saves us money because each meal is ten bucks a person with free shipping.
And I like the fact that we are exposing the kids to meals that we just don’t normally make. It’s cuisine that is different!
If you are interested in joining us in this eating adventure, here are some more details about Blue Apron…
- Blue Apron delivers for two, four, or six people.
- Available nationwide, shipping to over 80% of the country (full map of delivery zones here)
- No commitment – you can skip or cancel the service at any time!
- Always free shipping
- You can get a Blue Apron cookbook
- Each menu is between 500-700 calories per person.
- First 250 readers will get two meals free from their first Blue Apron order!
So since I said that the food is so exotic…let’s play a guessing game. Can you name the items in the photo above? I got two outta five. And that is part of our next meal 🙂