DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Blue Apron. The opinions are 100% my own.
In general, I would not consider myself a snob when it comes to food. Not even close. I mean…my mother put us through a decade of what we called ‘the experimental years’….a period of time when my mom explored the realm of culture cooking. There was a time when she served cold onion soup for dinner. It had a piece of bread that was floating on top…and had some weird cheese melted on that. but it was cold. Sorry mom and French people…but that was a terrible idea.
But the thing that mom got really really right was that she was into health food before it was cool and she exposed our little taste buds to a huge diversity of flavors and textures. There was a time where I was so scared to even try cooking because I knew that as hard as I tried, it would be untasty compared to my mom’s cooking…and cooking in general is really scary. But now that I am a mom, I wanna be like my mom…exposing those little taste buds to a diverse array of foods. I dig the idea that they will eat fruits and vegetables (Jeremy was completely veggie opposed when I met him and slowly but surely I have been breaking him like a wild stallion).
(spoiler alert to my mother in laws – JEREMY ATE ALL OF THE ABOVE. CAN YOU EVEN!?!)
That’s one of my goals – feed the boys good food.
Which is pretty hard to do when I have yet to go to the grocery store since LJ has been born. Yup. That’s scarier than a truck stop bathroom in my book. Three kids? Screaming? While I pick out fresh produce? Not an ideal way to spend a couple hours.
So when Blue Apron asked if I would like to try out some of the fresh meals that they send directly to my house (no grocery store trip required) and cook up these flavorful dishes, I was all like YESANDWILLYOUWASHMYDISHESTOO?
Seriously…the box arriving to my front door was the highlight of my week. I would say month…but you know, LJ was born 🙂
The boys were really excited to help me open the box and see what we were going to make.
Both of them acted like each item they pulled out of the box was gold. Also, Weston tried to eat most of the stuff raw.
That is why the red pepper is broken…it went straight into Weston’s mouth.
Each box comes with three different meals. They serve two people each (we found that the two servings were a little large for our dinner so we actually fed all four of us with each meal). Each meal has every ingredient you need (although I did need olive oil and salt and pepper) but everything else – even garnishes are in the box. Also, there is a big laminated recipe card that walks you through what each meal is supposed to look like…the ingredients and all the steps with pictures (helpful for people like me that haven’t made lamb before!).
I found it really helpful to go ahead and sort the meals so that each one had all it’s ingredients and just to be honest…I was getting a little intimidated. I mean…eggplant caponata? yuca? fregola sarda? Not exactly what we are used to cooking here in the Bower household.
But the detailed instructions did boost my confidence a little. It took me a bit longer than the 35 minutes to prep everything but only because I am not used to chopping while picture taking 🙂
That first meal we decided to have the chicken…I think Jer was a little nervous about the vegetables and salad with ‘mashed sort-of-potatoes’ was a little more safe.
It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. In fact, I thought that I nailed the chicken and the salad – the yucca I got distracted with a nursing infant, so I added a little more milk than I would have preferred. LJ’s gonna have to take the heat for that one.
And let me tell ya…it was really good. I could definitely taste the freshness. I know it’s not saying much but it was definitely better than the restaurant food out here in the sticks.
The boys liked it too. Will really liked the capers on the chicken…which doesn’t surprise me at all because he likes things a little salty. Jeremy actually said that he liked the yucca.
The next day I got really brave and made the caponata….which required a lot of chopping. Iron Chef here I come 🙂
I have to admit…I thought I had zero chance of getting this in Jeremy. I mean…it’s all veggies. And this is a guy that goes to a fancy joint and orders steak and fries…every.single.time.
But in the end, he said that it was his favorite part of the meal! He actually loved it with the fish! Also something he never eats!
The greatest part of this was that I got something that I really liked – good food in the boys. But I also learned that as much as I like good food, I really like the making part too. And the eating….that’s nice too. But I like the pride of presenting my family with something I cooked and it being really delicious.
Also I like not going to the grocery store.
It felt like the best kind of baby gift….you know like when a friend brings you a meal…except this was three meals. And dude…I cooked them!
So I know what you are thinking…But Katie, doesn’t this cost like a bazillion dollars!? Why would I do this if shopping is so much cheaper?!
Well, here’s the thing. Blue Apron sends you three meals per week…(you can do 2 or 4 or 6 people) and each meal is $9.99 per person. Shipping is FREE. Plus, right now they are doing a 30% off promotion if you are one of the first 250 people to order. That means it’s $7 per person. That’s actually cheaper than fast food for us. And you save the hours that you spend at the grocery store. PLUS you have less waste because everything is delivered in exactly the right proportions.
I know it sounds crazy but for Jeremy and I, it makes a whole lot of sense. I love the idea of sending these as a gift to friends that recently had a baby (ahemPetersiks) or to family that is far away that I just don’t know what they would choose. I personally am planning a whole slew of date nights where we can put the boys to bed, make a romantic dinner together and skip the cost and stress of a babysitter, spending $50 on a dinner out, and pop in a RedBox movie.
Can I get an amen from my fellow mommies?! Amen and praise the Lord.
So have you tried this kind of thing before? A fresh ingredient delivery service? If you are interested in Blue Apron, here is the link to get 30% off your first order. Check if the shipping is available in your area by clicking here. Also, Blue Apron has a cookbook with all of the recipes of all the meals they’ve ever done! Happy fresh food eating!