Mixing It Up With Blue Apron.

I’ve written about our experience using Blue Apron here and here already, and so for this post I thought I’d share a fun twist we added to our meal prep this week!  For those who are new to Blue Apron, you can check out my original intro post here

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To sum all of that up into one sentence – it is a delivery service that provides recipes and all the ingredients needed in order to prepare easy, healthy dinners for you and your family.  Rather than list all the features here again, I thought I’d share some of the main changes I have noticed since I started using the service almost a year ago.

The biggest change is that the plans have changed from the original 2-4-6 serving options.  Now they are offering the 2-Person Plan and Family Plan!  With the 2-Person Plan, you receive 3 meals each week for $9.99 per person per meal.  With the Family Plan, you  can opt to receive one or two deliveries per week, each delivery consisting of two meals to be served family-style. The price for this plan is $8.74 per meal, or $69.92 per eight serving delivery.  I will be switching to this plan for our next delivery!

Also, the delivery box has gotten significantly smaller and there is far less packaging.  I know this was a big point of contention many had with the service originally, and I love seeing a company respond to criticism with positive changes.  What used to come in many individual bags and containers is now mostly all bundled together within the main outer wrap.

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Check out all those gorgeous veggies!! 

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One last thing before I move on to this week’s meals!  I noticed during my last delivery that they are offering a new flexible menu feature.  For those who choose the meat or fish deliveries, rather than just accept the three meals that are offered for each week as part of your plan, you now have the choice to swap in some of the vegetarian or fish meals too!  I think this is such an awesome feature, especially for families who do eat meat but also like to eat vegetarian occasionally as well. 

Okay, onto our week of eating!  We typically use the Blue Apron service every few weeks in order to mix up our usual boring lineup of dinners.  Casey and I save the meals for a sort of “date-night-in” – a special meal for us to cook and enjoy together after the boys go to bed.  This is fun for us but also cuts down on getting takeout or going out to eat.   We never eat out for less than $20, so it’s still very cost effective for a quality meal, and definitely healthier. 

Throughout our week, we do a mix of family dinners where we all eat together, or nights like this where the boys eat their own meal and Casey and I cook and eat later.  As much as I love sitting at the table with the kids, I never enjoy the food very much.  Between refilling milk cups, threatening to take away banging spoons, and attempting to keep some sort of order at the table, I end up shoveling my food down in 20 seconds before I declare it is bath time.  So from time to time, it’s nice to actually stop and savor our food and conversation.

This week, we decided to mix it up a bit, and Casey cooked all the meals!  I’m pretty sure it was my favorite Blue Apron week yet! ;)  The first thing he made was the Sumac-Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad

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I showed him where all the ingredients were, and after the boys were in bed I trotted off to try my first Flybarre class using ClassPass

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An hour later, I headed home energized, shaky, and starving.  I walked in the door to find this waiting for me…

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Like I said, best week ever!!  It was delicious and filling and the pickled onions kind of rocked my world.  That is something we’ll definitely do again!

Our second meal was the Roasted Poblano Chilaquiles, and I was excited for this one by just looking at the picture.  Anything with an egg on top is a winner in my book!

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On this particular Thursday night, Casey hit the kitchen again while I headed out to some hot yoga.  He got the kids in bed and then cooked us another awesome meal (and even snapped some prep pictures for me – THE best!). 

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I got home just in time to see him finishing up the last few steps on the recipe card. 

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This was absolutely delicious and super easy to make.  The thing I really like about Blue Apron is that it gives me new ideas to recreate on my own later.  Casey, who admittedly is also a good cook himself, said he’d definitely bookmark this idea and make it again sometime. 

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For our third and final meal for the week, we tried the Roasted Butternut Squash

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I actually stuck around this time and I cleaned up dishes from earlier in the day and just hung out and talked to Casey while he cooked.  The final plate ended up absolutely beautiful!  Also worth noting that we made this a full week after the original delivery, and the ingredients were all still very fresh tasting and not at all spoiled. 

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My only complaint about this meal was that it wasn’t as filling as I’d hoped it would be.  I felt like it was lacking a grain or something else with a bit more substance.  We do tend to eat bigger portions than most people, but this was still the first time I still felt hungry after a Blue Apron meal.  I’m excited to try out the Family Plan option next time and see if the portions are a better fit for our family.

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We shared this one in the living room in front of the Bachelor Finale.  Everyone needs a guilty pleasure, and we’ve already finished House of Cards!

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Overall, it was another great week of Blue Apron meals.  I asked Casey for his feedback, and he said that he actually found that he enjoyed cooking the meals, as he doesn’t do much cooking these days.  He liked that the stress of creating the meal concept was eliminated, but he could still prepare something healthy and tasty.  He also said that it gave him good ideas for meals to make again (and I definitely like the sound of that!). 

We’re skipping the next two weeks due to travel and having visitors in town, but I’m already looking forward to our next round of cooking these fun meals at home.  I’ll make sure to update eventually once we’ve tried the Family Plan a few times. 

As always, there is something for you guys from Blue Apron as well!  By using this link, the first 50 readers to sign up will get 2 free meals off their order.  I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do! 

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  None of these links are affiliates, and I do not earn credits or commissions for ongoing sign-ups to the service – I simply want you to enjoy it for yourselves!  Thank you for your continued support of Daily Garnish.