Hey fitness fans! I’m at it again with a new product review of a premium meal subscription box called Blue Apron. Before I get too deep into the review let me say Blue Apron was gracious enough to send me a complimentary box to try for the purposes of this review and all opinions and comments are my very own.
First let me say I first heard of this box from a co-worker who raved about it. He spoke of how delicious the food was and how it made dinner time more predictable after a busy day so I just had to try this out myself. I went to their website http://blueapron.com to place my order and it was very easy to walk through.
- You simply go to their website
- click JOIN NOW
- choose bewteen a 2 – person plan for $9.95/person or 4 – person plan for $8.74/person
- choose whether you are vegetarian or not and uncheck the foods you don’t eat
- enter your address and select your delivery date
- and POOF…just like that your delicious meal box is on it’s way
Doesn’t get any more convenient than that.
What Is Blue Apron
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Blue Apron delivers chef-inspired recipes directly to your door with the actual ingredients needed to prepare them so you don’t have to worry about rushing out the grocery store to buy the food. They are available nationwide shipping to over 80% of the country. They offer 2 plans, either 2-person or 4-person family plan. The 2-person plan ships once a week and the family plan can ship either once or twice a week. You choose. The dishes and ingredients you find in their boxes are rather unique and aren’t typically found in your average grocery store. They named themselves Blue Apron because apprentice chefs in France wore blue aprons and it symbolizes a lifelong journey of learning new recipes and food preparations.
Here’s a Blue Apron unboxing video I put together sharing what came in my box last week.
Now let’s dig in to what you are probably wondering – what recipes did you make and how did it taste?
My box contained three restaurant-quality meals including:
1. Laotian Larb Gai with sticky rice, peanuts and mint
2. Dukkah-Spiced Salmon with spring vegetable and oyster mushroom ragout
3. Sirloin Tip Steaks with new potato, asparagus and radish hash
Everything had meat in it and surprisingly the Laotian Larb Gai was made with ground chicken not lamb. Not sure why I thought lamb was in it.
The first dish I prepared was the Dukkah-Spiced Salmon. I pulled out all of the ingredients including the knick-knack pack (which includes additional spices to properly season your meal) and went to town prepping.
As previously mentioned, everything needed to prepare this meal came in its own pack which was very easy and convenient. The recipe cards were also very clear and easy to follow.
I followed the instructions to a tee and dinner was served. They give you the full cooking time on the recipe card and this dish was estimated to take 35 to 45 minutes from prep to plate and I was pretty much on point with that. I will say, after being at work all day and running the kids around I was hoping to put in a little less effort when preparing food for the family.
Also, the flavors were bit too exotic for the kids so hubby and I chowed down and I ended up making them something else. No problem MORE FOR US. My husband gave this dish 2 thumbs up and so do I.
The next day I made the Sirloin Tip Steak with new potato, asparagus and radish hash. Again this was started as soon as I got home from work and took me about 45 minutes from prep to plate. Again, a little lengthy for me because I was extremely tired on this day. I couldn’t wait to bite into the steak though because it looks so tender and juicy. I also was curious about how the hash was going to turn out because I have never made this flavor combination before.
This dish was plated and I served it up to the hubster. Again, the kids were like “what’s that?” so I bypassed them and gave them something separate. I also made my plate and this was heaven in my mouth. I give this 4 thumbs up!!! Hubby agreed. Said it was definitely restaurant quality and something he never tasted before. We enjoyed this dish tremendously.
The last dish I prepared was the Laotian Larb Gai with sticky rice, peanuts and mint. My son is allergic to peanuts so I knew he wasn’t going to eat this and I was very surprised this dish was made with ground chicken. For some reason I thought it was made with lamb – go figure.
This dish was the quickest dish to prepare with an estimated prep to plate time of 15 to 25 minutes but it still took me about 35 minutes total. Again, too long for me. I need dishes I can prepare in 30 minutes or less. This dish was amazingly delicious. I strayed a little from the beaten path and recipe by lightly steaming the cabbage. My husband never tried this dish because he had to travel out of town but I certainly gobbled all of this up in no time. I give this 2 thumbs up.
The Blue Apron box was a hit with my husband and I as far as the taste. All of these dishes tasted excellent and like something you would eat in a restaurant. Some of the ingredients looked strange like the celeriac but once you prep them according to the recipe – magic! Because of the lengthy prep time (I needed a sous chef for real) I give this box an 8 out of 10 which is very good. I think this box would be perfect for couples without children or singles looking to impress a date. If they make the meals quicker to prepare I would recommend this for families. Either way you can’t go wrong with this meal box. The value is definitely worth it.
- Restaurant-quality recipes
- Variety of dishes and ingredients
- Comes in a well-packaged refrigerated pouch to keep all the food fresh
- All ingredients are provided for you including spices and condiments
- Affordable considering the quality of the ingredients and food
- Takes too long to prepare the food
I hope you enjoyed this review. Now tell me, are you going to try the Blue Apron box? If you are still on the fence let me give you a little motivation. Blue Apron is giving my first 100 readers who sign up a 30% discount on their first order. Just go Blue Apron to sign up.