Enough of you expressed interest in Blue Apron on my instagram, I figured I'd tell you more about it and get you all your own free boxes. Happy Thursday!
After Charlie was born, if it wasn't a meal train day, we pretty much ordered out or didn't eat dinner. All the food I had socked away in the extra freezer in the garage went bad when the freezer quit without warning and no one was showering, much less making trips to the grocery store. In our neighborhood you can get pizza or thai delivered and after many days of both pizza and thai we all had a stomach ache and were like - there has to be a better way.
Blue Apron has been awesome for many reasons. Every week we get a box with three well thought out meals (usually one with fish, one with meat and one vegetarian) delivered to the front door. I always make the fish first because duh and I usually make the vegetarian meal for lunch with Olive during the week, though it was perfect to have one vegetarian meal all set for Fridays during Lent. One of the biggest perks is not having to make a detailed meal plan but it is also incredibly convenient not to have to go to the grocery store which has all of a sudden become a little more complicated (naps, nursing, two kids to keep in a good mood through an entire trip, etc.)
Blue Apron is a new mom's best friend. The recipe cards are beautiful and easy to read so Olive loves helping me with them. (And I save the ones I love so I can recreate anything that goes over well with everyone in the house). My picky eater can see each meal and help decide what we cook for the night which makes her feel important and more likely to actually eat. She can help gather ingredients because the list is in both text and photos and she helps me follow the instructions by keeping track of which part we've just completed. It is SO FUN to do with her.
But there are other aspects that I love, personally: every meal is quick (they should never take more than about a half an hour but I often finish them sooner), every meal is under 700 calories (a helpful thing to keep track of during my postpartum weight loss, especially at dinner is where I can really plow through an entire pizza if one were presented to me), they are generally very healthy and balanced (heavy on the vegetables) and I especially love that they get us eating fish more regularly. And they're only $10/person/meal which is significantly cheaper but more importantly, healthier, than ordering takeout.
Oh, and their garnish game is on point.
(for tons more photos, if you're interested, check out the blue apron hashtag on instagram)
Blue Apron is offering 2 free delivered meals to the first 50 people who sign up here. There is no obligation and you can cancel or skip a delivery at any time. A Blue Apron subscription would be a great gift for an expecting family, someone who is moving, for your adult children who don't know how to cook, lots of people. I'm a huge fan.
Thanks, Blue Apron! Readers, enjoy!