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What a week of Blue Apron meals look like

by Meghann on June 29, 2015

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.

Derek and I received our latest shipment from Blue Apron last month and I thought it would be fun to show you what our typical week with Blue Apron looks like.

As a refresher, Blue Apron is a meal service delivery that delivers pre-portioned fresh ingredients right to you doorstep. Each delivery arrives in a refrigerated box and contains all the ingredients you need for the recipes inside. There are no trips to the grocery store and no waste from unused ingredients.

We utilize the 2-person plan, which can be set-up for delivery once a week and includes enough ingredients and recipes for three meals. There is also a family-plan option, which consists of two meals that can feed a family of four. The family plan offers delivery twice a week. Delivery is always free and you can easily pick and choose which weeks you would like to receive delivery (basically there’s no pressure to receive it every week).

psst… Click here to take try it now. The first 50 readers will get a free two free meals on their Blue Apron order. 

Here’s what our 2-Person Plan broke down to:

Wednesday

I received a text from Derek – the box has arrived! Unfortunately, my Mexican lunch was NOT agreeing with me and we decide to make pancakes for dinner instead. I actually really like that Blue Apron is only three meals, that way you don’t feel pressure to have it every single night. Some nights all you really want is pancakes.

Thursday

It’s summertime in Florida, which means crazy afternoon thunderstorms are the norm. Sure enough, just as I’m leaving the office at 6:00pm the dark clouds move in and a crazy downpour pounds on the roads and essentially cause a gridlock on the highway I take home. Not cool.

On my way home, I receive a call from my husband with a proposition: either he can start dinner now and I can do the crazy pile of dishes in our sink or he’ll start the dishes now and I can cook dinner when I get home. It’s a no brainer – I’ll take the dishes!

Hubby is already elbow deep in the prep work for the Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Meatballs when I walk in the door.

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Derek enjoys Blue Apron because the recipes are essentially written for him. Basically the step-by-step instructions are fool proof and the pictures help him understand the next steps. For someone who hates stepping outside of his cooking box, he’s always quick to jump on board when a Blue Apron meal is involved.

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The meatballs are delicious. It’s definitely a dish we normally wouldn’t have thought of to cook on our own, so it was a nice change in our weekly meal routine.

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Friday

It’s Friday! Woo hoo! I got off work a tad on the early side and spend a glorious hour listening to Dragonfly in Amber (from the Outlander series) in the pool.

I left the pool feeling refreshed and hungry – time to start dinner.

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For some reason, out of the three meals we received, the Huevos Rancheros made me the most nervous when I opened the box. I have no idea why, maybe it was the sheer simplicity of the dish? Turns out, it ended up being my favorite.

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The recipe was simple, but also complex. There was a lot of flavor in the homemade salsa verde and I enjoyed cooking with tomatillos for the first time. Also, the mashed pinto beans in the mini quesadilla? Perfection.

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Saturday

Like I said, not every night has to be Blue Apron night. Saturday was date night. We dined at our local Cinebistro while watching Jurassic World. By the way, Jurassic World was awesome. After watching a marathon of Jurassic Movies the week before, Jurassic World is my new favorite. I love how they embraced the new technology in the latest edition (it’s crazy how much has changed in 20 years!) and Chris Pratt is some serious eye candy. Yum.

Sunday

The plan: go all out with the Seared Steaks & Mashed Potatoes for Derek’s first Father’s Day dinner.

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I was quite proud of myself with this one. Everything came out looking and smelling amazing. Is there anything better than sautéed radishes? I seriously need to make them more often.

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Unfortunately (real life), Derek wasn’t feeling great and wasn’t able to eat any of it. He overheated earlier in the day, which really messed with his stomach. Luckily, he felt better the next day and I heard the leftovers made a great lunch on Monday.

So that was our week of Blue Apron. Nothing out of the ordinary, just how we incorporate the meals into our normal routine.

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You can also click here to review all of the delicious recipes Blue Apron offers. All of their recipes are available online with the same easy to follow instructions you receive in the mail.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sabrina Alexandra June 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

I love Blue Apron! Those meatballs look super!
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2 Adie June 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Love Blue Apron! I’ve shied away from it during pregnancy because my food mood changes so frequently, but I think it’ll be perfect come November when I can enlist DH to cook dinner sometimes and not worry so much about what I’ll want/be able to eat! He’s like Derek – he really prefers having very specific instructions laid out for cooking, so BA is a great compromise for us!

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3 Jessica June 29, 2015 at 2:34 pm

My husband and I gave Blue Apron and try and HATED it. The portions we received were SMALL. Like, the size of a five year olds meal. When I gave my husband his steak and fingerling potatoes he finished the entire thing in under two minutes and was really upset when he realized there was no food left. Seriously, each steak was 4 ounces or less. The pasta dish we had was unbearable and we ended up throwing the last meal out without even making it. Were your portions bigger?

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4 Meghann July 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Our portions are pretty decent. I think it helps that I usually eat 1/3 and Derek eats 2/3. Our biggest complaint is that there are no left overs. Derek loves having left overs for lunch the next day.

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5 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner July 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm

I thought the serving size of meat was 3 ounces? But I’d get upset if they didn’t make up for it with tons of veggies for a side dish.
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6 Lauren G June 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Did you change the recipe for the Hoisin-Glazed Chicken to make it GF? I tried Blue Apron and liked it but felt like there weren’t enough GF options and to make things GF added on to the cost of the meal. Just wondering how you modified as I remember your husband is GF?
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7 Meghann July 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm

We removed the bread crumbs, but kept the sauce. That’s probably the first meal we’ve had with Blue Apron where we couldn’t change a few ingredients to make it 100% gluten free. I do wish there was a way to select GF options. Hopefully they’ll get there.

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8 stacy June 29, 2015 at 4:59 pm

My husband and I read this blog post together and we were both like “Derek should have done the dishes AND the cooking; she is like 6 months pregnant!”
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9 Meghann July 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Ha! You have a good point. 😉

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10 Linda @ The Fitty June 29, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Looks like a week of creative yum!
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11 Suzy June 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

I LOVE Blue Apron! I’m curious….what do you do with all of the ice packs that come with each shipment? Ours are beginning to pile up and I hate to just toss them, but I certainly don’t need 400 ice packs in my freezer. Any ideas for places to maybe donate those?

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12 Meghann July 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Honestly, I use them and then accidentally leave them places. For instance, we brought a few to the beach house last month and ended up leaving them at the beach house. I’m really good at losing stuff.

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13 Sarah @ O-HI-30 June 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

You listened to something in the pool? were you swimming? how?! I need this! 🙂

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14 Meghann July 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm

I was floating. 🙂 I had my iPod on my chest.

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