And now a break to talk about a sponsor…
If you’ve resolved to cook healthier this year or to spend less money on take-out – or if you just like to eat delicious things but don’t want to spend a ton of time figuring out what to cook and rounding up ingredients, then you need Blue Apron.
Blue Apron is a delivery service that delivers farm-fresh ingredients for delicious, chef-designed recipes directly to your doorstep. You don’t need to make a trip to the store, and you’ll receive in everything you need in exactly the right proportions, along with instructions for preparing it. In other words, someone else does all the prep work for you (coming up with recipes, gathering ingredients, and measuring them out), so that you just have to do the actual cooking.
They give you the option of order a 2-person plan (one delivery a week, with three meals for two) or a family plan (one or two deliveries a week, with two or four meals for four). Each meal is less than $10 per person, with free shipping. And you can tell them all your dietary restrictions or food preferences so that you don’t get meals you don’t like or won’t eat. Everything can be prepared in 40 minutes or less, and it’ll come in a temperature-controlled box so it will stay fresh even if you’re not home when it arrives.
My favorite thing about Blue Apron – besides eating – is that it gets me to cook things that I’d never be making on my own otherwise, like the Butternut Squash and Poblano Chili with Toasted Pepitas and Charred Lime that I made this month. (It was ridiculously good, and now I want to put toasted petitas on all my food. Also, why did no one tell me that you could char limes?) And some of the recipes I make from their boxes end up in my regular recipe rotation, because once they show me how to do it and that I like eating it, I end up cooking it on my own (like the Szechuan tofu and long beans they sent me once).
If you’re interested in trying it out, Blue Apron is offering two free meals on your first order to the first 100 readers to sign up here. And there’s no commitment – you can skip or cancel the service at any time, so give them a try!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. All thoughts and opinions are my own.