And now a break to talk about a sponsor…
My household has long-running angst surrounding dinner: Is it going to be a taco night, is someone going to make spaghetti, do we order out … or how exactly will we feed ourselves tonight? We’ve even recently created a shared spreadsheet that we’re using to plot out meals in advance (because one of us* is a huge geek), in an attempt to avoid realizing that it’s 7 p.m. and no one has thought about dinner. (The spreadsheet includes a lot of tacos.)
Having someone else solve the problem of what we’re going to eat for dinner is one of the many reasons we like Blue Apron. Blue Apron is a delivery service that delivers farm-fresh ingredients for delicious, chef-designed recipes directly to your door. Everything is pre-measured and ready to go, so that you don’t need to figure out what to cook, shop for ingredients, or a bunch of time-consuming prep work; you just get to do the actual cooking and eating. And everything can be prepared in 40 minutes or less.
You can order a two-person plan (one delivery a week, with three meals for two) or a family plan (your choice of one or two deliveries a week, with two or four meals for four). Each meal comes out to under $10 per person, with free shipping. You can set up your profile with whatever dietary preferences or restrictions you have, so that you don’t get meals you don’t like or can’t eat. Everything all gets delivered in a temperature-controlled box so ingredients stay fresh even if you’re not home when it arrives. (And all the packaging is recyclable!)
When we cook our own stuff, we tend to cycle through the same recipes over and over again (ahem, tacos), but when we get a Blue Apron box, we cook stuff that we otherwise never would have tried on our own. This month, I cooked Moo Shu Vegetables (far better and less greasy than any I’ve ever had in take-out), Acorn Squash Risotto (with crispy sage on top – who knew that you should be frying up sage and putting it on everything?), and Sumac-Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad. All delicious, and all things I wouldn’t have made on my own.
Interested in trying it for yourself? Blue Apron is offering two free meals on your first order; just 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.