I used to think I hated cooking but then I went to Nova Scotia and lived in my Aunt & Uncle’s home with a fully equipped kitchen (without annoying roommates) for a few months and slowly discovered I was sort of into baking. Almost every Friday and Saturday evening my cousin Genevieve and I were whipping up banana bread, chocolate chip cookies and whatever recipe we’d discovered on Pinterest that week. When I returned to Seattle and sharing a cooking space with others my affinity for baking dissipated.
Since January my diet has been crazy all across the board. Half my meals are toasted peanut-butter & jelly sandwiches and the other half are from the Starbucks drive through or hot bar section of Whole Foods. I deemed the kitchen at my last apartment unusable and refused to eat anything that had been in it. Not only was I rushing around and eating every meal from a grocery store hot bar or coffee shop (& consequently feeling sluggish) but I was spending an absurd amount of money on instant oatmeal (via Starbucks) and salad bars!
Moving into my new apartment I vowed to start cooking more even if it just meant spinach salads and tortellini. It had to be better than all the fast-food style dishes right? It was at that point that I rediscovered Blue Apron! Sarah blogged about the service and her experience with it. I had seen a lot of bloggers featuring the service but of course since they were clearly sponsored posts I was hesitant and skeptical to give it a try. I don’t have anything against sponsored posts by any means but I think we all know that most bloggers post positive reviews on every sponsored item or service they are given. It’s an advertisement and I like to think I’m too smart to buy something simply because it’s advertised to me day after day.
Sarah’s review was different (and I suggest you read it HERE if you’re considering trying the service). She stated the pros and cons of Blue Apron and why it worked for her. Then she offered me 3 free meals so I really had no excuse not to try. I was nervous for the arrival of my first delivery. I really don’t love spending tons of time cooking a meal just to sit down and eat it in 5 minutes. I worried should I continue with the service that it would be wasted because I would be too lazy to prep and cook the meals…in actuality just the oppoosite has been true.
Though preparing Blue Apron meals takes longer (typically 25-35 minutes) than I would spend on a meal I planned myself (aka tortellini with steamed vegetables or grilled cheese sandwiches) I’ve found myself enjoying the process and rewarded with a delicious meal I never would have come up with myself. I’m on my third week of using Blue Apron and all 9 meals I’ve eaten so far have been incredibly delicious. I opted for the Pescetarian (Vegetarian & Seafood based) meals option and so far I have loved the Fish Tacos, Enchiladas and White Pizza the most. Honestly though I’ve been impressed with every single menu item (even the ones I thought I wouldn’t like before I prepared them: Chile rellenos & Vegetable Minestrone).
At just under $60 per week Blue Apron has been an invaluable service for me! At first glance $60 seemed steep to me (that’s $240 a month!) but when I really started to break down the service (3 meals for 2 people, directions, shopping time, etc) I realized I would spend way more time and money preparing the same meals on my own (which let’s face it I wouldn’t even do) or realistically eating out at a restaurant. Try eating out 3 nights a week with 2 people and spending less than $60…it’s not going to happen. Most importantly I realized I don’t actually hate cooking, I hate meal planning! I hate trying to come up with meals, grocery shopping for ingredients and then attempting to use the same ingredients as not to waste all the leftover black beans (or whatever ingredients). Instead of making 3 dishes with black beans in a single week I would waste the extra ingredients and end up grocery shopping every single day.
If you’re uninspired when it comes to cooking but sick of the same handful of meals week after week Blue Apron is a service you might want to try! It isn’t for everyone (those who already love cooking and enjoy meal planning shouldn’t bother) but for the right audience it really is a life saver. I won’t be unsubscribing any time soon!
Have you tried Blue Apron or a similar service? What was your experience? Do you like to cook or are you more of a take-out person (like myself)?
P.S. Though sponsored I also really loved Helene’s review, it’s the same white pizza I ate last week and I can promise you it’s insanely delicious!