We received a complimentary 3-meal delivery to facilitate an honest review.
I love to cook but I’m not a great meal planner. Rarely do I have all of the ingredients needed for recipes I find on Pinterest, so I tend to rotate the same few meals every week. It gets pretty boring and redundant to be in such a cooking rut which makes us want to eat out more often. We enjoy trying new restaurants immensely, but in an effort to save money we’re trying to limit dining out.
Meal subscription services are a great alternative to dining out and so I was excited to give Blue Apron a try. When the box arrived, I found all of the ingredients needed to make three meals. Everything was neatly labeled and portioned. All I had to do was follow the instructions on the included recipe cards.
Spicy Shrimp & Bucatini Pasta
That said, some of these meals proved to be quite labor intensive, which is typically not my cooking style. I ended up making two of the recipes and abandoned the third because of all of the work (many steps and a lot of cleanup) involved. I thought the meals were tasty, but not everyone in my house appreciated them and all the work I put in to get dinner on the table. I’d say the shrimp dish was our most favorite of the two I cooked. What I do love is that the process has taught me a few new tips and tricks.
Sautéed Beef & Potato Latkes with Roasted Beet & Carrots
I’d never before made latkes. They were very good however I had to make them from scratch by first shredding the potatoes. I definitely do not have that kind of time on my hands. Blue Apron is not necessarily designed for the busy mom or dad, but if you enjoy cooking elaborate meals to impress your family and friends without the expense of dining out, this is a wonderful way to do it.