Last month I had the opportunity to try Blue Apron meal services. I received a discount off my first order and thought it would be fun to try. The meals looked pretty good and all of the ingredients were sent to you, along with the recipes. Most recipes said they took between 30 and 45 minutes.
I liked that I was able to choose which meats I would like sent and which I’d rather not have. There are vegetarian options if you choose to skip meat all together. Unfortunately you could not choose dairy free, wheat free or nut free. I chose the three night plan and you could choose between 2 sets of meals. You couldn’t, however, choose each meal. There was the option to opt out that week’s delivery if you didn’t love the meals or ingredients.
The food was fresh, the recipes were detailed and had photos. Most meals took me longer to make than I anticipated but we did enjoy the results. Oddly, I received ingredients for turkey chili on a week when I had just made turkey chili. I repurposed the turkey and brown rice for other meals. The steak (pictured) was delicious as was the cabbage underneath the meat. My husband also enjoyed the buttered potatoes.
Most meals definitely had me thinking outside the box and I’d make them again. One meal I just couldn’t wrap my brain around was Japanese sweet potatoes with miso and candied cashews over rice. We opted out of the rice and added in shrimp, which went really well with the miso sauce. (I also cut the sugar down on the cashews – it was ridiculous).
A lot of meals were on the higher end of the calorie spectrum, which isn’t helpful for anyone looking to lose weight. Most meals we had some leftovers from though, a lot of portions were just big.
We ended up only taking two deliveries. I think it’s great if you don’t have foods allergies and want to try out some new meals. If you’re looking for quick dinners after work or to lose weight this may not be for you.
Have you tried a meal service? What did you think of it?
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