I am always looking for ways to make my day-to-day a little easier. As a single mother who works full time, it’s imperative that I minimize the things that don’t matter but are required. The first thing I outsourced was cleaning. After a few misses, I finally found a cleaning service I am satisfied with. The next thing on the list was menu planning. Obviously I love cooking, but I must admit that coming up with meal ideas can be difficult, especially when I lack inspiration. I am often conflicted between serving the same things and finding recipes that are good for us. It also never fails, when I finally figure out what I am serving I forget one important item and have to send Shonn out to grab it for me.
I’ve known about Blue Apron, a weekly meal delivery subscription service, for quite some time. I decided to finally give it a try when they offered a Groupon deal. It took about 5 minutes to register my account and create a profile which included selecting my food preferences. You have the option to choose vegetarian meals or meals with meat. If you choose the meat option, you can choose to eliminate certain meats. I originally chose every meat to keep my options open. After I selected my food preferences I selected my first delivery week. Once my week was confirmed(I selected the following week), the menu selections were disclosed.
The day before delivery, I received an email confirming my box was on the way along with the tracking number. The box was sitting in front of my door when I arrived home after work that day. Excitement!
This week’s menu included salmon burgers with basil butter corn on the cob, hanger steaks with roasted potatoes and sauteed long beans and tomato, and parmesan-basil chicken patties with braised romano beans and barley. My daughter Annie wanted to try the salmon burgers first and I wasn’t going to deny my first born. Ha! This was definitely my favorite meal out of the three. The burgers came out perfect and the basil complimented both the burger and the corn very well.
Our next meal was the hanger steaks. I am not a steak eater at all. I am not even a beef eater outside of burgers but decided to give it a try. After having this meal I changed my meat preference to exclude beef. As the meal was tasty, I didn’t enjoy the steak. If steak is your thing, this was a nice spin on the a steak and potatoes dinner.
The last meal, parmesan-basil chicken patties, was a very filling meal. It was my first time cooking with barley and I think I made it a bit too al dente. Nonetheless, it was a good meal and the girls enjoyed it. The chicken patties were great compliments to the braised vegetables.
After the first week I decided to continue my subscription with Blue Apron. Even at the regular price of $59.95, it is a cost effective and convenient way to try new foods, save time at the grocery store, and spend time with the girls in the kitchen. They were very excited to help prepare each meal so I am hoping that momentum stays high for every other meal.
Thank you for making my life just a little easier, Blue Apron!