Blue Apron is a weekly delivery service for new recipes. Each week, you receive three recipe sheets along with a box of ingredients required to make them. No extra grocery trips needed! How awesome is that? Cat was generous enough to give me a free week to try it out. Thank you so much! So here's a quick post regarding my first impressions. As a preface, I don't consider myself a gourmet cook. I tend to rotate through a handful of easy-to-prepare recipes that I cook in batches to make kitchen work easier for me. Every now and then, I do get the urge to try something new, but more often than not, I'm all about efficient meals. I do wish I had more drive to expand my cooking skills, and Blue Apron was the perfect chance for me to do just that. I received my box in the middle of the week. The ingredients inside were nicely packaged, and the meat was chilled with ice bags and an insulator. No worries about freshness there.
I received the following recipes:
Each sheet had step-by-step instructions with pictures. You shouldn’t have a problem with creating these recipes if you follow it to the letter. They were very detailed but still easy to understand. I had Mike help me prep the vegetables. I usually do all the cooking, so this was a pleasant way to spend time together too!
Late Summer Pork Bolognese
I was most excited for this because I’ve been addicted to bolognese lately. There’s an Italian bar close to our place, and we’ve been going there almost every week for their spaghetti bolognese.
I usually associate bolognese with heavy cream sauce, and this recipe’s sauce isn’t quite as rich. It was still very delicious. It had a lighter taste, with the parsley and tomatoes adding a fresher note to it. It satisfied my insatiable craving for pasta.
Chicken Pad Kee Mao
Mike liked this one a lot. I found the sauce to be too little, and despite adding all of the sambal oelek, it wasn’t spicy at all. This recipe yielded a lot though! It was easily more than two servings. The vegetables were the best part in my opinion. I love red peppers. Mmmm.
Salmon Burgers with Aoili
This one is my favorite! It was soooo good. I've never made my own patties before so this was very new to me. I did alright. One formed nicely, and the other crumbled a little bit. I'll need more practice. I also had to do some improvisation with this one because Mike accidentally mixed the aoili sauce to the salad. It worked out though because the salad turned out amazing. Mixing fresh lemon juice to the salad did magical things to my taste buds, and it was a great contrast to the burger. I'm eager to make this again.
I enjoyed trying out new recipes from Blue Apron. I was able to cook things I never did before, so I learned a lot. Plus, I can always make them again in batches in the future! The recipes from this bundle were easy to prepare and not too time-consuming either.
My only gripe would be the price. Three meals for two is $59.94 a week. That’s expensive for what you get. I can buy a lot more groceries with that money. However, I’m open to ordering from Blue Apron every now and then as a treat.
What do you think of Blue Apron? Do you have a favorite recipe?