Blue Apron

Blue Apron Bonus Week

Oops, someone forgot to cancel Blue Apron.  That made last week Blue Apron Bonus Week, and you know what?  It was just as exciting as our first week!

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Though we didn’t pick any of the meals, I imagine I would’ve picked at least two of these and I thoroughly enjoyed all three!

Spicy Ponzu-Glazed Catfish: This gives the pork a run for it’s money on my favorite Blue Apron meal.  Accompanying the catfish was zucchini, garlic rice, and ginger peanuts.  Though I initially felt I could do without the peanuts, I really loved the textural element they added.  I also loved the rice, even though I tasted garlic all night, and would completely make it again.

Chicken & Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches: Okay so, we nixed the sandwich idea, thinking the thick chicken and the unevenly fluffed biscuit were not a marriage made in heaven.  My compliments to the chef (Matthew) on making perfectly cooked, juicy chicken, but he went a little overboard on the hot sauce.  I made the collard green & carrot slaw, which was nothing to write home about.  The biscuit was delicious when hot!

Beef Albondigas: This is the meal I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen, but it was seriously tasty!  The meat balls seemed like more onion and raisin than meat, but they came out delicious!  The squash went surprisingly well with them.  The pan con tomate was the real winner though– essentially garlic bread made by physically rubbing a clove of garlic and half a tomato on its toasted goodness.  Seriously, yum.  I’d make it again in a heartbeat, although I do remember thinking it was an interesting waste of a tomato.

I loved last week, and though I’ve cancelled my membership, I’d consider doing Blue Apron again in the future.  It tends to be too much pressure to cook at home three nights a week when there’s work, the gym, and other commitments pulling us away.  That being said, I’m thinking of reactivating for a couple of winter meals.

Have you tried Blue Apron or a similar service?  What did you think?

Blue Apron: Week 3

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On third (and final trial) week of Blue Apron, we picked what we would get.  You only get to pick from a group of 6 options, and they blank out some as you pick, as only some combinations are available.  We tried:

Spicy Hoisin Turkey Meatballs – I’ll tell you, this little Italian had so much fun making meatballs.  Boyfriend wasn’t sure about the combination of meatballs and rice, but I think the flavor profile lent itself to rice just fine.

Black Garlic Shoyu Ramen – This one took a bit of time to make, but it smelled amazing to develop the black garlic flavor in the broth.  The soft boiled eggs, my favorite part of any ramen, were paired with a delicious sea salt.  We’ve already repeated these eggs with the remaining salt.

Seared Steak & Spiced Potatoes – This is pretty much goals when I want a home-cooked meal.  We haven’t had great luck with cooking our potatoes, mainly because a “medium dice” comes out different every time we do it.  We did manage to cook the steak to our liking, and the combination was perfect– I was super happy to have snap peas alongside.

Since we’re away a lot in July, we’re putting our meals on hold to maybe try a few more in August.  I do have three free meals to give away, so leave me a comment with your email address if you’d like an invite!

Blue Apron: Week 2

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This is our second week trying out Blue Apron.  For our first, click here.

We were too late to pick these meals, with it being our second week and not quite knowing what to expect still.  However, I would’ve picked the Peruvian Roast Chicken & Potatoes in a heartbeat, and we were both pretty excited to try the fish dish… if not concerned about creating the fish cake… and the arepas themselves.  We’re working on our confidence in the kitchen.

Peruvian Chicken & Potatoes: This was the best chicken either of us have every made.  It was so juicy!  The spice rub and the sauce were both delicious.  I was really, really impressed with this one, and impressed with us for making such amazing chicken!  We were a little disappointed that the veggies were the same as with the salmon, but who doesn’t want potatoes?

Maryland Style Cod Cake Sandwich: We had high hopes for the one.  The fish smelled delicious while we were cooking it!  We went full steam ahead by the recipe only to realize the seasoning for the cod cakes was… not what we wanted.  Cinnamon and nutmeg are not flavors that we were looking for with fish.  This is the first one we actually didn’t like.

Beef Arepas: After the cod cake fiasco, we were ready to go a little rogue.  Thankfully, the seasoning on the beef was delicious!  Our arepas came out fine, if not a little flower-shaped.  Sadly, the avocado provided was not quite ripe enough, therefore we really missed the creamy element to this dish.  We supplemented with a little sour cream.  The pickled onions were to die for, though!

Kind of a mixed review this time around.  This week, we actually picked our meals, so stay tuned for our final testing week!

Anyone with similar experiences?  Let me know!

Blue Apron: Week 1

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I’ve been dying to try out Blue Apron for a while, but was always hesitant to make portions for two for one person.  Now that we’re a household of two, I took Matt’s birthday as an opportunity to try it out.  Matt likes to cook for us, but we always have trouble deciding what to eat– perfect solution, right?

The first thing I learned: Blue Apron is a lot of food.  It doesn’t seem like a lot– three meals a week, but when the delivery arrives on Monday and we’re off to a beach weekend Friday, that necessitates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for cooking nights.

The first dish we tries was the Steakhouse Salmon which was accompanied by potatoes and green beans.  We never make fish, so we were both excited to try this out.  It probably took us the longest to prepare, simply because we were getting used to Blue Apron.  I spent a lot of time picking thyme leaves while Matt seemingly did the rest of the cooking.  The vegetable selection was Matt’s favorite… who can complain about potatoes?

We were in a groove the next night for the Spicy Miso-Glazed Chicken Wings.  We had a lot of down time to prep while the rice simmered and the chicken wings were in the oven.  This recipe said it served three, but we split it in half.  We ate the chicken wings easily, but did have leftover zucchini-cucumber salad, which I prepared in its entirety– yay, I can do things!

Finally, the Seared Pork Chops & Fig Compote was incredibly easy to prepare and we both agreed it was out favorite dish.  It was the sautéed kale & farro salad that sealed the deal for me– I literally couldn’t get enough of this simple salad!  That’s what I love about Blue Apron so far– we’re getting ideas that we otherwise wouldn’t have come up with.

I’m excited to get our delivery tonight & try out another week of cooking!  Have you tried Blue Apron or a similar delivery service?  What did you think?