Happy Monday, friends!
I’m off to Charlottesville today (for the first time in three weeks!) with family and then will be heading back to California for two whole weeks on Thursday–I can’t wait but I’m definitely going to miss my kitties(and husband, perhaps)!
We received a free three-meal trial of Blue Apron last week, so I wanted to share with you all the meals/ what we thought. We’ve been wanting to try it for a long time, but unfortunately, the cost is a little out of our budget. Free is definitely a price we can afford though!
We received the following three meals:
- Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with a Tomato Cucumber Salad and Creamy Potatoes
- Fusilli Con Buco Pasta with Summer Squash and Mint
- Ras El Hanout Chicken Pitas with Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Tabbouleh
- Each meal was super flavorful and the portions were more than generous–definitely more than what we’d normally consume for dinner!
- The step by step directions were very easy to follow and replicate.
- Each ingredient (even mayo and vinegar) were included.
- It all came in a refrigerated box and all ingredients were fresh and unspoiled from the shipping.
- I didn’t have to think about what to make for dinner!
- Cost. This was the biggest for us. If we actually had real full time jobs, I could totally see us continuing in the future but as grad students, it was a bit out of our budget.
- Lack of creativity/personal choice. As much as I enjoyed having someone else choose the menu, I kind of missed looking in my fridge and trying to figure out how to use what we had left. Plus, it’s CSA season right now and getting more squash +zucchini was not something we needed to do.
- Calorie/Portion Size. According to the dinner handout/directions, each meal we received was 700 calories and that is more than I typically eat at dinner time. Plus, I’m apt to eat everything on my plate no matter how full I feel which did not lend itself well to these meals.
Overall, we may try Blue Apron or another service like it in the future, but for now, we’ll stick to our own cooking.