As much as we cook around here, there’s lots of days we get stuck in a food rut. Limited time and hungry children means cooking old standbys because they’re fast and easy. But the flip side is that meals can get BORING, at least that was my kid’s opinion of dinner the other night. Which is why I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review Blue Apron this week, a home delivery service that allows you to create delicious chef-designed recipes without leaving the house.
What is Blue Apron all about?
Blue Apron is not just a food delivery service, it goes way beyond that. Each week Blue Apron sends three meals for two, four, or six people based on your protein choices. Fresh, high-quality ingredients along with amazing recipes are delivered right to your door. No trips to the grocery store! And since the ingredients come in exactly the right proportions, there’s no waste from unused portions. All shipments are delivered in a refrigerated box so you don’t even have to be home when it arrives.
Signing up for Blue Apron is easy – all you have to do is fill out your shipping address and pick your choice of proteins. That’s it! So easy a child can do it. And since, at the age of seven, my child knows his way around the computer better than I do he checked off the boxes. We opted for the pictures of a cow, chicken, pig, and fish.
Then we marked the calendar and waited for our box to arrive. Not knowing what was coming was part of the fun – it was like ordering a tasting menu at a restaurant – except the cooking would be done by me in my own kitchen.
The Box Arrives
I’ve never seen children excited about unpacking groceries, but when our Blue Apron delivery arrived it was like Christmas morning. And give a kid some packing foam and they might just leave you alone long enough to cook dinner! Everything in the box was clearly labeled and accompanied by three beautiful recipe cards with step by step directions to make each dish.
The three dishes included in our box were:
- Seared Pork Medallions – with Rhubarb Chutney & Sauteed Freekeh
- Maple & Ginger Glazed Salmon – with Watercress, Orange & Parsnip Salad
- Lemon-Parsley Chicken Thighs – with Squash & Zucchini Salad & Red Quinoa
These recipes might not fit the standard definition of “kid-friendly” BUT there were parts of each of these meals that my kids loved. And I loved that there were ingredients that I had never cooked with or heard of (can you say Freekeh?) So although not everything got rave reviews I learned a lot just from one shipment and definitely broke out of my food rut!
The Finished Product
In the end our plates looked almost identical to the recipe cards. For each meal I set aside a portion of vegetables to make the side dishes a little more appealing to the boys. I knew that the watercress salad was probably a lost cause… But with a few adjustments all three meals went remarkably smoothly.
Kid-friendly twist: Make tiny pork sliders with rhubarb spread, grill asparagus
And the VERDICT is:
Matthew: “Pork was good but don’t like that brown stuff”
Liam: “No, to that sauce”
Dylan: “I tried it and thought I would like it but I didn’t like it”
Kid-friendly twist: Scallion-free orange dressing over orange and parsnip
And the VERDICT is:
Matthew: “Can I eat the salmon after you take the picture?”
Liam: “Too much yucky sauce on salmon”
Dylan: “Salmon is great”
Kid-friendly twist: Roasted zucchini and squash, topped w/pine nuts
And the VERDICT is:
Matthew: “More chicken!”
Liam: “It’s good with a bone”
Dylan: “No green please”
Who is this service good for?
At first glance this might not seem like a good fit for families with small children. But it’s actually a perfect way to introduce new ingredients and flavors. And since all the recipe components are pre-portioned, you don’t have to invest in a whole bottle of an ingredient you might only use once. The easy to follow recipe card instructions are so clear anyone can cook these dishes. But they’re also complex enough to appeal to someone who knows their way around the kitchen. I would highly recommend this plan to anyone looking to spice up their home cooking but wants to let someone else do the legwork and planning for them!
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Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. I did receive complimentary products to sample.