I actually enjoy grocery shopping. Let me rephrase that. I enjoy grocery shopping when I’m alone or when Jason is with me to wrangle an almost-toddler who wants to do nothing more than turn around in the grocery cart to get to all the groceries are and throw them on the ground. But what I don’t enjoy (other than that) is meal-planning. I have a ton of recipes pinned and I do make a good bit of them, but I never really know how to put things together to create a well-rounded meal. We often have just an entree. Sometimes a side veggie if we’re lucky. But a starch too? Ha.
So for that reason, Blue Apron appealed to me. I asked some friends’ opinions of it on Facebook and there were mixed reviews. The most common was that the food was really good but it took a long time to cook. I was still on the fence until Brittany offered to send me a coupon code for a free week of food. Sold.
The food arrived on Friday afternoon in a box cardboard box with some ice to keep it chilled. I opted out of receiving beef or pork but everything else was fair game. They sent me the ingredients for miso-roasted chicken with spring peas and jasmine rice, seared salmon and preserved lemon with red quinoa and pea shoots and spring pea gnocchi with parmesan and garlic scape sauce.
There were a couple of issues. I didn’t see any rice, I was missing some peas and I had a random bag of Chinese spinach. But mostly my issues were timing-based. My mom was visiting and I just didn’t get around to cooking until later in the week.
First up was the gnocchi. This was fairly easy to cook and not very time consuming.
I liked this well enough. Jason said it tasted “too fresh” meaning that the peas weren’t cooked enough.
Next up was the chicken. This was not a quick meal. I don’t even really know why, but it wasn’t. Fortunately, I made it over the weekend so I had some time. I just used rice that I already had in the house.
More peas. I thought this was okay, but the miso was really salty. Too salty.
And I never did get to the salmon.
I liked the meal ideas and I liked not having to buy a whole package of an ingredient when I only needed a little bit. At first, I thought the portions looked really small, but they ended up being fine.
However, I don’t see me doing this on a weekly basis. It’s pretty expensive, it doesn’t make enough for leftovers and you don’t get to pick your meals. Though, the recipes are all available for free online, so I might use it as a resource every now and again.