Blue Apron review - The Dainty Squid

Blue Apron review

Monday, July 27, 2015


You guys, I made food! Like really really tasty food! 

Due to the fact that I formerly held the title of world's pickiest eater I never learned to love cooking. I can probably count the actual full meals I've made on one hand. While I was drafting up this post about how I've been a lot more open to trying new foods and am realizing that I'm not actually a picky eater at all I was contacted by Blue Apron. The timing could not have been more perfect!

Blue Apron is a company that delivers farm-fresh ingredients to you along with a super easy to follow recipe card (that has pictures!) so you can create delicious meals at home without ever even having to go to the grocery store. You get exactly the right proportions so there's no waste or question of what to do with the rest of your ingredients. They offer two types of plans, the 2-person plan ($9.99 per person per meal) and the Family Plan (feeds four + costs $8.74 per person per meal).  They can accommodate a variety of dietary preferences and personalize your meals each week based on your preferences. There's no commitment, you can skip or cancel at anytime, and shipping is always free.

Basically it's the coolest idea ever, and more than perfect for where I'm at right now in my relationship with food. I love eating but my creativity does not expand into the kitchen and I really do hate buying too much of an ingredient I'm only going to need a little bit of.


So last week while Jeff was editing wedding photos I went over to his house to make us lunch - by myself. Ahhh! He has much better lighting in his kitchen, and unlike me, he actually has kitchen supplies. With the two person plan you receive three meals. All three of our meals sounded delicious but I chose to make the seared pork chops with roasted sweet potato salad.


I was a little bit nervous to be cooking to be honest. Can I tell you guys a secret? Outside of bacon, I've never actually cooked meat before. Well... nuggets - but I'm going to say that definitely doesn't count. I was a vegetarian for around six years, and after that it just wasn't something I made for myself. Jeff is definitely the cook in this relationship. As soon as I plopped the pork chops down on the pan I shouted to Jeff "I'm cooking meat!!" Haha.

I can say without a doubt this was the tastiest meal I have ever made. Seriously. That was a dang good pork chop, and hey, guess what! I like sweet potatoes! Blue Apron meals are not only incredibly convenient, and delicious but gave me an opportunity to try things I probably wouldn't chose on my own. I knew I liked pork chops, but I've actually never had them with this. The sauce on them was seriously just amazing.


All of the recipes Blue Apron has can be prepared in 40 minutes or less. This meal was surprisingly easy and quick make. Like I said, I don't make meals by myself but Blue Apron makes it so simple. This is making me feel like cooking might actually be fun! (Who am I?!) They actually have an online cookbook with all of their current recipes available. Their rice and beef-stuffed poblano peppers look amaaaaazing.

Best of all? Blue Apron is offering the first 20 Dainty Squid readers their first two meals free! I am truly impressed with them, and I think you will be too!
xoxo

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11 thoughts

  1. This is TOTALLY awesome! My fiancé and I always try to cook nice meals (read as he cooks and I generally watch from afar) but this would be SO much fun!

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    1. Yep, same here. Sometimes I "help" Jeff in the kitchen but that basically just means me cutting an onion or something similar.

      The other two meals that were in the package we made together and it was so much fun to actually cook together instead of him doing the majority of it.

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  2. This looks delicious! I've been wanting to try Blue Apron but I'm waiting until the weather is cooler and I'll actually be able to use my kitchen again (the woes of not having central AC).

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    1. You're telling me! I'm sitting here writing emails, responding to comments, etc and just SWEATING. I don't know how people cook everyday without air.

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  3. Oh wow, that looks delicious! Congrats on making such a gorgeous meal!

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    1. Thank you, Kate! I'm really proud of it. :)

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  4. Hey, Kaylah, you've probably posted about this before and I just missed it, but why did you go back to eating meat? As a happy vegetarian, I don't know why anyone would go back, especially after six years of work. I'm sure you have good reason for doing so and I'm curious as to what that reason could be.

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    1. I just wanted to eat meat again, no big deal.

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  5. I've looked at Blue Apron before, but never ordered because the prices are higher than I'm willing to spend. I never knew that they had recipes on there for free though! Now THAT I can definitely get behind :)

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  6. I've been wanting to subscribe to a company like this for a while! I think I might just have to take the plunge after this review.

    I never -properly- learned how to cook. When I was really little, my mum went back to school, then to work, leaving my dad the primary caretaker. And guess what? My dad didn't really know how to cook. (Aside from spaghetti, which we had like 3 times a week.) So I never learned how to cook because no one around me was really cooking. Then when I moved out, I didn't have money to buy ingredients to try to cook, especially if I was going to mess up and make something inedible. So these kinds of subscription boxes look like a godsend!

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  7. I consider myself a pretty decent chef, but I literally cannot wait until Blue Apron (or a reasonable facsimile) launches in Canada. Meal planning is the worst.

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