Food Prepping With Blue Apron + 3 Free Meals!

There is something so refreshing about January. I know it’s cold and the motivation to get out of bed is hard, but it’s a fresh start and the best time to set goals for the year. My goals are to stay on track with my fitness, cook at home more, and get more organized. My boyfriend has been the best influence for all three of those goals. He’s the most organized person I know, he goes to the gym five times a week, and has been meal prepping for the past five years. I’m the type of person that goes to the gym when I feel like it, I don’t know what I want to eat until fifteen minutes before the meal, and my organization skills could use some work. Luckily, there are people and services available to help me! I’ve been blogging about Blue Apron for the past couple of years, and I fall more in love with the service every time I cook with them. I have my friends and family hooked now, too!

I’m also incredibly excited about Blue Apron offering my readers THREE FREE meals on their first Blue Apron box.


Introducing Kyle and his roommate to Blue Apron was so fun. They had never heard of it before, and now they’re hooked. When I first moved into my home last month, I didn’t do a lot of grocery shopping, and my Blue Apron came at the perfect timing. I made the Vegetable Bibimbap for Kyle’s first Blue Apron experience. I had never heard of the dish before, but he said it was one of his favorite Korean dishes. It had been years since he had it last. I was excited to try it and even more excited to make it with him!  
As you can see, my fridge had eggs, hummus, ground turkey, and the Blue Apron takeover! It looks like I had a good grocery haul, but I didn’t even have to leave the house. That is all farm-fresh food and not one ingredient will not go to waste! The ingredients come from quality suppliers and artisans.

When I’m cooking my own recipes, I stick to the same vegetables and the same meats. I love that Blue Apron teaches me to branch out and try new things. They also teach me how to cook vegetables differently and incorporate them into every meal. I am now a fan of sautéed radishes, baked celery root, and fried bok choy. I like to add them to my morning omelets or stir-frys.

Preparing the food is easy and I LOVE easy. Blue Apron creates new recipes every week, and I love recreating their chef-designed meals at home. They always look pretty and taste delicious. Blue Apron is perfect for anyone wanting to learn how to cook. Even if you already know how to cook, you can still learn a thing or two from Blue Apron.

The Blue Apron direction cards have photo demonstrations to help you make the recipe exactly like their chefs. I really enjoy all the styling tips, and it helps me when making my own recipes for the blog. Inside the bowl in the picture above, I’m pickling persimmons, watermelon radishes and ginger! I was not expecting the amazing flavor. I’m now a huge fan of persimmons and I’ve been adding them to all my fruit salads.

I think it’s great that Blue Apron offers a two-person vegetarian plan. Coming up with vegetarian meals can be challenging, but you learn how to cook so many great replacements. It’s not hard to customize their meals to fit your dietary needs either. You can make a lot of their meals gluten free or dairy free by swapping out ingredients. They send breads, or yogurt sauces on the side, so you don’t have to add them if you don’t want to!
 Speaking of customizing, I needed to cook up the ground turkey in my fridge, so I made it on the side and added it to our vegetable bibimbap
Our vegetable bibimbap turned out perfect! Chef style for sure 🙂 Kyle was in LOVE and this dish alone hooked him on Blue Apron.

Blue Apron offers a 2-person plan and a family plan. The 2-person plan is perfect for one person, too! You can make all the meals and eat them six days out of the week.

I decided to do a little experimenting with meal prepping with my last Blue Apron box! Kyle spends Sundays cooking up all of his meals for the week, so I decided to knock all of my Blue Apron meals out and put them in containers too. Kyle wanted me to cook them up at his place so he could watch, but I left all of my instruction cards at home. LUCKILY, you can find all of the instructions for your meal right on their website. It’s great because you can recreate this meal whenever you want just by going online to their cookbook.

It’s perfect when they give you the right a amount of ingredients. No waste! I hate when I have to buy a giant container of something when the recipe only asks for one or two tablespoons. It’s just a waste of food and a waste of money.

When you go online to select your meals for the week, you can choose from six! You’ll never get a meal you don’t like because you’re the one in charge. I decided to choose some meals that I liked and some meals Kyle would like. I thought Kyle would love the Fresh Chestnut Pasta recipe. The pasta was SO fresh, too! 
I usually roast all of my brussels sprouts, but I’m definitely going to start cooking them with a little bit of olive oil on the stovetop.  
 The fresh chestnut pasta took me about forty-five minutes to make! Kyle and his roommate LOVED this dish and they were they ultimate food samplers. Because we were heading to D.C. the next day, I put the recipes in containers and froze them! This was my way of food prepping. If you have a busy schedule, it’s a great idea to cook all of the meals on Sunday night and eat them throughout the week. It takes away the pressure of making dinner every night and it’s a big money saver. Next on the menu, was the sweet potato and kale hash! This could be a great breakfast dish, too!  
I just love how unique and creative the recipes are. Blue Apron works hard to use high quality ingredients and they are working to develop a sustainable food system, which is awesome! You can read all about it on their mission page
If you’re wondering how Blue Apron delivers fresh ingredients to your door without going bad, they use a refrigerated box! It’s OK if you’re not home when your package arrives, because they are packaged to survive!

You can recycle your Blue Apron packaging by using their program. Check out their recycling locator to find out options in your community, or simply return your packaging for free to Blue Apron via USPS!

Visit this page to learn more about their recycling program 🙂

I just love how hearty and healthy all of these meals are.

They also don’t cut you short on meals. They are so filling and huge portions. They range from 500-700 calories a meal, which is perfect for a healthy diet. The sweet potato and kale hash turned out great, and I LOVED the kale and goat cheese combo! And who would have ever thought of putting sautéed onions on top of toasted baguette with a ricotta spread? So creative and pretty gorgeous. It was the perfect addition to the hash. This dish took 35 minutes to make!

The last meal of the night was the brown butter & chestnut gnocchi. This was a dish I totally customized. A couple years ago, Blue Apron introduced me to sautéed radishes. I used to eat them with hummus or add them to sandwiches, I NEVER ever cooked them. Once I sautéed them, I was shocked with how amazing they tasted. They reminded me of potatoes. I decided to cook them in this dish instead of adding them on the side.

More brussel sprouts 🙂 My FAVORITE!


All of the meals turned out incredible and the boys were VERY impressed. They didn’t last throughout the week as planned, because they couldn’t help but eat them.
 
The servings packaged perfectly in these reusable containers! I labeled them with a permanent marker on the outside of the container. Organization points?

Going out of town isn’t a problem, because you can skip any deliveries and there is no commitment! You can cancel or delay your orders anytime you want. 
Blue apron is a lifesaver and just one of the coolest services out there! It’s the perfect gift for someone, too.

Blue Apron is giving the first 50 readers three free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Just click here 🙂

Questions for you! 

  1. What Blue Apron Dish looks the best on their online cookbook?
  2. Have you ever tried out Blue Apron?
This post is sponsored by Blue Apron <3 & ALL opinions are my own! 

 

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