I love to cook, and I love trying new recipes, but honestly I don't always have time to do the research. Often times I drop by the grocery store on my way home from being out and about, without a list or a game plan. If I'm starving when I shop I usually end up with a lot of odds and ends, and not fully planned meals. I found a way to take out the guess work, time and energy spent walking through the aisles, or staring endlessly at the bulk bins not knowing what I could really do with the 50 different lentil varieties in front of me.
2 words: Blue Apron. My neighbor turned me onto the company and I've used it off and on over the last year. When I get a big project, and my work schedule ramps up, I log into my account and schedule some deliveries. The package arrives on my doorstep with 3 meals for 2 persons. There are larger packages available but this is the right fit for my needs at the moment.
Cost-wise it is more expensive than shopping for myself, but much cheaper than eating out. I've had only great produce, well-sourced proteins. There is usually a product card describing one of the seasonal ingredients, or letting you know what farm the products were sourced from. Did I mention you can even add some wine pairings? Swoon. Add in the convenience of not wasting time and energy deciding what to eat, I think it is totally worth it.
How it works: Schedule your delivery date, and how many meals you want with your plan. Add your credit card and the deed is done. You can choose from Meat or Vegetarian options, as well as excluding certain proteins (for example, if you don't eat pork you can uncheck that protein from your orders). Going out of town? Easy, login and choose which weeks you would like to skip. After a while you earn free meals to send to your family and friends so you can share
Here are some photos I shot which prepping for a blue apron meal. Each recipe comes with a step by step picture guide that even my husband likes to follow!