Blue Apron(Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down)...
I'm a chef or at least I think so in my mind. I absolutely love cooking! It puts me in such a positive mood and allows for me to relieve any stress which may have accumulated during the day. Cooking, shopping and going to the grocery store are literally therapy sessions for me. I've said time and time and time again, my schedule is JAM packed which leaves me not as much time as I would like to sometimes go to the grocery store and cook well balanced meals. I had been hearing about "Blue Apron" from my friend Jasmine and since she raved about it and the meals looked so scrumptious on her Snapchat, I knew I had to give it a go. My co-worker and I were discussing the cooking service and she suggested she would give me a free pass to try the meals for a week. I was beyond excited because I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to turn over the money for the service yet, trying it for free was right up my alley.
I went online and chose my meals opting for a Wednesday delivery since Monday and Tuesday are two of our busiest days. Upon choosing my three meals for the week, I really didn't like that you had to group certain meals together and couldn't choose them individually. I'm pretty sure the meals are grouped according to dietary needs but I would like to be able to choose the meals I will cook individually versus them somewhat picking them for me.
Regardless of how the meals were chosen, I was still extremely excited about receiving the package on last Wednesday. It finally arrived and I literally danced opening up the box. Our meals for the week were "Balsamic Glazed Onion Burgers and Fries," "Spinach Ricotta Pizza with Clementine and Cauliflower Salad" and "Kale Salad with Ceaser Dressing and Chicken." My daughter and I decided to do the burgers first and let me admit they were awesome. I loved the rustic yet sweet flavor of the balsamic onions and the monteray jack cheese on the burgers. The negative; I wasn't too fond of the portion size. Yes, it was the perfect portion for two people but what if I wanted to take something for lunch tomorrow, I could not. I didn't like the option of not having leftovers. I work a full-time job and my daughter does not eat school lunch, so cooking enough for lunch the next day is always the first option when cooking for us.
For me, the meal choices minus the burgers were lunch based food versus something I would want me and my daughter to eat for dinner. Even though our diet has changed tremendously and we tend to eat more green veggies and lean meat and eat way more fruit, we still take pride in cooking hearty and tasty dinners together. Will I give Blue Apron another try maybe later on down the world? Probably No! With my love of the grocery store and my addiction to Pinterest, I really enjoy trying new hearty dishes I can go and gather the ingredients for myself. Maybe my thoughts will completely change when in a couple of years, I'm married with more kids but as for now, I'll stick to gliding down each aisle of Kroger like I'm walking down the runway and scanning Pinterest like I'm head of airport security.
Let me know if you tried Blue Apron and your thoughts, I would love to know. If you haven't tried it, give it a try. It never hurts to try something new!