I’m sure you’ve heard about those meal-kit delivery services by now. There are a number of them out there – Blue Apron, Plated, Hello Fresh, Din, etc. My husband and I tried a couple and finally settled on Blue Apron after weighing cost and quality of meals. We receive one shipment each week filled with recipes and ingredients for three meals. Everything is already portioned out and we can usually create our meals in 30 minutes. After about a month of subscribing, here’s how my life has changed.
I’ve broadened my food horizons
Before Blue Apron, I only knew how to cook about five dishes. Five extremely simple, basic dishes that my everyone in my house was SO sick of. Blue Apron has opened me up to cooking with ingredients I would have otherwise never tried. I don’t absolutely love everything I try from Blue Apron. For example, I’ve found that I really don’t like eggplant. But I’ve found that I do like things that I never would have expected – like fennel. It’s just so nice to have such a variety of meals coming out of my kitchen.
I’m learning how to cook
If you told me a couple months ago that I would be in the kitchen mincing garlic or caramelizing onions, I would have laughed. But I’m doing it. Having the recipes fit easily onto one page with pictures works really well for me. I’m able to follow it with confidence. And I’m now able to repeat it on my “off” days from Blue Apron.
I’m actually spending less money on food each week
Blue Apron comes out to $20 per meal and feeds both my husband and I. For some people, this may not be cost effective. But for me, it is. Here’s why… My husband and I never had a plan of action when it came to grocery shopping. We didn’t make lists or even have an idea of what we were going to cook that week. Instead, we would just go into the grocery store once per week and haphazardly throw stuff into the cart. As a result, I’m ashamed to say, two things always ended up happening. First, we would have a bunch of random food at home but nothing that actually went together to “make” anything so we would end up eating out all the time. Then, we would end up throwing things away before we got a chance to use them. Blue Apron keeps us on point and on schedule with our cooking and nothing is ever wasted. And the portions are usually a little big for me, so I always have leftovers to take to work the next day for lunch, saving more money.
My husband and I aren’t having the annoying, daily “What’s for dinner?” conversation
Ugh. I absolutely dreaded the daily 4:00 phone call from my husband that went like this:
Bill: What are we doing for dinner?
Me: I don’t know. Why do you always ask me like I have to figure it out?
Bill: You don’t have to figure it out. I’m just consulting with you.
Me: I have no idea. How about pizza?
Bill: I’m not in the mood for pizza.
Me: Why did you ask me if you’re so opinionated? Why don’t you just decide?
You get the picture. Blue Apron is worth its weight in gold simply because I get three days per week without that conversation.
I would suggest that everyone try it. And if you don’t like it, it’s easy to cancel.