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I'll give props to my husband; he's an amazing cook. He will make up a concoction and it will come out tasting like a gourmet meal. I'm not quite as gifted. I'm also the one that usually comes up with the meal plans, while he's the one that executes them. I get creative from time to time, but don't really venture with new or foreign ingredients.
I recently discovered an amazing company that gives me all I need to create marvelous cuisine. All the ingredients and recipes are provided for the meal plans and all I have to do is follow the instructions. Blue Apron has made it easy for me to fix meals that are tasty and out of the ordinary.
Fresh ingredients for three meals, packaged individually
Blue Apron is a home meal delivery service that delivers portioned ingredients you need to cook delicious, chef inspired and seasonal recipes at home. They offer two plans, one being the 2-person plan that will set you up to receive one delivery a week with three meals for two people. Their family plan is perfect for feeding a family of four, with the option to receive either one or two deliveries per week. Each menu is between 500 and 700 calories per person. The ingredients are fresh and sourced from small family farms and artisans. Recipe cards are included for each meal, with detailed directions and pictures.
Recipe cards for each meal
I received a 2 person meal plan from Blue Apron. I was able to go on the site and go through the steps to set up delivery. I first went through a generalized checklist, giving my food preferences. For instance, I could indicate that I didn't like or eat pork and it would not be sent to me. Based upon the preferences, three meals were selected for me. The scheduled delivery date was set for approximately a week and a half after going through the checkout process.
Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes
When my delivery arrived, it was packaged very well. The food was insulated with insulated liners and gel packs, so it wasn't necessary for me to pickup the package as soon as it arrived at my doorstep. The food itself was tightly sealed and packaged.
The recipe cards for each meal were easy to follow. Prep time for each meal was approximately 15 minutes, and cook time for each one took approximately 40 minutes. The only extra ingredients I needed to provide myself was olive oil and salt.
The three meals I received to prepare were:
Pan-Seared Chicken Verjus with Pearled Barley & Mushrooms a la Grecque
Chile-Blackened Cod with Epazote, Avocado & Red Rice Salad
Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso-Dressed Spinach & Candied Cashews
Although a lot of dishes were used for preparation, I almost felt like a master chef after preparing each meal. They both looked and tasted delectable. My husband and mother were just as impressed. The spice blend for the cod was a little hot but that's the only thing I wasn't a big fan of. Everything else had an amazing balance of flavors and some of the ingredients I wouldn't have thought of pairing together on my own turned out quite well. If I had to choose, I'd say my favorite was the Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes, but all three were quite fantastic.
Pan-Seared Chicken Verjus
The good thing about Blue Apron is that there's no minimum commitment. You can skip a delivery or cancel your subscription at any time before the weekly cutoff. I was quite satisfied with the company and its food delivery.
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