This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.
More Blue Apron love! I’m working with Blue Apron through 2015, and I’ll be posting about them once each quarter. This is my second post this year (and I wrote about them twice last year as well). I know that’s a lot of Blue Apron, but I’m a BIG fan. Their particular offerings might not be a good fit for every family, but they have been a total godsend for mine! Especially these last few months when I’ve had an unusually packed travel schedule.
It’s a comfort knowing that ingredients for a healthy, nutrient-packed dinner will be arriving on my family’s doorstep, even when I’m not there to do the grocery shopping.
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you probably already know this, but if not, let me tell you about Blue Apron. It is awesome! Essentially, it’s farm-fresh ingredients for chef-designed recipes, delivered to your door. No trips to the grocery store, and no extra ingredients, just the exact portions you need for each recipe. And speaking of recipes, an easy-t0-follow, photographic recipe card is included with each box.
Boxes arrive with three meals per week, and the price is $9.99 per person with always free shipping. Blue Apron has just launched in Texas and now delivers to most of the country. They offer a large selection of recipes and they add new dishes to their menu every week — and you can access all the recipes online, even if you’re not a customer.
If you’d like to give it a try, I’ve got an deal for you: The first 100 readers will get two meals off their first Blue Apron order FREE! Just click here.
But it’s not just about convenience. Blue Apron has really expanded the ingredients and styles of cuisine we make at home, and it’s been like a cooking course as well — I keep learning new techniques via their recipe cards! Last week, I learned about brick-press cooking. But instead of using an actual brick, they instructed us to put the chicken in the pan, add a sheet of tin foil, and then add a heavy pot full of water on top, to act as the “brick”.
It worked wonderfully! The chicken turned out delicious, and gorgeous too (see below!). If you want to give it a try, you can find the full instructions for the Chicken Under a Brick recipe here.
Anyway, like I said. I’m a big Blue Apron fan. New flavors. Lots of color. And the best part? I don’t have to figure out what’s for dinner. When my head is full-to-the-brim with duties and tasks on my to-do list, it feels like such a luxury to have someone else make that decision!
Have you tried Blue Apron yet? Click here to get two free meals off of your first order! If you have tried them, did you feel like it was a good fit for your family? I’ve mentioned this before, but we like a delivery every other week, or whenever we’re particularly busy. How about you? And have you ever tried cooking under a brick?
P.S. — Know where the name comes from? I found out when I started using their service: chefs in training around the world wear blue aprons — it’s a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking.