This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.
I wrote about Blue Apron a couple of times last year — I’m a total fan. And they’ve had a new development that I thought you’d love to hear about. They’re now offering a family plan! It’s designed to feed a family of four with full size portions, or a family of 5 or 6, with young kids who eat smaller portions. We had been ordering double boxes to get servings for four, and now everything comes in one box, which means less packaging and more simplicity. Thumbs up all around.
Have you already heard of Blue Apron? If not, let me tell you, 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 is (hopefully!) available in your area, because it ships to over 80% 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. I’ve been eyeing the Greek Sweet & Sour Stew and the Chicken & Drop Biscuit Casserole — I think my kids would love both.
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.
I also want to note, that I continue to be delighted by all the different ingredients that Blue Apron introduces to me. For the meal in these photos, Moroccan Root Vegetable Tagine, it was a new-to-me spice called Ras El Hanout. It smells sooooo good. Almost like a christmas-spice mix with some cumin. I don’t know how to describe it, but it was yum.
Though it’s not necessarily the intention of Blue Apron, we always feel like their boxes include cooking lessons for the kids. When they help with Blue Apron dinner prep, they learn to cut different sorts of vegetables, and they learn how to prepare different sorts of grains than we might include in our standard family recipes.
I also love that meatless options are part of their menus. You may have heard that California is in a big drought, and my kids learned at school that eating less meat — particularly beef — is a major way to conserve water.
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. 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? 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 Ras El Hanout?
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.