Photos and text by Gabrielle. This post is brought to you by Blue Apron.

If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you know I’m a regular Blue Apron customer — and a big fan. Last month, one of the meals we ordered was Alsatian Spiced Chicken with Smashed Potatoes and Glazed Red Cabbage. It sounds pretty fancy, but it might actually be the simplest meal that Blue Apron has ever sent to our house. And in this case, simple equals perfection. We cooked it on a cold, rainy night and I’m telling you, it felt like it must be the comfort food of the gods.


We kept saying things like, “Why don’t we cook cabbage more often?” And, “Let’s start saying Smashed Potatoes instead of Mashed Potatoes. It sounds so much more exciting!” The meal was a hit with everyone. Satisfying and delicious. Familiar and foreign (Alsatian Spice?) at the same time. I give it two thumbs up and highly recommend you give the recipe a try.


If you haven’t had the chance to order Blue Apron yet, here is the rundown: Once you subscribe, Blue Apron sends a box right to your doorstep, and inside that box, you’ll find everything you need to create 3 chef-designed meals. We’re talking farm-fresh ingredients, in exactly the right proportions (which means zero waste from un-used ingredients), and they offer two types of plans — the 2-Person Plan and the Family Plan.

What if you’re not home when they deliver? Will the food spoil? No worries, the box is refrigerated! And after you’ve unpacked, you can use Blue Apron’s recycling locator to find local recycling options, or return your packaging for free to Blue Apron via USPS.


Blue Apron has a BIG selection of recipes (anyone can access their recipes, even non-customers!), and they add new dishes to their menu every week. Don’t like what’s on the menu for the upcoming week? No problem. There’s no commitment with Blue Apron — you can skip a week (or two, or three), or cancel the service at any time.


I know Blue Apron isn’t a fit for every family, but it’s been a major positive addition to ours. It’s a huge time saver for me, and big stress-reliever too. A delivery arrives and instantly I feel this weight slip from my shoulders because I know what we’re having for dinner — for the next 3 nights! I don’t have to plan a menu, or go to the grocery store, or figure out if I have enough ingredients, or think about what sounds good. Having the decisions made for me can be such a relief!

But beyond that relief, I also love knowing the ingredients are high quality, the meals are delicious, and that I learn new techniques, and try new-to-me food, with every single order. Sometimes I feel like Blue Apron is a cooking class in disguise!


One other thing I love about Blue Apron is that they consistently work to improve their product and their company. Their goal is to develop a sustainable food system, while using high quality ingredients. You can see their mission page here.

Want to give Blue Apron a try? The first 50 Design Mom Readers will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order. Just click here. 


Now back to the recipe. I’m curious: how often do you cook cabbage? I confess, I rarely buy it. But then I try a recipe like this, and wonder why it’s not a staple in my fridge. I think it’s because I didn’t grow up eating it very often. Pretty much my only interaction with it was as coleslaw at neighborhood barbeques. How about you? Are you a cabbage fan? If yes, were you always a fan, or did you discover the wonder of cabbage as an adult?