This week, I had two nights of dinner provided for my family free of charge thanks to my internet friend, Deb, who is Not Inadequate. She has been using a meal delivery program, called Blue Apron, for a few months and earned the right to send a sample delivery to three friends. I was one of the lucky recipients!
I had to sign up for an account, including giving my credit card number for future deliveries, and then I got to choose either the 2-person plan for 3 meals or the Family Plan (4 people) for 2 meals. Since Anthony is here, I went with the Family Plan.
[After my sample meals were delivered, I promptly canceled my account to prevent any further deliveries so these two meals were provided totally free of charge with no further cost to me.]
I chose which week to start my deliveries and then had my choice of two out of four different meals for that week. For the 2-person plan, there are 6 meals to choose from. I chose Sirloin Steak with Roasted Potatoes and Spinach & Basil Gnocchi with salad for our two meals.
You are provided with an insulated bag with ice packs containing all the food you need in just the right proportions for your meals. There are also detailed, color instructions.
Although everything was provided, there was still prep work (chopping, mixing, cooking, etc) and it took me about 30-40 minutes and an overflowing sink full of dishes to prepare and cook each meal.
We thought both meals were excellent and I loved trying things that I wouldn’t normally make. It should be noted that portion-sizes are very limited. There are no extras and you won’t have leftovers. Honestly, I could not see paying $30-35 per meal for this service. Sure, it was convenient to have it delivered right to my door but I still had to go to the grocery store for food for the other nights of the week (and to buy food for Zack…because…PICKIEST KID ON THE PLANET). I suppose if money were no object, I would have no problem doing this. But for now, I will stick to E-Meals menu planning*, where I get fun new, super easy recipes each week (but I do have to buy all the ingredients myself). Works fine for me though and it’s much cheaper ($5/month if you pay for a year in advance)!
*I previously blogged about E-Meals here. I probably used it for a full year and accumulated enough new recipes that I stopped. But recently, getting bored with the same old things again and seeing another half-price deal for a year membership, I started it up and am loving it.