My cooking skills are pretty limited. Iâ€™m sure I could be a decent cook if I tried, but by the time I get home from work, cooking for one person, cooking some elaborate meal is not a priority. Eating immediately is.
Most of my meals are so, so simple: some sort of protein, some sort of healthy-ish starch and some sort of veggie. Whatever. It works.
Iâ€™d heard of Blue Apron, and it sounded super-fancy, expensive and way beyond my basic cooking skills. Itâ€™s a delivery service where all the ingredients are delivered straight to you for three meals that serve two people for $60. One of my coworkers is friends with one of the Blue Apron people, and she had some free meals to give out, so I thought it was totally worth a try.
I got a box before the holidays, and made the Mexican meal because it was the easiest, and my favorite, and froze the rest.
Another box came the other day, and once again, I went for the Mexican. If you are what you eat, I am a taco. This dish was a Mexican tortilla soup. I was sick; it was Mexican. Perfect.
Each meal comes with these handy-dandy recipe cards. (I threw out the recipe cards with my first box, and if you do that, you can still access the recipes on their website.)
â€” Blue Apron (@BlueApronMeals) December 12, 2013
Also, their social media person is ON POINT.
Itâ€™s really hard to not just eat the cheese, you know?
They give you really easy-to-follow directions, illustrated at each major step.
I like that the service teaches you new techniques and ideas, as well as gives you plating and styling ideas. 99% of the time Iâ€™m cooking for myself, but these are still good things to know.
Iâ€™m happy with how the finished product turned out. Iâ€™ll never be a food blogger, but I made something tasty, and it really wasnâ€™t that hard. Also, there is avocado in it. It is hard to go wrong with avocado. They said it was two portions, but Iâ€™ve already had two servings, and there is plenty left for a thirdâ€¦even after snacking on some of it on tortilla chips. And I donâ€™t have a dainty appetite, so itâ€™s impressive how filling it is.
I actually wonâ€™tÂ be continuing with the service just because itâ€™s pretty rare for me to have time in a week to make three pretty involved meals like this, but itâ€™s a really cool idea. What Iâ€™m not crazy about is that you sign up and are automatically renewed every week, rather than opting into it when you want it. I get it from a business perspective, but Iâ€™m not ready to commit to it yet. #commitmentissues
They ship to all of the East and West Coasts, and some of the states in the middle, but not all of them. (Sorry, guys.)
Would you try a service like this? How comfortable are you in the kitchen? (How did you learn to cook?)