There are never enough hours in the day, but preparing a healthy meal is a priority. We'll show you how to make meal planning simple with Blue Apron.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Blue Apron. I have been compensated through the SheSavvy Influence Network. All opinions remain my own.
Why is it that end of school year time is so crazy? Like seriously crazy. And we homeschool, too!
The last few weeks have been totally crazy busy for our family, so I can tell you how relieved I was when Blue Apron offered to send me ingredients to make two meals for my family.
That's two meals I didn't have to plan for. Two meals I didn't have to shop for. Two nights where life would be a bit easier. Sounded pretty awesome to me.
So I placed an order for my two meals and was waiting very eagerly for the box to arrive. Then I got a call from Blue Apron that my package had been accidentally delivered to the wrong house.
I was a sad panda that evening because I had to run to the grocery store to pick up something to cook for dinner. But Blue Apron customer service was very helpful, and made it right and added credits for new meals to my account. I was really impressed that they took responsibility for the error even though it wasn't their fault – the On Trac delivery driver made the mistake, not them.
So I placed a new order and waited excitedly for my box to arrive. The second box made it to my house safe and sound. I thought their packaging was really neat.
It was really well packed with plenty of ice packs that were still frozen. All of the ingredients looked fresh as well.
All of the ingredients for two meals (for four people each) fit easily on one shelf of our second fridge.
The girls and I decided that we wanted to make the Salmon Caesar Salad that first night. I love how the ingredients are already portioned out, and that they sent wild – not farmed – salmon.
The meal was fairly simple to make, although there were more steps in the process than something I'd consider quick and easy. It did taste great though! My girls and I polished our salads off.
The second night, I let Zoë (age 9) make most of the meal on her own. She loves to cook, so I wanted to see if the meal was simple enough for her to make. I got all of the ingredients out for her and handed her the directions card.
She was able to follow the steps in the directions, but again, there were a ton of steps in making this meal. I ended up helping her because it was taking her longer than I'd like.
But I think she did a pretty good job. Looks just like the pictures on the recipe card!
So if you aren't someone that cooks from scratch a lot, I'd give yourself a little bit of extra time. You'll be able to create a meal that looks just like the included pictures, but just give yourself enough time.
I couldn't eat this second meal because it wasn't gluten free (some weeks Blue Apron has multiple gluten free options, other times they don't). But I did eat the roasted carrots and cucumber salad and they were both yummy. I could have eaten all four portions of carrots on my own!
I never quite find the time to meal plan like I would prefer, but Blue Apron makes it a lot easier. Not only do they tell you what to make without the need to spend hours on Pinterest, but they send you the ingredients too. Super easy and straightforward. Now that's my kind of meal planning.
If you are in a busy season of your life like we are, check out Blue Apron and save $30 off of your first delivery. Their meals taste great and it's affordable compared to eating out too!