Blue Apron is a meal delivery subscription box. They send you ingredients to perfectly designed meals and step by step instructions on how to create them. They have a 2 person plan or a family plan (4 people). The 2 person subscription is 3 meals a week for $60 + free shipping. The family plan is either 2 meals a week for $70 + free shipping or 4 meals a week for $140 + free shipping. Their menu is constantly changing and you can see your selections for the whole month. You may even choose to skip weeks if you do not like the selection that week or put your subscription on hold for a while if you are traveling.
I was sent this box for reviewing purposes.
My recipe cards this week; Shrimp & Shiitake Dumplings, Seared Chicken, and Vietnamese Meatballs. The recipe cards are double-sided and on the front they have a list of ingredients and tells you the prep time and cooking time for each recipe. They also tell you what wine your should pair the recipe with.
On the back of the recipe cards are step by step instructions on how to cook each meal.
Vietnamese Meatballs with Sweet Potato Noodles & Daikon Radish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25-35 minutes
This meal was extremely intimidating to me. The only meatballs I have ever made are Italian meatballs, and those are totally different from these. I’ve never cooked with most of these ingredients and it was very off-putting to me while cooking this recipe. I was working very slow to double and triple check my work. I was so nervous I was not going to like these, but they turned out marvelous! I was overjoyed and very impressed with myself! The recipe was easy to make, thanks to the step by step picture guidelines on the recipe cards. I can not get over how delicious this was, everything blended so nicely. I’m so glad I got out of my comfort zone and tried a new recipe! Plus, look how beautiful it looks dressed up in the red bowl!
Seared Chicken with Roasted Honeynut Squash & Garlic Rice
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 – 30 Minutes
I was a lot more comfortable making this dinner than I was with the other dinner. I’m always cooking chicken, rice, and squash, so this was a welcoming dish for me. Although it was welcoming and comfortable for me don’t think for one second this was a boring dish. It was not at all boring, this dish had LOTS of flavor. The recipe called for Mexican spices on the chicken, something that I have never thought to even do. I highly recommend that and I will be making chicken with Mexican spices again, it was simply delicious! Plus, I despise cilantro, but I gave it a shot and with this honey and olive oil blend and it was to die for. I’m extremely impressed with this dish and what a bonus how stunning it looks on a plate.
Shrimp & Shiitake Dumplings with Sautéed Bok Choy & Soy Dipping Sauce
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25-35 Minutes
This is the most intimidating recipe I received. I have never made dumplings from scratch like this. I’ve only made the ones from the freezer section, LOL! I have been secretly wanting to take on dumpling/ravioli recipes for a while now, so I’m excited to have a recipe with everything I need and step by step instructions. This was the one recipe that was most out of my comfort zone and by far the hardest to make for me. I really don’t like shrimp or mushrooms, so I was extremely nervous that I might not like the dumplings, but of course they were delicious!
Blue Apron also included two kind bars. How Kind!
I really enjoyed myself this week, testing my skills in the kitchen with Blue Aprons recipes! They definitely made this experience easier than I ever thought it would be. This subscription gave me a chance to challenge myself and made me become more adventurous with my cooking.