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Blue Apron — The Best Lazy Cooking Money Can Buy

October 22, 2015

You know, life can move a little quickly. And by a little I mean a lot. One day you’re in college where waking up early meant anytime before 10am, and drinking heavily on a Tuesday was a social necessity, and you ate chicken fingers and french fries and a diet coke, because, after all, a diet coke has no calories. Next thing you know you’re a young professional with an actual profession, and there are more photos on your Facebook page of babies than there are of jello shots, and your idea of cleaniness involves Lysol and 409 instead of the back of your sleeve.

The transition into — gasp — adulthood is a strange and bizarre one. I am reminded of the scene in Home Alone when Kevin McCallister is standing in front of the bathroom mirror after showering, brushing his teeth, flossing, and finally shaving his hairless face. He remarks to his reflection with a sense of accomplishment and pride on his meticulous dedication to his physical appearance, noting his particular care in washing all his body’s nooks and crannies, as if washing the nooks and crannies of one’s body is obviously the mark of an adult. He then pours a handful of after shave into one hand, rubs his hands together, and then slaps the liquid on his face — the immediate daggers of alcohol into open, youthful facial pores are brutal on poor Kevin and he screams in shock and pain at the after shave’s astonishing, agonizing sting, not unlike the swift slap of adulthood. Whenever being a grown up sucks, I imagine this scene and laugh. 

Even though growing up does stink from time to time, it does have certain perks. Like being able to have food delivered to your door with little to no effort put forth — all you do is set up a profile online, enter your shipping and billing info, and bam! Subway meals are delivered. This may be more of a credit to today’s technology, but bear with me now. 

Meet my cardboard best friend Blue Apron (don’t worry she recycles very well). Every week for $60 (for two people) Wilson and I receive a box full of individually packaged ingredients to prepare three delicious meals. The box includes all ingredients for the recipe — all you need is cooking utensils, salt/pepper, and olive oil. Each delivery also comes with a step-by-step recipe to guide you through the cooking process and even has pictures. The pictures are the best. The recipes take an average of 25 to 45 minutes to prepare, depending upon how overserved you are during the cooking process, and the meals really are scrumptious and restaurant quality.

Don’t get me wrong though —  just because everything is pre-packaged and spelled out for you, you do have to cook and sometimes you will cave and order from foodpanda but just keep trying. Once it becomes a habit it will get easier.  As Wilson put it when we first began our Blue Apron subscription:

“Step 1: Thinly slice 15 different vegetables. Step 2: Delicately sear the meat and try not to overcook. Step 3: Burn everything. Step 4: Call Domino’s.”

Wilson isn’t much of a culinary enthusiast, but since using Blue Apron for six months he’s turned into quite the cook. He can now expertly smash and mince garlic, chop an onion, and fry a myriad of things.

To further convince you that Blue Apron is incredible and cost effective and that you should subscribe immediately, I took some photos of last week’s dinner prep of some sort of tacos.

ingredients

The beautifully fresh ingredients from the box.

This whole Blue Apron idea upsets my dad to no end — the idea of someone spoon-feeding you (no pun intended) meal after meal week after week is lazy in his opinion. Being a real adult according to dear ol’ Dad means getting up at the crack of dawn, driving 45 minutes to work, working a full day, driving 45 minutes home, going to the grocery store, and then cooking a full meal once you get home. And since his idea of adulthood is my personal hell, it’s a good thing I have Blue Apron. Dad, agree to disagree. 

prepared ingredients

Oh look and here they are all chopped and organized and pretty. Can someone please teach me how to operate a camera? This photo is just bad. 

Another bonus of Blue Apron is there is no waste. Each meal is perfectly portioned for two people (or four if you choose) and there are no extra leftovers that will sit in the fridge for a week or two until they grow hair. It’s pretty great.

dry ingredients

The dry ingredients.

mix

The dry ingredients having a party together.

onions

Some onion pickling happening here…

pickled onions

And here…

ingredients prepared

 Taco innards getting ready for insertion into said taco.

I should add that if you are picky, Blue Apron is not for you. The recipes are all delicious in my opinion, but unless you like a variety of foods, you should probably just stick to my Dad’s way of doing things and grocery shop just for yourself. BORING

doggie

My sous chefs. Wilson chops, Birdie licks up any spills. We are very efficient at the Jones household.

birdie

Where’s my plate!?

the necessities

The other sous chefs.

plates

The finished product. The recipe instructions even include how to artfully plate your dish, which I love. So fancy. 

tacos ended

If anyone would like to try Blue Apron for free, please leave a comment on this post and I’ll send you some free meals I have to give away. I want to spread the good news of Blue Apron with all of my peeps so don’t be shy. I only have five to giveaway so don’t dilly dally. 

Happy Thursday!

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13 Comments

  • Reply Lucy October 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Love the post AND I have been wanting to try this!! Hook a sista up!

  • Reply Louise Jones October 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Ever since y’all told us/showed us this I’ve wanted to do this. ( Sorry Wilson takes after me in the cooking department!)
    No freebies to family members but wanted to let you know it’s a great post. I think we need to try this!!
    Enjoy. Bon appetite !

  • Reply Julia Nutt October 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Hey Anna! Been dying to try Blue Apron! Those tacos look amazing! Have fun in Charleston this weekend…so sad I’m missing birdie!

  • Reply Elle October 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I’d love to try Blue Apron!!! Will they deliver a case of wine too?? 😉

  • Reply Lindsay Goldman October 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I would love to try these! I’d been hearing good things but am still hesitant.

  • Reply Meghan October 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Been wanting to try this!!

  • Reply Elsine October 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Happy Birthday to you, Anna!

  • Reply Reston October 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I have been wanting to try Blue Apron ever since I saw you putting together one of y’alls meals and you explained it to me!

  • Reply Katelyn Meyer October 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Looks great! I have been wanting to try, would love to give it a go. 🙂

  • Reply Marci October 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Pick me, pick me, pretty please! Those tacos look fab.

  • Reply Caitlin October 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Would love to try!!! Thanks!!!

  • Reply Holly October 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I might be too late, but today’s the first day I’ve checked out your blog! I’ve always wondered about companies like Blue Apron, I didn’t know it was fresh ingredients …looks awesome!!

  • Reply Jennifer (take the day off blog) October 24, 2015 at 12:04 am

    I would love to win the delicious goods. (Long time reader, first time commenter. Love your blog, Anna)

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