Plan On It – Meal Delivery Services – Blue Apron

I hate cooking.

Well, I shouldn’t say hate, hate is a strong word. I just don’t love it. And to be honest, if I was cooking with a glass of a wine and some relaxing music like the Barefoot Contessa in my East Hampton estate, I’d probably feel differently.

But when I cook, it’s usually in my cramped 1980s kitchen, to the tune of two screaming, fighting children who will instantly hate the meal it took me an hour to prepare for them because of their constant, ungrateful interruptions.

So, to save time on grocery shopping and the guesswork of meal planning, we subscribed to Blue Apron.

Blue Apron is one of many meal preparation box services that delivers fresh dinners to your house that you have to cook. Do they have one for cooked already dinners? I don’t know, but that is something I’d be interested in. I guess that’s just takeout.

Anyway, we stuck with Blue Apron for over a year and cancelled our subscription. I have mixed feelings about it. I have to say I did enjoy not having to think about healthy dinners for Tuesday and Wednesday night each week. And I’ve become more comfortable cooking things I would never pick up normally. But that’s not to say it’s without fault. Since cancelling, I’ve enjoyed returning to my own meal planning and decision making. I started a new way to shop and meal plan (post coming soon) and I prefer doing this all on my own timeline, instead of Blue Apron’s. But there are some things I miss. Here are some hits and misses with our Blue Apron subscription.

HITS

Don’t have to think about what to make for dinner two nights out of the week.

Learn new cooking techniques.

Try cooking and eating foods I wouldn’t normally (like bok choi. Who eats bok choi? We do, motherfuckers.)

Sometimes it’s actually delicious.

 

MISSES

95% of the time, my kids give me a hard time about eating it. Most meals are too fancy for them.

It is a LOT of prep work. A LOT. Like, you have to peel the vegetables, peel the husks off the corn and cut the corn off the cob. Nothing is given to you as a shortcut. WTF.

It’s not divided up for you in the box, so you have to go through each recipe and figure out which item goes with which recipe.

It’s a lot of cardboard and ice packs to break down.

I hope this helps you if you’re trying to decide giving Blue Apron a shot – if you asked me, I’d honestly tell you to try it. We kept it up for more than a year, and that’s saying something all in itself.