Will and I are adventurous eaters. Our kids are too, for the most part. And we all love to cook.
So why are weeknight dinners so hard?
My kids will try anything in a restaurant, especially if we’re on the road. But if I make dinner at home, the response lately has been along the lines of I don’t want to eat that, or I don’t like that anymore. Even if it used to be a favorite.
My first inclination was to go to twice-a-week pizza night, or to start dipping into the freezer section at Trader Joe’s, which is full of dinners everyone will eat, even if they’re not the kind of dinners I want my family eating on a regular basis.
But we stumbled upon another quick fix by accident with a well-timed Blue Apron delivery. They deliver all the ingredients you need, in exactly the right proportions, to make a chef-designed recipe at home.
I have friends who get Blue Apron deliveries every week. They say they’d end up at Panera or Chipotle otherwise, but instead they can cook better food at home for a little less money. We’re more special occasion customers: my kids love to cook Blue Apron every once in a while because they say it feels like cooking lessons, and it’s been great for getting us out of the dinner rut we fall into every few months.
The other night my girls and I (the boys cook too, but they were at baseball) unpacked our Blue Apron delivery and made fish and chips at home in less than an hour, and everybody ate it. The kids even ate the salad (radishes, sugar snaps and romaine) that went with it, and everyone’s asking to have it again soon.
We learned a new-to-us cooking technique when we made the fish and chips, which happens more often than not with Blue Apron recipes. This time we learned how to make a simple batter out of lightly seasoned rice flour and water. In our other Blue Apron meal from this shipment, we learned how to prepare bok choy and cook with miso paste, two ingredients that have intimidated me in the past. To get a feel for Blue Apron’s recipes (or to try them yourself!) browse their full selection right here.
Adults can knock out a Blue Apron recipe in 40 minutes or less, but parents will understand why it takes a little longer with “help.” When my kids make a Blue Apron recipe all by themselves, it takes 60-80 minutes.
Blue Apron offers two types of plans, the 2-person plan and family plan. Right now, the family plan still works great for our family of six (two adults, and four kids ages 6-13).
Blue Apron recipes are delivered in a refrigerated box so ingredients will stay fresh even if you’re not at home when your package arrives. I’m in the habit of reusing the Blue Apron packaging for lunches on the go, and the ice packs for my next Costco run, but if you don’t have those needs, Blue Apron now offers a recycling program! You can use the recycling locator to find recycling options in your community or return your packaging for free to Blue Apron via USPS.
There’s no commitment: you can skip or cancel the service at any time.
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