Blue Apron: December 2013 Review

In my quest for wanting to try eating different types of foods and making new recipes, I stumbled across Blue Apron, a subscription box you can receive up to once a week (or month, depending on your preference) for $9.99 per meal, per person. Not only does Blue Apron send you step-by-step recipes, but they also send you all of the necessary ingredients, saving you a trip to the grocery store (which is a huge help – especially when you’re experimenting with a new dish).

Each meal is designed to be just the right serving size, at approximately 500-700 calories – something I really appreciate, as figuring out the right portion of a meal can be tricky sometimes! And when signing up for your subscription, you have the option of choosing a poultry/meat/fish or vegetarian option, which you can switch up each week if you want to. Blue Apron was kind enough to send me a box with 3 meals (meat option) for the week. Check them out below!

I was so surprised at how big the Blue Apron box was when it arrived and was pretty curious how everything would be packaged – especially since fresh produce was included and the box was coming to me in hot, sunny, Florida. Inside the box was another box, kind of like a to-go fridge, keeping everything cool. 
The first meal I made was the Chicken Sloppy Joe Sliders with Kale Slaw and Homeade Pickles. This meal also happened to be my favorite! As you can see below, there were quite a few ingredients that went into making this dish. One thing that I really loved about the included recipe card was that Blue Apron not only listed out the ingredients, but also showed pictures of the items, making it a bit dummy-proof for people (like myself) who might not be familiar with some of the ingredients. 
The recipe (along with the others) took a little over a half hour to pull together. And I found myself pleasantly surprised, since many of the ingredients I never would’ve tried, had they not been included. 
The second recipe I tried was the Hanger Steak with Salsa Verde & Plantains which was also delish! I really loved the seasoning on top of the steak and plantains. As you can see from the picture, I still have some learning to do when it comes to cutting produce up but this is a start! 
Last but not least is the North African Spiced Shrimp with Couscous. Unfortunately, I’m not a seafood fan so I passed this dish along to my parents to try (they had nothing but good things to say about it). I’m hopeful that in the future Blue Apron will separate the non-vegetarian option into meat/poultry (which I’m all for) and seafood. 
All in all, I loved this box! I’ll definitely be signing up to try some more recipes and expand my palate! Have you tried Blue Apron? Stay up-to-date with the latest from Blue Apron by connecting with them on Facebook and/or Twitter

* Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own.