Blue Apron Review

I’m a little late to the game but I just tried Blue Apron, the meal kit delivery service. I’ve been meaning to try it but just didn’t have the right justification. As I was brainstorming meals to send to a family member cross-country I finally realized I had the right justification.

I tried their Family Plan and had 4 meals delivered.

  • Beef Teriyaki Stir-Fry
  • Crispy Catfish & Sweet Potato Fries
  • Roasted Chicken (pictures included from this meal)
  • Black Bean & Quinoa Enchiladas
Pros:
  • You get exactly what you need – they will send you the ingredients for your meal and you won’t have extra things that you’ll have to figure out how to use up
  • Reasonable price – if you think about it as a grocery replacement then it is reasonable. More expensive than just grocery shopping yourself but definitely cheaper than take out
  • Quality ingredients – the ingredients are all very fresh and sourced well
  • Tasty recipes – my whole family has really loved the dishes
  • Clear instructions – The recipes are very well written and they even send a set of how to videos on prepping different ingredients you might be unfamiliar with
  • Nationwide delivery
All ready to make the roast chicken
Cons:
  • I still have to go to the grocery store. My children still need breakfast, lunch and snack items and I still need milk for my coffee.
  • It still takes as long to get dinner on the table as if I had done the shopping. Each of the recipes, takes between 30-45 min. to prepare.
  • I don’t have as much control over my food. I don’t get to choose whether I want an organic version of a fruit or vegetable. The recipes clock in around 600 calories which isn’t terrible but I try to keep my evening meal under 500 calories. Lastly, there aren’t any plans for those with dietary restrictions (gluten-free, low-carb, vegetarian, etc)
The finished chicken
Carrots to accompany the chicken

While I don’t think this is a good option for those with babies, I will use this service again. We ski a lot and usually book an Airbnb so that I don’t have to take tired children to a restaurant. I will probably look into this as an option since the meals are all self contained.

Another plus, I learned some new cooking skills!

Have you tried Blue Apron or any of their competitor services? What did you think?