Well, I FINALLY got around to posting about my Blue Apron meals; I can’t believe how far behind I am. One of the things I am most excited about it I get to compare companies.

Compared to Hello Fresh, Blue Apron couldn’t be more different. Everything from the meals to the packaging – they are night and day. This box is 3 meals/week for 2 people – $59.94, which is slightly less expensive.

WEBSITE

The website was relatively easy to use and, if you’re a regular user, an app to help schedule your deliveries. I also felt it gave more information about how the program worked; I didn’t have any questions like I did before.

THE DELIVERY

Not too much to say here. The delivery was on time and seemed packaged well. In addition to the delivery, an email was sent notifying you about your delivery. It also had a link for tips and videos on how to cook your meals that week. That was cool help. The packaging was also very different. With Hello Fresh, they had a box for each meal’s ingredients. Blue Apron – all ingredients in one big box. No distinction for which item goes to which meal. This was probably my least favorite aspect of the service.

THE MEALS

The biggest contrast with Blue Apron (and a reason why picky-eater Kristin was nervous), is I hadn’t tried – or even hear of – many of the ingredients. Of all the ingredients, I think I was familiar with 5 or 6 of them. A big reason why I enjoy these boxes is it forces me out of my comfort zone. Therefore, this week’s meals…

  • Adobo-Style Chicken
  • Seared Salmon & Spinach Walnut Pesto
  • Crispy Brown Butter Gnocchi

I wasn’t a fan of the Adobo-Style Chicken, but that didn’t surprise me. It was too spicy for me, but I ate it all.

Now, the other two dishes…WOW. I  could not believe that I liked the salmon dish. It wasn’t hard to make but it turned out amazingly. The “hash” was purple potatoes (didn’t know they existed) and red onion. Sounds like a horrible combination – then you make the pesto with spinach and capers – YUCK! But in reality…YUM. I would never have ordered that as a restaurant. Now I can’t wait to make it again.

The gnocchi dish was good, but I would have liked more gnocchi in it. I think I had too many red onions. I do really like Brussel sprouts. It was my first time cooking them, and easier than I thought. That was an intimidating food, but I conquered it.

OVERALL RECOMMENDATION

Blue Apron was great! More affordable than Hello Fresh and exposes you to unusual foods to make unique meals. It’s easy to order and easy to do. Somehow, I messed up each of the meals at one step or another, but it was all still delicious.

Stay tuned for my backlog of posts…