Blue Apron Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2016
Blue Apron is a subscription meal delivery service. Every week, they send seasonal recipes created by their culinary team and all of the pre-measured ingredients you need to make them at home.
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In addition to their 2-Person Subscription Plan, which features seasonally-inspired meals for two, Blue Apron also offers a Family Plan that features kid-friendly recipes and family-style meals for four. (Note that this is a review of the 2-Person Subscription Plan.)
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The Subscription Box: Blue Apron
The Cost: $59.94 for 3 recipes on the 2-Person Plan, $69.92 for 2 recipes on the Family Plan, $139.84 for 4 recipes on the Family Plan.
COUPON: Get two free meals on your first order! No code needed, just use this link
The Products: Fresh ingredients and recipes to make healthy meals at home.
Ships to: US
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When I placed my order with Blue Apron, I was automatically assigned 3 recipes; however, it was easy to go back into my account to pick new ones. Certain combinations of dishes are not allowed, though, so depending on which recipes I selected first, certain other recipes became unavailable.
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Inside each box, Blue Apron includes their newsletter, “From the Farm.”
Unlike many meal boxes, Blue Apron doesn’t group their ingredients by recipe. I like that this limits packaging, but it does slow down the meal preparation process slightly. (I also try to quarantine the Blue Apron ingredients in my fridge, so I don’t use a recipe ingredient for something else by mistake.) The “knick knacks” for each recipe are bagged together, though, which helps.
Recipe #1- Lemon-Butter Salmon with Creamy Barley & Zucchini Salad
Calories: 795 per serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25-35 minutes
I couldn’t wait for this Blue Apron box to arrive! I was really excited about the meals they had available for the week. They all sounded delicious!
I’ve been trying to incorporate more grains into my cooking, so this recipe jumped out at me right away. Since this dish contained salmon, I decided to make it first (so the fish would be as fresh as possible).
Prep for this dish was pretty simple. I cleaned all of the produce and then zested and sliced a lemon, diced a zucchini, and chopped some dill.
Since it would take awhile to cook, I began by boiling the barley in salted water.
While it cooked, I sautéed spinach with some lemon zest and salt & pepper.
Next, I cooked the zucchini in a sauté pan, followed by the salmon fillets.
When the barley was ready, I drained it and then mixed in some sour cream, the spinach and zucchini, dill, and some lemon juice. I divided it between two bowls, and topped each one with salmon.
This dish was pretty tasty! I would never think to add barley to a dish like this, but I thought it was a nice change from what I would normally pick (probably rice or noodles). The barley could have used a little bit more flavor, I think (perhaps a little spice?), but other than that I liked it.
Recipe #2- Muffuletta-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Baby Romaine & Pistachio Salad
Calories: 775 per serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-25 minutes
I love muffuletta sandwiches, but I’ve never tried making them myself at home before!
To prep for this dish, I chopped olives, peppers, celery, parsley, and shallot, and I cleaned the lettuce I received.
First, I make the vinaigrette dressing by whisking together shallots, vinegar, olive oil, and salt & pepper.
Next, I made the sandwich filling by combining olives, celery, parsley, and some of the vinaigrette.
To assemble the sandwiches, I placed provolone onto slices of white bread and divided the filling between two of the slices.
I cooked the sandwiches in a hot skillet with a little olive oil, until the bread browned and the cheese melted.
Lastly, I tossed the lettuce with the remaining vinaigrette, parsley, and pistachios, and I plated it alongside the sandwiches.
These sandwiches were pretty tasty, but I didn’t think they were nearly as good as authentic muffulettas. The flavors were good, but I missed the meatiness that I often associate with muffulettas!
Recipe #3- Chicken Piccata with Fusilli Pasta & Garlic Chives
Calories: 760 per serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
The last dish I selected for this box was Chicken Piccata with Fusilli Pasta & Garlic Chives.
I began by prepping my veggies and cooking the pasta.
Next, I cooked the chicken. I dredged each thigh in seasoned flour and then cooked the thighs in a pan with some butter. When the chicken was done, I made the piccata sauce by adding demi-glace, capers, parsley, lemon juice, and some water to the pan and cooking it until it thickened.
In a separate pan, I sautéed chopped garlic chives with some lemon juice and olive oil. I then mixed this into the cooked pasta to make the sauce. I divided the pasta between two plates and topped each one with chicken and sauce.
This dish was fantastic! The chicken was delicious, and I loved the tangy, rich sauce!
Verdict: This was a pretty good box from Blue Apron. My favorite meal was definitely the Chicken Piccata, but the other dishes were good too. All of the ingredients in this box arrived in great condition, and I like that the recipe cards are well designed and easy to follow. Value wise, Blue Apron is competitively priced (about the same cost per meal as Hello Fresh and cheaper than Plated), and I do feel that the ingredients they send are high quality. The biggest issue for me is with their meal variety. While they technically have 6 meals to choose from each week, not all meal combinations are available. I would love to see them offer a more diverse selection.
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