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Blue Apron Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2017

Blue Apron box

Blue Apron is a subscription meal delivery service. Every week, they send seasonal recipes created by their culinary team and the pre-measured ingredients you need to make them at home.

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open Blue Apron box

recycle flap handling and storage flap

Blue Apron really cares about sustainability, high-quality produce, responsibly raised meats, the success of smaller farmers, and reducing food waste—which is all important to consider when choosing a meal kit subscription to go with.

inside Blue Apron box

You’ll see the recipe cards right on top when you first open your box.

further inside Blue Apron box

Blue Apron ingredients come packaged in a big silver bag that’s a lot like bubble wrap. Along with the plastic-wrapped ice packs in the box, the bubble wrap bag keeps the ingredients cool while they travel.

cardboard divider in blue apron box ice pack and meat in blue apron box

If you choose recipes with meat, you’ll find them all the way at the bottom, against the ice packs to stay cold.

In addition to their standard 2-Person subscription plan, which features three weekly seasonally-inspired meals for two, Blue Apron also offers a Family Plan that features kid-friendly recipes and family-style meals for four.

This is a review of the 2-person, 2-meal subscription plan ($9.99 per serving, or $47.95 per week). I normally cook for myself, but having meal kits delivered to my home has given me a way to lure friends over to help and enjoy the recipes with me. It’s so much more fun with a buddy if you can spare one. No buddies? You’ll have some leftovers then, so this doubles your value!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

full contents of Blue Apron december 2017

About Blue Apron

The Subscription Box: Blue Apron

The Cost: You can choose from a 2 person plan or a family plan.

For the 2 person plan, it’s $47.95  ($9.99 per serving + $7.99 shipping) for 2 meals per week or $59.94  ($9.99 per serving + FREE shipping) for the 3 meals per week. 

Family plans start at $69.92  ($8.74 per serving + FREE shipping) for the 2 meals per week, $104.88  ($8.74 per serving + FREE shipping) for 3 meals per week, or $139.84  ($8.74 per serving + FREE shipping) for 4 meals per week. 

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Get $80 off across your first 4 boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Fresh ingredients and recipes to make healthy meals at home.

Ships to: U.S. only

Blue Apron December 2017 Review

ingredients for Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Pan Sauce

Almost all of the ingredients from Blue Apron come in bags, labeled, so you know which recipe they belong to. Smaller items like butter or sauces come in a brown paper “knick knack” bag so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

ingredients laid out for Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Pan Sauce

Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Pan Sauce

Calories per Serving (as prepared): 670 calories

Total Time According to Blue Apron: 40-50 minutes

Actual Time: 45 minutes

front of recipe card for Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Pan Sauce

Cold weather calls for heavy meals for me so I chose two comforting meals this time, beginning with this chicken with mashed potatoes and kale.

step by step instructions for Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Pan Sauce

The recipe didn’t call for anything out of the ordinary from my point of view. All basic things here!

garlic cooking in pan

Once I got a pot of water boiling and added the potatoes, I turned my attention to sauteeing some garlic in a large pan with olive oil.

kale cooking in pan

I then added the kale (my least favorite thing to prep since it entails washing, patting dry, then de-stemming) to the pan and watched it wilt a bit before adding half of the verjus and some water.

chicken breasts cooking in pan

After the kale was cooked, I set it aside and used the same pan to cook the chicken breasts I had salt and peppered, for five minutes on each side.

boiled potatoes in pot

The po-tates were done.

mashed potatoes in pot

So I smashed ’em up real good with the butter and a drizzle of olive oil.

mushrooms and thyme cooking in pan

Next, it was time to make the mushroom pan sauce! I put the quartered ‘shrooms in the same pan (including any chicken bits that were left in there) and added a few sprigs of rosemary.

mushrooms, thyme, and verjus in pan

After they browned a bit, I added the rest of the verjus and some water.

mushrooms, thyme, creme fraiche and verjus in pan

After 3-4 minutes, I turned off the heat, removed the rosemary sprigs, and added the creme fraiche to make this delish sauce. It’s not as thick as I hoped it would be, but it certainly did the trick.

plated Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Pan Sauce

Here is everything plated, with the mushroom pan sauce that I chose to also put over the mashed potatoes.

close up of plated Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Pan Sauce

I really love mushrooms, so this was super duper tasty and hit the spot for a nice comforting meal. Garlic + kale are also a winning combo for me, so it was the perfect additional side. The chicken was also nice n’ juicy!

ingredients for Beef Medallions & Brown Butter Caper Sauce with Italian-Spiced Potatoes & Turnip ingredients laid out for Beef Medallions & Brown Butter Caper Sauce with Italian-Spiced Potatoes & Turnip

Beef Medallions & Brown Butter Caper Sauce with Italian-Spiced Potatoes & Turnip

Calories per Serving (as prepared): 610 calories

Total Time According to Blue Apron: 30-40 minutes

Actual Time: 40 minutes

front of recipe card for Beef Medallions & Brown Butter Caper Sauce with Italian-Spiced Potatoes & Turnip

The second meal I chose had a similar “meat + potatoes” comfort-food vibe to it, but with slightly different ingredients. Beef medallions instead of chicken, chard instead of kale, and the potatoes are cut into fries here instead of mashed.

step by step instructions for Beef Medallions & Brown Butter Caper Sauce with Italian-Spiced Potatoes & Turnip

Similiar to the previous meal, there was nothing over complicated with this recipe. Though the prep was a bit more involved due to the slicing of the potatoes and turnip. I don’t recall using turnips like this before, so that was new to me.

sliced potatoes and turnips on baking sheet

I sliced up the potatoes and turnip into fry-sized sticks and coated them in salt, pepper, half of the Italian seasoning, and olive oil before placing them on a baking sheet. They went into the oven for 25 minutes.

chard stems cooking in pan with garlic

The directions told me to separate the stems from the leaves of the chard, then chop up both. I started with the stems in a pan with garlic and added salt and pepper.

chard and garlic cooking in pan

After the stems softened, I added the chopped leaves, half of the vinegar, and a little bit of water until the leaves wilted. They were then placed in a bowl to keep warm.

beef medallions cooking in pan

Using the same pan, beef medallions were cooked, after seasoning with salt, pepper, and the remaining Italian seasoning for three minutes on each side.

beef medallions resting on plate

They were then laid to rest on a plate.

cooked sliced potatoes and turnips on baking sheet

The fries came out of the oven, all toasty.

butter, redn pepper flakes, and capers cooking in pan

And lastly, I made the brown butter sauce.I kept the fond leftover from the medallions and added butter to melt. Then, I turned off the heat and added the capers, the rest of the vinegar, and all of the red pepper flakes (though you can add less if desired).

Plated Beef Medallions & Brown Butter Caper Sauce with Italian-Spiced Potatoes & Turnip

Here we have the plated dinner with garlicky chard, potato and turnip fries, and rare beef medallions slathered in brown butter sauce.

close up of Plated Beef Medallions & Brown Butter Caper Sauce with Italian-Spiced Potatoes & Turnip

Capers are high on my list of tasty additions, so I loved seeing them in this recipe. Cooking the stems from the chard was new for me, so that was interesting to see used. I thought everything tasted delicious and was cooked to my liking.

Verdict: I chose comfort recipes this month from Blue Apron and they did not disappoint me. I knew what I was getting into with both of these, and neither were very discovery-based for me, besides the turnips and chard stems. I will probably try to be a bit more adventurous next time, though I love a classic meat and potatoes dinner.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Since Blue Apron menus change weekly and you must choose them ahead of time, you won’t be able to order these dishes unless they are offered again in the future.

Coupon – Get three free meals on your first order! No code needed, just use this link

Value Breakdown: At $47.95 ($9.99 per serving + $7.99 shipping) for this box, you’re paying $11.99 per meal.

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in Blue Apron Reviews, Food & Drink Subscription Boxes, Meal Kit Subscriptions, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: blue apron | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. This is a really great review! Would it be possible for these reviews to show which meals you were able to choose between for that week? I’m asking because I used to sub to both Hello Fresh and Blue Apron and frequently there would be weeks where I couldn’t find three meals that all looked good to me so I’d skip. I like both of the dishes you picked, but it’d be nice to know if those were the only meals I’d have liked that week. Or, alternatively, if I didn’t like what you had chosen, it’d be nice to know what my alternatives would’ve been. I do understand that the meals offered are switched up weekly, but at least this would give me an idea of whether or not I’d generally feel like there was enough to pick from or not. Also, over time, I think it’d give me an idea about whether or not the service was repeating things a lot (for example, Hello Fresh seemed to be doing pizza all.the.time back then when I was subbing).

    • Hey Jessvii! I can totally start doing that, I think it’s a great idea! Thanks for the feedback!

    • And….best reason for menu choices, be listed in review is Blue Apron requires CC info to go past HOME page. Ironically, BA and their PTB probably will have kitens, releasing member owned information? Yeah….No, I can’t see that happening.
      BTW, I think 1st. meal with the Salmon and Vegetarian meal are the go default meals if you forget to choose.

  2. Great review and everything looks tasty!

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