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Blue Apron x Chrissy Teigen Recipes Walkthrough

Marne Orenich
ByMarne OrenichJun 25, 2018 | 30 comments

Blue APron box in kitchen with cravings book

Blue Apron
4.5 overall rating
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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. For a limited time, they’ve collaborated with Chrissy Teigen to offer one of the meals from her book Cravings to the menu each week!

This is a review of the 2-person, 3-meal subscription plan ($9.99 per serving, or $59.94 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! In addition to their standard 2-Person subscription plan, Blue Apron also offers a Family Plan that features kid-friendly recipes and family-style meals for four.

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

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 $79.92  ($9.99 per serving + FREE shipping) for the 2 meals per week, $107.88  ($8.99 per serving + FREE shipping) for 3 meals per week, or $143.84  ($8.99 per serving + FREE shipping) for 4 meals per week. 

COUPON New customers, save $50 off your first two boxes! No code needed, just use this link

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

Ships to: U.S. only

Blue Apron + Chrissy Teigen Review

For six weeks, Blue Apron has teamed up with model, food enthusiast, and Twitter darling Chrissy Teigen to bring some of the recipes from her cookbook, Cravings, to their menu. When you sign up or log in to your account, you’ll find one of Chrissy’s recipes available each week so you can feel a little closer to her and her family as you follow her life on Instagram.

Time to dig into the box!

On the inside of the box you’ll see that Blue Apron really cares about sustainability, high-quality produce, responsibly raised meats, the success of smaller farmers, and reducing food waste—all important factors to consider when choosing a meal kit subscription. You’ll see the recipe cards right on top when you first open your box.

Blue Apron ingredients come packaged in a big silver cooler 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.

A lot of the ingredients come in packed in labeled bags, but you have to check out the recipe cards to know which meal they go to. Smaller items like butter or sauces come in a *newly updated plastic* “knick knack” bag so they don’t get lost in the shuffle, and those are labeled with the corresponding meal name as well. I’m actually pretty stoked that they switched to plastic from brown paper because there was often leakage that got all over everything. The plastic bags are the same as the larger ingredients come in and recyclable as well.

Are you ready to see the recipes? Let’s dig in!

Chrissy Teigen’s Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Wonton Noodles

Calories per Serving (as prepared): 700 calories

Total Time According to Blue Apron: 30-40 minutes

Actual Time: 45 minutes

My first recipe is, of course, the Chrissy Teigen meal featured this week: Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Wonton Noodles! I don’t normally go for salads, but this one looked super tasty and I’m interested to see how the different textures collide.

All the ingredients neatly packaged.

After preheating the oven, I got to work slicing the veggies. There is not one, but two kinds of cabbage to chop for the salad base!

I peeled and then grated the carrots. I have to say that grating is probably my least favorite step in prepping, but it’s clearly the only way to have it super fresh! This certainly took some time and made me wish I had a helper in the kitchen.

Here are the prepped veggies, awaiting further instructions.

I chopped up this whole shallot but will need to remember that I only need 2 tablespoons for the recipe. Then, I sliced and separated the white bottoms of the scallion from the green tops to use at different times.

I then laid the fresh wonton noodles out in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzled them with olive oil, and added some salt and pepper. I made sure those noodles were nice n’ coated by tossing them gently with my hands. Next, it was time for them to go into the oven for 10 minutes (stirring halfway through).

The chicken was next up! I patted them dry and seasoned both sides with salt and pepper before adding them to a hot pan of oil. They cooked for about 6 minutes per side. Can you hear them sizzle?

They were then transferred to the cutting board to take a quick cat nap.

While those chicken culets rested, I turned my attention to making the sauce by adding the chopped garlic, and sliced white bottoms of scallions to the pan (fond included) with a little more oil, plus some salt and pepper. I added the vinegar, and things really started heating up. The soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and most of the sambal oelek followed.

As you can see, my sauce is quite a bit darker than it should be because I was so busy squeezing packets that I wasn’t paying attention to how high my heat was! I normally use non-stick pans so this stainless one heats differently and I was a little out of my element. Live and learn, folx!

With the sauce finished, I just needed to slice the chicken and mix everything up in the bowl of veggies together!

Voila! I feel just like Chrissy (only a lot shorter)!

I piled the sauced chicken salad onto a plate and then topped it with the crispy wonton noodles and some scallions for a pop of color. Even though I didn’t perfect the sauce, this was still quite tasty and the crispy wontons really brought a fun element to the table. This made a HUGE amount of food that was really more than 2 servings if you ask me.

Here I am, doing my best Chrissy impersonation waiting for her husband, John Legend😍, to join me.

Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Marinated Vegetables & Cotija Cheese

Calories per Serving (as prepared): 520 calories

Total Time According to Blue Apron: 30-40 minutes

Actual Time: 40 minutes

The other (non-Teigen) recipe I chose was this yummy-looking cajun shrimp taco meal!

Everything I needed, all neatly packed. For this recipe, Blue Apron is getting their summer grilling on, so they recommend cooking the shrimp in a pan or on the grill. I thought I’d meet in the middle and use my grill pan!

Hellooooo sweet peppers! Look at all of that color! Everyone went into a bowl with the cherry tomatoes I also halved with half of the vinegar to marinate. I intermittently stirred this while prepping the other items as well.

Slicy slice slice. I love celery!

More carrot peeling happened for this recipe. And more of my… favorite… grating! 😖

I may not be able to pronounce “piquante“, but I chopped these cute little peppers up pretty well.

The celery, white scallions, carrots, piquante peppers, and remaining vinegar was all mixed together with mayo and some salt and pepper in a bowl to create the slaw that will be paired with the tacos on the side.

Enter: scrimps.

After patting those shrimpies dry, I added about half of the cajun seasoning packet to them and made sure they were well-coated.

I had my grill pan heating up (with some oil) for about 10 minutes prior to this to ensure it was nice n’ hot. See that sweet sizzle as I place the shrimp in there?

After three minutes, I flipped them to cook for another three. Look at those gorgeous grill lines! Once they were opaque and fully cooked, I transferred them to a cutting board where I could cut off the tails.

The last step was to warm the tortillas! I decided to also do this in my grill pan (as opposed to the microwave or outdoor grill instructions that Blue Apron provided). Once again: beautiful coloring!

Time to plate! Shrimp goes first.

Then the marinated tomatoes, and sweet peppers…

And finally, channel a slightly outdated meme to garnish with green scallion (and cotija cheese) so you can show off your cool taco tattoo.

Awwww yes. Look at these colorful tacos and matching slaw!

These were superb! I think using the cast iron grill pan was definitely the way to go on these, and everything was quite simple. These tacos were light and flavorful. Truly a perfect summer meal! I don’t even love slaw that much, but this one was really tasty and not too heavy.

Verdict: The Blue Apron recipes I chose this month were both perfect for summer and I was so excited to try out one of Chrissy Teigen’s meals! I feel closer to her and am intrigued to take a closer look at her cookbook (she also has a new one coming out later this year) as well as her future Blue Apron recipes!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sadly the cutoff for this meal was a while ago but you can sign up now to receive her week 5 meal: Chipotle-Lime Chicken Fajitas with Mushrooms, Monterey Jack, & Crema or week 6 meal: Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches with Pickled Cucumbers & Carrots! 🤤

DEAL – New customers, save $50 off your first two boxes! No code needed, just use this link

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

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What do you think of the Blue Apron collaboration with Chrissy Teigen this week?

Blue Apron (starting at $47.95 per week) is one of the most well-known meal kit delivery service subscription boxes. Blue Apron creates bistro-inspired recipes (for 2 or 4 people) and sends members the pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions they need to complete up to 4 of them pe... read more.
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.

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.
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30 comments

Kc

As someone who has been dong Blue Apron and Hello Fresh for a long time, I’ve begun to think that Blue Apron is skimping more and more on the meet. For a family of 4, we got two pieces of salmon that are about 1 inches wide an maybe 6 inches long. It just is a skimpy portino. Hello Fresh is doing better on the portions, and I’m about to start exploring other meal kits. WOuld be interested in seeing a comparison review.

Susan

Great review and both meals look so yummy!

Sara

Woweee!! Marne, your review is completely and totally wonderful!😃😃😃 This was super delightful to read–informative, entertaining, artistic. You really shined on this style of review/tutorial. I hope you do many more! (with no grating 😉).

FYI Chrissy’s Cravings book contains great recipes, pictures and lots of funny anecdotes, just like she’s known for. I loved reading it.

Vianny

Marne, you are my fave gal! Keep them coming girl, love all your reviews but this is perfect 🤩

Love the pics and the details , also I want your kitchen.

Marne Orenich

Oh Vianny, I WISH it was mine. One day…
Thanks for reading my reviews! Glad you enjoy. 🙂

V

I love how you did this review! Great job showing all the steps with pictures. It looks like you had fun doing this. Just awesome!

jaq

Yes, cool taco tattoo but also super-cool Hieronymus Bosch tattoo!

Marne Orenich

Thanks, Jaq!! It’s a work in progress!

Sheena

Dear Scallion Bae,

This was seriously the best food review ever (and by preference and dietary restrictions, I don’t even like what you cooked!). Also, you have beautiful hands. Idk.

Marne Orenich

LOL Sheena! You get me. And thank you!

AmyM

Both meals look so good! I have wanted to try one of the boxed meal services, but I am hesitant due to food handling issues; especially in regard to raw meat and seafood. I live in a super-hot climate and I’m always nervous someone on the supply chain won’t follow procedure and I’ll end up with food poisoning. Am I the only one who worries about things like that?

TK

No, you’re not the only one who worries about that. I live in Texas and have tried 3 meal services. One was not so great about keeping things cold. We haven’t tried this one yet but I’m impressed with the way the box looked packed.
Thanks for the awesome, detailed review!!

DawnS

Great review, loved the pics. And the food does look yummy but as with the Blue Apron recipes I tried the sodium and fat amounts make this sub a no go for me. Especially the sodium levels!

Oknittia

I too HA-ATE to grate! I would finely chop so I wouldn’t have to grate anything. That is until my father picked up a vintage Salad Master at a garage sale as a joke for me. I was dubious at first, but now, before chopping or slicing, I check to see if the Salad Master has a drum to do it for me. Not only is it easier than a food processor to clean and looks cool on the counter, it’s FUN! I’ve seen similar gadgets at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Nich

OMG, Marne this is the best food review ever!!!!! Love the added details and excellent pics now I gotta try these recipes; I have her cookbook “Cravings”, she’s the best

Marne Orenich

*blushes*

Jeanette

Thanks for the play by play review. I may have to order one of these!

MJ

Fantastic review, love the pics!

Janelle

11/10 for this review and the amazing action shots/photography.

Simone

Super fun review! 😍

Katy

What a fantastic review!

Julie

Love the style of this review! I don’t think there can be too many photos of a cooking demo; it’s like watching a MSA cooking show. Great job Marne!

A.M.

I love the pics & in depth review! We actually ordered both these recipes this week, but received tilapia instead of shrimp for the tacos.
We made the chicken salad last night & loved it, but felt the dressing needed something extra, so added a little extra soy sauce & a Tbsp of smooth peanut butter- delicious!!

Marne Orenich

Whoa, peanut butter?! What a fabulous idea, AM!
Did they run out of the shrimp and send tilapia instead? I’ve never been subbed something that before…interesting.

A.M.

I’m in California, so am guessing it’s a matter of available ingredients, with regard to my having been offered the recipe with tilapia vs shrimp.
Peanut butter added a little depth of flavor & thickened the dressing. It works well in Asian-style dressing and marinade recipes 🙂

jane

Way too many pictures

Nicole

I’d rather look at food than just read a bunch of words about it 🤷🏻‍♀️

Candice

Beautiful review!!! Amazing pics!!! Loved the detailed steps and recipes look delicious!

Tat

Are you in the MSA test kitchen?

Marne Orenich

LOL! You bet I am, Tat!

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