Blue Apron x Bob’s Burgers Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2018


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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. 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.)

contents of blue apron

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. 

Limited Time Offer: Save $60 off your first month ($30 per box) with this link!

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

Ships to: U.S. only

Blue Apron + Bob’s Burgers Review

Blue Apron has partnered with Chef Alvin Cailan of famed Los Angeles restaurant Eggslut to bring one Bob’s Burger inspired burger recipe per month. This was the first time it was available (with The Quantum of Salsa Burger), while The Gouda Wife Burger and The Absentee Shallot Burger are coming in August and September, respectively. 

open Blue Apron box

They recently redesigned their box to have a more traditional four flaps instead of a lid with two smaller flaps like before. The recipes are right on top and the first things you see as you open it up.

cooler bag containing ingredients

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.

cardboard divider

Now that it’s getting hot outside, they’ve reconfigured how they pack their boxes. That’s something I can appreciate!

ingredients inside cooler bag

A lot of the ingredients from Blue Apron come in bags, labeled, 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 *recently updated plastic* “knick knack” bag so they don’t get lost in the shuffle, and those are labeled with the 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!

Ingredients for Cheeseburgers with Corn-Pepper Salsa (The Quantum of Salsa Burger) contents of knick knack bag

Bob’s Burger’sThe Quantum of Salsa Burger aka Cheeseburgers with Corn-Pepper Salsa

Calories per Serving (as prepared): 970 calories

Total Time According to Blue Apron: 35-45 minutes

Actual Time: 50 minutes

recipe card for Cheeseburgers with Corn-Pepper Salsa (The Quantum of Salsa Burger)

Though I’ve watched Bob’s Burger and do enjoy it, I’m not as big a fan as some of my friends. However, I do know that there are always punny burger special names written on the chalkboard in the restaurant in the show several different times an episode, so I love that they’ve taken the names directly from the show for the recipe.

instructioms for Cheeseburgers with Corn-Pepper Salsa (The Quantum of Salsa Burger)

Since it’s summer, you’ll notice that Blue Apron has been including additional grilling instructions in a lot of their recipes, and this is one of them. I didn’t want to fire up my charcoal grill but ended up using my favorite cooking vessel: a grill pan. This is also when it became very real that the side dish for this is onion rings: one of my mortal enemies. Let’s see how it goes…

breaded onions on a baking sheet

After prepping all of the vegetables (which isn’t all that interesting to see photos of), breading the onion rings was the next task. I had three separate bowls out with the spice blend, a beaten egg with salt + pepper, and half the breadcrumbs. I took the onion rings I had carefully separated and placed them in the spice blend to coat, then into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs, trying my best to get everything to stick. I have to say that my track record with breading vegetables isn’t that great, and I usually have trouble getting to be a professional job. I then placed the breaded onion rings on a baking sheet and was supposed to drizzle with olive oil but completely forgot before placing them in the oven for 15 minutes. We’ll come back to that.

corn cooking in pan

I received two ears of corn with this recipe that I had to cut the kernels off of which is one of my least favorite things to prep. No matter what, there are always kernels flying around my kitchen that I find days later behind something. Blue Apron smartly has a lot of technique videos included online and in one of them, the address the issue and suggest prepping corn on a larger baking sheet to cut down on the mess. Here, I put the freed corn kernels into a pan of oil to cook for 2-3 minutes (until browned).

onion and corn cooking in pan

While prepping I had reserved 1/4 of the onion to be chopped and I added them to the pan for another 2 minutes with salt + pepper.

corn onion and Sweet Piquante Peppers marinating in bowl

Once everything was softened, they joined the peppers in a bowl of lime juice to marinate for at least 10 minutes (with more salt + pepper).

ground beef mixture

Meat time! The ground beef was placed into a bowl with the rest of the breadcrumbs and was mixed together, with salt + pepper and a lot of the provided chipotle chile paste.

formed burger patties

I’m rather proud of the patties I formed here. They soon went into my pre-heated GRILL PAN!

burgers topped with melted cheese in grill pan

Here, I basically follow the grilling directions although I’m technically am cooking them on the stove. I like my burgers on the rarer side, so I cooked them for 6 minutes on one side and 4 on the other. When I flipped them, I added the cheese and covered loosely with foil to get it all M E L T Y.

baked onion rings on baking sheet

While I was cooking the burgers, the onion rings were done. Since I forgot to drizzle them in olive oil, they were on the dry side, but I swear to you that they tasted good anyhow. I must admit that even though I despise onions, these were way better than ones from a restaurant and I found them really mild and easy to eat.

buns warming on grill pan

The last thing I had to do was toast the buns, which I did on the still hot grill pan after the burgers were done.

plated Cheeseburgers with Corn-Pepper Salsa (The Quantum of Salsa Burger)

Plating this one was easy! All I had to do was put the salsa on top and it was ready to go. I added a bit more on the side as well.

close up of plated Cheeseburgers with Corn-Pepper Salsa (The Quantum of Salsa Burger)

I found this to be really delicious and unexpected. I would never order something like this out but really enjoyed all of it. It was just a touch spicy due to the chile paste but juicy and the corn and peppers brought a real freshness to it. I even ate ALL of those onion rings. GASP. Who am I even?

ingredients for Seared Steak & Garlic-Mashed Potatoes with Summer Vegetables contents of knick knack bag

Seared Steak & Garlic-Mashed Potatoes with Summer Vegetables

Calories per Serving (as prepared): 720 calories

Total Time According to Blue Apron: 35-45 minutes

Actual Time: 35 minutes

recipe card for Seared Steak & Garlic-Mashed Potatoes with Summer Vegetables

As always, I’m a sucker for meat and potatoes and even though I was already getting red meat via the burger, I couldn’t resist this meal as well.

instructions for Seared Steak & Garlic-Mashed Potatoes with Summer Vegetables

Hurray! More grilling instructions that I can use with my grill pan.

I prepped the veggies which was a breeze this time, and got a pot of salted water on the stove ASAP. Once it was boiling, I carefully added the large diced potatoes.

grape tomatoes marinating in bowl

Once the potatoes were going, I added the halved grape tomatoes to a bowl with vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to marinate.

salt and peppered steaks on cutting board

Next, I seasoned the steaks with salt + pepper on both sides and added a drizzle of olive oil.

 

steaks cooking in grill pan

To my pre-heated grill pan, I added those bad boys and let them cook for about 4 and half minutes on each side. Look at the gorgeous grill lines!

mashed potatoes in pot

Buy these time, my potatoes were softened after boiling for about 15 minutes and I added the provided crema bel paese cheese, salt, pepper, and way more garlic than it called for. 🙂

sliced zucchini cooking in grill pan

Since I was using a grill pan instead of a normal non-stick one, I kept the quartered zucchini intact and added it to the pan. After about 3-4 minutes, I had these nice lines. I turned them 2 more times to get each side some “face time” with the pan.

caper butter

While the zucchini cooked, I mixed the chopped up capers with the softened butter to make this great steak-topper.

zucchini and tomatoes in bowl

Once the zucchini was done, I cut it into manageable pieces and added it to the bowl of marinating tomatoes and gave it a good stir.

plated Seared Steak & Garlic-Mashed Potatoes with Summer Vegetables

I sliced the steaks (against the grain) as directed before plating this colorful meal and topped with the caper butter.

close up of plated Seared Steak & Garlic-Mashed Potatoes with Summer Vegetables

Holy moly, this was fantastic. I feel like I’m always saying that, but I truly thought this would be a run-of-the-mill meal and it turned out to have so many different textures and flavors that I was surprised. The tomatoes and zucchini tasted fresh and not overly vinegar-y, the caper butter on the perfectly cooked steak was scrumptious, and the mashed potatoes were some of my finest work in the field. I packed up the leftovers of this, fully excited to eat them again.

Verdict: Blue Apron knocked my socks off this week with two meals I was able to use on a grill or inside, and contained really fresh vegetables that made the red meat feel not so heavy. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the onion rings and the zucchini and tomato side dish for the steaks was so flavorful! 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This one is long gone, but if you want to try the next Bob’s Burger recipe, you have until August 14th to order it for the week of August 20th!

Limited Time Offer: Save $60 off your first month ($30 per box) with this link!

COUPON – 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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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 Subscription Boxes, Meal Kit Subscriptions, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: blue apron | 1 comment

1 Comment

  1. Looks delicious, thank you for sharing.

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