Reviewed March 2022
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Blue Apron is a meal kit program that conveniently delivers ingredients and chef-created recipes to your doorstep each week. The name Blue Apron comes from the blue aprons worn by chefs while learning how to cook. You too can be a chef by cooking their easy-to-follow recipes.
Blue Apron offers a variety of meals for different tastes. The service is especially good for people on the WW program (formerly known as Weight Watchers). Blue Apron works with the WW program to create “Wellness” meals that meet WW guidelines. This will make it easier to keep track of your WW points.
The recipe options change weekly. Here are a few of the meals that we enjoyed.
Pan-fried seasoned tilapia with tangy capers and a side of orzo with sautéed zucchini and sweet bell peppers.
Seared chicken breast topped with a black bean-chile sauce and served with a side of roasted potatoes and sauteed kale
Seared salmon fillets topped with an orange soy glaze and served with a side of savory fried rice with mushrooms and bok choy
The meals were good, but to be honest, they weren’t as good as the HelloFresh meals. Some of the meals seemed sort of bland. I found myself wanting to adapt them to make them tastier.
The meal-prep time varies depending on the recipe. The range for the meals that I selected was from 15 to 50 minutes. You can select meals with short prep times when you order your meals if that’s what you’re looking for.
Blue Apron, and all meal kit programs, will save you time because you don’t have to go to the grocery store or plan meals. As you know, it takes a while to look through recipe books, figure out what ingredients you need to buy, make a grocery list and then go to the store and find everything. It’s so nice just getting everything delivered to my door without having to think about it.
I found the recipes to be easy to make. The ingredients for each recipe are listed on the front of the recipe card so you begin by pulling those out of the fridge. Most ingredients come pre-measured which is very convenient. The instructions are easy to follow and even have pictures to illustrate the steps.
There is a flat $9.99 shipping fee (as of the time of writing this article). Blue Apron ships via FedEx, OnTrac or regional couriers. You select a convenient delivery day when you order. You can select a day that you are off work or have them deliver your box to work or some other location where someone can receive it.
You don’t need to sign for it, but I don’t recommend leaving it sitting on your porch for too long. The ice packs will keep it cold for a while, however. You could even track your delivery using the link that they send in the delivery email. When you see that it’s been delivered, you can hurry home and put the ingredients in the fridge.
Blue Apron can deliver anywhere in the contiguous United States.
Everything is delivered in a big cardboard box with blocks of ice and insulation. Smaller items are packaged together in a plastic bag.
According to their website, over 85% of Blue Apron packaging is recyclable, and by 2025 they say it will be 100% recyclable! The packaging includes cardboard and plastic. The gel inside the ice pack is listed as being safe to pour down the drain when melted, or the package even says that you can put it on your plants or lawn. The label says that it contains nitrogen which is beneficial for the soil.
When you register, you select one of the following options.
Meal kit programs make it very easy and convenient to lose weight because you know exactly how many calories are in a meal. Blue Apron’s partnership with WW (Weight Watchers) makes it even easier because you can keep track of your WW points in addition to your calorie intake. If you want to lose weight, just select the “Wellness” program when you sign up, and they’ll take care of the rest.
The program can be healthy if you sign up for the “Wellness” program. You will be sent low-calorie nutritionist-approved meals. If you want to increase your vegetable intake, you could select the vegetarian option.
Ordering from Blue Apron is easy. You simply create an account with your basic information (name, address, etc.) and then select your meal program (Signature, Wellness or Vegetarian). You select how many meals a week you want and how many servings per meal. We signed up for three meals a week of four servings. Even if you are single, you could sign up for the two-serving option and have leftovers the next day. If you are going to have guests for dinner, you can order extra servings of a particular meal.
After selecting your meal program, they will automatically select meals each week based on your preferences. You can review their selection before the deadline and swap out any meal for another recipe that sounds more appealing to you.
The cost per serving depends on how many servings you order and how many meals each week. The range is currently $7.49 to $9.99 per serving. Our 4-person 3-meal per week plan was $7.99 per serving. Pricing may have changed since the time of my review.
Blue Apron will absolutely save you money if the alternative is eating out. Even if you were previously shopping for your own ingredients and cooking, it will probably save you money by eliminating food waste. You save money by not having to buy quantities of ingredients that are larger than what you need. If you buy a whole bottle of something but you only need a teaspoon, that will drive up your cost of cooking on your own. Also, when talking about savings, what about the time that you save? How much is your time worth?
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