This is a sponsored post for Blue Apron. I have been compensated through the SheSavvy Influence Network. All opinions remain my own.
It never fails! I’m on the way home from a peaceful beach trip when my mind abruptly changes gears. Rest and relaxation are the names of the game when I’m taking a few vacation days. Suddenly, I’m back in work mode.
The real world comes sharply into focus as I think about how busy the next few days will be. Photoshoots, making a video, meetings, and baseball games galore are on the horizon. My mind hones in on what I’m going to cook for dinner tonight. A trip to the grocery store is not in my game plan. Thankfully, I remember that my first Blue Apron box will be arriving this afternoon. All is well!
I’m like a kid at Christmas when it comes to unboxing and my Blue Apron box does not disappoint.
Since this is my first order, I’m curious as to what’s inside.
Inside the Blue Apron box are farm fresh seasonal produce, meat with no added hormones, sustainably sourced seafood and everything else I need to create three meals. Recipe cards, step-by-step instructions (with photos) and the story behind the ingredients are also included.
My first Blue Apron order consists of three meals for two people. I love how I can customize the meals for my family. Since it’s just my husband and me this weekend, these meals work perfectly. Here’s a sneak peek into my box.
I’m impressed with the Blue Apron packaging. The meats and seafood are sandwiched between ice packs to ensure they are at the proper temperature. The produce is fresh and they’ve thought of everything. Even the spices and knick knacks like red wine vinegar are provided.
I’m a foodie and I’m not big on fast food. Cooking from scratch is how I roll, but sometimes I just don’t have time to shop for groceries. I’m excited that Blue Apron chefs work directly with over 150 farms. It helps to know that I get high-quality food at a better value. Plus, there’s no middle man and the ingredients are at their freshest.
Let’s take a look at the three meals I prepared.
Meal #1 – Shrimp & Squid Ink Spaghetti
I’m an adventurous eater and trying new foods is something I enjoy. I remember the first time I ate escargot and fell instantly in love. For some strange reason, I’ve never had squid ink-infused spaghetti until now. What do I think? Oh, my, yum! Where have you been all my life?
Meal #1 – Shrimp & Squid Ink Spaghetti
I’m an adventurous eater and trying new foods is something I enjoy. I remember the first time I ate Escargot and fell instantly in love. For some strange reason, I’ve never had squid ink-infused spaghetti until now. What do I think? Oh, my, yum! Where have you been all my life?
Guess what? The pasta is fresh. It’s not dry pasta like you buy in the grocery store. Talking about feeling like a gourmet cook without all the extra work – that’s how I’m feeling today.
Everything I need to make Shrimp & Squid Ink Spaghetti is included except the olive oil. That’s not a problem because I always have olive oil on hand. Even the butter, lemon, crushed red pepper flakes and Fromage Blanc (a soft, french cheese) are included.
The six steps are easy to follow and wine pairing is also included for your convenience.
Meal #2 – Mozzarella & Arugula Paninis
You don’t need a panini maker to make delicious paninis! A heavy pot or pan works perfectly. Thanks for the tip, Blue Apron. Marinated thin sliced squash with garlic, olives and red wine vinegar are mixed with arugula for a light, refreshing salad.
The little bottle of red wine vinegar is too cute! I love how Blue Apron includes everything I need – even the red wine vinegar and fresh garlic.
The panini includes fresh mozzarella, peppery arugula, and garlicky tomato sauce that melds together and creates the perfect sandwich.
Meal #3 – Chicken & Sweet Pepper Tostadas
The step-by-step instructions are included to help me save time. As a seasoned cook, I enjoy not having to overthink the process. If you’re just learning to cook, these steps are perfect and will have you cooking like a pro in no time at all.
The fresh, colorful mini sweet pepper sauce and Mexican spices are mixed in with the chicken and piled on top of cheesy tostadas. The side dish is roasted summer squash with a dusting of Cotija.
Since Mexican food is a big favorite at my house, these tostadas are a huge hit. I can see this meal reappearing on my weekly menu.
My favorite meal is the Shrimp & Squid Ink Spaghetti. My husband’s favorite is the Chicken & Sweet Pepper Tostadas. The tostadas are my second favorite. All of the meals are good and Blue Apron does not skimp on the portions.
Will I order Blue Apron again? In a heartbeat! Check out how you can get $30 off your first delivery and enjoy dinner, the Blue Apron Way.