Please note that these meals were provided for free by a Oiselle friend.
I’ve always been curious about Blue Apron but did not want to pay for it. So, when a friend offered to sign me up to get 3 free meals, I couldn’t say no.
I received a box with ingredients for the following meals:
- Seared Steak and Fingerling Potatoes
- Shrimp and Fresh Fusilli Pasta
- Cajun-Spiced Chicken
Everything came neatly packed in a refrigerated box.
Any extra (small) ingredients was packed separately.
I decided to first make the Shrimp and Fresh Fusilli Pasta. Spoiler: It was delicious.
I did not follow the steps exactly as was listed in the sheet (I cooked the squash in my toaster oven instead of the oven and I used minced garlic from a jar instead of the garlic that was sent to me). I did not add the olives because I do not like olives at all.
I love shrimp! I wished more was included in the box but I guess I could have added some that I had in my house.
It was a very simple and fast recipe. I was worried about overcooking the shrimp as well as making sure they were properly cooked. I like the taste of the tomato sauce and tomato paste. <<So much tastier than spaghetti sauce.
The second meal I made was Seared Steak and Fingerling Potatoes. It was another delicious meal.
I cooked the potatoes and onion in my toaster oven and I did not use all of the knick knacks for the salad. The butter lettuce was crispy and tasty.
I’ve never heard of crème fraîche or verjus rouge. I do not like mustard so I didn’t use it either. Those ingredients were to be used for the dressing but instead I used my own.
I am not a big fan of onion either but these were pretty good.
Finally the last meal was Cajun-Spiced Chicken.
This one took the longest to prepare. The instructions indicated that it was 15 minutes of prep time. Wrong. I think it took me about 20 minutes just to chop the pepper, celery, onion, potatoes, and cabbage. That was a bit frustrating.
I ended up cutting the chicken breast into pieces. I think that they cook better and faster this way. The cajun spice blend was not spicy at all but it was flavorful.
The potatoes and salad were very good. I went back for seconds and got these two items to eat.
Looks good, right?
- I like how everything you need comes in a box. No need to go to the grocery store for one pepper or 3 potatoes. Plus, the ingredients are pre measured.
- Instructions are easy to follow. The pictures help in case you need to know if you’re doing it correctly.
- The meals are yummy. There are two meal plans to choose from: 2-person or family. Also, you can choose from meat, fish, or vegetarian meals.
- The following week’s menu are posted on the website a week in advance. This is good to know in case you want to skip a week or two. You can also cancel at any time.
- Not cheap. It is $59.94 for 3 meals for 2 people, $71.92 for 2 meals for 4 people, or $$143.84 for 4 meals for 4 people. <<Yes, per week.
Have you tried Blue Apron? Thoughts?
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