5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today

Why Blue Apron?  Here’s 5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today!

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone!

I’ve been talking a little bit about my experience with Blue Apron the past few months and today I wanted to actually share some more details about why Blue Apron has been working for me and reasons I think you should give it a try.  I even have a $30 off COUPON for you… so keep scrollin!

If you aren’t familiar with Blue Apron, it’s a meal delivery service that assists you in creating beautiful chef-inspired meals at home.  All the ingredients are perfectly portioned and shipped to your door in a refrigerated box like the one above.  There is no need meal plan your dinners or go to the grocery store.  It’s as simple as going online and clicking which meals you’d like to try this week.  It gives you no excuses to not eat and cook nutritious meals at home.  You can have it delivered weekly, or just pick and chose the weeks you want the delivery.  There is no commitment at all.

You can chose a 2-person plan or a family plan.  If you are single I highly recommend still doing it and ordering the 2-person plan.  You can easily package the meal for lunch or dinner the next day.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

There are no strings… it’s that simple!  I thought I’d share my experience today to give you a little insight on how it works.

Why Blue Apron?

So why Blue Apron? Each recipe comes with it’s own recipe sheet and everything you need to cook the meal.  If you aren’t great in the kitchen Blue Apron has videos to assist you with the process. If you are a cooking newbie I would set aside a little more time to cook these in the beginning and watch those videos ahead of time.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

All the spices and extras are packed in well labeled bags called knick knacks.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

They literally think of everything you’ll need for the recipes.  The only items I’ve been asked to add are olive oil, salt, pepper and water.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

Here’s a full example of what a recipe looks like!  I choose the Blue Apron pescatarian meal plan which came with one fish dish and two vegetarian dishes.  However all kinds of meat options (chicken, beef, ect) are available OR you can get three full vegetarian choices a week.  I didn’t think they were so vegetarian friendly, but they are!  I did not see enough vegan options though if that is your diet.

The other week I got Indonesian Spiced Salmon with Freekah & Marinated Radishes….

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

…Fresh Fettuccine with Beet, Goat Cheese and Poppy Seeds…

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

… and Za’atar-Roasted Brocooli Salad wit Fregola Sarda, Pecorino Cheese & Tahini Dressings.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

All three of the recipes took me a solid 30 minutes to prepare start to finish.  There is a good amount of chopping involved, so I actually recommend doing all of the prep work that will not spoil in one night and putting it in prep bowls or bags.

What I liked most about these dishes was they were so different.  I’m the first to admit I’m a big creature of habit and tend to do the same things over and over again.  Other than blog recipes, my dinner rotation can be a bit routine.  These dishes not only brought new flavors into my kitchen, but it also got me out of my cooking comfort zone!  With Blue Apron I was preparing food differently and while it wasn’t as comfortable, in the end I was so glad I tried something new.  Plus even though I’m a food blogger, I get way too busy like everyone else and still need help in the kitchen.  I am not immune to the “What’s for dinner!?” panic.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

For example… I always oven bake or grill my salmon.  This recipe had me pan searing it and cooking it in a delightful sauce!  I knew I could do that BUT I had never done it before.  I am now confident I could pull this technique off in my own recipes.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

So how did they all turn out?

This is the Indonesian Spiced Salmon with Freekah & Marinated Radishes!  The sauce was so tasty and blended wonderly with the salmon and freekah.  I loved the unique flavors!

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

The Fresh Fettuccine with Beet, Goat Cheese and Poppy Seeds was another really delicious and unique one.  The pasta started off nice and white but turned pink as it cooked with beets.  This is another recipe that got me out of my comfort zone because I had never prepared beets from scratch.  Now I’m not afraid of them!

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

The Za’atar-Roasted Broccoli Salad wit Fregola Sarda, Pecorino Cheese & Tahini Dressings is something I never would have thought of but will be recreating my own version!  I love their use of eggs as a vegetarian protein and the roasted broccoli spices were simply divine.  This dish was my favorite of this rotation.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

I feel like I had a full slate of delightfully gourmet and delicious meals all week.  Did you notice all the color in these foods?  Plus nothing about them was boring!  My experience with Blue Apron has been a lot of fun so far and I think you should give it a try yourself… especially with my $30 off coupon.

5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron

  1. You don’t have to meal plan or shop!
  2. Blue Apron teaches you how to cook.
  3. It gets you out of your dinner rut.
  4. There is no food waste!
  5. Using my $30 off coupon, it’s a great deal to try it out to see if you like it too!

If you’d like to try Blue Apron (which really you should at least try it once with this deal!) make sure to use this link to save $30 off your first order.  If you are picking that 2-person plan that comes out to about $30 a box for three dinners for two!  Once you place your order the discount will be automatically applied, but you have to use that link.  You can try it once and cancel or keep them coming.  You can also skip any weeks you’d like and only have them come on weeks you know you will be busy, which is what I do.

Happy Blue Aproning!!!!

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5 Reasons to Try Blue Apron Today - Why Blue Apron? -- Honest Reviews for Blue Apron / Running in a Skirt

This post is not sponsored, however I do get a small amount for any purchases made and received a free box to try!  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting Running in a Skirt.

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing some great ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home.

I’m linking up with: Meatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah, Meatless Monday with Annmarie and Rachel, Delicious Dish TuesdayWhat’s Cookin’ WednesdayFull Plate Thursday with Miz Helen, FoodFriDIY Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!

Your turn!

Head over to Blue Apron and let me know which meals you’d like to try!

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25 Comments

  1. Deb Wolfe March 1, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

    You may be interested to know Brother Wolf would love to have your empty food boxes. They can utilize the boxes for both “community cat boxes” or for medication shipment.
    I use both Blue Apron and Plated. I have found both to be good. Blue Apron is less expensive; Plated provides more choices.

  2. Amanda February 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Okay okay okay I’m convinced! I’ve literally been debating going down the Blue Apron route for over a year. And in that year, I have proven to myself that I cannot, in fact, meal plan at all. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  3. Lisa @ Mile by Mile February 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Ive always thought about trying this, but I am worried I won’t like enough of the meal options. I can be really picky! But I think I should give it a try because Ive heard so many good things about it.
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  4. Kristy from Southern In Law February 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Blue Apron would be such a fun way to mix things up in the kitchen! I wish they had something similar that was gluten free here!
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    • JulieWunder February 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      That would be wonderful! Hopefully some one will invent it… maybe you should!!!

  5. Annmarie February 8, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Blue Apron really does look like a good option. Currently we grocery shop daily …actually per meal so I might look into this 😛
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    • JulieWunder February 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness! So much shopping! I try to shop ahead a week… sometimes even 2! It takes so much time to go to the store!

  6. Kimberly G February 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I tried Blue Apron a few months ago and I was really impressed with the quality of their food. I always purchased the 2 person option and I often had food leftover for yummy leftovers!

  7. Mary Beth Jackson February 8, 2017 at 6:40 am - Reply

    I am glad you are enjoying the service- I still love it!

  8. Sana February 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Gosh, I sure do wish they also sent someone to do all of the cooking! I would pay for that!

  9. Heather @ FITaspire February 7, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I’ve been so curious about this – great to hear that you enjoyed the service!

  10. Cailee February 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I want to try Blue Apron!! I always see the commercials and I’m like- YUM!!! So fresh and delicious! This looks delicious babe!
    xoxo Cailee!
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  11. Emily February 7, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    All the recipes truly look beautiful and fresh and home made. I love that Blue Apron enables people to cook even on busy days.
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    • JulieWunder February 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Me too! I wish I would have done it when I was working full time!

  12. Blane Sherer February 7, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I bet some of your readers will give it a try.
    Glad it works so well for you.

  13. Susie @ Suzlyfe February 7, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

    We tried Blue Apron a few years ago, and though I had mixed results for me, I recommended it to several people (including my mom, who used it religiously for months!). It wasn’t the best fit for us, with my dietary restrictions and the fact that we have access to such good produce, but it was super fun to step out of my comfort zone. For my mom, who has not dietary restrictions and lives out in the boonies, it was FABULOUS!
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    • JulieWunder February 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Totally understand that! It fit our diet well but I noticed most of what I’ve tried had dairy.

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