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*This post is sponsored by Blue Apron but all opinions are my own.
Life is hectic. While I wish I could get everything in my schedule done and still have time to grocery shop and prepare beautiful home cooked meals for my family, it doesn’t always work out as planned. While I wish we had a personal chef, that’s just not an option (at least not on our budget). There are nights when I’m still working at 7pm and we are forced to order take out and while it’s not all bad, it’s expensive and not always the healthiest option. So what is a Mom with limited time to do? Meal subscription services to the rescue! Here are the top 5 reasons to get a meal subscription plus a fabulous deal!
First, let’s talk about the deal… My first 50 readers will get $40 off their first two weeks of Blue Apron! Just click here.
1. Saves You Time
There was a time when I would spend approximately 2-3 hours a week planning our weekly meals. I would check the local grocery store flyer, search for recipes, make a weekly menu based on what was on sale, search for coupons and then go grocery shopping (with all three kids). Are you exhausted just thinking about that? I am. While it was fabulous to have all of the ingredients we needed to prepare each meal, I found that the fruits and veggies wouldn’t be fresh by day 3 or 4 and some of the fresh ingredients were sold in higher quantities than I needed. I found myself throwing away food that I had just spent money on and in some cases, making a second trip to the store to re-purchase items I still needed for a recipe later that week.
With Blue Apron, I am only sent what I need for the meals I have chosen. There is no abundance of ingredients and it’s all right there in the box so no need for me to shop. All of the meals can be prepared in 40 minutes or less, so I’m not spending too much time in the kitchen and am able to spend that extra time with my family, enjoying our delicious, chef-designed meals.
2. Cooking Can Be a Fun Activity for Families
With all of the shopping done for me and with some extra time, I’m able to invite my girls into the kitchen to help me cook. Blue Apron provides recipe sheets with your delivery that are easy to read. My girls love to follow each recipe and see their meals come to life. It’s a chance for us to spend time together, creating something that we can all enjoy and I find that they are more likely to try something new when they’ve been a part of cooking it.
3. Portion Control
While I love to cook, I have a habit of cooking too much. While we could save some for leftovers the next day, we tend to get seconds and sometimes even thirds, leaving our bellies way too full and nothing left for lunch the next day. Our portions can get out of control.
Blue Apron allows you to choose from 2-person or family sized meals and they will only deliver the ingredients for the amount of servings you’ve requested. With our healthier lifestyle, we are now able to perfectly portion the meals for our family and won’t have to worry about overeating or wasting food.
Let’s face it, we probably all have our favorite dishes and we tend to make the same meals over and over again. It may be comfort, lack of time or just plain laziness. While I can search the internet for new recipe ideas, I just don’t have the time so we wind up eating the same handful of meals each week. While I know the kids will love them, it gets boring and doesn’t expand their tastes beyond spaghetti and vegetarian tacos.
With Blue Apron, you are able to choose from a large selection of recipes and because they are always adding new dishes, you can try new recipes every time. There are 8 recipes to choose from each week and you can choose any combination of recipes you’d like! So instead of constantly eating the same meals each week, you are experiencing new meals. It makes meal time just a little more exciting for our family.
5. Fresh Ingredients
Blue Apron delivers your ingredients in a refrigerated box. The ingredients will stay fresh, even if you aren’t home when it arrives. These ingredients are all sourced from quality suppliers. I was very pleasantly surprised to find everything wrapped and labeled. It was easy to just transfer from the refrigerated box, straight to our refrigerator. When it was time to cook, I pulled the ingredients that are listed on each recipe sheet and had everything ready to go.
So, want to know which two meals we had last week? We enjoyed Soy-Orange Salmon with Fried Rice and Spiced Rice and Bean Enchiladas. Both were prepared by myself and my two younger daughters. The portions were perfect and while everyone cleaned their plates, we didn’t find that we needed anymore to satisfy our hunger. I was able to adjust the spiciness of the enchiladas by using only half of the spice packet and my kids absolutely loved them. It was actually the first time they had ever tried enchiladas. Both recipes were easy to make and tasted incredibly fresh and delicious.
While I’ve provided more than enough reasons for you to try Blue Apron, I have one more! They are offering my first 50 readers $40 off of their first two weeks of Blue Apron! You can cancel or skip at any time, so what can you lose? Try them out. We know you’ll love them as much as we do!
What do you love about meal subscription services? Comment below and let us know!
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Heather is the Mom of three and a marketing professional. She enjoys graphic design, writing, photography and making new memories with her family.