Sometimes figuring out what to make for dinner can be a pain, especially when you’ve just returned from a weekend away or when you find yourself in a food rut. Today’s post touches on five different times ordering Blue Apron saved the day and helped us get deliciously fresh meals on the table that the whole family loved! Thank you to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post and offering the first 25 PBF readers who wish to try Blue Apron three FREE meals off their first order!
I’m not sure how things go in your house but when it comes to planning out our meals, the desire to take the time to meal plan ebbs and flows. I never really meal planned at all until Chase was born and now it’s something I do regularly otherwise dinner would look like frozen pizza and cereal more often than not!
But there have been a handful of other times outside of our normal day-to-day life when meal planning felt like a chore and I just wanted someone to handle the grocery shopping and recipe selection process for me. And that’s where Blue Apron came in and saved the day!
As I’m sure the long-time PBF readers know by now, we’ve been ordering Blue Apron in our house for years, ever since I first tried it at my friend Merri’s apartment in NYC and fell in love with the concept (and delicious udon noodle soup we made together)!
Now Blue Apron boxes appear on our doorstep whenever I am looking to feel inspired in the kitchen. Blue Apron delivers everything you need to create chef-designed recipes at home! Made with farm-fresh ingredients sourced from quality suppliers and artisans, the recipes feed two or four people (depending on the plan you select) and include a wide variety of cuisines and flavors. In the years I’ve been ordering Blue Apron, I’ve never made the same meal twice and love discovering new flavors and cooking techniques thanks to the detailed recipe cards that walk you through creating each meal with picture tutorials.
For today’s blog post, I thought it would be fun to chat a little bit about five times Blue Apron saved the day for us! I’ve ordered Blue Apron a handful of times for special occasions or to help me avoid the stress of shopping and meal planning and below you will find a short roundup of a couple of stand-out times seeing the Blue Apron box on our doorstep allowed me to exhale and not worry about dinner one bit!
5 Times Blue Apron Saved the Day
- When We Rented A House with Family on Vacation
Renting a big house with family or friends can be a great way to get away and plan a fun trip that also saves money since you don’t have to fork over a ton of cash to cover nightly hotel room stays. After Chase was born, we rented a cabin in the mountains with my family and when we talked about eating dinners at the cabin to save money and keep things close to home, I suggested ordering a couple of Blue Apron deliveries to bring with us so dinner planning would be done for us! Everyone loved the idea (my parents also regularly order Blue Apron) and we took turns making the meals for each other during our vacation so it felt like a special treat that everyone could contribute to and enjoy!
- When Guests Came to Visit
I love hosting people in our home and when our house is filled with the friends and family we love most, I am one happy camper! What does start to wear on me, however, is feeding everyone all the time, especially when we have visitors arriving constantly like we did in the months following Chase’s birth. And that’s where Blue Apron saved the day! I ordered the four-person family plan to have on hand when my mother-in-law and Les came to visit since we weren’t going out to eat with a newborn on our hands and I didn’t want to feel stressed about running out to the grocery store and figuring out meals everyone would love. Since I know they’re also big-time Blue Apron fans, I had a feeling ordering the family plan would be a hit and deliver fresh, high-quality and delicious meals to our doorstep, making meal planning during their visit a breeze!
- Right After We Returned Home from a Weekend Away
Returning home after a weekend away often means arriving home to an empty refrigerator and piles of laundry begging to be done. Well, when Ryan and I had plans to be away for a long weekend in the past, I ordered a Blue Apron to have delivered to our house before we left so everything we needed for a filling and fresh meal on the Sunday night we returned would be waiting at home for us! (Since Blue Apron delivers to our house on Thursdays, I had the chance to unpack and refrigerate everything before we left and knew the ingredients would likely still be fresh and tasty on Sunday evening.) It was SO nice not to have to think about dinner or rush out to the grocery store the minute we walked through the door from a weekend away from home.
- When We Needed a “Date Night In” Before We Found a Babysitter After Baby
Without family in the area, it took Ryan and me a long time to find a babysitter we loved and trusted to watch Chase. (We’re talking months and months… and months.) Neither of us minded curling up at home with our baby but we did start to brainstorm ways we could make our weekend evenings at home a little more special. Ordering Blue Apron deliveries was a great way for us to enjoy a “date night in” where we could make a recipe together and have it feel like an experience rather than a chore! Ryan and I both absolutely love the vegetarian Blue Apron meals (we’ve also found that the portions are usually larger) so ordering vegetarian Blue Apron deliveries on occasion after Chase was born gave us something to look forward to when we felt rather house-bound.
- When We Were In A Big-Time Food Rut
Food ruts are REAL and they are not fun at all. Sometimes Ryan and I just want to throw in the towel when it comes to making dinner for the family and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cereal all week long. When we notice frozen pizzas and mac and cheese creeping up on the menu a little too frequently, ordering a new Blue Apron delivery is a great way to change things up and help me feel inspired in the kitchen again. I love the way Blue Apron has introduced me to many new spices and flavors and once I make a couple of their meals, I’m often reminded how much I really do enjoy making creative and delicious meals for our family.
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Ryan and I still talk about the stuffed shells recipe we made from our early Blue Apron days! I saved the recipe card and make it every so often when we want a hearty and delicious dinner, especially on a chilly fall or winter evening!