Blue Apron review + free printables

So, anyone that knows me or talks to me on a regular basis pretty much only hears me complain about how cooking is a hassle in our household. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy cooking, but just thinking of what to cook for dinner drains all my energy away even before getting home.

We tried a “taking turns” approach to cooking, but in the end I did all the thinking and only half of the execution. Definitely not working for me.

The other day I was reading Dana Miller’s blog and she talked about how she had ordered Blue Apron to take (or be delivered) on her family vacation. At the end of her post, Blue Apron was giving away two meals for the first 100 readers, so I ventured out to the website and signed up.

And finally, today we received our first package!

In the box (nicely packed and refrigerated) were ingredients for three meals. Blue Apron recommends that you cook the fish first, so that it remains as fresh as possible. So today, we made salmon burgers with creme fraiche potato salad and arugula. The recipe called for capers, but we are not fans so we didn’t add them. Also, I think it had too much mint for my taste.

The really good thing about this is that you can keep the recipe and if you ever feel like eating it again, you just go to the store and get the ingredients! It definitely helps in the long-term with my “not want to think” problem.

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Ingredients for the salmon burger ready to be used. Not pictured: the fresh arugula for the side salad and the creme fraiche.

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Final product! Delicious salmon burgers with potato salad. So far, I would highly recommend Blue Apron. It’s the best of both worlds: I get to enjoy the cooking but I don’t have to think about what to cook.

I also wanted to add a couple of free printables that aim at staying organized with food ideas for the week, any notes and a grocery list so that your week goes smoothly. You can download them here or here.

Photos © Maria Rigou for Groundhog Design

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