Recently, different meal delivery services like Blue Apron, Sun Basket, Hello Fresh, and Green Chef have been advertised everywhere. The idea behind it is super simple – the company you choose does all the hard work for you (meal plan, grocery shop, and deliver) while all you have to do is wait for your delivery, cook up a delicious meal in 30 minutes or less, and enjoy!
Being in grad school, Jacob and I are very busy. We leave the house most mornings around 7am and don’t get home until around 7pm. We rarely eat out, and when we do it’s typically on the weekends. This means that I am constantly in the kitchen making snacks and meals for us. This can get so tiring and end up putting me in a cooking rut. I start to feel like I am making the same things over and over and spending long periods of time in the kitchen. By the time we get home after a long day we’re exhausted, so having everything for dinner all set up and ready to go is life saving.
We stumbled upon Blue Apron because my patients gave us a free week through their subscription! I’ve found their menu options to be healthy, diverse and delicious. I’ve been able to step outside of my cooking comfort zone and learn a ton from their recipes. Using different herbs and spices has been the most exciting thing for me because it’s something that’s very unfamiliar territory!
While using Blue Apron for the past 2 weeks, I’ve come up with my list of pros and cons plus what we might try in the near future.
Though I truly enjoyed the experience, I will not be subscribing to Blue Apron. From a financial standpoint, it does not make sense for me to use the service often. I also really love finding new recipes online or in my multitude of cook books and trying them out. Yes, I could still do that while continuing to use Blue Apron, but again, from a financial aspect that doesn’t make sense.