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Blue Apron Review – Single girl cooks

There are lots of reasons I don’t always eat as well as I should. I would not consider myself a fad diner, but I do enjoy trying new dining experiences. I was first introduced to Blue Apron (no affiliate for this bitty blog) by one of my roommates from college. She had gotten a discount off her first box and said in total it was about $5 or $6/meal. When I saw what it came with, I was intrigued. About a year later when I started working full time, I was looking for different meal-time solutions and thought I’d give this a try.  Here’s my Blue Apron Review from the perspective of a single girl.

Blue Apron Review – What you get

Full color photo recipe card with instructions
Box full of the exact ingredients
Average cost per meal: $9-10/ serving

Blue Apron Review – The results

My Early Retirement Journey
Blue Apron Review – Spinach & Fresh Mozzarella Pizza


My Early Retirement Journey
Blue Apron – Seared Chicken & Caramelized Fennel


My Early Retirement Journey
This was my favorite!


My Early Retirement Journey
Blue Apron – Trattoria – Style Cheeseburgers


My Early Retirement Journey
Blue Apron – Seared Chicken & Sweet Potato Rounds

Blue Apron Review – Takeaways

  • I loved the service.
  • I got to try new recipes and new foods (e.g. farro, Brussels sprouts, fennel).
  • It makes dining an experience from the comfort of your own home.
  • Can easily be made into a fun hang and cheaper than a group cooking class, again in the comfort of your own home.
  • Easily shareable meal wins on social media or even group text.
  • You can try new recipes on their website without even signing up for the service; it’s like a cheat sheet. And they have food prep videos. I highly recommend!
  • It’s pretty affordable for the convenience of having a recipe and ingredients picked out, itemized, and shipped to your home.
  • You can stop or pause it anytime.
  • It may not be for regular use for everyone, but I think it’s a fun seasonal idea to jump start any new lifestyle changes related to eating better.
  • I’ve tried a couple other meal delivery services, and the Blue Apron recipes are a bit more sophisticated so I can appreciate that. Well done, you!
  • Other: You can pick preferred ingredients or exclude some ingredients, like meat or wheat and you get a preview of weeks of recipes in advance to better prepare. Also, they’re usually running some sort of first time user special so you can try the service at a discount.
  • Cons: I didn’t like all the chopping; it’s soothing sometimes but annoying after a late shift. Plus, it’s still cooking…so there’s that.
  • Overall, I’d give it a try again, but if it came with a chef, I’d be more keen! 👍

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  1. Congratulations you graduated from cereal! Those meals look great and I won't nag even if you have cereal/noodles in between these meals to reduce the cost. But $9-10 per person is expensive for daily use and eats into your FIRE budget. Anything that comes with a chef is worth a few extra dollars!

  2. Yeah, this was year 1 of working. It was yummy…but in the end it was still cooking… haha… thinking of trying some new ones this fall though…we shall see.

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