Boxed Dinners ~ Activities for Foodie Couples

imageIf you haven’t heard about these blessings in a box, they are called Meal Delivery Services, and they are being shipped to most locations worldwide. I think they are an awesome idea for folks wanting to learn how to cook, learn new meals, save money and time, stuck in a ‘food rut’ (us), along with dieting or even just eating better!  We’ve batted this idea around for a bit… Having fresh ingredients arrive at our door to make meals for a few nights a week. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a savings or an expense. My husband really took a hold of this idea and ran with it. He compared many of the Dinner Box companies that deliver in our area. He decide Blue Apron was the best fit for us. They source the food as local as possible to me. I love supporting my community.

When he told me about the future box coming, he had sparkles in his eyes. He was genuinely excited to cook these meals! He then tells me the most mushy, lovey-dovey thing… “I can’t wait to spend time with you in the kitchen cooking these meals.” Awe! What a Sweety-Pie!!! I love you, honey.

Our first three meals arrived on a Friday. We picked Friday, so we would have more time to cook the meals over the weekend. The part I really like is that the amounts are per-determined, and there is no waste or leftovers. I feel like we waste too much food here. Another huge pro for going with this arrangement.

There are also beautifully done recipe cards with photos for most of the steps in the recipe. If there is something missing on the card, you can always go to their website to learn how to reproduce the technique they are asking you to do. There are many how-to videos, other recipes and comments from other Blue Apron clients.

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Lemon Caper Catfish, Chicken Paillard and Bucatini Pasta Bolognese, were our weeks choices. In plain English: Lemon catfish w/kale, Chicken & potatoes & Spaghetti w/meat sauce. There are generally 3 meat meals and 3 vegetarian meals, for a total of 6 meals to choose from for a week. Blue Apron only offers 3 meals a week, whereas other companies do offer 2 -7 meals a week. As I am a carnivore, the veggie meals are somewhat wasted on me. Yes, roasted cauliflower sounds yummy, but that is a side dish, not the centerpiece of the meal.

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The Chicken Paillard was to die for! I have never roasted a fennel before and I have been missing out! If you’ve never done it, buy one in the next grocery run. They are amazing roasted. We figured even if we didn’t like some part of the meal, it would introduce us to other types of food and how to cook it. A con was the size of the potato. It was smaller than my fist, and we had to split it. I get it. It’s called PORTION CONTROL 😉 Fatty-Fat-Fat!

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Sometimes we had to read the directions 10X to wrap our minds around something. The directions for the Bucatini Pasta Bolognese had us cooking veggies and sauce before we cooked the meat in the veggies. Huh? I’ve generally always cooked the meat first, then added other ingredients. This recipe also had us adding chopped brussels sprouts near the end of the process. In the end, it was a super yummy meal. I still like my spaghetti sauce better (I use pork shoulder), however I will now add carrot, celery and chopped brussels sprouts to mine!

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Here is the Lemon Caper Catfish. The catfish was great. It was on a bed of lentils and kale. I like many veggies, but you lost me at both lentils and kale. Blech! I can say that the lentils were not the same kind my Mom used for soup. These were called the ‘caviar of lentils’ and even resembled it. They were actually pretty good. Not the texture of dirt, like my Ma’s. The kale was kale. There was no helping it. In the end, I would just do this recipe with spinach and call it a day.

My hubby and I are very pleased with our choices, the turnout and the amount of fun we’ve been having in the kitchen. I’d really have to wait for more data, however the total amount of groceries and the Blue Apron box were even last week, thus it is a wash, budget wise. YEAH!! I would highly suggest trying one of these services out! Even if it’s just for a week here and there. I love that we don’t have to argue about ‘what’s for dinner?’ or spend time making a list or being pissed that we forgot something at the store!! I feel like this may take a lot of stress away from us, which makes it worth its weight in gold.
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I can’t wait for our next box and our next foodie adventure!!

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

32 thoughts on “Boxed Dinners ~ Activities for Foodie Couples

    • Mmm. Oatmeal 😋
      Seems you’re in a food rut also. If anything, these meals are teaching me new cooking techniques, so I can turn my cheese on toast to “Fromage de la Roquefort and Almond Sourdough”
      (Supposedly the most expensive bread from Harrods)

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    • So far, it’s worth a try! 😄
      We just had a Peanut Chicken last night that was awesome.
      It’s worth a try if you want to try some new things. Some things you will like… others 😝 I still don’t like kale!
      See the link I put in that someone reviewed all of them. I still might try Plated or Freshly.

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  1. Ooooo Yum!!!! I have several friends that have Blue Apron and absolutely Love it!!!! Glad you jumped on the wagon with it, maybe this summer we will too!

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    • Ask your friends to give you a free week! We had 3 sets of meals to give away, and each time we give one, they replenish it! It is worth $60! They give you 3 meals for two.
      So far, it’s been awesome.
      I think word of mouth is a great advertising tool and they are using it!
      My only downside… I don’t care how they dress up the kale… I haven’t liked it 😝 ha ha ha!

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  2. Now that is a novel concept. I can’t quite wrap my head around it. I think I might be too bossy to even follow somebody else’s idea of how to make food 👹

    But it does sound like a fun activity to do with one’s spouse.

    But seriously, Brussels sprouts in spaghetti sauce??? I can’t wrap my head around that either.

    Nope, I’ll stick to a head of garlic and a bottle of red wine. Back in the day when I still ate pork, I also made my sauce with it! Seriously tasty.

    Great post, loved your description and pics!

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    • Thanks so much Laura! 😚
      The spaghetti recipe was the weirdest for me. Cook the fatty (ok, not so fatty @ 90%) meat AFTER the veggies? Put brussels sprouts in it 😲 Wha!? It was actually one of my fav meals so far. Glazed carrots are my new fav veggie.
      I agree on the oddity of following these directions… We’ve made a few bloopers by not reading ahead far enough and ass-u-ming 😉 but nothing got messed up too badly.
      My mouth does water for my pork shoulder sauce. I seem to hook everyone that tries it… they also curse me, as they can’t go back to meatballs after that!
      Hope your are doing OK! 😚

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  3. I have been wondering about these – I see so many of my friends trying them on social media, but I already cook a lot of odd things and I wonder if they would be worth it. Thinking of the lack of stress, though, perhaps I should look into them. I haven’t even taken that step, let alone actually order. So far, it’s all been wondering.

    Also? I will pick up some fennel for supper. I have cooked with it in the past, but not recently – with our snow, it seems like a good, wintry choice!

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    • Check out the link I put in that briefly reviews most of them… I still want to try Plated and Freshly. If anything… they do teach you some different techniques and also got us out of a ‘food rut’! However, YES! The stress reduction on thinking about dinner… making a shopping list for dinner… shopping for dinner… an ingredient gone MIA during cooking or having to throw out half of something from making dinner… POOF! Those all disappeared! 😚

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