I love to cook. I have loved trying new recipes, forging my own, and throwing things together to see what happens. I began cooking from a young age, close to age ten, and minus the basket burning mishap, I did fairly well. Once or twice a week I would make meals for my family because my parents worked late. This transitioned into my adult life of loving to cook for those I love. Using fresh ingredients, growing vegetables, and supporting our local CSA by signing up for their vegetable, meat, cheese, and egg share (another post on this will come soon, because these guys are amazing).
With the love of cooking also comes the slump, at least for me. I am home full -time with the kids and do photography and production work on the side so I am making three meals a day with snacks. I get stuck. Fall into familiar patterns and before you know we are eating some form of spaghetti at least once a week and feeling sluggish. A friend on Facebook mentioned their love of Blue Apron and offered up free meals. I jumped at it, not expecting to love it, but hey, free meals!
Six months later and we are getting two meals a week from Blue Apron and have signed up for their wine pairings! They are family friendly are so easy for kids to be involved with the process and actually encourage it!
It's simple enough that I am taking a back seat when our ten year old wants to try and letting her lead the making of the meal. It's hard because my perfectionist side is cringing and wanting to jump in and 'help.' But the greatest gift I got from my parents was making mistakes and I am learning to let go to let them become successful.
The ingredients are fresh, locally sourced and for the price I typically like to choose the fish option when available because it's cheaper than us buying fresh fish from the store. Each week there are four menu options, you choose two. Then they deliver the box to your home, packed so nothing perishes. Everything is clearly labeled, sorted and following the step by step pictures on the recipe card is what makes this perfect for the kids.
This week Henrietta wanted to help! So we chose the Spicy Pork Burgers with Goat Cheese and Cucumber-Corn salad.
Needless to say we love Blue Apron. The only thing I would add is that we always add a fruit or extra healthy side. Shown here is fresh peaches. I also wish that they had meal plans for families of six. Right now we use their largest size, which is four adult servings. We make it work since the kids are eating smaller portions. But, Mozzy is growing fast and soon he and Henrietta will need more. A lot of times, since Brandon is sometimes gone 1-2 nights a week shooting, I plan to make the Blue Apron meal then, just so we have enough portion wise.
I have FIVE free weeks of meals to give away! If you haven't tried Blue Apron and would love to please leave a comment so I can email you a FREE week! I think you'll love it.
*This post is not sponsored.