Blue Apron – Week 1

On my personal Facebook, I’ve been writing mini-blogs about using home meal delivery services, this post is a collection of those mini-blogs from my first week using Blue Apron.

Dish 1: Potato & Broccolini Samosas with Coconut Lentils & Yogurt sauce

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Potato & Broccolini Samosas with Coconut Lentils & Yogurt Sauce

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – I decided to give Blue Apron a shot. This is the first of three meals that came in the box: Potato & Broccolini Samosas with Coconut Lentils & Yogurt sauce. It was delicious, and there was enough for three very filling servings. The only criticism is that I don’t have enough counter space for everything I needed to do, and the lentils needed a touch more lime and coconut. Otherwise, it was perfect. It took about 45 minutes to prepare, but some of that was baking time.

Dish 2: Warm Cauliflower & Kale Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs & Sauce Meuniere

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Warm Cauliflower & Kale Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs and Sauce Meuniere

Friday, February 3, 2017 – Today’s Blue Apron meal is Warm Cauliflower & Kale Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs & Sauce Meuniere. This was absolutely amazing. I slightly singed my sauce, and if anything, it made it better. The only issue is space. Even with my countertop extender, I barely had enough space for all of my mise en place and cutting board. I usually get around this by multitasking, chopping up one thing while the first thing is cooking. Unfortunately, the recipe is not set up for that. It isn’t a big deal, and for most people, it will be a non-issue.

I would definitely make this again.

Dish 3: Sunchoke & Egg Noodle Casserole with Kale and Mornay Sauce

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Sunchoke & Egg Noodle Casserole with Kale and Mornay Sauce

Saturday, February 4 – This is the last of the three meals that I received on Wednesday, so no more updates until next week. This is Sunchoke & Egg Noodle Casserole with Kale and Mornay Sauce. It was much quicker to make than the other two dishes, but the sunchokes kept slipping off the cutting board and falling on the floor. Still, it was super yummy, if a bit heavier than I’d usually have for dinner, so I’m not sure I would make it on my own.

Blue Apron Week 1 Summary

Ease: 8/10

Taste: 9/10

Variety: 9/10

How many recipes would I make again? 1.75/3

Verdict: I would definitely make the Warm Cauliflower Salad again.  I would probably adjust the lentils and samosa dish slightly to add in more coconut and lime.  The Sunchoke & Egg Noodles were delicious, but I probably wouldn’t make it again just because it was so heavy.

Overall Rating: B+

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