16 Oct Cooking with Blue Apron
I have finally decided to return to blogging after my little hiatus. My life took a sudden turn for the crazy and I didn’t want to lose sight of what is most important to me, my family. Now that things have slowed down, I feel like I’m ready to allow myself some writing time again. Something I’m really excited to write about happens to also be one of my latest obsessions, cooking with Blue Apron.
If you know me, then you know that cooking is not necessarily my forte. Although I come from a family of chefs and culinary masters, I don’t have the confidence to make toast without obsessively checking that it doesn’t burst into flames. Since I’m a self-proclaimed terrible chef, and because my husband is also rather inexperienced with preparing more exciting meals, we tend to play it safe when we cook, always sticking to the same easy meals every week. After a while, my hubby and I got so sick of eating meals out of bags and boxes week after week that we started going out to eat a lot, which didn’t help us with our dietary plans or with our goal to try saving money. Finally, a friend gave me a free week trial of Blue Apron.
I was excited to try something different, but I was also apprehensive about how these planned meals would turn out when I considered my lack of culinary skills. I downloaded the app and selected our meals, which included some ingredients that I had never used before (and some that I could scarcely pronounce). Brad and I love to try new things, so the fact that we would get to use exotic ingredients intrigued us. Our package arrived on our doorstep in an insulated box with huge ice packs to keep everything chilled. All of the food was still cold and we immediately separated the ingredients according to the recipe cards. We decided on the recipe that most excited us right out of our first shipment, which was the ginger pork burger with black bean mayo and furikake-dressed green beans.
That night Brad and I used more dishware and cutlery than we’ve ever used while cooking because we were finally cooking with fresh ingredients, rather than the frozen, boxed, and bagged “foods” that are deceptively dripping with preservatives. We took turns completing certain steps and, in the end, we made the best pork burgers I’ve ever had. It was like going out to eat without having to leave our home. After most meals that we make using boxed or canned ingredients, we always have this lasting feeling of dissatisfaction and emptiness. I knew it was due to the lack of real nutrition that we were missing out on by avoiding buying fresh produce and proteins, but we just learned to accept our lackluster meals. Now, after getting hooked onto Blue Apron, we are getting to understand what we put in our bodies and are feeling more confident in preparing well balanced and tasty meals on a regular basis.
Needless to say, we’ve been hooked ever since I first signed up with Blue Apron. We order 3 meals a week and have the option to skip the weeks that don’t have recipes that we like (that’s only happened once). We love cooking with fresh ingredients and we’re not eating out as much as we were before. With each recipe I’m gaining confidence and mastering culinary skills. I think Hadleigh is enjoying picking from our plates too.
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