Wondering what all the fuss is about these meal delivery box services you keep hearing about? Here’s how one of the most popular meal box services works…
If you are looking for a way to make healthier meals for your family easy, but you have a hard time deciding on recipes or just choosing the ingredients, monthly subscription boxes are a great option.
Meal delivery boxes arrive on your doorstep with all the ingredients you will need for a certain number of meals. All you have to provide are the utensils and pots and pans – which makes it super easy to have a healthy, delicious dinner on the table in no time – no shopping trips required! Many options let you choose how many people are in your family and select from certain recipes each week, then the food arrives packaged so that the ingredients remain fresh until you can put them in your refrigerator or freezer.
One of the most popular of these monthly food subscription box services is Blue Apron, which also happens to be one of the first companies to provide this service. With Blue Apron, you are able to try new recipes each week, have fun cooking with your family, and skip the time-consuming and stressful trips to the grocery store. Most of the meals are healthy and low-calorie, and some include organic ingredients. All of the recipes are created by well-known chefs from around the world, and one really cool feature is that you also receive recipe cards that you can keep and use again in the future.
Each of Blue Apron’s meals is between 500 and 800 calories per serving. You can select if you want to feed two or four people per meal, then select the meals you want. Your meal options will change each week, so you won’t have any meals that are repeated. All of the required ingredients arrive together in the box, including meat, dairy, produce, seasonings, and sometimes even the oils or vinegars. The meat is always hormone and antibiotic-free and many of the fruits and vegetables are organic.
Another bonus to using Blue Apron is that you select the date and time you want it delivered. While it arrives in bags that keep the meat and produce fresh, it only stays fresh for a few hours, so choose the time and date wisely.
Some recent meals that Blue Apron has offered in their subscription boxes include bbq pork burgers with corn on the cob, spicy chicken, mushroom and Korean rice cakes, peperonata pasta, and curried catfish with coconut rice.
What are the drawbacks?
First of all, it can seem a little pricey when you are spending $60 a week on the box. However, keep in mind it breaks down to about $10 a meal per person since you get three meals for the week, so that is still less than a restaurant meal and often less than what you spend if you were to buy all these ingredients on your own.
But Blue Apron is great for convenience, variety, and the fun factor! It lets you stop thinking about what’s for dinner, and what you need to pick up at the store, and instead, focus on spending some quality time together with your family preparing and enjoying a great meal.
Learn More About Blue Apron’s Meal Boxes at BlueApron.com.
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