Out of the box with Blue Apron

This post is sponsored through my partnership with Blue Apron. The first 100 readers to order will get 2 free meals on their next shipment!

I can always count on my Blue Apron shipment to provide dinner inspiration, and get us out of our usual recipe ruts. We’ve had multiple boxes over the past year, and each time, I make entirely new-to-me recipes, discover new flavor profiles, and fall in love with meals that I had no idea I’d been missing all this time!

Our last shipment was right before the holidays, and I was so excited to try and make something that I love, but had never attempted at home: latkes!

Blue apron

I set the enormous pan of veggies and chicken to roast:

Roasted chicken and veg

(the skin-on chicken thighs were SO good)

and got to work pan-frying the latkes, which were perfectly crisp and beautifully flavored. I love how all of the ingredients don’t abuse seasonings and sauces; they let the true flavors shine through in their combinations. This particular meal included roasted cabbage wedges, roasted onion and celeriac, savory chicken with a sweet and tangy apple topping, and the crisp latkes. It was soul food at its finest.

Chicken and latkes 2

Chicken and latkes

If you’re curious to learn more about Blue Apron, here’s how it works:

-The recipes are created by chefs, and all of the ingredients to make the recipes are shipped fresh to your doorstep. The meal planning and grocery shopping is done for you, and you get exactly when you need to make the meals. No wasting ingredients, or putting bottles or seasonings and sauces into the pantry to die. You have the option of ordering the 2-person plan or the family plan. The servings are very generous, too. 

-The ingredients are sourced from quality suppliers and artisans. I’m always amazed by how fresh everything is when it arrives. You can tell that they take a lot of pride in sending fantastic quality food.

-They have a recycling program, which makes it easy to recycle all of the supplies. If you don’t have recycling options near you, Blue Apron will pick up your packaging via USPS to recycle, free of charge. You can read more about it here! 

-They’re constantly adding new recipes and meals to their plans. Their website also has a TON of recipes, which I recently used for inspiration when we were looking for something new to make for dinner.

I made the One Pot Shrimp Perloo, which we all LOVED.

Shrimp perloo

Shrimp perloo 2

Shrimp perloo 3

Shrimp perloo 4

Shrimp perloo 5

Shrimp perloo 7

I also have my eye on the Seared Salmon and Apple Mashed Potatoes, Seared Chicken and Roasted Acorn Squash and the Rice Noodles with Coconut Matcha Broth.

If you’d like to try Blue Apron, the first 100 readers to order will get 2 free meals! It’s a great way to get into the swing of cooking “real” dinners in the New Year.



This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. Thank you so much for supporting this blog and the companies who help to support our family.

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  1. Cassie on January 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    We have a local option along the same lines that I’d love to try if it wasn’t so gosh expensive. I bet they are awesome!

  2. Melissa C. on January 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Happy. new . Year Gina!!! Been loving all the post! ( even though I haven’t commented- – ) I have a weird request. Could u either send me some pics of your hair front & back or post some- I’m going to get my hair trimmed next Friday and wanted to show her your hair . My hair is alot like yours in color and texture too ( I think) – just needed ideas to “freshen up ” my do, lol!!! Also do u still use the lee Stafford conditioner- how did u like it?

  3. B on January 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I have been dying to try Blue Apron or the Hello Fresh (they have a groupon code) but I am so worried we wont like it. I am a vegetarian but my husband isnt and my daughter is gluten free. I thought about trying the vegetarian option first. Is there enough in the two person option for a couple and a young daughter (who eats small meals)? or would I need the four person option in your opinion??

  4. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on January 6, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    My husband and I started taking the ingredients and making our own meals out of them since he’s much more creative in that area than I am. I love to follow recipes verbatim, but he was making all kinds of things with the ingredients!

  5. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on January 6, 2016 at 7:27 pm


  6. Britt@MyOwnBalance on January 7, 2016 at 2:03 am

    The thing I love about Blue Apron is you get to keep the recipes so you can always recreate a great meal again! It definitely helps expand your horizons!

  7. Andrea on January 7, 2016 at 5:21 am

    The boyfriend and I -love- Blue Apron! It makes us feel like such accomplished chefs without totally breaking the bank plus the recipes are relatively healthy and challenge us to eat ingredients we typically don’t consume.

    My last box was a home run. We made a butternut squash vegetarian casserole which my meat-loving boyfriend absolutely loved and even took the left overs to work the next day. Next came a seared sirloin with a mushroom-potato hash which I gobbled up even though I have the biggest aversion to ‘rooms. Finally I made the Asian inspired chicken meatballs with a Brussels sprout/green apple kimchi and I have never been prouder of my “culinary skills”. It’s definitely a huge change from my strictly quinoa-steamed veggie-frozen veggie burger meals back in college!

    Extra bonus: It comes out at about 20 bucks a meal, which is typically what we spend at places like Chipotle and less than we spend at Panera!

  8. Rachel on January 7, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Latkes are actually traditionally Jewish and European food – the word ‘latke’ is even Yiddish – not soul food.

    • Fitnessista on January 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

      I meant good for the soul. Any carby delight is soul food to me

  9. Maria on January 7, 2016 at 5:57 am

    I’ve had both the seared chicken with apple mashed potatoes as well as the roasted chicken with acorn squash! Both very good 🙂 We love blue apron over here. I get my shipment on Saturday, so if life gets crazy and I haven’t had time to get to the grocery store, we always have dinner for Monday and Tuesday.

  10. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on January 7, 2016 at 8:30 am

    That latke dish was super good! We had that one from BA too 🙂

  11. Jacqueline on January 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I really, really, really want to try Blue Apron! My boyfriend and I love cooking together, but it’s hilarious because he has ADHD and can never seem to read a recipe all the way through, while I’m a teacher and have to read the recipe twice, check the pantry, make a written grocery list, and set out ingredients on the counter before I turn on the stove/oven. But it works! We’re really hoping BA or something similar sticks around until we’re ready to move in together so we can try it! Haha 🙂

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