I pride myself on being a mostly self-taught culinarian. My Nanna taught me how to make spaghetti sauce from scratch when I was in third grade, and my mother spent countless hours teaching me how to plan weekly meals, create shopping lists, and put meals together all through my childhood. But it wasn’t until I was married and had a family of my own that I started learning techniques like making my own Béchamel sauce and pairing different herbs and spices with various fruits, vegetables, and sauces. Having been perfecting my own culinary style over the past 13 years or so, I take a lot of pride in being able to adapt a recipe to meet my family’s taste (or come up with something from scratch) and create a meal experience for the people that find themselves around our dining room table.

That being said, when I first heard about meal delivery services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh a few years ago, I balked at the idea of paying someone to prepare a recipe, pull all of the ingredients together, and send it all to me in a refrigerated box. I mean, who doesn’t have time to look up a recipe and go to the grocery store? (Who was I kidding.)

And then my kids aged out of elementary school, I married a man with three kids and two dogs, and life. got. real. Now, I loathe grocery shopping and want to crawl in a hole when it’s time to plan out weekly meals.

Don’t get me wrong. I am beyond thankful for my husband and sweet kids and four dogs (despite the tumbleweeds of dog fur that blow through our home on a regular basis no matter how many times Charlie runs the vacuum). I just can’t seem to find the joy in preparing meals like I used to because planning for twice the number of people seems daunting and overwhelming and something that I wish someone else could do for me.

Enter Blue Apron.

A few weeks ago, I heard the Blue Apron advertisement for the umpteenth time while listening to the Dear Sugars podcast and I decided to try out one week’s worth of meals. I got $30 off by going to blueapron.com/sugar, so even if the whole thing was a bust, we would only be out $17 give or take. What’s the worst that could happen, right?

Y’all. We’ve only spent one night together, but I already want to marry Blue Apron. I am in deep smit.

Tuesday night, Charlie and I decided to make a date-night-in out of the whole experience, which I highly recommend. We split a bottle of our favorite wine and spent the next hour preparing ingredients, making a delicious pasta dish, sipping wine, and being way too handsy for our own good. I cannot wait to cook our next meal together tonight!

Here are some reasons why I think you should try Blue Apron:

  • They send you everything you need in a refrigerated box so you don’t have to plan the meal or shop for groceries. Hallelujah!
  • Ingredients are super fresh and should last up to seven days, so you have a lot of flexibility when planning your weekly meals.
  • The recipe card that comes with each meal has easy-to-follow instructions for someone who knows their way around the kitchen, pictures to help you feel like you’re not completely fumbling the job, and wine-pairing suggestions, too!
  • Food portions are enough to satisfy a healthy appetite.
  • You don’t have to plan the meal or shop for groceries.
  • You don’t have to plan the meal or shop for groceries.
  • YOU DON’T HAVE TO PLAN THE MEAL OR SHOP FOR GROCERIES. (Yes, I’m screaming. I can’t help it! I’m so excited!)

If Blue Apron sounds like something that might benefit you, click on the link above to claim the same Dear Sugar deal I got.

P.S. I am not a Blue Apron affiliate and was not compensated in any way for this post. I just wanna share the Blue Apron love! :)

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