Blue Apron Meatballs

We got Blue Apron for a week, and this was the second meal we made from them. It was Pork and Ricotta Meatballs with Creamy Polenta and Broccolini. Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

I'd never cooked, or had polenta before. The red sauce was good, and the meatballs were fine, but my favorite part of the recipe was the broccolini. I wouldn't make this again, but if I did, I'd substitute the polenta for spaghetti. I really enjoyed the other meal we received from them, and this one was okay, just not something I would have picked.

Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

Northwest Pearls: Blue Apron Meatballs

Blue Apron isn't for the novice cook. They're assuming you have decent equipment and some cooking knowledge. So I wouldn't recommend it if you've never really cooked before. It is a fun thing to do with family or friends though.

To see our first Blue Apron meal, check out my blog post on it.

Have you ordered meals to be prepared at home? What have you thought?

First Meal from Blue Apron

Blue Apron Za'atar My mom received a coupon for a week's worth of free meals from Blue Apron from a friend of hers who uses the service. So she ordered two four person meals. They arrived in the same container with two separate recipe flyers. We chose to make the Za'atar Chicken Skewers and Mint Yogurt Sauce recipe for our first dinner.

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It was fun but pretty time consuming. The prep time was supposed to be 10 minutes, and the cook time was supposed to be 25 to 35 minutes but it seems like the two of us spent at least an hour total on it. That may get faster as you get used to Blue Apron, but I don't think I'd want to use this every night.

This would be a fun idea for a date night, or for when you are hanging out with a friend. (It also might be a good idea for Firefighters to use every once in a while!)

The food was pretty good, and very filling. It's not a recipe I would have picked, but I enjoyed it.

Have you tried anything similar? What have you thought?