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10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

Meal subscription boxes can be a pretty polarizing topic. Some people consider them frivolous and a over-priced, but I happen to think there are plenty of occasions where meal subscriptions boxes can be useful, practical, and really fun!

So today I’m sharing a few common situations where a meal subscription box could be surprisingly useful, including using it to learn, to spend time together, or simply to get dinner on the table. I hope this post gets you thinking “outside the box” about meal subscription boxes!

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

1. Expand Your Horizons

If you’re feeling stuck in a food rut, making Blue Apron meals can expose you and your family to all sorts of new and delicious foods. Blue Apron has a large and diverse selection of recipes, with new recipes being added every week. Who knows, you may just discover a new favorite food! And there’s no commitment – you can skip a delivery or cancel your subscription at any time.

My most recent Blue Apron cooking experience was making Pork Chops and Garlic Picada. I rarely make pork chops at home, but making this meal showed me how easy and tasty it can be! The toasted bread crumbs on top and the smoky yogurt sauce on the side made this dish divine! (If you would like to take a peek at some of the other amazing dishes available through Blue Apron….click here.)

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

2. Ladies’ Night

If you’re having a few friends over for a ladies’ night, turn dinner into its own activity! Choose the traditional 2-Person Plan for a perfect meal for two, or if there’s going to be a few of you, take advantage of Blue Apron’s Family Plan. Throw on some tunes, grab those aprons, and work together with your guests to cook a meal from Blue Apron. Cooking together can be really fun (and you get to enjoy a delicious meal afterwards!) :-)

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

3. Celebrations

Whether you’re celebrating a promotion, an anniversary, a pregnancy, or any other special occasion, it’s always nice to celebrate over a delicious meal. And you can really show someone you care by cooking that meal yourself! Set aside an evening to cook up a chef-designed Blue Apron meal at home, and turn an ordinary evening into a very special celebration! Blue Apron is committed to sourcing the freshest ingredients from high-quality suppliers and artisans, so you can enjoy a restaurant-quality meal right in your own dining room.

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

4. Cooking Show Night

If you have kids who are interested in cooking, or love to watch TV cooking shows, Blue Apron can help foster that interest! Order a Blue Apron box and challenge each of your “foodie” kids to make one of the meals like they are hosting their own TV cooking show! It’ll be fun for the kids, and you’ll be getting a night off from cooking.

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

5. When You (Or A Friend) Are Sick

No one has the energy to worry about what to make for dinner when they’re sick. Order a few Blue Apron meals so the hard work is done for you! Each box arrives with recipes and perfectly portioned farm-fresh ingredients, so all you have to do is cook. No trips to the grocery store required!

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

6. When The Kids Move Out

It’s hard not to worry about your kids when they move out for the first time! It’s a big change in their lives, and in all the chaos, their eating can be the first thing to suffer. Giving them a Blue Apron subscription can be an easy way to make sure they are eating at least a few healthy meals each week!

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

7. Before The Kids Move Out

For your kids that haven’t moved out yet, ordering a Blue Apron subscription can be an easy and efficient way to “train” them to be better cooks BEFORE they’re completely on their own! Just by making a few Blue Apron meals, they’ll learn a lot of great cooking skills that they’ll be able to use when they officially leave the nest.

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

8. Gift for Newlyweds

A Blue Apron subscription makes a perfect and thoughtful gift for any newly married couple. Weddings and honeymoons are expensive, and newlyweds are usually pretty strapped for cash when all is said and done. By giving them a Blue Apron subscription, you’ll be easing their money stress and giving them a fun way to spend time together in the kitchen. They might even learn a thing or two about cooking that will serve their marriage well. ;-)

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

9. Help For A Hectic Week

If you know your family has a hectic week coming up, ordering a Blue Apron box can be a simple way to plan ahead. You know you’ll have everything you need to make a few meals, which will help ease your stress and allow you to focus on other things. Don’t worry about needing to be at home when the box is delivered, either. Each Blue Apron box is refrigerated, so all your ingredients will stay fresh until you arrive back home.

10 Surprising and Useful Reasons To Get A Meal Subscription

10. Adapting to a New Diet

Making Blue Apron meals can be a fun and easy way to adjust to a new diet, or get used to new dietary restrictions. If you’re trying to eat more whole foods, Blue Apron meals can show you new and delicious ways to prepare all sorts of vegetables you may not have worked with before. And if you’re thinking about going vegetarian, ordering a few weeks of the vegetarian Blue Apron meals is a great way to make the transition easier. Soon enough, you won’t miss the meat at all!

I hope I have opened your eyes to the possibilities that Blue Apron can offer! If you would like to give it a try…CLICK HERE. The first 25 readers will get three free meals on their first Blue Apron order!

This post was sponsored by Blue Apron but, as always, all opinions are my own. 

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  • For those who do not want food (and packaging) sent to them, but may want help with the planning, you might want to consider a recipe service that tells you what to buy and what to prep ahead, so your weekday meals don’t require as much time and don’t have as much waste. We use Fresh 20, but there are many others that may fit your needs better. Some of the services send recipes based on what’s on sale in your area or on minimizing the time spent cooking. I like that the Fresh 20 limits itself to twenty fresh ingredients throughout five meals, so if they tell you to buy celery, you’ll use most of it (if not all) in other meals throughout the week. These services are only $50-100 per year.

  • We have used meal delivery services for a few years now and this summer we rented a beach house. Instead of buying a whole lot of food and condiments, we threw our Blue Apron box in the car with salt, pepper and olive oil and had three dinners ready to cook!

  • I love Blue Apron. Once you sign up, though, you have to be vigilant about looking at your meals and canceling if you don’t want them. I’m getting a box on Wednesday. I can’t wait!

  • I’ve been using HOME CHEF and we love it!!!!!
    Its real food, some gourmet, nothing funky or trying too hard to ‘be different’ and they are all easy for non-cooks!

  • You missed another reason to gift this sort of service, Jillee: new parents don’t have the time/energy to do lots of running around to make food for themselves when they’re busy adjusting to being parents (for the first time or the tenth time.
    Gift the service to new parents, and go over and make some of the meals for them, so all they have to do is sit, eat, and enjoy (and maybe do the dishes).

  • Love love love Blue Apron! It is a God send for me and my fiancé. Due to some health issues, I am unable to drive. And my honey hates going shopping. So for us, it brings delicious & nutritious meals right to the door. It’s also been fun to cook together. ❤

  • To me it is not worth it–you still have to do all the cooking. Better to have someone come in and do it for you or else do the shopping and do it yourself. To me it is a waste of money. If I do not feel like shopping I can always send my hubby to do the shopping for me. So for me–not a good idea. Also, I use EVERYRTHING organic and I doubt they furnish organic.

  • THANK YOU! I have been wanting to try Blue Apron for some time. You just helped me take the leap. I am so looking forward to my first week’s meals!

    • We love Blue Apron. My son ordered three meals here and there. I like it because if you need one stalk of celery that’s what you get. I always through out celery. It is so convenient. We don’t always use it but it’s always a good thing.

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