What Happens When the Pulse Team Tries Blue Apron?

Sometimes cooking a fresh, homemade meal is a struggle; grocery shopping, preparation, cooking and serving are exhausting to think about, let alone act on. Enter Blue Apron, the new age solution to dinner for busy singles, couples and families everywhere.

Blue Apron allows busy consumers to choose either a two-person plan, which includes three meals per week, or a family plan that allows a choice of two or four meals per week. Every seven days menu choices change depending on what vegetables and herbs are in season and available. All the ingredients, recipes and information on selections are delivered in a sealed, refrigerated bag to keep all your produce, poultry and spices crisp.

Because we like to eat, Pulse put the home-cooking company to the test. We wanted to know if the efficiency, freshness and flavor were as good as it seemed. We went to blueapron.com and chose from the many fresh, seasonal dishes. Once received, cooking replaced some of our other regular editorial duties. Everyone could smell the sweet and savory aromas from their office and begged for a taste test.

Za’atar Chicken & Farro Salad

credit: blue apron

credit: blue apron

Fresh and tasty, this meal fits the label of trendy. Goat cheese, pistachios and beets are ingredients making their way into small, farm-to-table, neo-American restaurants around Long Island. Not only was this easy to make (less than an hour total), but the quality of the flavor was that of a high-end East End eatery. Save some cash around the holidays by making a swanky dish like this at home.

Crispy Ricotta Pierogi

credit: blue apron

credit: blue apron

Supplied with a detailed ingredients list, step-by-step recipe, the 2 tbsp champagne vinegar and 1/3 cup sour cream, we set out to make this dish. The simplicity in creating the yummy platter was incredible, resulting in a crispy and cheesy plate that will fulfill and satisfy any pierogi lover’s craving.

Creamy Broccoli & Fennel Casserole 

credit: blue apron

credit: blue apron

This broccoli and fennel “spin on Italian comfort food” filled us up without the heavy meats involved in traditional Italian dinners. At about 700 calories per serving and a 10-minute prep time, the dish makes for a perfect mid-week meal.

For the inexperienced or short-on-time home-chef, the labeled ingredients, self-explanatory recipes provided by Blue Apron made frying, baking and boiling an effortless action. Much to the pleasure of our palates, watches and minds, the “better way to cook” was a pleasant, worry-free and hassle-free experience.

Are you a Blue Apron lover? Share the pros and cons in the comments.