meal prep for busy weeknights with Blue Apron

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness12 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  As always, all opinions and words are honest and my own.  Oh, and the first 50 people to sign up will get $60 off their first 3 weeks of Blue Apron!  More details below…
We have entered a season of life when things are just busy!!  Our evenings are regularly booked with homework, climb team, swim lessons, small group, church committee meetings, and getting to the gym as a family.  It’s all good stuff, but it often means we have to grab a quick dinner.  I don’t want to live off of take-out or feed my kids cereal for dinner every night, so I’ve been working on prepping meals on the weekends, so we’re stocked and ready for healthy, but quick lunches and dinners.
I make soups and portion them into pint-sized jars.   I pre-make salads and also put them in grab-and-go jars and we get a rotisserie chicken for the week, I prep fruits and veggies as much as possible, and we have an assortment of Greek yogurts, cheeses, nuts, seeds, etc. to have as snacks.
I don’t want it to get monotonous, though, so each week I’m making something new to try.  This week, I made two Blue Apron meals to mix in!  Since they have all of the ingredients I need, perfectly portioned, it made meal planning extra easy.

We were having a couple over for dinner, so I decided to make one dish to have Sunday night and one to store in the fridge to eat through the week.  I picked meals (Cheesy Tomatillo Enchiladas and Parmesan Chicken & Creamy Pepper Pasta) that I thought would keep well.  In the case of the enchiladas, I could make them ahead and then pop them in the oven right before our guests arrived.  For the chicken dish, I could cook the pasta ahead of time and make the chicken when we’re ready to have it for dinner.  (Turns out Marshall and I couldn’t stay out of the pasta that long!)

People have asked if I’m on a specific diet and the answer is no.  I’m not doing any special plan.  I’m just eating mostly whole, healthy food.  And that’s one thing I really love about Blue Apron.  Their meals are always packed with fresh veggies, quality dairy, meat, etc.  And, even though they come with a recipe card, I always feel the freedom to adapt the recipes.  I added shredded chicken to the enchiladas and made a small side dish without the flour tortillas for our gluten-free guest.

I’m almost always introduced to some new food or flavor combination when I try Blue Apron Meals.  In this case, I tried this green pear-looking squash that I had never even heard of along with some spice blends that were new to me!

During the slow pace of Sunday afternoon, I took about an hour and prepped both of the meals.  (Do you like that I’m wearing a blue apron?  I noticed that as I was working on this post!)

Doesn’t fresh, real food just look beautiful?

I had a few cherry tomatoes that I wanted to use up, so I threw those in at the last minute.

I can’t tell you how good it felt to have these meals prepared and ready to eat.  When our guests came for dinner, I just had to pop the enchiladas in the oven instead of cooking at the stove.  When Marshall needed some dinner after coming home from Youth Group, I was able to heat up some pasta and veggies for him.

And even though four adults ate their fill of the enchiladas, we still have 2-3 meals we can get off of the leftovers!  I have found that generous portions are pretty typical of Blue Apron meals.

See the little gluten-free dish I made at the top of the picture below?  It was hearty enough to just serve the filling because it contained cannellini beans and red rice.

So, the fridge is fully stocked with meals and snacks that will get us through most of the week!

That’s a win!

A few other cool things about Blue Apron

  • They offer an ever-changing menu (up to 11 recipes to chose from each week) with vegetarian options, low-carb, diabetes-friendly, WW™ Approved, 500 calorie or less meal options.  There’s really something for everyone.  
  • Prices start as low as $7.49/serving
  • They offer 2 flexible plans, the 2-Person Plan and 4-Person Family Plan
    • 2 Person Plan: You can choose 2-3 recipes, each designed to serve 2 people.
    • 4 Person Family Plan: You can choose 2-4 recipes, each designed to serve 4 people.
  • And, you can skip meals or cancel at any time.

As I said in the beginning, Blue Apron has a special deal for new subscribers.

The first 50 people to sign up will get $60 off their first 3 weeks of Blue Apron! Click HERE to get your discount. (Valid for first-time meal plan subscribers only. Cannot be combined with any other offer.)

meal prep for busy weeknights with Blue Apron

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12 Comments on “meal prep for busy weeknights with Blue Apron”

  1. It looked so good & you looked like you were enjoying the prep AND I loved your blue apron, so I did it! We start February 1! Hoping this simplifies our lives! Thank you for the discount!

  2. I hope you have better results with Blue Apron than I have in the past. Things were not as fresh as they could have been. It could have been the distribution center the items were coming from.

    Good luck!

    1. Oh, I’m sorry to hear that! I hope you let them know that. Unfortunately, I’m sure that happens sometimes, but I’ve always experienced great customer service with them and I’m sure they would rectify that.

  3. Thank you for posting furniture and decor- it is refreshing.

    I mean it in the kindest way, is there a way to not receive all the ads that are coming thru my email now? Those are not what I signed up for, but if that is what will be coming more, thank you for updating me.
    It was hard to navigate the blog with many ads and now to be receiving them on the email side too, is too much for me and I will act accordingly and periodically check your blog then.

    Again, it is appreciated the design and furniture updates as you have been gracious to share.

    Thank you so much!

    1. Ti, thank you for your kind feedback. Last week, I was launching Mustard Seed Mentoring again, so I sent out extra e-mails about that. If you still have one, click at the bottom where it says you want to “opt-out”. This will put you on a list, so you don’t receive any e-mails about that. I don’t want those going to people who aren’t interested. If you don’t have one to opt-out, just send me an e-mail at marian@missmustardseed.com and we’ll take care of it manually. Also, we’ll be sending out an e-mail soon, so all of my readers can let me know the topics that interest them, That way, when I’m launching something new, those e-mails will only go to people who are interested. I don’t want to clog up your inbox!

  4. We have done Blue Apron for a number of years now. I love that we can cancel when we know we will be out of town or in the summer when fresh veggies are plentiful and we love using our grill outside(really just an excuse for me not to cook). I like not agonizing over what to cook 3 nights of the week, not to mention not having to go to the grocery store as often. There are so many great choices each week and we have seldom had meals that we didn’t enjoy. And I have even learned a few things, which is saying a lot since I have been cooking for over 50 years.

  5. Just a thought……I noticed your fridge says “44”……I have always heard, for food safety, it should say “37” ???? OR maybe it went up because you had the door open too long…taking pictures and all?

    1. Yep, it was because the fridge was open. it shows the actual temperature, not the one it’s set at.

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