When we decided that I was going to quit my job in order to stay home with Jack full time, we had to sit down and give our budget a good look. What could we give up? Where could we cut back? Did we have any frivolous spending habits?
Like many young married couples without children, we were spending a large sum of money each month on eating (and drinking) out. As difficult as knew it would be, one major adjustment we had to make was going from eating out several times a week, to eating only out on special occasions.
Now, I have to be honest with you. I’m fine with the stay at home MOM role, but the stay at home WIFE role is where I really struggle. I’m good at making sure Jack is nursed, safe, happy, entertained, and socialized but I have a difficult time finding time to tend to household chores, and the biggest one is dinner.
In a Pinterest perfect world, I would plan healthy meals each week, I’d get all my grocery shopping done in one trip (never forgetting anything on my list), and I’d dedicate several hours of my Sundays to meal prep. Dinner would be cooking when Cory walked in from work, and it’d be easy.
But you know what? I don’t live in a Pinterest perfect world. Not even close.
When Cory calls me on his way home from work and asks “What’s for dinner?” a feeling of dread washes over me because I normally haven’t thought about it! I mean, I know I bought food at the grocery store, but I kind of suck when it comes to actually making said food.
So when I got the opportunity to try out Blue Apron for a week, I was more excited than I care to admit. So many of my friends are Blue Apron customers, and I’ve heard tons of great things about the service.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Blue Apron is a service that helps you create fancy schmancy dinners at home. Thankfully, I don’t have to be fancy schmancy, because each recipe comes with step-by-step picture (!!) instructions.
They delivered all the fresh ingredients to my doorstep which saved me a major trip to the grocery store (can I getta AMEN?!) Blue Apron also boasts that they’re constantly changing their menu, which is a major plus for us, because we routinely get stuck in a are-we-seriously-having-tacos-again type of menu rut.
I love that every meal came with the perfectly measured out ingredients. All I had to do was chop things up, read some directions, and serve. Guys, I made catfish. And it was good. Are you kidding me?! I would never have made something like this in real life, and I was super impressed with myself.
I’m looking forward to trying out the pan-seared steak and spiced turkey & chickpea chili recipes that were included in our delivery, too.
If you’re someone who truly, genuinely dislikes cooking and stresses out over meal planning, I promise you that Blue Apron is worth ever penny. And if you’re “green” you’ll also be glad to know that Blue Apron is right there with you. Their packaging is returnable and reusable, which is pretty cool.
If you’re interested, the first 20 readers will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order – just click here! Let me know if you try it out!
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