Monday, November 2, 2015

Meal Delivery Services: Blue Apron vs. Hello Fresh

I recently got some coupons for two different meal delivery services and thought I'd compile our journey with them, comparing and contrasting our experience. First, let's start with the pictures!

Blue Apron

Everyone loved this recipe!
So much so that we wanted to scrape the bowl clean!
This was lasagna with zucchini noodles instead of pasta noodles.
So much lighter and still all the flavor!

The Results:

First of all, I'm sorry I didn't take more Blue Apron pictures. It was simply because I forgot. Not because the meals weren't as good or anything having to do with them. That was totally my fault.

If this was in our budget, I would TOTALLY do this again. Maybe not every week because having three meals planned for me felt a little too much, a little too confining (we're in the stage of life where I text the hubs on his way home to grab take-out or we have a day where eating cereal for dinner seems like a success!), but certainly every other week would be great! The recipes were easy-enough to follow (and I don't consider myself a cook!) and meals were delish! The boys loved pretty much everything we cooked from them. I loved that we had yummy dinners awaiting me but I didn't have to search for the recipe and wander around the grocery store finding everything we needed.

For each service, the recipes were printed on large cards, about the size of a piece of paper, the ingredients were fresh and pre-portioned for you, the meals yummy. The box would show up on the porch and I would transfer the food to the fridge, ready to pull out when we had time for dinner. I think there's so much they had in common that it's really hard to say which would be considered the "winner" and which the "loser."

But, since it's not much of a review if I don't pick a winner, based just on the two weeks we had delivered, I would select Hello Fresh to be our service. The ingredients came in boxes with cool packs for each service, but Hello Fresh went a step beyond and had all things you needed for each meal in a little box, so finding everything you needed for that night was EASY. And, at this stage of life EASY is a big factor. The white boxes were a bit of a challenge to fit in the fridge, but grabbing a box to start dinner more than made up for that in my mind.

Overall, I really enjoyed having the meal delivery service. Like I said, if this was in our budget, I would totally have it delivered every other week. It's not right now, so I'll just have to pine away wishing it was...

So, have you tried a meal delivery service? Have you Loved it! like I have?


  1. I just saw this post. Cool! I have been wondering about these meal services. I love the zucchini noodle lasagna. That is one of my favorite meals to make :) Its a great way to use up all sorts of other veggies, too. Are there ever coupons or discounts to try one of these? Did you get to pick the menu?

    1. I can't believe we hadn't talked about this! The only reason I decided to give these a try was because I came across coupons for them, for like $20 off a week or something like that. A pretty big savings... You do get to choose the menu. Sorta. There were like 5 or 6 meals available per week and you choose which three you want. You can put a week on hold, too, so you could get none that week and then get a delivery the next week. Etc. Hopefully that helps!