Meal preparation for my family has a storied history of frustration, confusion, and sometimes even tears! One would think there would be nothing more comforting than an evening meal shared among loving family members but somehow either the timing backfires leading to conflict or else the meal itself creates criticism and tension. Certainly as "mom," I am sensitive to the time, sacrifices, efforts, and finances involved in preparing a meal; thus when the investment is met with disappointment and complaints my enthusiasm for "togetherness" deflates rapidly. The more in-tuned I become with nutrition as optimal medicine the less my family embraces my efforts for wholesome, home-cooked meals. The most commonly asked question this summer: "Do we have to eat together again?" If my daughter had her way she would subsist in her bedroom on her phone eating skittles, popcorn and peanuts. My son would survive in the basement with his X-box life support system accompanied by grapes and beef jerky while my husband would practice his version of Paleo After Work.: Almonds, potato chips and wine. It appears although my efforts may not be appreciated, I am still valuable to the family's well-being.
My sister-in-law recently sent me a link for a free week of Blue Apron meals. This home delivery service appears ordained by God as it has reduced complaints by 100%, decreased food spoilage, improved my cooking ability, and introduced new flavors and foods to the family. Vietnamese Chicken Wings, Squid Ink Linguine Pasta, Steaks and Roasted Potatoes...the entrees are an endless variety and have successfully overcome long-held negative beliefs about my cooking ability. When my free week of meals arrived in early July my daughter took a picture of the food prep process claiming a desire to have proof of another kitchen "fail." The picture never made it to her social media sites as even she had to confess, "You can make these chicken wings anytime!"
This service is convenient and suitable to varied diets offering vegan, dairy-free, and gluten free entrees. I have only ordered for the 2-person serving size and I find this is still plenty for feeding my family. This summer I have made a few of the entrees for lunch or like this past Sunday we enjoyed Crispy Catfish after the church service. Perhaps the down-side is the additional packaging necessary to deliver three night's worth of food in one large insulated container. Lisa Leake, popular blogger on 100 Days of Real Food, did a cost comparison of Blue Apron versus shopping for all the ingredients at your local grocery store and found Blue Apron more cost-effective. Ordering the two-person entrees (which have fed us 4) typically costs $70.00 for three nights of meals. Personally there are times I do a grocery store run and once home with $100 worth of groceries I still don't know what to make for dinner; for this reason Blue Apron becomes an optimal investment. I highly encourage you to go to their site and try a free test-week trial. It is also ideal for the small family, single mom or dad, or during the school year particularly suitable for working parents or teachers.
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