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Cheesy Tomatillo Enchiladas

The enchiladas were by far my favorite meal from Blue Apron. Since Mexican is my favorite food that is not surprising. However, I know you want to know more about the service and the packaging so let's get right to it. 


Pro's:  
  • The meals arrive on time. 
  • The ingredients are fresh and of good quality. 
  • The recipes are clear and easy to follow.     
Con's:
  • The ingredients for a recipe do not come packaged altogether.   
  • The recipes take at least 45 minutes to prepare. 
  • There is not enough variety of grains and beans for vegetarian options.
                                                                                                                                                           
 When I get home from work I am pretty hungry. I don't want to take longer than 30 minutes usually to get dinner on the table. I do eat a mostly vegetarian diet so having more than just white rice and vegetables is important for making me feel full longer. The Blue Apron recipes are very tasty, but I end up feeling hungry fairly soon after eating. I have not been excited about the brand of tofu they use either. I prefer a much firmer texture.             


Tofu Katsu & Soy Mayo



Sheet Pan Salmon & Olive Vinaigrette


Purple Carrot

I was hard-pressed to pick a favorite from the Purple Carrot. I loved them all! I really did enjoy the nachos. I know it's Mexican. The cashew cheese was wonderful. I didn't feel like I was giving up anything by eating vegan. I'm sure you will notice that the chips are black. That was not the fault of the Purple Carrot, that was mom and teenage daughter talking too much while cooking.  Haha, at least she still likes to talk to me. 

Roasted Vegetable Nacho Bowls
Pro's:
  • All the ingredients for a single recipe are packaged together. 
  • A variety of different grains and beans are used. 
  • Meals arrive on time and are of good quality. 
  • The recipes are clear and easy to read. 
  • They give recipes for breakfast and snacks in the same book.
Con's:
  • The recipes take 35-45 minutes to prepare.


Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Bowls

Hazelnut Barley Pilaf
I really enjoy the Purple Carrot's recipes. My daughter likes most of them but she is definitely not a vegan so she prefers the Green Chef. I reviewed them a few weeks ago. My favorites are The Green Chef and the Purple Carrot. The Green Chef comes out on top for me because their recipes can be made in 30 minutes (some of the vegetable prep is done for you). They are both terrific for taste and quality. The Blue Apron is great for meat-eaters. Their meals are of high quality and taste. Their vegetarian options leave you wanting more. It is just my personal preference to have all ingredients in one bag. It makes putting things away in the fridge easier. When you are ready to cook you only need to read the label on one bag and pull it out in order to start cooking. 

I am currently alternating weeks between the Purple Carrot and the Green Chef.  All of the meal plan services I have tried make it very easy to skip a week or change recipes. As I have said in my post about the Green Chef I believe I waste less food using the services because I only buy what I need. I have splurged less on unhealthy quick snacks because I have everything I need ready to go when I get home from work. It is easy to cancel if you don't like it so I say what do you have to lose give one a try and make your life easier. 

 



I have used several different meal kits. Green Chef happens to be my favorite! I do like the others, and I switch periodically because they each have an extra flare. I have always wanted to eat more vegetables. Unfortunately, I only had recipes from what I grew up with and a husband who was a meat and potatoes guy. I spent most of my life learning to cook the things he liked and trying to make healthier versions of them. When I realized that with crohn's disease (every dictionary wants me to capitalize crohn's, I don't want it capitalized in my life, so I choose not to capitalize it in my writing.), meat and fried food wasn't my friend; I tried to integrate vegetarian recipes between meat days. Adding more vegetarian meals helped, but it was daunting to learn something new while raising kids. I couldn't figure out what flavors went together because I had no context to draw from. Meal kits have been life-changing! I am a good cook, and I have a well-stocked kitchen. I needed help with the basics. Green Chef and The Purple Carrot did that for me. The recipes were easy to follow, and they introduced me to flavors I would have never thought to put together. After a few months of using the meal kit service, I can now throw together similar meals by what I have on hand without looking for a recipe.


Some of the things I love about Green Chef are:  

  • I love how the kits come with all the ingredients for a meal in one bag clearly labeled. Individually labeled bags make it easy to put in the fridge and pull out when needed. 
  •  When I come home from work, I like not having to think about what to make. 
  • I love that it only takes me thirty minutes to have dinner on the table! 
  • There hasn't been any missing ingredients or vegetables that have gone bad.

If you have been on the fence thinking of trying a service, I wouldn't hesitate. If nothing else, you will have a few new recipes to put in your arsenal. When I switch services again, I will give a recent review and photos of my prepared meals. Let me know what you think of Green Chef or any other service you have used. 




I have always loved to cook. Since going back to work full-time, I've struggled with making meals that lived up to my expectations. I try hard not to use ready-made box mixes because I like to know what is in my food. Yummy food doesn't have to be complicated.  I didn't have time to shop or plan the menus, so I decided to give meal kits a go. I love them! They let me do the cooking, and they get me out of the rut of trying to decide what to cook and falling back on the same memorized meals because it's easy. They have also helped me try new things that I wouldn't have tried. Some think that meal kits are expensive. I believe they have saved me money. I don't have a pantry filled with items I've used once or twice. I don't have a fridge full of things I meant to try and didn't get to them before they went bad, or I only needed half of the head of cauliflower. I definitely waste less food. The meals in the photo above are from Green Chef. They were so yummy! I plan to photograph the meals and give you all the reviews. I will start with Green Chef and move on to some other services like Blue Apron and Purple Carrot. These are two of my favorite services.

 I like to change services now and then to get a different flare to my meals. The last thing I will tell you is they have helped me change my eating habits and create a new memorized favorites list. I have learned new ways of cooking beans and vegetables. I have no problem with throwing something together on my own with what I have on hand in the fridge and not reverting to the old habits of what I grew up using. Don't worry; I still go to those old favorites sometimes because they bring me comfort, although I have tweaked them a little to make them healthier. Meal kits have only added to the foods that bring me comfort and joy. Happy Cooking!

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