Newflash: I cannot cook.
Actually, this is not a newsflash to anyone who knows me.
My husband cooks. And he is not really a cook. He is a chef. He's the type of guy that could truly go on one of those cooking shows and do well. He knows how to take all kinds of things and make all kinds of things and make them look pretty and the whole thing.
That is not me.
But suddenly, I find myself with a husband who is not home for dinner half the week. He works shift work which means he is working 7am-7pm or 7pm to 7am. So he is either home way after dinner or leaving right before dinner.
My mother-in-law lives with me, and she is a great cook. But eventually, she and my father-in-law will have their own home. If JB is going to be working shift work, and I am going to be home with four children, I need to be able to cook SOMETHING.
A friend of mine gave me a suggestion. Blue Apron.
It is not the only company of its kind, and the idea is fairly simple. They send you EVERYTHING you need to cook a real meal. They actually send you three meals in one box for the week on the day of the week you choose.
It isn't cheap. But it is definitely cheaper than eating out. And for someone like me, with no cooking experience, it is so confidence-building. You know you have the right ingredients, and you know you have the right amount, and you know if you do exactly what the recipe card says, it is going to taste good.
It also isn't easy. The meals take about 1 hour to prepare and are about 500-700 calories per serving. We got the one for 4 people. We are giving a little bit of each portion to each of the children and supplementing their meals with kid-friendly-fare.
Here is the prep work I did for my first meal. I am very proud!
And here is the finished product on a Greek Braised Chicken dish. It was scrumptious! This is truly the best thing I ever made.
I am so psyched about this idea that I really wanted to share it with others. If you are a good cook, this isn't the plan for you. But if you are clueless (like me!) it's really a cool thing to try. It will stretch our grocery budget a bit, but I feel like getting to try new things, not having to plan and shop, and being able to eat something a bit more "tasty" when my husband is gone, is worth it to me.
Oh, and there is no commitment, and you can cancel any week (with enough notice) that you choose. So if you are going on vacation, no big deal!
Just wanted to pass this good idea onto others. It isn't offered everyone in the USA, and obviously won't work for my friends overseas, but for those in a prime location and a prime need, it might be just what you need to pat yourself on the back a bit!