Want to know something?
I love to cook, but sometimes I don’t love to cook.
Can you relate?
I recently learned a new word that has changed the way I look at and run my life; and although I have actually known this word for quite sometime, it had never occurred to me to actually apply it to my everyday.
If it doesn’t require my talent, outsource it.
A few examples of things that can be outsourced:
grocery shopping: order groceries online at Walmart or Kroger and just drive through to pick them up
laundry: when the boys were really little I (Brian) noticed that I was having a difficult time keeping up with laundry. So I asked our housekeeper if she could help with laundry when she is here each week for an additional fee. (We’re talking $20) This is the BEST $20 I spend each week!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pet maintenance: There are mobile pet groomers that come to your house and groom your pet out front. I also call the vet and ask if I can drop Bow off for her yearly check up and then pick her up at the end of the day. Done and done.
I honestly believe outsourcing is the only way working moms are able to get everything done they need to each day. We have to be wise with our time…and honestly if I have an extra hour in the day, I would rather not spend it at the grocery store. Why not set up an account online, create a ‘favorites list’ and work off of that each week when placing your order. 10 minutes to make my list. 15 to pick up groceries there and back. Again, done. And done.
Enter Blue Apron.
Yes I know I am probably the last person on the planet to give Blue Apron a try, but if you haven’t yet either, this post is for you!
So what is Blue Apron?
Blue Apron is a home delivery meal system created to make incredible home cooking accessible to everyone. After creating an account at BlueApron.com, users select which meals they would like to have delivered in the coming weeks and all the ingredients show up on the doorstep.
For my first Blue Apron delivery, I selected Late Summer Beef Bolognese, and as promised all of the pre-measured ingredients were delivered on my doorstep in an ice pack-packed box on Sunday morning.
Everything was well sealed. No meat juice leaked out. All of the produce was fresh and fragrant. The only ingredients not already chopped and measured was the garlic and onion. In fact, the recipe called for 4 cloves of garlic but they sent an entire head–so I had extra.
The instructions were printed on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock as well as pictures of what each step should look like. Calories, prep time and cook time were all listed at the bottom of the recipe card as well as the link to find a tablet-friendly recipe online in case the cook prefers to cook via iPad as opposed to a physical recipe.
Every container and piece of packing material is 100% recyclable.
I had previously selected that I would need 4 servings, and the Blue Apron method of measurement did not disappoint. There was just enough left after all of us had eaten for one last small portion. No one left the table still hungry! After creating an account, users can select whether they would like ‘family plan’ or a ‘two person plan’, and whether they would prefer to receive 2 meals/week or 4 meals/week. The family plan serves 4.
I’m not entirely certain of Blue Apron’s policy about re-printing their recipes, so I will send you the link to this recipe on their website.
I hope you will check it out and give it a try one week. Outsource, friends. Outsource.
-ciao for now-
ps. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my darling father. Today he is 70 years young!