It’s so difficult to prepare meals for kids these days, isn’t it? The recipes you grew up with are often unhealthy (especially if you grew up in the Midwest–Frito casserole anyone?) so cooking like your parents did is out. To make matters worse, kids have been eating off the children’s menus since their first solids, and that children’s menu has carried over to home in the form of chicken nuggets and frozen pizza. Possibly organic, but still. You know you need to do better but who has time?
Enter Blue Apron, a food service run out of Brooklyn (but servicing 40 states!). One day a week a box or two (depending on whether you ordered two meals or four) arrives. You open it and pull out three brightly colored recipe cards. Beneath are all the ingredients you need, separated and labeled in neat plastic bags and bottles. Not terribly ecological, perhaps (the company says they’re working on it), but better than watching the big bundle of broccoli you optimistically bought two weeks ago go bad! Nothing in the box goes to waste. Each meal is 600-700 calories. It’s so good you wish you could have seconds and you are learning how to cook and prepare food like a pro. Even plating it is covered! The food is so well prepared (by you) and so well seasoned, your kids actually love it. You stop ordering take out food. You no longer feel the tyranny of the children’s menu. Everyone eats, and loves, their vegetables. // Bethany Ball
(Note: Bethany Ball does not work for Blue Apron, nor does anyone in her family! It’s pure love.)