The Busy Girl's Guide to Weeknight Meals

If your schedule is as jam-packed as all of ours are, you know how hard it can be to keep all parts of your life feeling balanced. Doing well at work, having a thriving social life, getting enough sleep, and staying healthy—it often feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day! But instead of giving up any of the things we love (like cooking), we’re big fans of finding little life hacks that give us more time or simplify our schedules—hence the reason we started up our Busy Girl series here on the blog. The other day we got to talking about how stressful it can be to think up healthy homemade meals and go to the grocery store after a long day of work each week. Which then lead us to discuss our love for our favorite meal delivery service, Blue Apron.

Blue Apron is revolutionizing our weeknight meals

Blue Apron delivers the freshest ingredients

A few of our editors have been using Blue Apron for over a year now, and it’s a total game changer. Each week we get a box of refrigerated, fresh ingredients and recipe cards that map out how to make a gourmet meal for two or four people in about 40 minutes. Blue Apron takes the guesswork out of wandering down the aisle while grocery shopping, but it also helps us to steer clear of getting lazy and ordering takeout each night (which can pay a toll on our wallets and waistlines). Plus, the two portion meals are perfect for a date night at home!

Why our editors love Blue Apron

Our secret to making delicious weeknight meals

Our most recent box came with the most delicious recipes including Seared Chicken with Sautéed Purple Potatoes and Apples, Grains-of-Paradise Encrusted Steak, and Crispy Cod & Yuzu-Shoyu Soba Noodles. So, we got together to document our cooking process to share the details with you today…

The best , Grains-of-Paradise Encrusted Steak recipe

All the ingredients come perfectly portioned and packaged in our Blue Apron box, and the recipe cards give step-by-step instructions that are super simple. Plus every recipe is between 500-800 calories and is fun to cook. Let’s just say it beats throwing a bag of popcorn in the microwave…

The busy girl's guide to weeknight dinners

Weeknight meals made easy thanks to Blue Apron

Fresh ingredients delivered right to your door thanks to Blue Apron

Even our pups love Blue Apron

The best part about making Blue Apron recipes each week is that we can get together and discuss which one was our favorite. This week, the Crispy Cod and Noodles came in first, but the other two were close runners-up.

Blue Apron is perfect for beginner cooks or busy girls who just want to have their dinner ingredients delivered to their doorstep. So we encourage you to give it a try… And we’re buying you two free meals on us! Today we’re offering our first 100 readers two free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Click here to sign up for this deal now… Then, just sit back and let Blue Apron do the grocery shopping for you.

Blue Apron is perfect for beginner cooks or busy girls who just want to have their dinner ingredients delivered to their doorstep

Our secret to healthy weeknight meals {busy girls we're talking to you!}

What recipes are you excited to cook at home this spring?

Let us know in the comments if you’re going to sign up for Blue Apron. Or, if you’ve already used it, let us know your experience! We’d love to hear what you have to say.

XO Team LC

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