This post is proudly sponsored by Blue Apron, a service that all of us on Team LC love and think you will too!

Learn the benefits of cooking at home

It’s the same story every year, but one we can all relate to… It’s the first week of the new year and we’re geared up and motivated to be our best selves for the next 12 months. We’ve renewed our gym memberships, balanced our checkbooks, written our positive affirmations, and signed up to volunteer with our favorite charity. Sounds familiar, right? The buzz that ensues when a new year begins is intoxicating and inspiring, to say the least. And we must admit that we totally hop on the bandwagon. But aside from our usual work out more and get more sleep goals, this year all of us on Team LC have added a new resolution into the mix. In an effort to save money on takeout, eat healthier, and become better home chefs, we’re all vowing to cook more meals at home.

Learn how to save on meals, eat healthier, and become a better chef at home

This resolution is one that all of us share, which will help us keep each other in check and stay accountable. And, we have some tried-and-true tools of the trade we’ll be turning to in order to accomplish this goal. Enter: Blue Apron, a meal delivery service that allows us to create delicious, chef-designed recipes at home. Blue Apron does all of the hard work for us by delivering perfectly-portioned, farm-fresh ingredients and a recipe card right to our doorstep. Let’s just say that avoiding the grocery store and cooking delicious meals never felt so satisfying! So, without further ado, today we’ll be showing you how we’re sticking with our New Year’s resolution and making more home-cooked meals in 2017 with a little help from Blue Apron

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The first thing we do when we place our monthly Blue Apron order is look at all of the delicious meal options on their site. From Spiced Lentil Stew to Sesame Chicken to Fresh Linguine Pasta, the Blue Apron menu offers a huge selection of melt-in-your-mouth dishes that you can prepare in 40 minutes or less. And, this weekly-changing menu is comprised of meals that are 500-800 calories per person made with farm-to-table ingredients—so you know exactly what you’re eating. Healthy and home-cooked… Talk about checking off those New Year’s resolutions!

How to make healthy home meals with Blue Apron

Once we unbox our Blue Apron ingredients and the recipe card that comes along with them, it’s time for the best part: to get cooking! Each recipe card tells you exactly how to make your dish in six easy steps or less. And, if we do say so ourselves, we’ve become better cooks in the kitchen since using Blue Apron. Julienne the carrots? Check. Pan-sear the ahi tuna? Been there, done that. It’s a great learning experience for any budding chef, and seeing exactly what ingredients you are putting into your meal guarantees it will be wholesome and satisfying.

Our experience with Blue Apron

We like to stick with the two-person meal plan when we order, which makes having friends over for dinner so simple and fun. It’s the perfect excuse to get together in the kitchen and cook with friends. And, if you’re cooking for yourself, Blue Apron leftovers have proven to be just as delicious the next day. We recently whipped up Blue Apron’s Sweet Potato & Kale Hash and Chicken with Sautéed Carrots and Gravy. We enjoyed a healthy weeknight get-together with great food and good conversation about our goals for the new year to come…

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Team LC's experience with Blue Apron and eating healthier at home

If you cook for a family or more than two people, Blue Apron’s family plan is definitely worth checking out. Have a crazy busy schedule? One of the best parts is that Blue Apron is a no-commitment service—you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time.

How to eat healthier at homeDinner is served!

It’s so rewarding to know you’ve made a delicious, home-cooked meal all by yourself, especially one that doesn’t break the bank. And sharing that meal with friends makes it all the better! We also love how our Blue Apron box comes packaged in all recyclable materials, so we don’t feel like we’re wasting ingredients or paper. We have a feeling that subscribing to Blue Apron will make our goal of becoming better chefs and cooking more meals at home easy and realistic to stick with for the long term. We hope you’ll join us as we set out to achieve this New Year’s goal in 2017!

How to become a better home chef and save money on meals

Now that we’ve shared our New Year’s goal with you, we have a little surprise … Today we are offering our first 100 readers three free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Simply CLICK HERE to order and redeem your first three meals before this offer ends.

If you give Blue Apron a try, we hope you love it as much as we do! Be sure to share your experience with their service in the comments so that we can read your stories.

What are your healthy New Year’s goals? And, how are you planning on sticking with them?

XO Team LC

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