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Family Meal Planning Made Easier

by | Dec 7, 2017 | Decorating Inspiration

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Family Meal Planning Made Easier

This post is in partnership with Blue Apron // The first 25 people to sign up here will get 3 meals free!

After all the meal planning and shopping we did for our Thanksgiving holiday, we are ready to just relax and chill. Well, except we have to gear up again for Christmas! We are thrilled to host family Christmas festivities at our house this year, so we are actually looking forward to it.

But in the meantime, we will need to eat. I know! Imagine that. Especially our teen son. You don’t skip or skimp on meals with teens in the house. Am I right mamas?

Interestingly enough, our son has picked up really good eating habits so he’s not at all a junk food eater. That’s wonderful, but it means we don’t have a lot of pre-packaged food in the house.

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

I’m pleased to say that he will actually MAKE meals if we have the ingredients on hand and ready to go.

That’s one of the many things I love about our Blue Apron deliveries. We can schedule farm-fresh ingredients for  delicious meals to be brought right to our door. It arrives in a refrigerated box so it stays fresh even you aren’t home when it arrives. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Good food in the house means happy teens and happy mamas. No crankies!

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

This week with our Blue Apron ingredients we made Yellow Tomato & Basil Pesto pizza and it was SO GOOD! Everyone was happy.

Even Jack thought making pizza was a grand idea.

It’s such a relief to me as a busy mom when we are prepared and don’t have to scramble to figure out dinner. I’m usually thinking and creating all day for work so when the day is over, I like to be done! I just want to fix dinner and eat, not have to figure it all out.

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

The ingredients are labeled and pre-measured so you don’t even have to think. And there’s no waste!

You just wash and chop the fresh ingredients you need for that meal.

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

Fresh and yummy kale salad!

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

Follow a few simple steps on the printed recipe card and before you know it, your dinner is in the oven.

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

Your house smells amazing.

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

And best of all…

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

You get to eat really good food.

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

Your family is happy.

Family Meal Planning Made Easier

It’s a perfect solution for those of us who really need to be mindful of time management in this busy season. No one wants unused groceries going to waste in between traveling and family get togethers! And if you want to cook healthy food at home more often like we do, you’ll be able to do that easily with Blue Apron. Perfect for all of our upcoming New Year’s resolutions!

You get eight recipes to choose from each week and you can choose any combination of recipes you’d like! Each meal takes under 40 minutes to prepare. Choose from a 2 person or family plan to suit your family size.

When you are done with the Blue Apron box, you can use the recycling locator to find recycling options in your community or return your packaging for free to Blue Apron via USPS! It’s easy!

Want to try it? The first 25 readers to sign up will get 3 meals free on their first Blue Apron order! You can cancel anytime.

Just click here to claim your free meals!



  1. Cassie

    We have been using Blue Apron for over a year – love it!! I love not thinking ahead so much – the food comes and here’s what we are having, not a lot of what do you feel like etc
    Both our kids are out of the house most of the year so for 2 this is wonderful. When kids are home we just go buy extra protein and add a salad.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Yes! We love it. The food is delicious, too. Last night we had Shitake burgers and they were fantastic. I felt like I was eating a gourmet restaurant meal! Side benefit: it makes us better chefs! :)

  2. Samantha

    That pizza looks heavenly! I hope one day they bring that to France. Thanks for the great review!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh I hope they do, too! It’s so good. Fingers crossed for Blue Apron France. xo

  3. Ann

    Where did you get the wood pedestal?

  4. Kerry

    Trying this – just signed up!!
    We have a newly “empty nest” and cooking for 2 is quite a change. Looking forward to some good food and ideas for 2.
    Thank you.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Wonderful! We enjoy it and have had some really good meals!! It’s so nice to just have everything all measured and ready to be prepared.

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