Ever Try Blue Apron? & New Training Plan!

We are one day closer to FRIYAY! Have you ever tried Blue Apron before? I was pretty skeptical to try it, since I really love making my meals from scratch, picking out recipes, shopping for the ingredients, and making my own creations, but since we're going on vacation next week and I'm still in the post-marathon lazy-phase, I figured it would be a good chance to try it out and leave us with less leftovers/fresh produce in the fridge to throw out! I also got my first 3 meals free from Hungry Runner Girls' post, so that was a pretty good deciding factor ;)

It was pretty exciting to come home and see the box sitting on our doorstep! I really love shopping for food, but also really love the ease of having meals already planned out for us. Plus, who doesn't love coming home to a package?!?

All three meals (we got the 3 meal, 2-person plan, normally $39.95) came together and they came with the recipe sheets like the one above. I really love that all the food is hormone free, farm-fresh seasonal products, and the sheets are really detailed! I chose to cook up the crispy chicken tenders with fresh zucchini, and roasted potatoes! 

The entire meal prep, oven preheat, cooking, and reading the directions took about an hour (the recipe card said that prep should take 15 minutes and cooking should take 20-25 minutes), I took my time to let the oven preheat and also read over the recipe a few times, so I think that's why it took me a bit longer. The recipe was pretty detailed, so it's a good thing I read over it a few times!

The meal even came with an aioli dipping sauce for the tenders and potatoes and a chimichurri seasoning to coat the zucchini with! I liked this part of the meal because it gave me a few more ideas to create new sauces for veggies and switch things up a bit. The meal turned out really delicious and fresh!

We have two more meals to cook and I currently have another week of scheduled meals to try after our vacation (easier than planning it out when we return). I'm not sure if I would do Blue Apron all the time since I really do love recipe planning and shopping for organic local produce, but could see myself doing this once and a while to switch it up! Overall, the price wasn't too much considering that everything is measured out for you and it's three meals for two people (serving sizes are really generous).

If I lived alone this would be really inexpensive as I would utilize the leftovers for both dinners/lunches for the entire week and would just need to worry about breakfast/snacks! Keeping my meals healthy and fresh!

Still no running for me, but I did make it to the gym yesterday! 20 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the stationary bike. Barely broke a sweat, but felt SO good to move my legs again!

I also ordered the Hanson's Marathon Method book and can't wait to dive into it this weekend and begin planning for Rock 'n Roll Las Vegas Marathon in November! 

Just finished my book about the Appalachian Trail, so I needed to order a new one for our vacation next week (since hopefully we'll get to spend a day at the Ocean)! I heard super good things about this one and cannot wait to start it.

Ever tried a service like Blue Apron?

Do you like to meal plan and prep or would rather just utilize a service to have your meals all set for you?

Training cycles- do you always use the same one or try different ones? Do you have a favorite go-to training plan?

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