This post in sponsored by Blue Apron through their partnership with Mediakix. The first 50 readers to order will get two free meals here!
I’m a fan of anything that will help streamline the dinner routine. The hours of 6pm-9pm tend to be pretty busy. We cook/eat dinner, then head into bath time, stories, and getting the girls to bed. We’ll clean the kitchen, make up the bottles for the next day, pack Liv’s lunch, I’ll catch up on work while the Pilot heads to the gym, and we collapse onto the couch for brief moment of chill before getting ready for bed ourselves.
When P was first born -she’s 4 months now!- we were in survival mode and succumbed to the takeout monster. Not only did it get expensive, but I felt lethargic from eating far more salt and fats in my diet. I was SO thankful to have the option of Blue Apron meals, because we were still able to enjoy restaurant-quality food that was still homemade. There’s something to be said about knowing what’s in your food, especially if you’re trying to eat well. With Blue Apron, I never have to think twice about the ingredients. They’re always whole, unprocessed, and full of robust flavor from fresh herbs and aromatics, different cooking strategies, and robust spice blends.
It also gives us the opportunity to try out new recipes, and experiment with different flavor profiles.
Here’s how Blue Apron works if you’re new to the service:
-In your Blue Apron shipment, you’ll receive all of the ingredients to make three full meals. You can either order the 2-person plan, or the family plan (which will serve about a family of 4). Since the servings are so generous, the 2-person plan is the perfect amount for the Pilot, Liv and myself.
-They send only exactly what you need. This way, there are no wasted ingredients! In the past, this has stopped me from trying out new recipes with obscure ingredients because I hate to see them go to waste. (In the pantry I still have an enormous bottle of fish sauce that I have no idea how to use, but I keep saving it, you know, just in case I need fish sauce.)
-All of the packaging supplies are recyclable. It’s very easy to recycle the packaging, and if you don’t have recycling service near you, you can return your packaging for free through USPS. More details are here.
-The recipes are all created by chefs and are DELICIOUS. The Pilot and keep saying that maybe one day we’ll try a Blue Apron recipe and say, “Ehh. That was ok.” It has yet to happen. Every time, we’re shoveling mouthfuls into our face in between saying, “Why is this so good?”
-The ingredients are sourced through local farmers and artisans, and arrive incredibly fresh. I’m guilty of cooking the same veggies over and over, and this always encourages me switch up the rotation.
Purple cabbage? Yass.
We enjoyed the cabbage in this recipe, which was topped with Alsatian Spiced Chicken. I love the idea of layering the mashed potatoes on top of the cabbage:
The next night, we enjoyed Catfish Meunière with Ras El Hanout Collard Greens & Lentils.
I set it out on the patio for the Pilot and I to enjoy while Liv played outside, since she’d already exclaimed that the spices smelled too strong.
Whenever I make something with strong spices, Liv insists that she doesn’t want to eat it. With Blue Apron meals, this is what always ends up happening.
Blue Apron is offering two free meals to the first 50 who order here!
What’s a new recipe or cooking technique you’ve tried lately and loved?
Hope you have a wonderful day!
This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. Thank you so much for supporting this blog and the companies who help support our family.