Out of the box (+ a Cravings giveaway)

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. The first 50 to order using this link will get $50 off their first two weeks using Blue Apron!

BACK IN THE KITCHEN, and it feels so.good.  

Cooking with liv

We are slowly starting to get back into the routine of life around here. Living in a hotel for a bit, and spending days packing/unpacking boxes was really NBD. At this point we’re used to moving so often, so you definitely get used to it! The only thing that made it kind of annoying for me was the food aspect. It can be tricky to be in a small hotel room (in a city with no food delivery services) and a teeny, tiny fridge. We made it work with hotel room snacks – I packed up tons of fruit, bars, and oatmeal packs – but all of our real meals for an entire week were via restaurants or hotel room service.

When we finally unpacked in the house, I couldn’t wait to have a real dinner at home. We hadn’t done a big grocery shop yet and still need to pick up the bulk of staple ingredients, so I was STOKED when a Blue Apron box arrived on the doorstep. I had planned for it to arrive while we were in Tucson, and the timing ended up being perfect. It was strangely blissful to be back in a real kitchen. 

When I placed our order, I was thrilled to see their recent collaboration with Chrissy Teigen. I’m a huge fan – she’s one of the only people I lurk on Twitter – and she’s known for her flavorful, soul-hugging recipes. She’s also hilarious. Blue Apron is currently offering 6 recipes from Chrissy’s wildly-popular Cravings cookbook.

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Week of June 4: Garlic & Soy-Glazed Shrimp with Charred Broccoli & Hot Green Pepper Sauce

Week of June 11: Sesame Chicken Noodles with Bok Choy

Week of June 18: Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Wontons

Week of June 25: Chicken Lettuce Cups with Sweet Peppers, Mushrooms, & Jasmine Rice

Week of July 2: Chipotle-Lime Chicken Fajitas with Mushrooms, Monterey Jack, & Crema

Week of July 9: Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches with Pickled Cucumbers & Carrots

We enjoyed the Sesame Chicken Noodles with Bok Choy one afternoon, and it was such a satisfying, flavorful meal.

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I pretty much wanted to swim and live in the soy-tahini-honey-chili sauce and the girls went crazy for the noodles.

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One of my favorite things about Blue Apron is that the servings are extremely generous.

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(Whenever I have pasta for a meal, I’ll usually serve it on a bed of greens for a nutrient boost.)

We had enough for all four of us, plus a bowl I took to my mom at work (she loved it!), and one serving of leftovers for lunch the following day. 

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Some of my favorite things about Blue Apron:

– You get all of the ingredients to create chef-designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Everything is perfectly-portioned so it helps minimize waste and buying full-sized bottles of ingredients you don’t use on a regular basis.

– Convenience! We’re going through a phase right now where the girls want to buy everything and add it to the cart. I definitely let them try new things as much as possible, but it really slows down the already tedious grocery adventure. When I get Blue Apron, two meals are already planned and ready to go for the week.

– It’s reasonably-priced; as low as $7.49 per serving. 

– The ingredients are sourced from sustainable sources, and the packaging is recyclable. 

– Variety! There are 8 recipes to choose from each week and you can mix and match from different options.

– The recipes are ALWAYS good. We haven’t had a bummer Blue Apron meal yet, and that’s after using the service for about 3 years now.

-And now, one of my favorite things is their amazing collaboration with Chrissy Teigen. Her recipes are amazing and it’s such a fun way to try some of them without having to shop for the ingredients.

To celebrate the new collaboration, Blue Apron offered to give away a copy of Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook. 

To enter, click here to visit Blue Apron’s recipes page and comment below to let me know which recipes you’d like to try!

I’ll announce a winner next Monday at 8AM EST.

Don’t forget, if you’ve been wanting to try Blue Apron, you can use my link to get $50 off your first 2 weeks.

Have a great day and I’ll see ya soon!

xo

Gina

Congrats to the winner of the giveaway, Allie! Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways headed your way.

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117 Comments

  1. Janice on June 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    MM, the veggie gnocchi!

  2. kolya on June 21, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Spicy Chickpea and vegetable Tangine….I need to try new thing but I wonder if lentils or quionao
    or wild rice would work for a base.

  3. Giana on June 21, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Tahini Chicken!

  4. MJ on June 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Spicy Chickpea and vegetable tagine!

  5. Dakota on June 21, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    The sweet and spicy chicken lettuce wraps look really yummy! Love all the asian-inspired recipes!

  6. Megan on June 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Ummmm all of them?? Seared steak and miso butter or lettuce wraps:)

  7. Jessie on June 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I’d love to try the sweet and spicy chicken lettuce wraps!

  8. Melissa C. on June 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Spicy lettuce wraps would be Perfect for this summer heat!

  9. Maggie on June 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    The lettuce wraps sound so good and something I would love to try!

  10. Blair on June 21, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this cookbook! I also love Chrissy on social media! I think the veggie gnocchi looks delicious.

  11. Deidra on June 21, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    the pasta Primavera looks tasty!

  12. Molly on June 21, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    I’d like to try summer vegetable gnocchi! I love their two person recipe options I see.

  13. Nichole on June 21, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I JUST made that Chrissy Teigen Sesame Noodles with Bok Choy last week and agree about the sauce – soooo yum! I have been really wanting to try the recipes in her new Cookbook so I am excited about the opportunity!

  14. Juliana on June 21, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Za’atar spiced barramundi for me please!

  15. Jen on June 21, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I’d love to try the Za’atar barramundi – I discovered that spice through blue apron before with a different recipe and it was awesome!

  16. Kayla Miser on June 21, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    The pork sandwiches!

  17. Sara on June 21, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Sweet and spicy chicken lettuce cups. You mentioned how many servings you got out of a box, did you order the 2 or 4 person box?

  18. Ashley V on June 21, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajitas! I’m a sucker for Mexican food. Also, that pasta looks amazing!

  19. Cassandra D on June 21, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    I would like to try the Tahini Chicken.

  20. Vivian on June 21, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I want all of them!

  21. Kelly on June 21, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I would like to try the Tahini Chicken. Yum! Thanks.

  22. Jann on June 21, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Sweet Potato and Spicy Cucumber Bao

  23. Crystal on June 21, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Those sweet and spicy chicken lettuce wraps look so good!

  24. Tara M on June 21, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    The summer vegetable gnocchi looks amazing

  25. Caroline on June 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    The roasted broccoli and fregola sarda with hard boiled eggs and tahini dressing sounds amazing! I would love to use something like Blue Apron to help me cook recipes that aren’t in my normal repertoire!

  26. Jaimie on June 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    ALL OF THE CHRISSY RECIPES! I love her!

  27. Maggie on June 21, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    tahini chicken for sure! love anything with tahini these days

  28. Vicki L. on June 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    The sweet potato and spicy cucumber bao sounds really interesting!

  29. Emily H on June 21, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    They all look so good! I am a huge fan of lettuce wraps so I would want to try Chrissy’s chicken lettuce wraps

  30. Teresa L. Eskew on June 21, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Spicy veracruz style shrimp. Yum.
    We are Arizona neighbors. I live in the west valley in Phoenix at the base of the White Tank Mtns.

  31. ANEL on June 21, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Monterey Jack cheeseburger and spicy shrimp have my name all over them! Yum!

  32. milania on June 22, 2018 at 12:23 am

    smokey beef burgers!! but all looks good!!!

  33. Virginia on June 22, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Tahini chicken sounds Good!

  34. Allison Wood on June 22, 2018 at 7:32 am

    The sweet and spicy chicken lettuce cups look delicious!

  35. LucyS on June 22, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Chipotle lime chicken fajitas look amazing!

  36. Bianca T on June 22, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Spicy Veracruz-Style Shrimp!

  37. Melanie C on June 22, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I’d love to try Chrissy Teigen’s Chipotle-Lime Chicken Fajitas!

  38. Kimmy Ripley on June 22, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Summer Vegetable Gnocchi sounds delish! I love cooking and this would be incredible to win. I would love to give it a whirl!

  39. t elfert on June 22, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Tahini Chicken for sure! Yum!

  40. Liz on June 22, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I love Chrissy and would be excited to try her chicken lettuce wraps!

  41. India on June 22, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Crissy’s lettuce cups. Yum! So glad you can get back to cooking after a crazy few weeks.

  42. Mandy Reilly on June 22, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Chipotle-Lime Chicken Fajitas please!

  43. latanya on June 22, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Chrissy Teigen’s Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups
    with Peppers & Jasmine Rice

  44. Courtney Moser on June 22, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Chrissy Teigen’s sweet and spicy chicken lettuce cups sound so good! But I also love the idea of trying some of their veggie-focused recipes for new meatless ideas — like the summer vegetable gnocchi!

  45. Corinne on June 22, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Steaks and miso butter 🙂

  46. Cristina Romero on June 22, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Which one do I want to try?…….all of them! lol

  47. Kylie on June 22, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Sweet & Spice Chicken Lettuce Cups! Yummy 🙂

  48. Stacey Racette on June 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Chipotle Lime chicken fajitas!

  49. Katie on June 22, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    The barbecue vegetable flatbread looks delicious!

  50. Abby on June 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Honey ginger pork chops — YUM!

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