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Blue Apron: Food Made Easy

This past week I was excited to be given the opportunity to give Blue Apron a try, thanks to a recommendation and the generosity of a friend who raves about the service!

Ingredients for 3 full recipes…

Delivered to my doorstep…

And based on my food preferences…

Now I can get with that :)

Blue Apron delivery

Delivery day and food preferences all up to me, then Blue Apron does the rest!!  

Once dropped on my doorstep, everything to make the chicken, seafood, & vegetarian dishes as selected came beautifully labeled and organized, all in the exact amounts that I would need!

Blue Apron ingredients

Now we all know that I’m not big on recipe following. Never been my style. But after what has been a few crazy work weeks and a past weekend spent out of town, my brain was more than ready for an easy work week meal plan…

Thanks Blue Apron  ;)

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Instructions. Ingredients. Good to go here!

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To put together this Chicken, Baby Artichoke, and Spinach Casserole with Gouda Béchamel there was just a little bit of washing and chopping…

Blue Apron Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole

Some sautéing…

Blue Apron Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole

Béchamel making…

Blue Apron Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole

And baking!

Blue Apron Chicken, Baby Artichoke & Spinach Casserole

I wasn’t sure how much I’d rave about these recipes but I have to say that overall, after the first go-run, I was beyond pleased with how this dish turned out!!

It took some time to prep, but nothing that wasn’t manageable even after a 10 hour day at work :)

And y’all, seriously, this garlic gouda cheese sauce spiced with a touch of paprika could probably be poured over anything and make it a million times more delicious. Just sayin… it was really freakin’ good!!

I still have two dishes left to give a try and am looking forward to them both, as they are both right up my food alley…

Ginger-Soy Glazed Salmon w/ Broccoli Rabe and Soba Noodles

Blue Apron Ginger Soy Glaxed Salmon
Photo courtesy of Blue Apron

Roasted Butternut Squash w/ Stewed White Beans, Gremolata, & Brussels Sprouts

Butternut
Photo courtesy of Blue Apron

Overall I have to say that I would definitely consider giving Blue Apron another go based on my experience.

For those that have limited time but still enjoy the comfort of a home cooked meal, I think this offers a great option for a great price!

Do tell, have you ever tried a food delivery service before?

3 Ingredient Spicy Sesame Beef

This is almost too silly easy to post. But since I’ve eaten it twice in the past three days and could have it again for dinner tonight, I thought it may be worthwhile to at least someone out there :P

3 Simple Ingredients.

1:  Beef. Grass-fed and hormone-free.

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And TWO DOLLARS. Whoever says that eating healthfully & ethically is “too expensive”… anyways ;)

You just gotta get creative!!

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Chuck shoulder steak. Which, unless cooking low and slow, needs to be marinated for at least 12 hours before a quick sear.

No one wants shoe leather served up on their dinner plate now do they? ;) 

2:  San-J Tamari Sesame dressing. I seriously can’t rave about this stuff enough. I’ve gone through mayyyyybe 2 bottles in the past week or so? Don’t judge.

3. Sambal Oelek. Sriracha’s purer cousin and probably one of my favorite things everrrrrrr. And the only time I say byebyebye to garlic.

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I marinated this steak for a day the first time around. And 12 hours the next time around. Both led to steak perfection!

The steak took a mere 30 seconds on each side to cook, with just a bit of olive oil in a medium-high pan. You want that pink in the middle!! 

steak

Seriously still don’t know why I can’t get enough of this. Maybe the simplicity of just some truly amazing flavors. Who knows – who cares – I’m gonna grab a knife and fork and enjoy (maybe for the third time this week??!!)

Hey, we don’t judge here :)

 

Smoky Summer Chili

Later sunsets + the warmth of sunshine to soak up after work… :)

A perfect recipe for better food photography and lightened up warm weather versions of cooler weather recipe favorites! 

Like this chili for instance. Which is kinda like a vegetarian chili. But also kinda not, because, well ya know. BACON.

Sorry?

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Turkey bacon. An item I seem to be using often in the kitchen these days. 

I mean, what better way to add a healthy dose of hearty flavor to an otherwise veggie & bean overload… ?AmIRight?

And hey, don’t get me wrong. I love me some veggies! But sometimes I just need a little sumthin’ more :)

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The usual suspects make their appearance. Black beans, corn, tomatoes, onion, green pepper and garlic.

But then boom. Turkey BACON. Add that to the mix! Which with some smoky paprika, spicy chili powder and flavorful cumin is more of a match made in heaven with this chili then me basking in the glory of the 80 degree sunshine :D

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So yes. I liked this one ALOT. It was gone in 2 servings “ALOT?? 

Lol.

Such great flavor. Why haven’t I added smokey paprika to my chili bowl before?  

Plus the perfect hearty-chili-texture without being weigh-ya-down heavy like your more traditional ground beef version. And with a bit more oomph than just keepin’ it Veg. 

Perfect recipe for summer time temps if you ask me :)  Enjoy!