A Summer of Deliciousness.

Good Morning, Everyone!

I can’t believe we only have a few weeks left of summer. The weather has been brutal down here in the south. I’ve been dreaming of fall weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and the changing of the leaves. Although, I can’t complain too much. I’ve had such a great summer! It’s been filled with fun adventures, fun times with friends, goals set, and goals accomplished. I wrote a post all about my goals a couple of weeks ago, and one of them was to “Dine in More.” So today, I’m going to share some of my favorite Blue Apron meals that we cooked this summer, which made it easier for us to stick to our “dining in” goal. Cooking Blue Apron’s chef-designed recipes are so much fun! 
Last summer, I found myself dining out all the time, sometimes twice a day. When I bought my house in December, I decided to cut back on dining out (tremendously.) I started making grocery lists filled with yummy breakfast food, meal prepping quick snacks, and cooking dinner with Blue Apron. I compared my bank statements from last summer and saw that I saved $867.63 by not dining out. Not only is dining out expensive, but it can also take a toll on your health. Cooking with fresh food, being able to customize ingredients, and eating seasonal has made me feel so much healthier. I find myself having more energy throughout the day, being excited about cooking, and spending more time at home. I’ve learned to make dining out for special occasions and not for convenience. Sometimes we have busy schedules and don’t spend a lot of time at home, so it’s OK to customize your Blue Apron menus! There is no commitment. You can skip or cancel or service at any time! I try to schedule my meals once or twice a month.
One of the latest Blue Apron meals we cooked was the Spicy Lemongrass Salmon with Green Beans and Herb Rice. Now, this meal is my cup of tea. You can never go wrong with salmon. It’s healthy and the best-tasting fish out there! I hated seafood until salmon came into my life. It was the perfect date night meal, and I learned a new way to cook my green beans. One of the great parts about cooking with Blue Apron is learning all of the new vegetables or ingredients they throw your way. When I’m planning my recipes, I stick to what I know, and that’s why I love Blue Apron. I’m always learning new ways to cook my favorites, exploring new species of vegetables, and trying recipes inspired from cuisines all over the world. I can proudly and honestly say that there hasn’t been a Blue Apron recipe I didn’t like. And if you’re wondering where Blue Apron get’s its name, it’s because chefs in training wear blue aprons. All around the world, the Blue Apron is a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking.
It’s funny because I buy candles with lemongrass, but had no idea what it looked like. I didn’t even know you could cook with it. It’s a classic ingredient in Southeast Asian meals. When I saw it, I thought it was a white asparagus. This recipe had more ingredients I’ve never cooked with before like bird’s eye chile. It’s a tiny little pepper with a whole lot of spicy power! My favorite part of the recipe was the ginger, my favorite flavor in the entire world. This recipe called for mint and cilantro, and I’ve never been a fan or either, so the cool thing is that I don’t have to include them in the recipe. It’s hard to customize recipes like that when you’re at a restaurant.
The spicy lemongrass salmon with green beans and herb rice only took thirty minutes to make. We had sparkling pink lemonade on the side. If we were to go to a restaurant and order two salmon plates, we’d probably walk about with a $50 bill. This meal was around $8.99 a plate! Even the grocery store would have been pricier. If you want to step up your date night meal, you can choose one of their wine pairings. 
Another delicious Blue Apron meal we made this summer was the Chicken Tagine with Cherry Tomatoes, Dates, and Couscous. Such a unique and delicious dish inspired by Moroccan cuisine. Look how gorgeous this dish is! 

I never thought I would enjoy cherry tomatoes, but this recipe left me speechless. It was a quick recipe, too! Just fried up the chicken, sauteed the vegetables, formed a sauce, and combined all the ingredients into a serving dish! 
Another goal on my summer list was to start recycling more and more. Blue Apron is great for helping me stay on top of my goals in the recycling department. They offer a recycling program. You don’t have to feel bad about the packaging because a lot of the time you can throw it into your home bins, use the recycling locator to find recycling options in your community, or return your Blue Apron packaging with USPA. The great part about returning the packaging is that it’s free! You will save a lot of time with Blue Apron. It takes away the stress of coming up with recipe ideas, grocery shopping, or buying too much of one ingredient. Farm-fresh ingredients are delivered straight to your doorstep, without extra food, and nothing will go to waste! I hate when a recipe calls for a pinch of something but the store only sells it in a package or by the bunch. No food goes to waste with Blue Apron, so it saves you money, and it’s better for our environment. 
Whoever the chef was that created this Fairy Tale Eggplant & Mozzarella pizza deserves an award. Even the blistered cherry tomatoes & summer squash salad recipe was fantastic! A couple of weeks ago, during the solar eclipse, I brought the ingredients over to my parent’s house to make lunch while we watched the eclipse. This recipe was a hit, and perfect for more than two people! 
This pizza was filled with seasonal ingredients, and you could taste the earthy flavors in each bite. These seasonal ingredients are sourced from artisans and quality suppliers. Adding eggplant slices to a pizza is a great idea if you’re looking for a vegetarian option. It took the place of the traditional pepperoni. The crust was my favorite part of this dish, and I’m usually not a crust person. I hope they bring back this pizza again and again! At least the crust and fresh mozzarella 🙂 
You don’t have to be home when your blue apron box arrives! It is delivered in a refrigerated box, so the ingredients stay cold and fresh! Blue Apron offers a 2-person plan, which is perfect for one person as well. Leftovers are always my jam throughout the week. They also provide a family plan! These meals are so convenient and can be made in 40-minutes or less. That’s perfect for busy lifestyles! 
Not all dishes are targeted for adults only! Look at these tasty crispy chicken tenders! How fun would this recipe be to make with your kids? Cooking with your kids is a great way to get them to eat their food. My mom used to let me cook with her in the kitchen, and it was so much fun! Each menu is between 500-800 calories per person.
This was my first time making crispy chicken tenders on the stove top. I have used this same method for cooking my homemade fish sticks and steak nuggets! You can take and learn so much from Blue Apron and apply it to your own creations. And spicy aioli sauce on sauteed zucchini? Genius. 
If you want to try Blue Apron, click here to get your first three meals free! Blue Apron is offering three free meals (on your first order) to the first 50 readers! I hope you guys try! 🙂 I just know you’ll love it. 
Questions for you!

  1. Have you ever tried Blue Apron? If so, what is your favorite recipe?
  2. Do you try to dine in more?
  3. What would you like to know about Blue Apron?

This post was sponsored by Blue Apron, but ALL opinions are my own.

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