Sometimes, there are weekends when I feel like joining every activity, dining out at new places, and exploring new places. Last weekend was far from one of those. Kyle and I planned on renting a cabin and exploring a new town, but we both were too exhausted to do it. We ended up rescheduling the trip and planted ourselves at home all weekend long. Staying home was by far one of our best decisions.
Another great surprise was forgetting that I ordered a Blue Apron box for the weekend getaway. I was excited to see it sitting on my porch when I came back from my dog walk on Friday afternoon. This saved me a trip to the grocery store and rescued me from thinking about what I’d cook all weekend long. *side note* If you ever plan on going away for the weekend, definitely order a Blue Apron box before you go! All of the food comes in a refrigerated box, which is excellent for a long car ride. The Blue Apron comes with all of the ingredients you need with the exact proportions. You’ll be able to make farm fresh and chef-designed meals while you’re on your getaway! If you plan on going with your family, you could choose their family plan, or stick with the 2-person plan. We plan on doing this when we go! If you’d like to receive $30 off your first Blue Apron, just click here!
I love the new menu on Blue Apron. There used to only be six meals to choose from, but now you can select from eight. I like having more options! It’s exciting to check out their menu every week because they are always adding new dishes and every week is different. It forces me to get out of my repetitive dinner routine. I make the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week (you know what I’m talking about if you read my recap posts.) And it’s OK if you aren’t around to make the Blue Apron meals, you can skip or cancel the service at any time. I usually drop my Blue Apron box off at my parent’s house for them to enjoy when I can’t make them. My parents love the service, and I like treating them to it! The boxes are great gifts.
On Saturday afternoon, Kyle and I made the Chicken & Stewed White Beans with Thyme Breadcrumbs. I liked learning a new way to cook up chicken. This chef-designed recipe was inspired by a slow-cooked bean stew recipes from Southwestern France. It’s fun to make unique recipes from all parts of the world. This meal was so warm and hearty. I enjoyed every bite, and so did Kyle! He isn’t a fan of beans or kale, but his empty plate seemed to say otherwise.
Our next meal, during our cozy weekend in, we had the Salmon & Glazed Carrots with Lemon-Saffron Yogurt Sauce. I especially loved the lemon-saffron yogurt sauce!
If you are a fan of whole food, you’d love Blue Apron. All of the ingredients are fresh and sourced from quality suppliers and artisans. Blue Apron has been working to develop a sustainable food system and use high-quality ingredients!
The meals are also convenient because you can make them in 40 minutes, and sometimes less!
The food always turns out so beautiful. I try to make it look like the displayed picture on the Blue Apron card each time. It’s an impressive way to serve the meal 🙂 The reason they named this service “Blue Apron” is because the blue apron is a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking. Chefs around the world wear blue aprons when they are in training. I’ve learned so many cooking techniques and worked with so many new foods the past three years making Blue Apron meals. You almost feel like one of the blue apron chefs in training.
Our all-time favorite recipe from the weekend was the Stir-Fried Beef & Broccoli. Holy Moly! SO INCREDIBLE! It tasted like Korean barbecue straight from a restaurant. Oh, and the persimmon rice combo? Perfection. I ended up buying four persimmons at the grocery store yesterday. I had no idea they were in season this time of year. You learn a lot using Blue Apron! Our only complaint with this recipe is that we wish we could have it over and over and over again!
The meals are always large portions, so you’re never left hungry after a meal. If anything, you’re full! Each menu is around 500-800 calories, which is perfect! If you’re wondering what I do with the leftover packaging, I rinse off the containers and throw them into my recycling bin. If you don’t live in a recycle-friendly place (use the store locator here), you can return your packaging for free to Blue Apron via USPS.
I also wanted to share some awesome news! You’ll have to act fast on this one because Thanksgiving is coming up fast! When you select from the menu on the week of 11/20, look out for recipes marked “Thanksgiving Dish!” Blue Apron is offering fuss-free recipes that will help you add more sides to your Thanksgiving table. Some of the meals on the Thanksgiving menu include; butternut squash pasta and roasted fall vegetable and farro salad! How tasty!?
And some more awesome news? Blue Apron is offering $30 off their first Blue Apron order for the first 25 readers! Just click here!
Questions for you!
- Are you ready for Thanksgiving?
- What is the best Blue Apron Meal you’ve ever tried?
- Have you tried Blue Apron yet?
This post was sponsored by Blue Apron, but all my opinions are my own! I’ve enjoyed every box for the past three years!