Dinner Made Simple with Blue Apron

As a university student, I don’t have a ton of time on weeknights to dedicate to cooking and being too creative.  We usually have a pretty regimented dinner schedule with burgers on Mondays and pizza on Fridays and Saturdays, filling in the days in between with grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken, or pasta.  After hearing about Blue Apron on all of my favorite podcasts week after week, we decided to give Blue Apron a shot this week and that was an awesome decision.  It’s a mail order food service that sends fresh, pre-portioned food right to your doorstep with meal cards detailing exactly how to make incredible meals weekly.  I made an account and was given a selection of 6 meals to choose 3 from for the coming week.  It was a hard decision but we decided on the Spinach and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza, Seared Salmon and Lemon Labneh, and Chicken “Under a Brick”.  I chose for the food to be delivered the following Wednesday and was pleasantly surprised when it came right on time, especially mail up here seems to always take an extra day or two.  All of the food that came was in perfect condition and very fresh (plus the packaging is adorable!)

I thought the little newspaper that came with it, “Season’s Best” was such a cute touch! You can also pair on a wine that complements you meal (each card had suggested wines) for a little bit more, which we passed on doing.

This was everything that came in the box!

For the first meal, we made the Seared Salmon and Lemon Labneh which ended up the favorite out of the three meals! It’s rare that I eat salmon so it was a nice change to have it! I thought the lemon labneh on top was such a lovely touch and it was on a bed of Freekah, which I had never tried before but ended up enjoying quite a lot.

This was the kale, date, and garlic sauteing for the freekah.

Ta da! The finished product!

The following night was pizza night! This was the Spinach and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza which also had shallots, green bell pepper, and olives on it.  It was definitely the easiest of the meals to make and it was done very quick;y.  I thought it was quite a gorgeous pizza when it was finished and topped with ricotta, red pepper flakes, and parmesan! Definitely a bit more fun than a normal pepperoni and cheese pizza!

Last, but not least was the Chicken “Under a Brick”.  I had never heard of chicken being prepared this way so it was a whole new experience.  I was a big fan of the carrots and potatoes that were served with it, I thought they were flavored so well with a wonderful italian dressing! I actually made the mistake when I was making this of going to flip the chicken and realizing the burner was off… earlier I had to switch burners and had turned the one in front on instead… whoops.  But nonetheless, it worked out, it just took longer than expected because of my mistake!

Isn’t that a beauty?

I really enjoyed Blue Apron and it was an awesome way to have home-cooked meals without a lot of the hassle of going to the store, something that’s not always realistic on busy days.  It allowed us to be adventurous and try foods that otherwise would not have been on our radars or even available up here!

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