One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 has been to cook at home more often. I easily fall into the habit of eating out way too much so I decided that this is the year for that to change.
I want to eat at home more often this year for a few reasons:
1. It saves money, I end up spending way more than I want to at restaurants on drinks, appetizers and a dessert. We don’t need all of that but I tend to go overboard at a restaurant.
2. The meals we make at home are usually much more healthy than restaurant meals. I love knowing exactly what we are putting into our bodies by making the meals ourselves.
3. I really do enjoy cooking because it is a huge stress reliever for me. Nothing like spending time in the kitchen while listening to your favorite Pandora station.
4. I especially love eating and talking together with Brooke at our own kitchen table and I want that to be the normal for us as she continues to grow up.
5. It is much less stressful eating at home with a 2 year old than at a restaurant.
The only problem with eating at home for me is that I tend to fall into a cooking rut and make the same thing over and over again.
This is where Blue Apron really helps me out with cooking at home! They deliver farm-fresh ingredients that are all the right proportions right to our doorstep. The meals are all very creative and they introduce me to all sorts of new ingredients and cooking techniques.
I also love that with this service I don’t have to go to the grocery store (which is especially nice because it is freezing outside) and we don’t end up wasting any ingredients by accidentally buying too much. Everything is delivered in a refrigerated box so that everything stays fresh even if you aren’t home when it arrives.
Blue Apron offers two different types of plans—> the 2-Person Plan and the Family Plan.
We get the 2-Person Plan which sets us up with one delivery a week, each with three meals for two people. For this plan it is $9.99 per person per meal and the shipping is always free! The culinary team at Blue Apron comes up with 6 new recipes EACH week for this plan and you are sent three of them based on your dietary preferences.
The family plan is perfect for a family of four! For this plan you can choose to get 1 or 2 deliveries per week, each delivery has two meals to be served family-style. This plan costs $8.74 per person per meal and just like the 2-Person Plan, shipping is free!
There is no commitment so you can cancel or skip the service at any time.
The first meal that we made was the Roast Beef with Treviso-Pear Salad & Horseradish Sour Cream.
This was my first time ever cooking a pear in olive oil and I think I am hooked, it tasted so good.
The finished product:
For this meal I had my mom over for dinner and we both absolutely loved it. I think she was highly impressed with me after seeing and eating this meal.
The second meal that I made from my delivery was the Chopped Chicken & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bleu Cheese, Currants and Crispy Shallots. As you know, I am a huge salad lover and I was stoked to try out a salad that I had never had before! Each recipe is about 500-700 calories per person and the portions have always been very filling for me!
The crispy shallots were out of this world and the dressing recipe for this meal is definitely a keeper.
I could definitely eat this salad all of the time.
The third meal that we made was Cioppino Tagliatelle with Bay Scallops, Toasted Baguette & Garlic Aioli. Just typing the name of that meal makes me feel fancy.
PS all of these meals took about 40 minutes or less to prepare!!
This recipe was my favorite out of the three. Whenever I order Cioppino at a restaurant I am always disappointed because they don’t ever include enough seafood for me (I like a lot) and the sauce is usually too watered down but NOT this one… there were a ton of scallops per serving and the sauce was perfect.
This one was even a winner in Brooke’s opinion too. This was her first time trying scallops and because the dish tasted so good and the seasonings were right on, she loved them!
I’m really excited for us to continue to try new recipes and ingredients as we spend more time at our own kitchen table this year!
Don’t forget that Blue Apron has a ton of amazing recipes to try out HERE! I am dying to try the Vegetable Pot Pie, Creamy Sweet Potato and Kale Casserole and the Gnocchi with Sausage and Savoy Cabbage! I drool just looking at the pictures. They also have a Blue Apron market for high quality kitchenware and products!
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