I’m just going to go ahead and analyze my behaviors on the internet for a minute:
Let’s rewind to a few years ago when I lived in California—> I absolutely loved to cook dinner every night. I loved coming up with meal plans, spending time in the kitchen and preparing a beautiful meal for my little family. I also LOVED to have dinner parties and invite all of our friends over for dinner and spend hours making something everyone would love. I think that humans naturally enjoy/feel accomplished to ‘create’ things and cooking/baking was what fulfilled that need for me… food is also one of my love languages so I love to share food with others to show them that I care.
Okay, now let us fast forward from that time a bit to when I was living in my parents’ basement for a year after getting divorced. While living there I did not want to take over my mom’s kitchen all of the time so we ate out pretty much every meal. During this time I also kind of stopped doing most of the things (besides running) I loved doing because I was really struggling. After living at my parents’ house for a year I moved into an apartment and continued in my non-cooking very much ways. Eating out or eating something microwaveable was the norm for us because I didn’t feel the push to cook when I didn’t necessarily have a ‘family’ to cook for. I always thought, “what’s the use to cook a delicious/fancy meal at home when there is just 1.5 of us eating (Brooke usually eats about half of what an adult would eat hence the .5).”
This is where Blue Apron comes in! I started trying them out (they deliver all of the farm-fresh ingredients ((in all the right amounts/proportions)) right to our doorstep in a refrigerated box so that everything stays fresh) because I thought it would be really good for the two of us mentally/physically to eat dinner together at our own kitchen table. And with each meal that I make from Blue Apron I am reminded again how much I love to cook, even if it is just for a 29 year old (I’m just going to keep throwing my age out there as much as possible before I turn 30 soon) and a 3 year old.
A lot of times I will invite my mom and dad over or some of my friends and I get that same excited feeling that I used to get when putting together a meal for people I love. Blue Apron makes it so that I get to do the parts of cooking that I love without having to do the part that I don’t love—> grocery shopping:) They continually add new dishes to their menu each week so we are always trying new things out and cooking with ’new to us’ ingredients!
For example when making the Roast Chicken & Potato Latkes w/Savoy Cabbage & Apple-Mustard Chutney I got the chance to use a CELERIAC (I had never even heard of these before making this meal).
Gotta love cooking a meal in your pjs while listening to Adele when it is snowing outside.
My mom came over for this meal and we were both obsessed with the entire meal and especially the potato latkes. Brooke was in a really good mood;)
The second dish that we made at home from Blue Apron was the Tamarind-Glazed Cod!
This was Brooke’s first time eating fish (that I know of)! She mainly stuck with the lime rice but I was super stoked to see her try something new. I hope she has a strong love for fish like I do!
Our third meal was Harissa Lamb & Beef Burgers with Roasted Carrot Fries (those fries were beyond delicious and healthy!). My favorite part about creating this dish was when I made the pickles. I have always loved pickles so I was stoked to try these out on my burger.
These turned out amazing and I could eat this meal ALL of the time.
Don’t we all dance with our food at least once a day?
Blue Apron ships (for free!) to most of the country and there is no commitment if you want to try it out! If you are into delicious food I am pretty positive you will love it just like we do! Oh, and also I wanted to share their recycling program for their packaging—> you can learn all about it here!
2016 is for doing more things that I love to do and for me that means a lot more cooking/baking! The Blue Apron Recipes that I am most excited to try out——> Seared Salmon & Apple Mashed Potatoes, Seared Chicken & Roasted Acorn Squash, Chicken Tortilla Soup w/ Rainbow Chard, Avocado & Cilantro and Poached Pear & Crispy Goat Cheese Salad!
Time for you to get the chance to eat these awesome meals—> the first 100 readers will get TWO FREE meals on their first Blue Apron order! Go here to get this hookup!
PS I love their new Mission Page—> their mission is to make incredible home cooking accessible to everyone along with high standards for their ingredients and developing a more sustainable food system!
Sponsored by Blue Apron! Thank you so very much for supporting me, the Brookerhead and our sponsors!
Baking or cooking—> which do you enjoy doing the most?
Do you eat at home a lot? Do you have a meal plan each week or decide each day what you want to eat?
Is there a hobby or passion that you have put on the back burner for a while that you are wanting to start doing again?