Contrary to what you might think, I’m not awesome at the weeknight dinner. I love to cook (obviously, I mean, I have a food blog and everything) but I like to cook on my own terms. I love pouring over cookbooks and meandering through the grocery store aisles gleaning for inspiration, and then lovingly preparing a slow cooked meal for my sweet little family.
Guess how often that happens on a busy weeknight when we have tutoring, lacrosse practice, night flights, and the other things that derail dinnertime?
I save that kind of cooking for weekends these days.
During the week I have good intentions, I really do. I meal plan and buy groceries and sometimes I do actually cook all week. And other weeks I rely on pizza and our favorite restaurant. Not the healthiest options. I feel really bad about it. I work from home. I cook for a living. You would think that making a simple dinner wouldn’t be a challenge? I can assure you, it is. I’m embarrassed to tell you how much produce I throw away.
We also live in a really small town, and there just aren’t a lot of options. I am very particular about what we eat, and usually it takes a few different stores to get everything that I like. Throw in that we live about 30 minutes from those stores, it’s a lot of time and energy.
Blue Apron approached me to give their service a try. I’ll try just about anything if it means that dinner is no longer a source of frustration.
You go on the Blue Apron website and select the meals that you would like for the week. You can choose the 2-person plan or the family plan. (The family plan is for a family of 4, but it was just the right amount for my family of 5.)
I was sent two meals to try. Miso Honey Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Bok Choy and Steak Sandwiches with Roasted Carrots. Both are things that I would not have made on my own, and probably would have skipped over if I found them in a cookbook. Everything that you need is right in the box, in the exact amount. No trips to the grocery store or waste.
I’m always annoyed when I want to try a new recipe but it calls for an ingredient that I’m not sure that I am going to like or ever use again. You have to buy a big size and often it ends up getting thrown away. In this case the ingredient in question was miso. The beauty of Blue Apron is that they sent me the exact amount that I needed for the recipe. I got to try it, and now I know that miso is great and I will buy it and actually use it.
I decided to make one of the meals for a weekend lunch. I turned on some music, poured a fresh cup of coffee and opened up my box. (Blue Apron comes in a refrigerated box that keeps everything fresh. If you aren’t home when the package arrives, you’re good. I opened it when it was first delivered, and put everything back into the box until I was ready to cook it.)
I taped the recipe card to the cabinet and got to work. The card has step-by-step photos to show you how everything should look. It came in super handy.
While I was doing the first step, I chopped off the top of my finger. I did a really good job. My husband had to perform some first aid, and I passed my tongs to my 12-year-old to finish cooking lunch. (I would like to say that I don’t cut or burn myself very often, but that would be a lie.) William is not really known for his cooking skills. (He also has a habit of cutting himself every time he wields a knife.) He is trying though which is a step in the right direction. The only way you get better is with practice, right?
By using the recipe card and very little supervision from me, he made this meal all by himself. He did such a good job, don’t you think? If you are unsure of your skills in the kitchen or are learning, this is a great way to start. Even my 12-year-old can make a gourmet meal.
It was promised that this meal would take 25 to 35 minutes. Minus the medical emergency, we came in just under 30 minutes. We started with prepping the garlic, ginger, and green onions.
Then we got the bok choy and sweet potatoes ready for roasting.
Will mixed together the miso, honey, and butter. I have no idea kids feel the need to write on themselves. I promise that he does bathe, but green marker is hard to get off.
He browned the chicken thighs.
He made added the miso honey butter to make a glaze.
When the bok choy and sweet potatoes were done roasting, he drizzled them with sesame oil (I would never have done that, and now I don’t know if I will eat sweet potatoes without it, it’s incredible.)
I helped him plate everything, but was really hands off for this whole process. (I was in the corner trying not to freak out over cutting off the top of my finger.)
This lunch was delicious, healthy, and very popular with our incredibly picky audience. I had no idea that roasted bok choy was going to be so good. I’d never cooked it before.
Will I use Blue Apron again? Absolutely.
The recipes are healthy (between 500-700 calories), delicious, and use ingredients that are creative and include things that I wouldn’t have tried on my own. I also love the variety. If there is a week that you don’t want, you can simply skip it. There is no commitment, skip or cancel at any time.
Want to give Blue Apron a try? I think that you are going to like it.
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This sponsored post is brought to you by Blue Apron. All opinions are 100% my own.