Eliminating Our Recipe Rut

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Family mealtime is so important to all of us.  Simply being present and together around the table, when we can, brings so much joy.  And while we try to fit in the kid’s favorites (like Taco Tuesday) a few times per month, it’s been a while since we’ve deviated from those family-pleasing recipes that we know the kids will gobble right up. We’ve had a bit of a recipe rut, and I’ve been desperately needing a continued relationship with a meal delivery service. No, not take out!  I’m talking about perfectly-portioned farm-fresh ingredients shipped directly to my home with beautiful recipe cards instructing me exactly how to cook. It’s not the first time that I’ve honed my chef skills with Blue Apron.  And recently, I was reminded of why I’m such a huge fan of the entire process.

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Our weekly Blue Apron box came with three meals for two people.  In addition to the two-person plan, there’s a family plan option, but we’ve found that we’re often able to stretch the two-person kits to include two adults and two kids.  My husband and I gave the first meal a go together while the kids were busy at a friend’s Halloween party last Sunday. Cooking side-by-side is always so much fun and an incredible relationship booster.  We laugh (a lot!) and reminisce about similar times spent together before the babies came along. It’ such a treat to enjoy a proper meal (that we made together) and much more special than dining out. This Roasted Acorn Squash with Coucous Salad and Dressed Pea Shoots was as delicious as it looks.

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I’ve mentioned before that the kids are always more inclined to expand their palates when invested in the cooking process.  Although they weren’t interested in trying the romaine and apple salad – they loved the pizza.  Never did I imagine that my children would devour a pizza topped with cabbage and a bit of capers – but they showed such an interest while helping with the prep work. Their Smoked Mozzarella and Cabbage Pizza masterpiece was such a big hit that I found them picking the fallen bits of cooked cabbage off of their plates to devour.  I would have never been able to come up with a recipe like this on my own.

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Even though we’re not red-meat eaters, Blue Apron accommodates our preferences so well. We always enjoy their wide variety of cuisines.  Our final meal of Cod Sandwiches and Caper Aioli and Endive Salad was incredibly tasty.  I’m determined to recreate this one on my own.

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There are so many elements of Blue Apron that I love.  Their meal delivery service gets me out of my comfort zone while teaching me new ways to use different ingredients. I don’t have to worry about food waste since the ingredients sent are perfectly portioned – and the recipe cards always have a way of boosting my cooking confidence. And as always, I’ll carry the tips and tricks gleaned from Blue Apron into our future meals.

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Delicious Meals For Busy Families

Do you ever get stuck in a perpetual rut of cooking the same recipes over and over again? So much so, that steadfast favorites become of ZERO interest to your family?  A few years ago, we shared our family’s mealtime success with Blue Apron In fact, to this day, I incorporate recipe tips into my cooking that Blue Apron taught me over two years ago.

Blue Apron is a weekly meal kit delivery service that provides everything needed to make delicious, perfectly portioned meals for your family. The service is shipped directly to your door with all of the necessary fresh ingredients (in a refrigerated box) along with recipe sheets containing detailed cooking instructions and photos.

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I arranged for three meal kits to be dropped off in time for the children’s spring break. Our weekly schedule was packed with work commitments and activities – and I looked forward to skipping dinner planning and all that goes along with my usual trips to three different grocery stores.  Little did I know when I placed my Blue Apron order that the boy would get the plague (A.K.A. strep throat), and we’d be home-bound, where I’d rarely leave my little one’s side.

The timing of our service turned out to be a lifesaver. I didn’t have to worry about what to make for dinner because everything that I needed was efficiently organized within my refrigerator. The preparation was simple and fun –  providing so many aspects that we completely adore, like trying new flavors and ingredients! While we knew that we were getting a salmon, chicken and pasta dish, we didn’t know what the dishes would taste like, bringing fresh ideas into our home. And with both my husband and daughter involved in the prep, cooking with Blue Apron was a culinary adventure for us all.

Blue-Apron-Cooked-MealsSeared Salmon & “Green” Potato Salad with Pickled Mustard Seeds

Meal-Kit-Delivery-Service-Blue-Apron-ChickenZa’atar Chicken & Pearl Couscous with Asparagus & Pink Lemon Compote

Pasta-Recipe-Blue-ApronCreamy Lemon Pasta with English Peas, Mint & Garlic Breadcrumbs

Both of the kids enjoy helping in the kitchen, and they are still more inclined to try new things when they are invested in the process. While our little guy wasn’t well-enough to contribute, our big girl proved to be a stellar sous-chef. Who knew that English peas could prove to be so fascinating?

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All three dinners were delicious, and the perfectly portioned farm fresh ingredients create zero food waste.  As a busy, work-from-home mom, I love the convenience that Blue Apron provides me, the introduction of fresh recipes, and the cooking lessons packed in each meal kit.

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Click the image in my sidebar or visit Blue Apron here to receive two free meals!  We can’t wait to see what’s on our next Blue Apron menu.

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Convenient Family Cooking With Blue Apron

I find great  joy in preparing a meal that my family happily devours.  It doesn’t happen all the time – and I often find myself sticking to recipes that are family favorites.  Even in the midst of the super busy after-school/work-deadline hustle, I find a bit of peace in prep work and cooking.  But if I don’t have a meal planned or am missing ingredients, dinner preparation can feel like an absolute scramble.  I’m always looking for new recipes and gladly welcomed Blue Apron into my Kitchen last week.

Blue Apron is a weekly meal delivery service that provides everything needed to make delicious, perfectly portioned meals for your family.  And by everything – I mean all of the necessary ingredients, with an accompanying recipe sheet containing detailed instructions and photos.  Last week happened to be an incredibly hectic week and my Blue Apron delivery truly felt like a lifesaver.

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The children love to help cook and I find that they are more inclined to try new things when they are invested in the process. I enlisted their help in unpacking – and before I knew it all of the ingredients were mixed together on the counter (thanks for the help kids!).  Luckily, the resorting of ingredients turned out to be a fun teachable moment.

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My helpers were eager to assist in every step of our first Blue Apron meal. And we were all exposed to cooking with something unfamiliar –  ramps!

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The Chicken Supremes with Sautéed Ramps, Sugar Snap Peas and Mashed Sweet Potatoes were simply delicious! Lucia said that the chicken was the best that she ever tasted and I have since replicated the simple recipe.

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Next up were the Fried Green Tomatoes with Cajun Rémoulade Sauce and Boston Red Leaf Salad.  The whole family enjoyed this meal and my husband thought that the zesty Cajun rémoulade was the perfect compliment.

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My husband and I prepared the final Blue Apron meal, The Salmon Roll Sandwiches with Baby Beet and Pea Shoot Salad together.  We had a fun mini-date at home cooking after the kids went to bed.  I was reminded of my childhood love of beets!

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Perhaps my favorite part of my Blue Apron experience was the learning process with each meal preparation – and having the convenience of  being able to whip up delectable dinners without recipe research and walking to the market.  The step by step photos on the meal cards made the process a breeze and I was able to prepare each meal in under 40 minutes.  I really loved sharing this experience with my family and was reminded of the importance of family cooking and mealtime.

Exclusive Discount: I’m thrilled that Blue Apron is offering MB readers an exclusive 30% off discount code (equivalent to two free meals!)  to the first 250 people who claim the unique offer here.  If you test it out, please come back and let me know how your experience was!

This post is brought to you by Blue Apron and The Motherhood.  Opinions, as always, are my own.

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