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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