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When I get back from a trip, especially an extended one overseas, the landing can be a little bumpy. Not only am I jetlagged and completely out of my normal routine, but there is a backlog of work and home stuff that needs my attention. Jeff does great… While I was in Europe, he ordered school pictures, watered my plants, and made sure the boys got to all of their activities on top of everything else. But, I know from experience when he travels, you just have to let some stuff go when you’re pulling double duty.
One of the things that’s typically kicked down the road when I’m gone is the grocery shopping. And I’m talking about real grocery shopping when you actually buy fruits and vegetables and things to make from-scratch meals. The fridge ends up being a time capsule…there is the half-chopped pepper I left, now collapsed and slimy. The cucumber has been reduced to a bag of water.
Knowing this was going to be the case before I even started packing my suitcase, I placed an order for some Blue Apron meals. I actually forgot to tell Jeff, but we’ve ordered Blue Apron meals enough that he knew the drill and put the contents of the box in the fridge and the recipe cards on the counter, so all would be ready when I got home.
I selected the two-person meal plan (they have plans for two, four, and the WW Freestyle program) and ordered Sweet & Spicy Salmon for Jeff (salmon is one of his favorites) and Mediterranean-inspired Creamy Fennel & Olive Pasta for me. I felt like I would enjoy a taste of Italy on the heels of my trip.
We decided to prepare both dishes at the same time while the boys were at youth group and then eat the leftovers on a weeknight when we had to cart the boys to activities.
Not only were we making dinner for a couple of nights, but we were getting to hang out together after he was flying solo while I was on my trip. I worked on prepping all of the fresh ingredients while Jeff read ahead on the recipes cards and got the rice for his dish going.
He also rinsed off the salmon and patted it dry to prepare it for the pan. Jeff loves salmon and this was a good opportunity to learn how to cook it really well. The recipe cards give specific times and tips for cooking each ingredient, so preparing each dish becomes a learning experience.
I’ve shared this before, but I love experiencing new flavors and ingredients. Blue Apron is a great way to do that because the recipes are developed by expert chefs, the ingredients are exactly the portion you need, and they source quality ingredients from local suppliers and artisans. My recipe introduced me to a combination of fennel, olives, and walnuts mixed into pasta. I loved all of those ingredients on their own, but together in a creamy, flavorful sauce…? It is so tasty and I’m definitely hanging onto that recipe card to make it again!
Since we were making two dishes, we had to coordinate the timing in the hopes that they’d be done at the same time.
We worked together, stirring, checking the pasta and the rice, following the recipes, mixing in new perfectly-portioned ingredients.
My dish ended up being done before Jeff’s, but just by a little bit and we were able to keep mine hot in the pan.
As I said earlier, the pasta dish was excellent and there was more than enough for me to get at least two good meals out of it…possibly three. Doesn’t it just look delicious?
Jeff sat down to eat his dinner and he said, “This is the healthiest meal I’ve had since before you left!” We ate together, content with our dishes, the time we spent together, and the fact that we had some tasty leftovers going into the fridge.
Knowing that a few dinners were ready to make in the fridge took a little bit of pressure off, so I’m glad I had the foresight to place an order with Blue Apron before I left.
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You can roll these meals into your normal meal-planning rotation or just order them when you need it (like when you’re returning from a trip and have no idea what’s awaiting you in the fridge!)