Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. As always, all words and opinions shared here are honest and my own.
Would you believe that I made a dinner like this…
…when this kind of thing was going on in my house?
Well, I did!
I had an ambitious to-do wish list while my parents and brother were here to help get us settled in our new house and, as a grazer, I would’ve been content to plow through and pick at cherries and cheese and crackers, but I needed to make sure I had at least one proper meal each day for everyone! I am not new to meal kit services, like Blue Apron, and one of the things I love most about the concept is that I don’t have to think about what to make for dinner. It’s already decided and I have the exact ingredients gathered together and ready to go.
When I have a day packed with projects and a house packed with people, that is a weight off my mind.
So, the Blue Apron box arrived and it was right at home with all of the other boxes in my house. So much so that I didn’t realize it was there containing perishables that needed to be unpacked! Fortunately, there are ice packs in the box, so it kept until I finally noticed it.
And even though the box got a little beat up in transit, everything was safe and snug…even a couple of eggs for the onion and tomato quiche. Mailing eggs takes some guts.
I liked that all of the recipes started with real ingredients and they were simple and reasonably quick to make (all of their recipes are done in under 40 minutes). Each recipe came with a card that holds your hand through the entire process. If you know your way around a kitchen, the card keeps you on track and you might even learn a new technique or trick. If you’re in the can’t-boil-an-egg-camp, you can follow these instructions and crank out a tasty dinner.
See? There is even a check list! You can do that, right?
And, just a fun little fact, did you know that chefs in training all around the world wear blue aprons? I just learned that when I was looking into Blue Apron and I love that they carried that idea into their name! Yes, this can be meal planning. Yes, this can be a simple solution to the daily dinner question. But it can also be a way sharpen your culinary skills – a way to never stop learning.
One thing that set Blue Apron apart for me was that it included complete nutrition facts for each dish, not just the calories. Calories are good to know, especially if you’re monitoring your weight, but as the mom of a diabetic son, I need more information than that. You can see the carbs, the protein, the fat…the full picture, so you don’t have to try to figure it out on your own if you have to work around dietary restrictions.
Each meal in my box was supposed to feed two people (family plans are also available), so I made two of the dinners for the four of us. We all ate our fill and there were even leftovers.
Because I was meshing two meals together, I did take a few liberties with the recipe. And it’s okay to take liberties! I used all of the ingredients in the box, but I put them together in a different way for this pasta/vegetable dish…
…I did, however, follow the tomato and onion quiche recipe faithfully.
Now, I will admit that I’m a bit of a picky eater about certain things and I am not a lover of tomatoes. I usually dissect them out of sandwiches and pick them off of tacos. But, I’m pushing 40 and I need to keep an open mind. Maybe I just haven’t found exactly how I like my tomatoes, yet.
Well, I like them in a tomato and onion quiche, I can tell you that! Horizons broadened.
We all enjoyed the meal and the chance to gather around the table after a hard day of work. Even Jeff, who was a little skeptical at the vegetarian menu I put together, cleaned his plate with compliments.
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Before I sign off, I have to share a little behind the scenes. My kitchen was a disaster and it was raining, so it was really dark in the house. I had already started making the dinner, though, and I had to get pictures for this post. So, this is how I made it happen! Thank goodness for the light-filled studio and a reflector!
And the food was still hot when I got it to the table!
High fives all around.