This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. All words and opinions are, as always, honest and my own.
I do enjoy cooking, but I have a threshold. If I am spending the better part of the day baking pies and prepping food to get ready for a holiday dinner, I don’t want to have to think about tonight’s dinner. And it’s nice to have easy meals waiting in the wings for when the leftovers run out, too.
My Blue Apron box arrived just in time to give me some meal options to work around Thanksgiving.
And that box is filled with farm-fresh ingredients, carefully packed to survive transit and possibly sitting at your front door before you get home from errands or work. I was busy helping the boys with their homework when this package arrived, so it sat for a while before I had time to unpack it.
I made the Ancho Beef Tacos first. It was Tuesday, after all.
Now, I will confess to being a habitual eater. I have the things I like and I tend to just stick in that circle. I can eat the same thing over and over again and it takes me a long time before I get sick of it. I’m not opposed to trying new foods, but it’s just easier to stick with what I know I already like.
Besides, it gets expensive experimenting with new recipes when you can’t buy just one tablespoon of a certain type of mustard or one cup of a specialty cheese. Everything in the Blue Apron box is perfectly portioned for each recipe, so I don’t end up with an entire jar of a rarely-used spice hanging out in a cabinet until it finally expires
The taco recipe involved using a cut of beef I hadn’t used before and they were topped with radishes, so I was definitely stepping outside of my usual. Not sure about radishes on tacos, but I’ve learned that I just need to trust the recipe. They have been created and tested by very talented chefs after all!
I just follow all of the directions step-by-step. The Blue Apron instruction cards are even better than having a recipe, because each one gives precise times and tips, so the food is well prepared and I add new skills to my culinary repertoire in the process.
The other thing I love about some of these recipes is all of the little inside, chef-y secrets you learn –
Like radishes are better marinated in lime juice…
…and sauces can be quick and easy to make at home, but taste like high-end restaurant food…
…and a sprinkle of cheese puts baked potato rounds over the edge.
I wish I had a better “beauty shot” of these, but I really did make these tacos for dinner and it gets dark depressingly early these days. But, here is the end result…
I also learned that lime-marinated radishes are the bomb on tacos. It gives that crunch you normally get from lettuce, but it brings even more crunch and flavor to the party.
When I last posted about Blue Apron, a few readers expressed concern over the potential waste from the packaging and fridge packs, so I wanted to mention that they have a recycling program. You can ship all packaging back to Blue Apron via USPS for free or they will help you locate local recycling options to utilize.
A few other things I like about Blue Apron…
- Each menu is between 500-800 calories per person, so all of the meals are reasonable to fit into a healthy diet.
- Servings start at $8.99/person, which certainly beats what you’d pay for a plate like this at a restaurant.
- All meals can be cooked in 40 minutes or less. Very important when you’re not good with time. Like me.
Are you interested in giving Blue Apron a try? Or perhaps gifting it to someone who needs a little help in the dinner department? (Husbands, be careful with that one. Offer to cook it, too, and then you’ll be a hero.)
The first 50 readers who sign up will get their first three meals FREE! And, don’t worry. There is absolutely no commitment. You can skip meals or cancel at any time. So, if you really just want it to help you get through a the busy holiday season, you can do that. And if you just want meals for certain weeks, you can do that, too.
Just click HERE to sign up!