I love family dinners — Toby and Anton always get giddy and excited — but we can’t often do them on weeknights. Alex usually gets home from work around bedtime, so they boys have an earlier dinner, and then Alex and I have a meal together after they’re asleep. (How about you?) We put our phones away, turn on some old Bob Dylan and try to eat something yummier than cereal or takeout…
What makes this ritual doable is Blue Apron. With no grocery shopping or recipe hunting required, we can enjoy the food and conversation, which feels like a small luxury. I also love that Blue Apron covers range of cuisines and often introduces us to things we’ve never tried. It’s fun to see what we’ll get each week — like this recent Seared Salmon with mashed potatoes, beans and cherry tomatoes.
The recipe included a traditional French sauce called gribiche that’s made with eggs, mustard, herbs and oil. It’s creamy and tangy and kind of tastes like mayonnaise, but even better.
The mashed potatoes were prepared skin-on, which makes them quick to make and full of earthy flavor.
All of Blue Apron’s salmon is wild-caught in Alaska and processed immediately, so it’s fresher-tasting than what you can typically find in supermarkets. Their ingredients change up frequently to include whatever’s seasonal. This fall it’s fairy tale eggplants, islander peppers and the purple beans in this salmon recipe, which turn green when cooked!
The same week, we also made their Late-Summer Fregola Sarda. Fregola is a small round pasta from Sardinia, Italy, which soaks up flavors from sauces deliciously. Question: Why does everything taste 1,000 times more amazing with a dollop of ricotta? I’d love to make this dish again when we have vegetarian friends over.
For Blue Apron’s two-person plan, the price breaks down to less than $9 per person per meal, and the shipping is always free. You’ll get three meals a week, and you can skip or cancel at any time. (They also have a family plan for two or four meals a week, which is great for feeding four people — or two adults who like leftovers.)
Today, Blue Apron is offering Cup of Jo readers $35 off a first order. Go here to try something delicious.
Thank you so much, Blue Apron! What are your weeknight dinner rituals these days? Do you have family dinners? (Any tips for making it work?)