When we make quick meals on weeknights, one food group that often gets forgotten is green vegetables. Alex will make tuna melts or grilled cheese, and we don’t eat broccoli or kale with those. That’s one reason why Blue Apron, the recipe delivery service we’ve used for years, is such a welcome sight in our fridge. On those nights, Alex and I will have a delicious, fresh and nutritious dinner, usually packed with green vegetables. Here’s a peek at three of the best dishes we’ve made recently…
Broccoli is such a good vehicle for yummy flavors (the boys love it roasted with parmesan) and we really enjoyed this preparation, with garlic, lemon and red pepper flakes. It complimented the tender fish, nutty barley and sweet orange so nicely. We served this dish in a huge bowl and it quickly disappeared.
Strata, where have you been all my life? I LOVED this layered cheesy kale-y bread-y casserole, which was the perfect combination of richness and virtuousness. It paired perfectly with a crunchy apple and endive salad. This was one of the easiest Blue Apron meals we’ve ever made, too — it was ready to eat in around 20 minutes, start to finish. I’d now love to look up more strata recipes, including for breakfast.
When my sister was visiting last week, she whipped this up while I put the boys to bed. Then, we sat together and caught up over the delicious meal. It’s a deconstructed version of mafé, a hearty peanut stew from Senegal that’s full of aromatic spices like paprika, coriander and two kinds of peppercorns.
One funny thing about this chicken recipe was that they sent what looked like a HUGE amount of raw kale, but it cooked down to two perfectly-sized portions that we devoured. (Tip: Kale is a lot more tender when you cut away and discard the center rib before cooking it or using it for a salad.) By the way, did you know that Blue Apron actually helps reduce food waste?
This winter, Alex and I have been using Blue Apron’s two-person plan, which is about $9 per person per meal (including free shipping). We get three meals a week, and you can skip or cancel any time. (They also have a family plan for two or four meals a week, which we’ve used in the past to cook for the boys — or just for us, with leftovers.)
Bonus for all readers: Blue Apron is offering $35 off your first box. Get it here, if you’d like.
Would you try Blue Apron? How do you like to prepare vegetables?