This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.
My family just moved into a new-to-us old house. We are very much still settling in. Still-taped boxes are everywhere. I just moved the silverware to a new place for the third time. Will and I went to a fancy event last weekend and it took us half an hour to find our clothes—my heels were at the bottom of a giant grocery tote, Will’s sportcoat was in Jack’s closet, my necklace was in a box buried beneath a bunch of our out-of-season bedding.
We’re settling in, though, and as we do, I’m finding that nothing makes it feel like home like actually living here. Not just residing, but living—playing Monopoly on the living room rug. Curling up in a comfy chair with a good book and cup of tea. Making family dinner.
Will and I both love to cook, but I don’t always relish every step of the process—the planning, the shopping—especially when life is crazy. Recently we cooked with Blue Apron, a service that allows you to create delicious, chef-designed recipes at home, and it was so nice to just unpack the ingredients, follow their checklist, and enjoy making dinner.
Blue Apron delivers all the farm-fresh ingredients you need, right to your doorstep, in exactly the right proportions. No shopping required, no waste from unused ingredients.
The other night we made their Blackened Chicken & Rice with Blood Orange and Kale for dinner. All Blue Apron meals can be prepared in 40 minutes or less (unless your kids are cooking! My kids love to cook Blue Apron on their own, but I’ve learned from experience to double the time estimate for my young chefs). Will and I cooked together this time, so it went even faster.
I always enjoy unpacking the ingredients when a Blue Apron delivery arrives, but this time it was especially fun—not only did our recipe call for three kinds of oranges, but I was strangely delighted to discover my boneless skinless chicken breasts were already prepped and ready to season and pop in the skillet. (Apparently, I have a lot on my plate these days. Also, we eat a lot of chicken around here, but I still haven’t learned to love prepping chicken breasts.)
If you’re not around when your shipment arrives, no worries—ingredients arrive in a refrigerated box so they’ll stay fresh even if you’re not home. I like to save the packaging so I can reuse it to keep my food fresh after a Costco run, but you can also recycle it. Use Blue Apron’s recycling locator to find recycling options in your community or return your packaging for free to Blue Apron via USPS.
Blue Apron makes it easy to try new recipes and cuisines so you can get out of your dinner rut. (Browse Blue Apron’s large selection of recipes here; you don’t have to be a customer to test drive them!) I always pick up a new technique or try a new ingredient when we try a new Blue Apron recipe. With this menu, I learned about different kinds of citrus. I never would have thought to combine orange and kale, but we enjoyed it. Also: Will learned how to cook kale, and it made me happy.
That’s not an accident: stretching your cooking skills is part of Blue Apron’s mission. Chefs in training around the world wear blue aprons – it’s a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking.
Blue Apron offers two types of plans, the 2-person plan and the family plan. Our family of six—that’s two adults + four kids—still eats just fine with the family plan.
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