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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blue Apron - Almond-Crusted Cod




Knowing how much we enjoy cooking together,  a friend of ours talked us into trying Blue Apron and sent us a "get started" coupon good for a free meal or two. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical of the whole idea.

Please note that this is not a sponsored post in any way (just as all of our other posts).

The blue apron idea is that you subscribe to a weekly service that will ship you recipes and the ingredients to make them. Once a week on a day that you select, a box arrives with the three meals that you have selected or that you have let the service select. You can choose different meal plans. You can cancel at anytime and you can pause the service if you get overwhelmed BUT if you don't, they will continue to ship them to you until you tell them to stop. The price works out to about $10 per meal and serves 2. So $20 per meal. Also, it isn't available everywhere, so you need to check if you are eligible.

While it sounds like a premium on the surface of it, we found that the net result is a savings. It prevents us from going out quite as often and it feels great to know that we have everything we need in the fridge to make a meal without needing to run out to the grocery.

Additionally, it takes a little work out of research and shopping for the average weekly meal. You have the recipe and all the ingredients without the fuss.

So, all that said we thought we would walk through one of the recipes we received last week and then give you our thoughts at the end.

Let's get started.



Research:

We signed up for Blue Apron and selected the 3 meal plan. You can probably search around for a link for a free meal or two. If you leave me a note or a comment, I may still have a code available to send you.

They send a letter sized recipe along with the ingredients.



Plan:

Sit at home and wait for the blue apron box to arrive...


Then unpack the ingredients that are pretty close to already being pre-measured.


Then start cooking.

Whoa there, settle down little filly. Let's not forget the important part.



Execution:

First cook the quinoa. And while it is fun the pronounce it qui-no-na it is really keen-wa - so fancy.

15-17  minutes in boiling salted water. As salty as the sea.


Then prep the ingredients


Cook the radishes with garlic and red pepper flakes and lemon zest. About 4 minutes for the radishes and then 1 more minute with everything else


Finish the quinoa by adding mint, lemon, almond slices, and a drizzle of olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste


Then the snap peas. One to two minutes until bright green.


Bread the cod and sauté in olive oil


Then add butter!



and assemble


And pair it with a great wine




Verdict:

We are fans! The meals are simple to make, the ingredients are mostly pre-measured and it is delicious.

We have noticed that sometimes the fresh herbs are wilted but that doesn't affect taste and understandable given the distribution method.

This is a great solution for a couple looking for an easy way to cook great home meals during the busy week. It will save you from having those days where you go out to dinner because it just seems easier than going shopping.





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