Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

I am a huge fan of butternut squash but I have almost exclusively roasted it with olive oil, salt and pepper. When I stumbled on this recipe I couldn’t resist trying it. I hoped that the Maple would bring an intense sweet flavor to the dish, while the cinnamon would counteract it with some spice. I was pleasantly pleased with how the dish turned out. It was super easy to make and fed around eight people. As an added bonus most of my guests thought they were super-sugary yams.

Apple Stuffing

Every thanksgiving in college, I would drive to Texas to my grandmother’s house as soon as my classes were over. I would end up spending an extra four days with my grandmother visiting and helping her prepare for Thanksgiving before any of my other relatives were able to arrive. It was wonderful to have those extra quiet moments with her to myself. One task we always completed together was preparing the stuffing.

I was trying hard to find a stuffing that would delight both my vegetarian and omnivore friends for this year’s feast. My grandmother’s recipe (and her grandmother’s before then) was sitting in the back of my mind,  but I did not want to do something so traditional that it made me long for my family with each bite. I took a gamble on this Apple Stuffing and prayed it would turn out all right. The verdict? They all loved it.

 

Blue Apron Meals

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Balsamic-Glazed Onion Cheeseburgers with Roasted Potato Wedges

K: 5 out of 5 stars. Blue Apron knows how to create great burger recipes. The cheese and the onions were amazing together. Potato wedges were great beyond being burnt! They spent a little too long in the oven even though I followed the time on the recipe.  Perfect proportions.

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Chicken & Kale Caesar-Style Salad with Radishes and Almonds

K: 5 out of 5 stars. I was scared that this salad would not be fulfilling at all and I would have to eat something after, but the salad proved me wrong. Every bite was delicious, and I could barely finish my one serving.  The radishes and almonds made the texture of the salad enjoyable and the dressing was so simple but so wonderful with the kale. Extra two servings.

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Smoked Trout Tartines with Romaine, Cucumber & Radish Salad

K: 3 out of 5 stars. I ate all the salad and loved the bread, but I couldn’t get over the fact about how fishy the trout tasted with every bite. It was disappointing. The only raw fish I like is when it is Sashimi or Sushi.

Blue Apron Meals

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Shrimp & Shiitake Dumplings with Sautéed Bok Choy & Soy Dipping Sauce

K: 6 out of 5 stars. Yes, you read right. 6 out of 5 stars. This has been my favorite meal our of all the Blue Apron meals so far. It was filling, each bite was full of flavor and easy to eat, and after finishing I could still taste the flavors. It was also one of the easiest to make. Prepping and dishes were minimal and I would deem this on the easy level of meal creation. I would love to make this for guests in the future. Perfect Proportions.

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Ricotta & Beet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Persimmon  & Marinated Fennel Salad

K: 5 out of 5 stars.  Philip made this dish. I loved it but it was not one of P’s favorites. He thought there were too many dishes and that the salad lacked flavor. I disagreed. There were no more dishes than normal (I’m not counting him getting a new pan twice for burning butter), and the salad had lovely soft flavors. Vegetarian and filling. Perfect proportions.

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White Bean & Vegetable Minestrone with Fried Rosemary

K: 4 out of 5 stars. This  is one of the first vegetarian soup dishes P and I have tried, and it was pretty good. A dish like this with chunks of chicken would be wonderful for a cold rainy day, or a day when one if sick. I am going to keep the recipe in my recipe book for future use. Lots of leftovers (but be careful, they only hold up for 1 day).

Blue Apron Meals

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South Indian Squash Curry with Jasmine Rice

K: 5 out of 5 stars. This was super yummy and it held up well over a couple days. The sauce itself looked thicker in the picture, but it was still wonderful. This dish was Vegan and fulfilling. Every bite was jam-packed with flavor.  Extra three servings of just the curry.

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Pork Meatballs with Beets and Cranberry Agrodolce

K: 5 out of 5 stars.  Philip made this dish and he had a bit of user error. Overall he made it a little bit too salty, but otherwise it was super scrumptious. All three elements mixed well together which made every bite wonderful. Very easy to eat and I kept wanting more.  Perfect proportions.

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Crispy Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Spicy Collard Greens

K: 2 out of 5 stars. While there was nothing wrong with this dish, there was nothing that made it stand out. It was hard to get the chicken crispy, though it remained amazingly juicy. The collard greens had some flavor. Overall this dish was very bland.  Perfect proportions.

 

Blue Apron Meals

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Spiced Beef Skewers with Roasted Squash and Garlic Rice

5 out of 5 stars. The meal was pretty simple to make and it did not require much prep time. My favorite part was the labneh cheese on the side that could be paired with any portion of the dish. It brought a smooth creaminess to the otherwise mostly dry plate. Perfect portions.

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Spicy Hoison Chicken and Broccoli with Garlic Rice

4 out of 5 stars. A delicious meals that seems easy enough to replicate on a normal basis  at home. Stirfry is something my mother used to serve all the time when I was younger, though hers was frozen and came out of a bag. This reminded me of my childhood. I would eat this meal again. My only complaint is that I wish the chicken was crispier – not sure if this is user error, or just not enough flour. Extras of the meat and broccoli.

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Smoked Mozzarella & Cabbage Pizza with Romaine and Apple Salad

2 out of 5 stars.  The salad is the only reason that this meal did not get a 1-star review. The pizza was soggy where the cabbage had touched it, the dough was hard to work with, and overall the seasoning that was in the cabbage was salty. The cheese didn’t really melt well, and resembled burnt mini marshmallows. The cheese ripped off the pizza at each bite forcing us to break out forks. The pizza was edible, but not at all enjoyable.  The salad was delicious. We had extras of both the salad and the pizza.

Blue Apron Meals

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Spiced Pork Burgers with Pickled Beets & Cone Cabbage Slaw

K: 5 out of 5 stars. The burgers were beyond amazing. I never would have thought to use pickled beets instead of lettuce or tomatoes. The slaw was very good too. I didn’t cut it small enough which made it hard to eat, but beyond user error I could see no flaws. I was scared it was going to be goopy like some bad restaurant coleslaws, but it was not. It also had a nice zing to it due to the Apple Cider Vinegar. Extras of the Cone Cabbage Slaw.

P: 5 out of 5 stars.  I loved the inclusion of beets, I would have not done that on my own. It was nice having a Pork instead of Beef burger. The slaw was a little difficult to “shovel,” but was still very flavorful and enjoyable to eat. I actually put my slaw in my burger which gave it an extra kick.

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Carmelized Onion & Kale Quiches with Frisee & Pear Salad

K: 4 out of 5 stars.  The Quiches were worth it! The instructions for carmelizing the onions were easy to follow and the quiche itself was really fulfilling. The Pear Salad was alright, but nothing horribly special. Extras of the salad.

P: 4 out of 5 stars. I had a great time watching Kerstin caramelize the onions, and they tasted professional. I think the goat cheese as garnish was the best part, and it was not overdone or overpowering. I did not like this salad, I felt like it has been the worst side offered so far by Blue Apron.

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Pan-Seared Chicken with Roasted Honeynut Squash & Apple

K: 5 out of 5 stars.  Every single piece of this meal was mouthwatering. I love the roasted veggies, I was taught how to make crispy chicken skin, and the garnish enhanced every single bite. There were no extras.

P: 5 out of 5 stars. I think that the protein serving was light, but was made up for in the side portions. The bitterness and crunch of the almonds balanced out the starchiness of the potatoes.

Blue Apron Meals

We wanted to try something different this week with Blue Apron, so instead of getting three omnivore meals, we opted for three vegetarian meals. We were pleasantly surprised and are excited to venture into more vegetarian meals in the future.

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Spicy Butternut Squash Empanadas with Green Tomato Salsa & Lime Crema

K: 5 out of 5 stars. These we so easy to make! They were delicious and fulfilling. I also did not feel hungry hours later. There was a ton of extra filling which the recipe warned you about, so I repurposed the extras over the next couple of days. I served it cold in the morning with yogurt (delicious), as a filling for an omelette (superb), and as part of an egg scramble (magnificent!).

P: 5 out of 5.  The filling was my favorite part. The crema was my 2nd favorite. The empanada needs to be eaten immediately- three days later it is soggy.

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Cauliflower Steaks & Farro Salad with Grape & Brown Butter Sauce

K: 4 out of 5 stars. Philip made this dish. I am not quite sure how much he followed the recipe to the T, but I will take his word that he did his best. The Cauliflower steaks were so good!!! It was crunchy and tender at the same time. Roasting them with salt, pepper, and olive oil is the only way to go! The sauce offered sweetness to the dish, but I felt like the faro salad was far too bland. Extra salad.

P: 5 out of 5 stars. The amount of Faro salas left over was substantial and kept really well. It was very easy to make. Prepping and cooking the cauliflower was simple but tasted delicious. We enjoyed it so much, we repeated the process for Cauliflower steaks literally the next day for our vegan friends. The only downside was the raw rosemary as a garnish.

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Baked Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Cone Cabbage & Sage

K: 4 out of 5 stars. This was satisfying, but super complicated to make. At one point I was watching three pans at once. This dish is creamy and starchy,  but also filling. I did wish there was more seasoning of some kind and more vegetables besides just cabbage. More leftovers! Over 1/2 the baking dish was left over! Still delicious three days later.

P: 5 out of 5 stars. We started eating it before we took a photo. Normally I do not enjoy wheat pasta, but the combination of ingredients worked so well together I did not mind it. This was my favorite of all the vegetarian meals.

Blue Apron Meals

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Fresh Pimento Cheeseburgers with Collard Green & Carrot Slaw

P: I enjoyed this meal immensely. Kerstin now knows how to make homemade pimento which is exciting, and we both agree that it was the star of the meal. 4 out of 5 stars.

K: This was my favorite meal of the week. The burger was beyond delicious! I personally do not like collard greens so I passed mine on to Philip, but he was more than happy to have both servings for the night! 5 out of 5 stars.

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Seared Cod & Udon Noodles with Shiitake Broth and Togarashi-Spiced Cucumber

P:This was not as fulfilling as I hoped it would be. There was nothing really wrong with the meal, but it wasn’t spectacular. Compared to other Blue Apron meals, this was disappointing. 2 out of 5 stars.

K: Individually all these pieces were good, but together, the entire meal was too much. I wish the spice was throughout the entire meal instead of just on the cucumber. It was also hard for me to mix the elements and then finish them.  3 out of 5 stars.

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Crispy Chicken Milanese with Warm Brussels Sprouts & Potato Salad

P: I normally do not eat or like Brussel Sprouts. When I first heard that they were on the menu I was set to not like it, but this was pretty great. I felt like there was no flavor to the chicken outside of the crispy outside.  4 out of 5 stars.

K: The salad was amazing! I would definitely make this for my next potluck! The chicken was alright- nothing special, but nothing bad about it. 4 out of 5 stars.