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Spicy Shrimp Coconut Curry with Green Cabbage & Rice

5 out of 5 stars. This was so good. And there was so much so I got to enjoy it many different times and it honestly gets better with time. It had many varying textures and every bite was a joy for my mouth. I would highly recommend this recipe for anyone who loves shirt and curry. You will have leftovers.

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Moroccan Chicken with Prunes & Brown Rice

2 out of 5 stars.  I really disliked the side dish the carrots and rice seems like an afterthought. Even when the sauce was mixed in with the mixture it was still not totally flavorful. It was hard to make the chicken skin crispy which made it unappealing to eat. The sauce was the chicken was really delicious. Perfect proportions (even though I stretched it a bit). This recipe does not hold up well as leftovers.

Chipotle-Glazed Meatloaf with Crispy Potatoes

3 out of 5 stars.  The meatloaf was decent but I was very disappointed in the side dish. Overall, I would make the meatloaf again for the sauce alone. The potatoes appeared to have even less thought than the brown rice and carrot side dish from the Moroccan Chicken There were extras of the meatloaf.

* Sorry but the picture I took of my meatloaf somehow was deleted. I wish I could share it with you because the finished product was quite beautiful.

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Spiced-Rubbed Pork with Sweet Red Onion and Black Beans

5 out of 5 stars. This recipe was very filling and full of robust flavor. I ended up not being able to finish my portion and instead ended up splitting it into four portions which I had throughout the week. My only complaint was that the onions that were roasting became burnt because they spent too long in the oven based on the time the recipe called for. I would suggest placing them on a different sheet pan so you can pull the, if necessary.

P.S. This recipe was part of the Guest Chef Series featuring Brooke Williamson of TOP CHEF. I filmed myself creating this recipe and step by step giving instructions how you can make it at home. The intention was to submit it for a chance to have private lessons with Brooke Williamson and a two days stay in an NYC hotel. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to edit the film (3-7 minutes) in time to submit, but I will share it with my readers once it is completed.

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Chicken Meatballs & Fregola Sarda with Kale & Sicilian Tomato Sauce

5 out of 5 stars.  The recipe was easy to follow and did not require too many dishes. I don’t remember having ever tasted Fragola Sarda Pasta before but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. I accidentally made the meatballs too big so they took longer to cook. This was tasty both warm and cold. I had a bunch of Kale left over and there was enough for three full portions.

Katsu-Style Catfish with Black Garlic Mayonnaise and Jasmine Rice

I did not get to make or eat the Katsu catfish because I was accidentally delivered two Meatball knick-knacks bags instead of the meatball bag and a catfish bag. I notified customer service as soon as a noticed the issue (sadly at the end of the week moment before I was about to start prepping the veggies) but have yet to hear back from them. I have only even had one issue before and it was in regards to the freshness of my meat. They ended up giving me a credit for $20 for my next order as per their freshness guarantee. I will keep you posted about the outcome for this issue.

Update: I was contacted by customer service and they credited me another $20 toward a future order.

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Seared Chicken & Couscous with Broccoli & Lemon-Yogurt Sauce

K: 5 out of 5 stars. The couscous with broccoli was amazing! It is what made the meal wonderful. Adding all three elements together is really what made this meal a 5 instead of a four. If I am able to eat all the elements together and have it still taste amazing, it was a successful meal. I cannot wait to see what else I can pair the Lemon-Yogurt Sauce with. Perfect proportions.

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Guacamole Burger with Roasted Red Onion and Sweet Potato Fries

K: 4 out of 5 stars. The burger was an amazing success! I had never made guacamole with onions before, but now I think I will continue to add them. My fries never really turned into fries. They just seemed like they were really limp potato chips baked with onions. It was slightly disappointed but still good. Lots of leftover guacamole.

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Spicy Shrimp & Korean Rice Cakes with Cabbage and Furikake

K: 3 out of 5 stars. The scallions did not make it four days so I was unable to use them for this recipe. The rice cakes were really gooey- I am not sure if this was due to a cooking error or something else. The shrimp and the seasoning was really yummy. Extras of everything.

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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.

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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).

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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 At Home

Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 11.32.05 AM.pngWhen I first started Blue Apron I wasn’t thinking about their mission or how they could better my life. I just wanted more time to myself (I know selfish) and less time preparing for dinner. After being with Blue Apron for a couple weeks I realized that Blue Apron was much bigger and striving for more than I had originally thought.

Blue Apron has its own market, not merchandise, market. They offer guests the ability to buy high quality kitchen items that enhance their home cooking experience. They are not interested in making a huge profit and becoming the next home kitchen brand, they want to share the love of cooking with everyone.

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[Photos courtesy of Blue Apron website]

I know when P and I first moved in together, we took inventory of our kitchen supplies and it was pretty sparse and pathetic. Today, we have many of the same supplies though we have acquired more from thrift stores and Home Goods, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we have the correct equipment. Right off hand, I know of two pots that have loose handles, wooden utensils that are starting to break, and twin elephant salt & pepper shakers being held together with Ginger’s Tacky Glue.

I have my eye on their White Wine Glasses, their Seasonal Cookbooks, and their Recipe Binder.

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