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If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a minute, you know I’m a meal planning fanatic. I have an entire tab dedicated to weekly meal plans I’ve shared. One of the secrets I’ve learned along the way is to pick out some family favorites and keep those on repeat. Because of that, we do a lot of cycling through our favorites.
At least once a week we end up eating this Paleo Sausage and Veggie Bake. I did a scope (@ahealthyslice) a couple of nights ago showing how easy it is to prep, but then Kaitlyn wanted to get too involved and you got to see the chaos unfold live- ha.
We also regularly eat my mom’s spaghetti recipe (coming soon after I get her permission). Sometimes with zoodles or spaghetti squash and other time with good old fashioned spaghetti noodles.
We often do a dinner centered around buffalo chicken, either grilled sandwiches, salads or wraps.
If we do steak, I love this marinade.
If I’m going with a basic stove top chicken, we love this lemon pepper chicken (not so much the asparagus part, but the chicken is awesome).
The best black bean burger I’ve found is Emily’s recipe.
And if we are getting fancy on a weekend and doing seafood, I either make my go-to crowd-pleasing salmon, Greek shrimp pasta with tomatoes and feta or these incredible lemony tomato scallops if I’m splurging.
We usually do a Mexican night too, whether it be tacos, fajitas or just layered fiesta bowls.
And honestly, that about wraps up our regulars. They are all incredibly delicious, but keeping our favorites on repeat can start leading to getting in a rut.
That’s where Blue Apron (post sponsor!) comes in.
If I had to name my favorite thing about Blue Apron, it wouldn’t be the convenience, the delicious new recipes they are always creating or the farm-fresh ingredients that arrive at my doorstep the perfect amount (though all those things never fail to impress me).
These new techniques aren’t anything fancy, but they are methods I’ve never tried before that are so SIMPLE and delicious, they make me wonder why I’ve never tried them myself.
For example, grating cucumbers and mixing them with plain yogurt and a dash of salt and pepper to make a delicious pita topping.
Za’atar-Spiced Eggplant and Squash Pitas (click for recipe!)
I have a tendency to add a lot of herbs and spices to my meals to make them flavorful, but Blue Apron reminds me that if you start with fresh produce then it’s really quite easy to get the natural flavors to shine.
This combination of tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, olive oil and salt and pepper was delicious on its own and downright incredible when incorporated into polenta dish it came with.
The fun thing about playing in the kitchen is that there are so many different ways to make delicious food. I always think of pesto being made in the food processor. I never considered wilting basil and arugula on the stove.
I’ll be honest, keeping up with new recipes every week is intimidating. It takes time and effort to focus on a new recipe, which is how we all end up accumulating our favorites in rotation. But I know I can’t be the only one that gets stuck in the rut and just wants to try something new. Until I have time for weekend culinary classes, Blue Apron is providing me with simple techniques for making delicious meals that look fancy and taste incredible.
For those of you not familiar with Blue Apron, they are a service that allows you to create delicious, chef-designed recipes at home by delivering all the fresh ingredients you need to your front door in the perfect amounts and providing detailed instructions with pictures to take out any guess work.
Blue Apron offers two options. There is a two-person meal plan which sets you up with three (two-person) meals a week for $9.99 a meal. They also offer a family plan, which I chose, that includes two (four-person) meals to be served family style for $8.74 per meal. Shipping is always free and there is a wide selection of recipes, with new ones being added every week.
It’s especially great if you are interested in learning how to cook outside your comfort zone. For me, it’s learning all their vegetarian recipes techniques because they make veggie based meals that even David finds delicious and… wait for it… satisfying! Not an easy feat for my meat-loving husband. I can’t wait to try their Spiced Chickpea Burgers!
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Hope this post was able to give you some ideas as you head in to your meal planning for next week and if not, let Blue Apron help you out!
What are your weekly go-to favorites?
How do you handle getting stuck in a food rut?