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Ruts, man. Ruts. I’m talking food ruts and they are so frustrating. I get it, there is something to having Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday, but sometimes the monotony just gets, well, monotonous. To shake things up, my favorite trick is to order a Blue Apronhois delivery. I keep waiting for a shipment to be dull, but somehow they work magic and the meals always keeps me excited with a new tip, trick or flavor to try. Usually it’s a small thing that I’d just never thought to do before that end up transforming a meal. That’s what I wanted to share with you today: three simple tips that I learned through Blue Apron deliveries that I’ve carried over to use in my everyday cooking.
I’m willing to bet you’ve heard of Blue Apron, but if not, let me give you a quick rundown. And if you’ve never tried the service before, stick around because I’m giving FIVE people a free Blue Apron delivery!
Blue Apron allows you to create incredible restaurant-quality meals at home by delivering the fresh ingredients right to your door and illustrating each step in detail. You literally don’t have to have a thing in your pantry but salt, pepper and olive oil because they delivery farm-fresh foods in the exact portion you need to make a delicious, homemade meal.
They offer a two-person plan or a family plan and have a seemingly endless selection of delicious and creative recipes. They offer a recycling program and even are working on a sustainable food system using high quality ingredients. I love that they just keep working harder to better their already amazing service. They even offer wine now… yes, you heard me, WINE.
Anyways, let’s get back to my points– simple tips that can transform your meals. And y’all, these are simple, but the flavor difference they create is pretty incredible. Let’s start with the most simple–
Rub baked baguette slices with a whole garlic clove. I don’t know about you, but I never really know what to do with a baguette. They are kind of hard and chewy, so I usually skip over them. Never again!
Slice baguette into 1/2 inch pieces. Place them on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake them for 8-10 minutes in a 450 degree oven until golden brown. Once they are cool enough to handle, rub a peeled garlic clove over the toasted surface.
Honestly, I felt like this was a silly step, but OH MY GOSH. David seriously sat down and ate them all immediately, asking what kind of seasoning Blue Apron had sent, but really- just a basic garlic clove. That’s it.
Add chopped mushrooms to your meat to keep burgers juicy and delicious. In these unique burgers, we hydrated and chopped shiitake mushrooms to add into the meat. The result? Incredibly juicy burgers.
I had always heard to add grated onion for moisture, but mushrooms, oh yes, they work so much better. In fact, this was both mine and David’s favorite meal of the delivery and possibly ever, which is really saying something. If you are going to try just one recipe, please make it these Hoisin and Shiitake Burgers with Miso Mayonnaise and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges.
I kept the recipe and plan to make them again when we have friends over. So unique and bursting with flavor.
This three-ingredient combination of labneh (a Lebanese yogurt cheese– don’t even pretend you knew what that was… Or don’t tell me if you did because I totally had to google it!), mint and lemon juice balanced out the spice of the salmon with it’s cool creaminess.
It really made the meal feel restaurant quality and I have started whipping together other simple combinations on my own. Hint: keeping plain Greek yogurt and lemon on hand makes for an easy base for so many tasty creations.
What’s your best SIMPLE tip to take a meal to the next level? Is it a favorite seasoning? A quick cook method? A gadget? Share it below!
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