This post is sponsored by Blue Apron
One of my goals through my partnership with Blue Apron is to showcase the many ways you can use the subscription to your advantage, whether that’s a date night in, entertaining at home, hosting a girls cook night, or efficiently getting dinner on the table for your family. Just like I would if I planned out three of my own recipes and did my own shopping on the weekend, I find that doing some prep work and batch cooking of the Blue Apron recipes all at once saves me so much time when I’m ready to put the final dishes together. This strategy gives me the most flexibility when hunger calls – or when I’m in the mood for a picnic dinner!
The three recipes that came in this week’s box were as follows. We love the three-recipe Family Plan because it always makes enough for some leftovers for lunch or dinner the next night, but of course if you need less food you can choose less recipes and/or the Two-Person Plan. I purposefully chose recipes that I thought would be easy to cook together.
Cheesy Pesto Chicken Calzones with Tomatoes Sauce + Marinated Goat Cheese Zucchini
Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups with Mushrooms, Peppers, and Jasmine Rice
Orange Soy Barramundi & Fried Rice with Snow Peas & Bok Choy
And here was our meal plan:
Monday: Make calzones with Thomas. Eat two, save two. While calzones bake, prep and cook everything for lettuce cups. Make double batch of rice and save half for barramundi.
Tuesday: Lettuce cups picnic dinner.
Wednesday: Cook barramundi and veggies.
Most of the cooking was done on Monday, when I had a clear schedule and Mazen was with his dad. This was one hard working pan!! Bonus: I only cleaned it once! My rice cooker was also hard at work on two of the three recipes, which both called for rice, and I was able to get all prep work complete and only wash my cutting board once. Efficiency FTW! (Note any raw meat was handled in a separate area.)
The calzones were incredible!!! One of our favorite Blue Apron recipes to date. (I recall us loving another calzone recipe from last winter).
The lettuce cups were such a great food to pack for a picnic, and we made everything extra special with the addition of fruit and cheese and calzones for the kids.
Rose for the drinking adults and raspberry lemonade (aka pretend rose!) for the pregnant mama : )
Meals enjoyed with fresh air taste so much better.