Each year, there is a short window of time when eating outside is warm and breezy and summery perfection. Now is that time! Our temps are dropping, and I decided to serve dinner on the patio amongst the palm and herbs and fragrant tomato plants.
Blue Apron meals are known as being gourmet, date-night friendly, and a bit fancier than your usual weeknight dinner. So with this post in mind, I combined two meals that both had a summery vibe for this dinner. I absolutely loved both dishes, and our guests did too! (Learn more about Blue Apron on the menu here!)
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The first recipe was a Miso Chicken Ramen with Tomatoes, Corn & Kombu.
Ladies (and gentlemen), this is not your college ramen! It actually came fresh (like fresh pasta versus dried) and it was delicious. I love the chewy, tangled texture of ramen.
I loved the marinated summer veggie salad on the side, and the chicken with the gingery corn on top.
The second recipe was Cod & Fairy Tale Eggplants with Tomatoes & Pearl Couscous.
The cod called for rice flour, which I learned from Blue Apron makes a great crust on seared fish, plus capers, toasted almonds and fresh basil.
And can we talk about the name Fairy Tale Eggplant!? How cute.
I set the table up outside, and dressed it in crisp white linens, Pottery Barn napkins, and some accessories that we’ll be using at our wedding!
Wine was poured, of course.
The two dishes were different in flavor, yet totally complementary with the veggies, starches and lighter proteins. I added some toasted pita to round out the meal.
The only downside to dining al fresco? You never know who might walk up and join the dinner 😉