This post is sponsored by Blue Apron
Cooking alone is fun. Cooking with wine is more fun. And cooking with a group of my friends is a blast! On a recent Friday night, we tore up the kitchen and prepared two delicious Blue Apron recipes to enjoy together. Just look at the concentration here:
Blue Apron is often described as the perfect date night in, but it also makes a fantastic girls night! It’s so nice to have the kitchen to ourselves and just enjoy the cooking experience together. Because everything you need is delivered to your doorstep, including the recipes and all ingredients, you need not worry about a thing. (Blue Apron even has a wine club where you can have wines paired and delivered with your food too!)
You have the choice of the 2-Person Plan or the Family Plan when you place your order, and since the Family Plan has 8 servings between the two included recipes, it was perfect for our party of 5. We even had leftovers for lunch the next day!
I put out a cheese plate for us to snack on while we cooked too.
So we cracked open some wine and unpacked all of the ingredients in our box. Emily and I headed up the two recipes, and we somehow managed to finish them perfectly in sync and had dinner on the table in less than an hour.
Everyone chipped in to help, whether that was to peel an orange or set the table, and it was truly a fun group effort. The recipe’s checklists helped us keep track of who had completed which steps.
One of our two recipes was Pesto Shrimp and Gnocchi with Roasted Broccoli, which was fabulous! We made the pesto from scratch, and it was bursting with garlic flavor (be warned!). Very tasty.
And Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry with Tango Mandarins and Jasmine Rice. This dish was SO GOOD I want to make it again! I loved the sauce with the oranges. Luckily Blue Apron shares all the recipes online so you can make anything you love again.
The finishing touches.
Dinner is served!
We all agreed this meal tasted both gourmet and healthy, and we appreciated all the green veggies as well.
Blue Apron offers a large selection of recipes and is always adding new dishes so the menus change every week. They have a commitment to sustainably sourced ingredients, and also now offer a recycling program. There is no commitment to ordering – you can skip weeks if you’re traveling or cancel anytime.
If you’d like to give Blue Apron a try, the first 25 readers will get three free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Just click here.
Thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post and keeping the girls nights extra fun!