Thomas is a great cook, and we have loved cooking together as a “get to know you” activity. One of the first meals he made for me was barbecue chicken on the grill. Friends, I got lucky with a man who knows his way around a kitchen! We have been getting Blue Apron meals to make together for a while now (see this post for a recap of some of those!), and they’ve been a really fun activity to do together during these cold, dark winter nights, especially when a sleeping boy keeps us home-bound.
Date Night With Blue Apron
Blue Apron isn’t new to KERF – you guys have read about it many times! (I have an offer for you newbies at the end of this post 🙂 ) What I love about the recipe delivery service is that everything you need for the recipe comes in a box to your doorstep – fresh real food ingredients and recipes – and you make the meal from scratch in 40 minutes or less (when two of you are working together!) We actually tried a few other boxes this summer, but Blue Apron remains my favorite because I honestly feel that their recipes always have an extra ingredient, step, or layer of flavor that elevates them above something I’d just whip up on my own.
Like this fresh cavatelli!
And lemon zest. I must remember to always zest my lemons!
I also loved that the recipe instructed me to roast the carrots for the salad, something I wouldn’t have bothered to do myself but was so delicious.
We’ve tried both the 2-Person Plan and the Family Plan, but I find that if I’m going to make a recipe, I want to have enough for leftovers for lunches and Mazen the next day (if we’re cooking after bedtime), so the Family Plan best fits our needs.
I love this new way of writing the recipes – the check boxes were SO HELPFUL for a type A girl like me, especially when there were two of us working together. It was clear who had finished each step.
This recipe came together quickly, and was great for dinner and lunch the next day.
The formal recipe was Fresh Cavetelli & Broccoli with Roasted Carrot and Arugula Salad. Each week you can choose your recipes between a handful of options, and I love that flexibility.
This dish was awesome, and I loved this pasta shape! Plus the creamy lemon sauce. And the salad! Arugula, goat cheese, walnuts and roasted carrots in a homemade dressing.