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Recent Eats: Valentine’s Day + Entertaining with Blue Apron

After taking a hiatus from Blue Apron during Whole30, I sure was excited to see that box waiting at my doorstep last weekend!


If you’re a regular reader then you already know how much I love Blue Apron. If you’re new here, let me give you a quick introduction. Blue Apron is a delivery service that brings all the fresh ingredients you need right to your doorstep to make delicious, chef-created recipes. Everything is delivered in the exact portions you need and you can select from a two-person or family plan.

Today I’m sharing what I cooked in my latest delivery AND offering some great perks for you guys! The first 50 readers get their first two meals FREE and I’m giving away FIVE one-week trials!

But first…the food.


As I mentioned last week, our Valentine’s Day dinner was thwarted at the last minute due to no other reason than my lack of planning. Blue Apron to the rescue! We had just received our weekly delivery so I had three meals to choose from. Since the original plan was a crab and shrimp dinner, we decided to stick with seafood and make the Mexican-spiced salmon with black rice, avocado and orange salad.

The black rice salad featured toasted pumpkin seeds, oranges, cilantro, avocado and fresh lime juice and zest. I also added a few cherry tomatoes to it since we had some in the fridge. We both agreed that the black rice salad was a really nice combination of ingredients and something we’d make again for a veggie dish or topped with fish, shrimp or chicken. You can find the recipe on Blue Apron’s website.


Valentine’s Day saved! (Yes, I got very dressed up for the occasion in my cozy Lulu fleece.)


Mid-week I cooked pan seared chicken with maple glazed carrots and mashed potatoes. I added some roasted asparagus because we had some in the fridge and I like a little something green on my plate. This is the second time we’ve had a chicken and mashed potato combo from Blue Apron. Each time I thought it would be boring but that’s never the case. The chicken breasts are skin-on which adds so much flavor and the demi-glace they send for the gravy is killer. A squeeze of lemon brightens it all up. Such a great dinner for a cold night.


We made the last dish over the weekend when my fiance’s brother and sister-in-law came over for dinner. They also get Blue Apron from time-to-time and were excited that I was making the Lebanese Lamb and Beef Arayes because they’d heard from another family member that they were awesome. 


These Lebanese flatbread sandwiches were pitas stuffed with a mixture of lamb, beef, onions, golden raisins and baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend.


Since there were four of us eating and the entree was designed for two, I also prepared some salmon and served it along side roasted broccoli and braised red cabbage.


We all agreed that the flatbread sandwiches were a winner. We topped them with labneh, which is a rich cheese made from strained yogurt.


I had some leftovers with my lunch the day after and it was just as delicious. More updates on gluten reintroduction to come soon.

Let’s get to the giveaway part!

1) First 50 readers will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order. Just click here.

2) I’m giving away FIVE free one-week trials from my personal account. Yes, you’ll get a FREE week of meals! If you’d like to enter to win, check out Blue Apron’s online cookbook and let me know what you’d like to try.

Giveaway ends Sunday, February 28 at midnight EST. U.S. readers only. Limit one entry per person.

 This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. 

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  • Jill February 24, 2016, 5:14 pm

    The Mexican Spiced Salmon looks amazing! Thanks!

  • ali February 24, 2016, 5:19 pm

    yum! fresh beet linguine 🙂

  • Elizabeth Beasley February 24, 2016, 5:20 pm

    I want to make the Salmon dish! I actually looked up the recipe after you mentioned it before.

  • Alison February 24, 2016, 5:21 pm

    Definitely the moo shu vegetables. How fun!

  • Kaleigh February 24, 2016, 5:24 pm

    The spicy shrimp spaghetti!

  • Morgan February 24, 2016, 5:24 pm

    Yum! I’d love to try the Miso-Honey Chicken!

  • Morgan February 24, 2016, 5:26 pm

    Yum! I’d love to try to miso-honey chicken!

  • Becca February 24, 2016, 5:26 pm

    I want to try the vegetable bibimbap with kimchi. I’ve never made Korean food at home.

  • Ashley N February 24, 2016, 5:28 pm

    I’d love to try the Manhattan style chowder! For some reason chowder feels intimidating so the step by step process would help me out.

  • Bailey February 24, 2016, 5:31 pm

    The goat cheese and butternut squash pasta sounds delicious!

  • tara February 24, 2016, 5:33 pm

    I would love to try blue apron. I love Indian food and I moved to rural NH where I can’t order take out – the garam masala shrimp looks awesome and I’d love to try it at home!

  • Mollie K February 24, 2016, 5:33 pm

    chicken meatballs and creamy polenta!! I have always wanted to try polenta but never have. Looks like comfort food!

  • Susan February 24, 2016, 5:33 pm

    The Acorn Squash, brussels sprouts, and farro salad

  • Jen February 24, 2016, 5:35 pm

    I would LOVE to try the Mexican spiced salmon dish!!!

  • Lauren February 24, 2016, 5:37 pm

    The pork and ricotta meatballs!

  • Molly February 24, 2016, 5:40 pm

    The Sumac-Roasted Sweet Potato & Farro Salad really speaks to me!

  • Hilary February 24, 2016, 5:41 pm

    The seared salmon and apple mashed potatoes sounds so yummy! I think all of the seafood dishes look delicious and the seafood looks like quailty meat!

  • Virginia February 24, 2016, 5:42 pm

    So many good choices! I’d love to try the Chicken and Sage Pot Pie and the Baked Empanadas!

  • Madeline February 24, 2016, 5:44 pm

    I would love to make the flatbread sandwiches you had, as well as their veggie bibimbap!!

  • Mandy February 24, 2016, 5:47 pm

    The broccolini and goat cheese polenta looks amazing!! ???

  • Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire February 24, 2016, 5:49 pm

    Pretzel burgers sound AMAZING!

  • natalie February 24, 2016, 5:51 pm

    I would love to try the mexican spice salmon!

  • Miche February 24, 2016, 6:07 pm

    The chicken schnitzel looks amazeballs.

  • Layla February 24, 2016, 6:11 pm

    The miso honey chicken looks good!

  • Megan February 24, 2016, 6:14 pm

    That Mexican spiced salmon sounds good, I think the flavors of the black rice salad sound yummy, definitely not something I’d think to put together myself. I’ve been interested in trying Blue Apron, a trial week would be a good way to determine how it could fit into our weekly grocery budget!

  • Erica February 24, 2016, 6:15 pm

    Miso honey chicken!

  • Sarah February 24, 2016, 6:15 pm

    Your Blue Apron meals always look amazing! A lot of the recipes on their website are so creative.The Seared Salmon & Salsa Verde with Summer Vegetable & Quinoa Salad looks amazing!

  • Carrie Ravine February 24, 2016, 6:18 pm

    The goat cheese and butternut squash looks awesome!

  • Becky February 24, 2016, 6:39 pm

    I’d love to try the miso honey chicken!

  • Meg February 24, 2016, 6:45 pm

    Roast chicken and potato latkes!

  • Courtney February 24, 2016, 6:50 pm

    I would love to try the Udon Noodle and Tatsoi Soup; it looks delicious!

  • Janna February 24, 2016, 6:53 pm

    The mexican spiced salmon looks so good!!

  • Jordan February 24, 2016, 6:54 pm

    Indian food is my favorite so the garam masala shrimp dish sounds to die for!! I also love hearty vegetarian friendly dishes so the acorn squash with brussels sprouts and farro sounds amazing too!

  • Francie February 24, 2016, 6:56 pm

    Jen…I want the Garam Masala Shrimp!

  • Shannon February 24, 2016, 7:00 pm

    The white pizza looks amazing! So much good stuff!

  • Emma February 24, 2016, 7:05 pm

    Salmon!! 🙂

  • Laura T. February 24, 2016, 7:14 pm

    I’d love to try the goat cheese & kale quiche!

  • Martha February 24, 2016, 7:22 pm

    Goat cheese and butternut squash pasta looks right up my alley!

  • Haley February 24, 2016, 7:23 pm

    They all sound delicious! I’d like to try the chicken cacciorte

  • Kristen February 24, 2016, 7:25 pm

    I would love to try the mushroom and Swiss chard calzones! I know it seems simple but I’ve always wanted to make them as a change up from our pizzas!!!

  • Liz February 24, 2016, 7:25 pm

    I would love to try the cauliflower cheesesteak sandwiches!!

  • Mary Beth February 24, 2016, 7:27 pm

    Those Lamb Arayes look amazing and would love to try them!

  • Stephanie February 24, 2016, 7:34 pm

    The goat cheese and butternut squash pasta Looks amazing!

  • Michelle W February 24, 2016, 7:49 pm

    Everything looks so good! The squash risotto especially, the squash soup, empanadas…there are so many things I want to try. I’ve even gifted BA to others but not tried it myself, yet!

  • Amanda February 24, 2016, 8:14 pm

    I want to try white pizza!!!!

  • Candace February 24, 2016, 8:23 pm

    The broccolini and goat cheese polenta looks astonishingly amazing. What an awesome combination of textures and flavors!

  • Kelly February 24, 2016, 8:23 pm

    I want to turn my boyfriend into a believer….with cauliflower cheesesteaks!!!!

  • Anna O February 24, 2016, 8:32 pm

    Steak au Poivre

  • Megan February 24, 2016, 8:44 pm

    I’d love to try the shrimp and pineapple fried rice!

  • Michelle C February 24, 2016, 9:10 pm

    I’d love to try all of them. Especially the Mexican spiced salmon!

  • Kris February 24, 2016, 9:14 pm

    The spicy shrimp spaghetti for sure!

  • Cara February 24, 2016, 9:22 pm

    Everything looks so good but I’d love to try Garam Masala Shrimp
    with Garlic-Spinach Rice & Toasted Coconut Flakes 🙂

  • Erin February 24, 2016, 9:24 pm

    Goat cheese and butternut squash pasta!

  • Julie lenamon February 24, 2016, 9:27 pm

    There are several salmon dishes I’d love to try. I have one year old twins so having a meal planned out sounds like a dream

  • Jenn Guild February 24, 2016, 9:37 pm

    The shrimp and pineapple fried rice sounds amazing and very different! I’m ready to try it. ?

  • Stephanie February 24, 2016, 9:55 pm

    Goat cheese and butternut squash pasta!

  • Nicki February 24, 2016, 10:02 pm

    I would want to try the Lebanese Lamb & Beef Arayes you showcased and the Trinidadian Chicken Curry! Everything on the Blue Apron site looks incredible 🙂

  • Anna February 24, 2016, 10:16 pm

    I would love to try the seared steakhouse salmon! I need to learn how to cook more fish. All the recipes look amazing!

  • Jacquelyn February 24, 2016, 10:18 pm

    I would try Seared Salmon & Salsa Verde! Looks so tasty 😉

  • Jessica February 24, 2016, 10:56 pm

    I want to try the spicy shrimp spaghetti!

  • Kimberley February 24, 2016, 11:09 pm

    Chicken gumbo! Thanks

  • Rachel February 25, 2016, 12:07 am
  • Cathy February 25, 2016, 12:15 am

    The udon noodles!

  • Tina February 25, 2016, 12:20 am

    The baked empanadas look great!

  • erin February 25, 2016, 4:33 am

    The harissa lamb and beef burgers look so flavorful! The goat cheese and butternut squash pasta also looks yummy!

  • Erin February 25, 2016, 4:34 am

    The harissa lamb burgers look so flavorful! And the goat cheese and butternut pasta also looks yummy!

  • Brittany February 25, 2016, 6:04 am

    I’ve been dying to try blue apron. It makes so much sense with my crazy schedule. The spiced chicken souvlaki sounds especially good!!!

  • Katie Kelly February 25, 2016, 7:16 am

    The Za’atar chicken skewers look fun and different!

  • Christen February 25, 2016, 7:43 am

    The udon noodle and tatsoi soup looks amazing!

  • Alyssa D. February 25, 2016, 7:53 am

    I would love to try the Miso-Honey Chicken.

  • April February 25, 2016, 8:04 am

    As a big meal prep-er, I would LOVE a week of Blue Apron for a vacation from the kitchen. 🙂 I would love to try something new and different, that I wouldn’t normally prepare at home. Maybe Catfish Meunière! 🙂

  • Christy February 25, 2016, 8:13 am

    I would love to try the Trinidadian Chicken Curry with Coconut Grits & Collard Greens. My boyfriend is from South Carolina, so I would love to try the spin on grits for him, and I LOVE curry but have never made it at home. Figured this would be a great way to start!

  • Michelle February 25, 2016, 9:03 am

    Everything looks so good, but I’d love to try any of the salmon dishes. I love salmon but rarely make it myself.

  • Melissa H. February 25, 2016, 9:19 am

    I’d love to try the Acorn Squash, Brussels Sprouts, and Farro salad! I’d love to try anything, really. 🙂

  • Maddie February 25, 2016, 9:20 am

    I would love to try the Tandoori-Spiced Chicken!

  • Christin February 25, 2016, 9:21 am

    Oh that Trinidadian Chicken Curry looks right up my alley! Yum!!

  • Denyne February 25, 2016, 9:22 am

    Anything with Salmon is a winner to me. I would love to try the Mexican Salmon dish.

  • Paige February 25, 2016, 9:39 am

    The Mexican Salmon looks really yummy!

  • Mary Ellen February 25, 2016, 9:43 am

    I would love to try the spinach and ricotta calzones!!

  • Deb February 25, 2016, 9:59 am

    So many things look good! I would love to try the Baked Empanadas or Chicken Scallopini

  • Erin February 25, 2016, 10:07 am

    Wow so many good recipes to choose from! i’d love to try the Spiced Chicken Souvlaki.

  • Molly February 25, 2016, 10:12 am

    The hominy and pepper pozole looks fantastic!

  • Tara February 25, 2016, 10:13 am

    The hominy & pepper pozole and the Korean-spiced chicken!!

  • Cynthia February 25, 2016, 10:14 am

    I love the pozole my Mom makes and would love to try Blue Apron’s version. And tempura acron squash?? YUM

  • Danielle February 25, 2016, 10:17 am

    The goat cheese and butternut squash pasta looking yummy !! ?

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen February 25, 2016, 10:35 am

    I’m not entering the contest, but I will say I think all the blue apron meals sound delicious!! Unfortunately, not being able to eat garlic, onions, many common vegetables, a lot of dairy or gluten make it challenging to do things like meal planning services BUT looking at their menus have given me inspiration for meals and creating new recipes. I love the creativity they lend to each recipe!! 🙂

  • Grace February 25, 2016, 10:39 am

    I’d love to try the Trinidadian Chicken Curry!

  • Mo February 25, 2016, 10:53 am

    Steak au poivre and one of your favorites!

  • Joanna February 25, 2016, 11:03 am

    Would love to try the pork bolognese! That’s something I would never make on my own.

  • Hillary February 25, 2016, 11:16 am

    lemon butter shrimp!

  • Alexandra February 25, 2016, 11:23 am

    I’d love to try everything!! If I had to pick just a few…Garam Masala Shrimp, Udon Noodle & Tatsoi Soup, and Beet & Barley Risotto (because I make my own beet risotto and I’d love to compare/get additional tips)!

  • Autumn February 25, 2016, 11:37 am

    Parmesan and Provolone Pizza

  • Jenny rose February 25, 2016, 12:05 pm

    Oh, I would love this. My family has been down with the flu for weeks and we have been living off canned soup and frozen pizza! I would love the Udon Soup, the Empenadas AND the Garam masala shrimp. Though it all looks amazing!

  • Ally February 25, 2016, 12:06 pm

    I’ve made all sorts of authentic homemade Mexican food, but I’ve never tried Empanadas. I would LOVE to try those and maybe get over that little bit of fear.

  • Julie ONeil February 25, 2016, 12:29 pm

    The steaks au povire look delicious, and something I wouldn’t normally make at home!

  • Jennifer Lattin February 25, 2016, 12:37 pm

    Oh yummy. I’d like to try the Chicken & Kale Casserole
    with Cheddar Sauce & Parmesan-Thyme Breadcrumbs.
    (I think I may have to go ahead and print this recipe to make myself. Looks awesome.)

  • Jessie February 25, 2016, 12:39 pm

    I’d love to try the Squash and Spinach Pizza. So great to see they have so many vegetarian options!

  • Kim February 25, 2016, 12:41 pm

    The Butternut Squash & Kale Calzones with Arugula & Apple Salad look amazing! I love that Blue Apron has tasty looking vegetarian options

  • Kalyn February 25, 2016, 12:43 pm

    I would love to try the Mixed Mushroom Risotto! I’ve never been able to make risotto that I loved. 🙂

  • Rachel L February 25, 2016, 12:44 pm

    The last time I had catfish was in NOLA and I have always wanted to try to make it home. I would love to try the catfish menuiere. Thanks!

  • Courtney R February 25, 2016, 12:49 pm

    I like to try something I probably wouldn’t cook on my own so the cauliflower steaks sound pretty interesting!!

  • Kelsey February 25, 2016, 12:52 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! The Trinidadian chicken curry sounds delicious, and I haven’t figured out how to cook collard greens yet, so that would be a double win.

  • Emmy February 25, 2016, 12:54 pm

    All of the meals look delicious! Would love to try the fresh beet linguine! Thank you 🙂

  • Michelle February 25, 2016, 1:43 pm

    Garam Masala Shrimp!

  • Rebecca February 25, 2016, 2:01 pm

    Acorn Squash Risotto!

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks February 25, 2016, 2:15 pm

    Your meals from blue apron always look so delicious! I’d love to try that salmon and black rice dish actually.

  • Edye February 25, 2016, 2:17 pm

    Blue apron food always looks and sounds amazing. I’d love to try the acorn squash risotto, Yum 🙂

  • Susan February 25, 2016, 2:34 pm

    Like to try the lemon butter shrimp !

  • Chelsea February 25, 2016, 2:38 pm

    I would love to try the Tuscan Ribollita Soup!

  • Nik February 25, 2016, 3:41 pm

    Yum goat cheese in a meal!

  • Cornelia February 25, 2016, 4:12 pm

    I would love to try the Mexican spiced salmon!

  • Julie February 25, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Oooo I’d love to try the Chicken & Sage Pot Pie.

  • Liz February 25, 2016, 5:18 pm

    Mexican salmon!

  • Sand February 25, 2016, 5:34 pm

    I would love to try the acorn squash risotto. yum!

  • Hannah February 25, 2016, 7:07 pm

    I would love to try the Garam Masala Shrimp!

  • Anna February 25, 2016, 7:20 pm

    So many good choices, but the Vegetable Bibimbap & Kimchi sounds most intriguing to me!

  • Melissa February 25, 2016, 7:59 pm

    I’d love to try the preserved lemon grilled cheese sandwiches!

  • Leah February 25, 2016, 8:21 pm

    The vegetable bimibap with kimchi!!

  • Mandy February 25, 2016, 8:22 pm

    the fresh beet linguine looks amazing!

  • Leah February 25, 2016, 8:24 pm

    The vegetable bimibap with kimchi!

  • Rachel February 25, 2016, 8:27 pm

    The sweet and sour cod sounds delicious!

  • Emily S February 25, 2016, 9:07 pm

    Acorn squash risotto!

  • Katie M February 25, 2016, 9:26 pm

    The glazed miso chicken looks delish!

  • jill c February 25, 2016, 9:36 pm

    The Mexican Spiced Salmon!

  • Krissy February 25, 2016, 10:56 pm

    The broccolini and goat cheese polenta looks super yummy! Also, the Beluga lentil stew!

  • Devon February 26, 2016, 4:35 am

    I would love to try tha salmon dish!!

  • erin February 26, 2016, 5:29 am

    would have loved to have tried the salmon. we had spicy shrimp spaghetti last night from blue apron and it was amazing!

  • Jillian February 26, 2016, 1:22 pm

    The veggie bibimbap looks fantastic!!

  • Matt February 26, 2016, 1:59 pm

    The salmon burgers look great!

  • Lindsay February 26, 2016, 3:09 pm

    the alsatian spiced chicken looks delish!

  • hensley February 27, 2016, 8:25 am

    goat cheese and butternut squash pasta- oh my goodness!

  • Tera February 27, 2016, 2:21 pm

    I want to try a few of their ramen recipes! That’s something I’d never make on my own.

  • paige c February 27, 2016, 6:10 pm

    The mexican spiced salmon sounds really good!

  • Meagan Columbia February 27, 2016, 6:21 pm

    The steaks au poivre looks delicious!!!!

  • Kristen February 27, 2016, 6:55 pm

    Love salmon so steakhouse salmon or the Mexican spiced salmon would be awesome to try

  • Cynthia February 27, 2016, 11:36 pm

    The chicken meatballs and creamy polenta looks divine! I always forget about polenta as an option.

  • Claire February 28, 2016, 8:12 pm

    vegetable bibimbap with kimchi sounds incredible!

  • Annie B February 29, 2016, 6:59 pm

    The miso honey chicken sounds so yummy!

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