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Last week was another Blue Apron week in our house, which is always a fun way to mix up mealtimes. I mean who doesn’t get excited when dinner looks like this?
So delicious! We had three yummy meals to look forward to, and it was hard to pick which one to make first.
It was a busy week on the business front, and Casey and I had really conflicting calendars between work, kombucha deliveries, and workout schedules. So I decided to do something different than our usual Blue Apron date nights, and this time I shared them with the kids instead! I knew the minute I saw the ingredient spotlight that the kids would be sold.
Anyone else have kids that are totally addicted to olives? We have to put ours on the top shelf of the fridge or else they pull the jars out to snack on.
I’ve written about Blue Apron plenty here before, and it’s something we use about once a month to bring variety to our weekly meals. (And make sure you don’t miss the exclusive offer for three free meals at the end of the post!) Here are a few key points for those who haven’t tried it yet:
- Blue Apron delivers all the farm-fresh ingredients you need, right to your doorstep, in exactly the right proportions. No trips to the grocery store and no waste from unused ingredients.
- Blue Apron is working to develop a sustainable food system and use high quality ingredients. Check out their mission page here.
- They offer two types of plans, the 2-Person Plan and Family Plan (we use the 2-person plan, as it’s the only vegetarian option!)
- Blue Apron now offers a recycling program! You can learn more about it here.
- There’s no commitment – you can skip or cancel the service at any time!
The first meal I made for the week needed to be made QUICKLY – we had just come home from swimming lessons and the kids were starving and I was on solo bedtime duty. And so naturally, I gravitated right to the grilled cheese.
My kids love grilled cheese so this was an easy sell. And once they found out there was homemade jam involved, it was a no-brainer. And of course they were both glued to my side every step of the way.
The result was DELICIOUS – homemade plum jam and creamy warm goat cheese. What’s not to like!? And the cucumber salad was fresh and bright. Perfect accompaniment.
My plan was to eat one sandwich myself, and let the kids split the other one, but I only ended up getting half of mine while they both fought over the last piece. Safe to say it was a hit.
And much to my surprise, they both actually ate every bit of the cucumber and endive salad. They aren’t big on greens salads, but this was a great way to get them to try something different.
A few days later it was time for a pasta night! Pasta is one of those things that can be so simple and easy, and pretty much everyone loves it.
Once I unpacked the ingredients I spent most of the cooking time swiping Graham’s hands away from the giant olives. I actually had to get out a different jar of smaller olives to appease him until dinner was ready. Addicted, I tell you!
I so rarely cook with fresh pasta, but whenever I do I can really taste the difference. I should pick up some of the locally made stuff at our weekend farmer’s markets more often!
This came together really quickly, and I served myself a nice hearty bowl of pappardelle with homemade tomato sauce and lots of crumbly delicious cheese.
I portioned smaller bowls for both kids, and then I cut the pasta into kid-friendly bites just before serving. They were both really excited to use “grown-up” bowls. It’s the little things!
Baby bear and mama bear.
No one else was willing to take a break from eating to smile. Classic mom photo!
And last but not least, we made every kid’s favorite thing – pizza!
Cullen is actually allergic to peppers, so we left those off and I snacked on them on the side. But we did yummy tomato sauce and fresh garlic and corn, and it was just as good!
I actually made this one afternoon on a busy day when the kids were napping. I cut the pizza in half and ate my portion for lunch while I finished up work.
The crust was thick and chewy and it was way more exciting than my usual lame lunches. Such a treat!
The kids had their pizza for dinner that night, and there wasn’t a single piece left uneaten. Is there anything better than pizza on the back deck in the summer?
This was the perfect week to share my Blue Apron meals with the kids, as all of them were super kid-friendly and easy to make. I won’t be sharing my fancy ramen bowls any time soon, but I think this is a great use of the meals if you look for the more kid-friendly recipes in the weekly emails.
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