Are you a vegetarian? A few years ago, Alex and I challenged ourselves to be vegetarians for a month. At first, it was great—we were really excited about it—but then we got burned out on rice and beans. But this month, we're giving it another go! We've been looking up recipes online for the past few weeks, and for inspiration, we turned to Blue Apron, the meal subscription service that delivers a box every week with fresh ingredients for three meals. Here are the vegetarian meals we tried...
The three delicious Blue Apron meals we got for the week were:
* Braised Carrots, Mushrooms & Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Polenta (you can see the ingredients above)
* Seared Halloumi Sandwiches on Focaccia with Roasted Vegetables & Fuji Apple Salad (FRIED CHEESE=YES)
* Chopped Asian Salad with Cold Noodles & Soy-Peanut Vinaigrette (this is something that I wouldn't have thought to make, but it was great)
Here are a bunch of past recipes, if you'd like to see—and here are the recipes for this week.
Our favorite was probably the polenta, which was so easy to whip up—and sooooo delicious. We initially wondered if it would be filling enough for dinner (we're always ravenous at night), but were both surprised by how satisfying it was.
Overall, here's how Blue Apron works:
* Every week, Blue Apron delivers a box with ingredients for three meals.
* When you sign up, you can specify which foods you do and don't eat. For example, you can tell them you're a pescetarian or that you don't eat red meat. They'll be happy to accommodate.
* A box with three meals for two adults was $59.94 with free delivery, which averages out to $9.99 per person for each meal.
* There’s no commitment, so you can skip a week or cancel anytime.
* They deliver to most of the United States. Here's a full map of delivery zones.
To my surprise, I've actually been enjoying the vegetarian meals this month more than our typical meals with meat and fish. And Alex really likes them, too, which is shocking (and awesome) because he is SUCH a carnivore—he always orders either a burger or hanger steak at restaurants. We're thinking we might stay vegetarian for a while. Are you vegetarian? If so, what do you usually make for dinner?
And would you try Blue Apron? A bunch of my friends also order it and say it's such a fun and easy way to cook together—they use it for at-home date nights! It would also make a great wedding present, or a sweet gift for someone who has a new baby, a new job or anything else big going on in their lives.
Bonus for all readers: If you'd like to try it out, Blue Apron is offering a 30% off discount for the first 250 people who click through and get a box.
Thank you so much!
(This post was sponsored by Blue Apron. Photos by Yossy Arefi of Apt 2B. Baking Co. for Cup of Jo. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Cup of Jo possible.)