I am focused on streamlining grocery shopping, prepping, and cooking dinner during the week, so I decided to try Blue Apron, a food delivery service that offers you tasty and healthy dinner options. Here is how it works: you join Blue Apron and view the menus; they send all the food and instructions to you on a day that you have designated; arrives in a well-packed refrigerated box; you unpack, follow instructions, and prepare dinner – couldn’t be simpler and the meal tastes like you were eating in a top-notch restaurant. And it only costs $9.99 per meal (if I order dinner-to-go at a local chain restaurant it usually runs around $25 and just tastes okay.)
Last night the menu was: Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Roasted Baby Zebra Eggplants & Fennel Salad. This recipe was created by Chef Michael Anthony, owner and executive chef of Gramercy Tavern in NYC (a restaurant I just happened to have dined at around 5 years ago while on a trip to Manhattan). Dinner consisted of chicken thighs (my favorite part of the chicken) placed on top of mashed baby zebra eggplants that I had roasted in the oven with a smidge of olive oil and salt/pepper and a salad of diced tomatoes and fennel. For starters I don’t eat fennel, as I don’t like it. Wait…I haven’t actually ever tasted fennel, so I thought I would be brave and make the recipe as it was supposed to be made. Glad I did, as I really enjoyed the fennel and tomato combo – who knew?
Here’s the good part: someone else has gone and sourced all the FRESH ingredients and put them into baggies and portioned everything out – then they shipped it to me in a refrigerated box so everything stays chilled until I get home at the end of the day. Basically I did a bit of chopping (tomatoes, fennel), scored the eggplants and roasted them for 20 minutes, pan seared the chicken thighs, and made a simple glaze to top it all off.
One word to describe dinner: Delectable! (also known as heavenly and exquisite). I know I already said it was healthy, but also need to mention it was only 525 calories – which fits well with my 1200 calorie daily intake.
I was so caught up in the fragrant smells of the crispy chicken, fennel, and eggplant that I forgot to take a photo – so am posting the one from Blue Apron (mine of course looked just like it!).
If anyone wants the recipe to this luscious dinner, send me a comment and I will post.
Next week I am trying PLATED – similar concept but different menus.
So glad to see you back online! I’m fascinated with these new programs and looking forward to reading your comments about them!
Thanks Gail. They have recently become a life-saver for me. I am staying away from processed foods, so healthy food that tastes good works for me!
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