I scored with another great week of Blue Apron meals and I have a discount code for you to enjoy the dinners too! Bonus: Since I’m trying to eat vegetarian this month I requested no red meat or pork in my meals. I ended up with a pescatarian dish (that I believe is also gluten free) and a vegetarian dish. Perfect!
I cooked the Mexican Shrimp Fried Rice first since I wanted to prepare the shrimp when it was still freshly delivered.
This prep was pretty easy since you don’t really have to ‘fuss’ with rice. I just started it and then concentrated on chopping the veggies. The avocado was my favorite part (always is) and it was perfectly ripe. Love.
I personally wouldn’t call this dish ‘fried rice’ because to me fried rice has to have an egg cracked in it. But, I would call it Spanish Rice for sure. This is very similar to how my mom cooks Spanish rice – but fancier!
Pro tip: When you are cooking Mexican food make sure you have a margarita near by. It’s the only way it will be authentic. #science
Just maybe wait until you’re done chopping to sip…
The Mexican Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe came together super quickly. I really enjoyed this one. (Note: The meal’s main ingredients seem gluten free, but I don’t know what was in the spice mix so I can’t be sure that was g-free. The pasta dish below was definitely not gluten free.)
Bonus: I really appreciated that this meal was made with brown rice. Blue Apron offers a lot of vegetarian and healthy looking options on the recipe page.
Side note: Dessert was this big ol’ fancy chocolate cake that Ben bought all for me! I think someone is trying to buy my love and knows exactly the price
I shared a piece, but claimed all the dark chocolate on top for myself.
The second meal was Spring Strozzapreti Pasta. This was the vegetarian dish that I made for “Meatless Monday”. I have never had strozzapreti pasta before, it’s not a shape of pasta I’ve even seen at the store but I loved it.
I very rarely make sauces from scratch, but I love how Blue Apron taught me how to make a simple cream sauce with this dish. They give you all the ingredients and the steps in order and before you know it “Boom!” I just made a fancy pasta sauce all by myself.
One of my favorite things about Blue Apron is that some recipes give you a Cooking 101 lesson in different types of cuisine. I’m not super familiar with Italian cooking, so I appreciated learning to make a cream sauce. There’s everything from Jambalaya to Lamb Gyros to Moo Shu Vegetables on their recipe page! Love it.
Want seconds? Check out my last Blue Apron dinners post with two different meals.
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The first 50 RER readers to sign up will receive two free meals! Just click here to get started. <- – Enjoy!
Question: What did you have for dessert last night? What did you have for dinner?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. All opinions are my own. Blue Apron did NOT say these meals were vegetarian or gluten free, that is my opinion of the ingredients.
Alana Kandt says
New to the blogging world and LOVE your blog!!! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Alana! I really appreciate it 🙂
That cake!! Where is that bad boy from? Love your blog!
This place called Nana Fi’s in Laguna Hills.
meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles says
Yes to cake winning the heart 🙂 I wouldn’t share the top part of chocolate fudge either! I am kinda excited that Ben is back in town must admit!
Please, please, PLEASE don’t use a plate for slicing radishes (or anything!). You’re going to slip and slice off a fingertip! Use a stable cutting board—you’ll save from scratching up your plates too.
I threw away my cutting boards in some kind of weird cleaning rampage. I need to get one. But thank you 🙂
Half a curry naanwich and some philly cheesesteak soup and a salad, and then a lindt salted caramel truffle. A little more indulgent than normal but it was nummy. 🙂
Both dishes look amazing!! 😀
I had greek yogurt, cinnamon and a TON of strawberries last night for my dessert.
And PB on toast, obviously.
Shannon in Tustin says
Took my dinner to the ballpark last night so I wouldn’t have the junk food. Ate part of a cookie when I got home with some almond milk. 🙂
Like seeing two of everything on your table! Good move! 🙂
Dinner was grilled shrimp with Trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning blend, couscous with pine nuts (or so the box said, it was very light on the pinoles), and a salad with homemade balsamic dressing. No dessert, usually save that for a weekend splurge 🙂
I am looking into joining Blue Apron. It seems like it’s not too hard to make a home made meal on a work day. Question, where does Blue Apron source their Shrimp from? Thanks!
Karla @ Foodologie says
Ok so Blue Apron looks good and fine but I’m INCREDIBLY jealous that Ben brought you a cake. I’m tempted to send Jesse this post and say why didn’t I get a cake?
In all fairness, I’ve made two cakes in the past two weeks, so no cake is probably a good idea for me. No dessert last night (and I was sad about that).
What kind of cake? I want some homemade stuff!
Annette @ Sweating Through Life says
That cake looks delicious!!! I had a bowl of honey bunches of oats for dessert last night. Living on the edge…I know.
Strozzapreti is a pasta used in central Italy – its name means “priest-strangler”!
Ah! That is a weird meaning. Thanks for chiming in!
Sabrina Alexandra says
That pasta dish looks so delicious! Dinner was part of a Jersey Mike’s sub and dessert was way to many brownies. Oops!
Omg, that cake!!!
Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out says
that cake looks INSANE!
Both dishes look delicious! I’m surprised you shared any of that chocolate cake with your husband; mine would not have been allowed any of it!
I made a strawberry-rhubarb pie for Father’s Day, so we’re still picking that off. Last night I made poblano & portabello tacos. So easy, and vegetarian!
Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life says
sally @ sweat out the small stuff says
I had Kasha Autumn Wheat cereal (2 bowls!) for dinner last night. I also had 2 bowls for breakfast yesterday and this morning. It’s my latest food phase. But I am treating myself to whole milk….what a difference. I’ll regret it by tomorrow i’m sure =)
Hmm, no dessert….although the cereal with milk was sweet and creamy…