Every blog and podcast that I follow has been advertising Blue Apron relentlessly for months. I decided to give it a try a while back. Blue Apron is a service that ships all of the ingredients you need to make a meal in the perfect proportions. It ships in an insulated box surrounded by ice packs so even if you don't get to it until when you arrive home your meat, veggies and "knick knacks" as they call it are all cold and fresh.
I order the 2 person plan which provides me 6 meals, of 3 different varieties. It has really helped me expand my cooking skills as well as my palette. It's also opened Shaun up to a greater variety of food, since he basically has the food preference of a 10 year old.
I actually chose to do one of the latest meals to make as lunch. Shaun is not a huge fan of sandwiches and subs (I know...I don't get it either) so I decided to save one potato and one sub roll for another meal and made the rest of the ingredients as suggested.
This week one of the meals was Chicago-style italian sandwiches. I love every single one of those words individually so I know put together the result would be delicious.
This is how the ingredients come. Typically the smaller items (butter, seasoning, garnishes) come in a little paper bag. But you can see how the portions are laid out perfectly for 2 people, or one glutton (me).
This was more of a lunch style meal and it was just me at home, the perfect meal to cut in half. Prep was easy as pie (which by the way is a terrible phrase, pie is oftentimes not that easy)
cut and season veggies, toss with olive oil, s&p and stick in the oven.
Separate the shaved beef and toss in a pan with the beef demi-glace, italian seasoning, 1/4 cup water and s&p.
Then top the bun with the beef, provolone cheese and stick back in the oven for a couple minutes until bun is toasty and cheese is melty. Then top with the giardiniera I didn't wait long because the smell of roasting onions and peppers made me way too eager to dig in. It was a pretty simple, delicious meal. If you would like to try a feel meal, leave me your email address in the comments below and I will send you a link for 1 free meal to try it out!