Bon Appetite

Food + Drink

This past weeks we’ve received an order from Blue Apron. For those of you who haven’t heard of Blue Apron before, it is a nationwide delivery service that provides you with pre-proportioned meals and ingredients with cooking instructions on how to cook and prepare your meals. Me and Dominick tried out their two person meal plan that includes three dinners to make during the week, which is perfect since we get so busy during the week that we only really get to make dinner and sit down together about three times during the week anyway. So, I thought it would be fun to let you guys know how our experience using Blue Apron went and show you how easy it is so make such good, healthy dinners!

On the Menu: Lemon Chicken & Green Beans

Here is what we needed to use for our dinner (minus the chicken because it was thawing)

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Our prep, which only took about 15 minutes.

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We tossed the squash and potatoes in some olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper, then topped the squash with some minced garlic and parmesan cheese. Then we stuck it in the oven for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan half way through.

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While those were in the oven, I boiled the green beans in salt water then cooled them in ice water until we were ready to use them later.

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While the green beans were cooling and the chicken was done thawing, we seasoned it with some salt and pepper then cooked them on the stove until it was cooked all the way through, then set aside.

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After the chicken was done, we used those cool green beans for our pan sauce. Leaving all the reserved fond from the chicken still in the pan, we added butter, flour, lemon zest,  the juice from all four lemon wedges and added some water. Let it thicken for about 3 minutes and remove the green beans (trust me it tastes much better than it looks, haha).

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Then its time to prepare your dish! We put our squash on the bottom, potatoes on top of that, added green beans, then put our chicken on. Next, take the pan sauce we used to finish cooking our green beans in to top off our dish for some added flavor. Garnish with the remaining cheese & enjoy !

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Simple as that ! I am a very amateur cook and let me just say that anyone can make this and look like a pro. So far, our experience with Blue Apron has been nothing short of amazing. Easy, delicious dinners straight to our door saves us the hassle of trying to decide what to make and running to the store to search for ingredients. Definitely a must try!

Love Yourself

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Life can get pretty crazy when you have kids, your main focus is always that they are okay and are taken care of ,so sometimes taking care of yourself or remembering to treat yourself every now and then can get lost in the mist of everyday tasks. When I first had Cal I don’t think I showered for a few days at a time, even brush my hair and don’t even get me started on shaving my legs! I began to feel not like myself and knew I needed to start doing things for me a little more. I started taking full advantage of nap times or any free time I had away from Callan to enjoy some quiet time, sans baby. Let me tell you, doing this made all the difference ! It gave me that energy and recharge I needed so I could be the mom Callan needed. It doesn’t always have to be something big and elaborate like getting a massage,but it could be small and simple ! So, here are some of my favorite things to do to treat myself !

  1. My absolute number one is…flowers ! Go to the store and buy yourself some of the prettiest flowers they have, it will almost instantly put you in a better mood. Anyone that knows me, knows I love florals and a good bouquet is the way to my heart, that or coffee. Personally, I can never resist Peonies when they are in season, the smell people, you can’t make that stuff up.
  2. Another one of my guilty pleasures is to grab some of the dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s when we are grocery shopping, then cracking them open and watching a cheesy ABC family show once Callan goes to bed. If you haven’t already tried the peanut butter cups, then your missing out…To. Die. For.
  3. My other night time favorite is to take a nice hot shower and put a mask on my face. It makes me feel like I’m at the spa but from the comfort of my own home ! For my birthday one year, my friend got me a box filled with all different Skin Food products like green tea bath bombs, bath salts, and an array of facial masks and I’ve been obsessed ! If you haven’t already tried any of the Skin Food masks, I highly recommend the black honey mask. It is perfect for anyone who has acne prone skin, like myself (ugh). Another one of my favorites is the Strawberry mask, it smells so yummy ! The best part is these products are made with all natural ingredients so theres no harsh chemical.
  4. Fourth, I really enjoy sitting down and giving myself a manicure. I used to be a huge nail bitter and always had the ugliest, shortest nails until I got into high school and decided it was time to break that habit. To do that, I constantly had to have my nails painted because if they were I wouldn’t want to mess them up. It feels so good when your nails are clipped and filled, cuticles taken care of and a fresh paint job. My favorite nails polishes lately have been the one from Urban Outfitters ! They have some of the cutest colors and they even have some in mattes !
  5. Crack open a book. I’ll admit, I hardly ever finish the books I start. Half the time, I will start a book then put it down for too long then forget what it was about and will have to start all over again…anyone else ? But, nonetheless taking the time to sit down and relax in the quiet without Micky Mouse Clubhouse in the background is so nice.
  6. Lastly, go outside ! Go for a run or a walk by the beach, anything ! Especially when you have a really hard day, the best thing you can do is to get some fresh air. I’ll even bring Callan with me to ride in the stroller and head down to the beach trail for a jog and come back feeling so good, about myself and just have a much better outlook for the rest of the day. I know how hard it can be when you have kids and you just feel so tired you want to plop down on the couch and take a nap, but trust me..don’t ! It doesn’t have to be hard or for a long time, just 30 mins of some cardio or even an at home workout gives you an energy boost and benefits your overall health !