This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. All opinions are my own.
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
Leave it to Oscar Wilde to share such sentiments with his snarky wit, but the principle remains true even in the most serious and heartfelt situations: meal time has healing powers.
The older my three children get – and the more baseball practices and evening commitments we garner – the more this truth has been impressed upon me. We spent March-June playing baseball 2-3 evenings a week (and that’s when only one of my kids is sports age!), and the number of peanut butter sandwiches consumed was astounding. You’d think that after that diet I would be thrilled to get back into the kitchen and cook meals we could enjoy, but I confess that I just felt out of rhythm and uninspired.
That’s where Blue Apron comes in…
Farm fresh ingredients, delicious recipes, pre-measured amounts, all delivered directly to my doorstep. And the best part? Family engagement started the moment it arrived.
My kids were thrilled. They pulled every item out of the refrigerated box, read all the descriptions of the fresh ingredients (we are now, for the record, absolute experts on shiitake mushrooms 😉 ), and put it all away for me with gusto. (Oh, and we regularly wear ninja bands while working in the kitchen, don’t you?)
Blue Apron sent us two family meals, and when it came time to cook, I had the glorious chance to cook one meal (the Soy-Ginger Pork Meatballs) entirely alone while Mr Pax swam with the kids.
Now don’t get me wrong, family engagement is amazing, but sometimes this introvert appreciates a little alone time in the kitchen with a good recipe.
45 minutes later, I got to enjoy a delicious meal…
And the happy laughter of my sun-kissed family in our new outdoor dining room.
The second meal was a collaborative effort. The pre-measured ingredients and clear instructions make it easy to put even little ones to work as sous chefs. (And yes, my boys wear the personalized aprons I made by choice when they work in the kitchen with me!)
He loved washing and sorting the ingredients.
And the New England Style Salmon Rolls were a huge hit. Though I’ve served salmon plenty of times over the years, my kids now ask me every time they see it (at the grocery store or even at a restaurant) if it came from Blue Apron. Clearly it made an impression.
Just be one of the first 25 readers to click here and place and order… and receive three meals for free! You’ll find options for 2-person meals or family-size ones, and you can stop the subscription at any time.
I hope you love it as much as we did, and I especially hope it helps you to capture those incredible family moments over meals.
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