I am having the best lunch ever thanks to Madison blogger, Alice Choi aka Hip Foodie Mom. These are her spicy Asian collard green wraps and I am obsessed.
I'm not even kidding - they are so easy to make and super healthy. Unless I'm missing something about the ingredients, this is a great vegan option, too.
It took about 15 minutes to make these. I should mention, I also adapted the recipe because I realized too late in the evening that I didn't have two of the ingredients. So, I improvised. Still tastes delicious! Can't wait to eat these for dinner tonight. My husband will munch on these for lunch. Thanks, Alice!
I love to cook but I have little time these days and often find myself cooking the same things over and over again. Now I'm hoping Blue Apron changes that.
My co-worker and friend Gerrit opened my eyes to Blue Apron. Of course, I've seen services like it online but truthfully, I thought it might be a waste of money. He just started it and said he really liked it so far... so it piqued my interest.
No matter how hard I try, I'd say we spend more than $150 a week on food. I'll do really well and spend only $50 one week and then turn around and go to Costco and drop an extra $150. On top of that, my husband and I usually go out once a weekend because we don't ever get to eat dinner together during the week.
I hate that I spend so much money and I am always looking for solutions.
So, thanks to Gerrit's suggestion, I made my first meal tonight after work.
We chose the 2-person plan with 3 meals a week for about $60. That means we get six meals a week and Jim can have a decent dinner at least five nights a week (if he eats "my" meals.) I usually take my lunch to work and can easily divert for little money, so it's important to me that Jim eats well.
We got a box of ingredients -- which I love because you have no waste. No need to buy a big box of breadcrumbs you won't use for the next year. Also, you can recycle the packaging and even do it through Blue Apron.
Blue Apron gives you very easy to follow directions. It also tells you how long it will take you to make the meal.
Everything is measured out precisely. The knick knack bags are full of those ingredients -- for this particular recipe, it had butter, breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Blue Apron says its mission is to help the local farmers, help provide a sustainable food system and give us fresh ingredients. I will admit, the produce looked beautiful and the meat looked healthy.
Overall, it was a great way to fix a nice dinner for my husband. I really appreciate that it comes with a calorie count. It also gives me an opportunity to make something I would likely never make on my own -- it exposes me to interesting ingredients in a very approachable way.
Also, you can change your delivery dates, you can freeze your deliveries or end your service altogether. From what I found, it also appears Blue Apron is the least expensive of the choices out there.
I will keep you posted but my goal is to supplement these meals with salads or sandwiches so that we save money while changing up our boring menu. I also hope it keeps us from eating out every weekend.
So far? I thought it was really exciting to make something new! My husband really enjoyed it and I feel good knowing he's going to eat a healthy meal.
I'm going to give this a good month before I completely weigh-in. But, so far, I thought day 1 was a success!
Armchair detectives across the globe are chiming in on the new Netflix series "Making a Murderer" and as you can imagine, it's creating a lot of buzz here in Wisconsin.
If you haven't seen it, it's a 10-year story of Steven Avery, a man who was wrongfully convicted of rape and spent 18 years in prison before DNA evidence freed him. The story grows more complicated from there - two years after his release, he was accused of raping and murdering Teresa Halbach. He says the sheriff's office framed him because of a $36 million dollar lawsuit; they basically say Avery is a monster.
I'm not taking a scientific poll, but at a glance, it appears that most of the internet believes Avery shouldn't have been found guilty. In the last few days, we've seen tweets and posts from celebrities, change.org petitions and so forth. The prosecutor - Ken Kratz - has come out and said this was one-sided... but even his credibility has been questioned after his involvement in a sexting scandal.
It's all a very compelling story and it certainly opens your eyes to possibility of failed justice system. We've had the opportunity to talk with Dean Strang, one of Avery's attorneys and if you've seen the Netflix series, take a few moments to watch Strang answer your questions in a live Facebook chat.