Recipes

Today I’m really excited to share my first experience cooking with Blue Apron. I have used other home delivery meal services before, so I had a pretty good idea what the experience would be like going into it, but I had no idea how much I was going to love Blue Apron. Everything was perfect– down to the packaging, produce quality, and recipe selections. All of the meal options looked amazing, so it was hard to choose which 3 to try! All I knew was that it would be so great to be save time and money by using Blue Apron. When the shipment arrived at my doorstep, I was so excited to open it and get to cooking.

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I decided to kick off my Blue Apron experience with the Pan Seared Catfish with Udon Noodles, Mushrooms & Carrots. I knew my husband, Steve, would love this one. This recipe came with the following ingredients:

  • 2 Catfish Fillets
  • 1/2 Pound Fresh Udon Noodles
  • 6 Ounces White Button Mushrooms
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Yakiniku Sauce
  • 1 1-inch Piece of Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Dulse
  • 2 Carrots

saving time cooking with blue apron

saving time cooking with blue apron

Cooking with Blue Apron allowed me to enjoy the entire cooking experience. I didn’t have to worry about gathering all of the ingredients, searching through my recipe books, or double-checking that I didn’t miss anything along the way. I was able to put on some music and get to work. The instructions are incredibly easy to follow and come with several images to help guide you through the cooking process without error (which is great for visual people like myself). It made for a seamless cooking night at home.

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Blue Apron helps you cook incredible meals from scratch with perfectly portioned ingredients and step-by-step recipes, meaning you spend less time shopping and prepping and more time with family and following your other passions! Blue Apron was a total blessing to us this week as we still finish up unpacking and getting settled into our new house. This saved time on going out to buy groceries and the hassle of finding dinner recipes for the week. Not to mention, it saved us money we would’ve probably wasted at the grocery store on ingredients we wouldn’t end up using.

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Blue Apron is committed to creating meals that are not only convenient and easy-to-implement, but that also use fresh and locally-sourced ingredients that promote sustainable practices and reduce food waste. Did I mention they’re also delicious and healthy?! You can’t go wrong.

Head to Blue Apron now and get $30 off your first box!

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I am a soup fanatic. Always have been, always will be. Homemade chicken noodle soup is one of my go-to recipes on a recurring basis. In fact, I probably make it at least once a month, and I always make a pot big enough that it’ll last me through the week so I can eat it for lunch. When it comes to being a habitual repeat recipe offender, I’m the worst when it comes to soups. I live for them!

Today I’m going to share the simple and quick recipe I use to make my homemade chicken noodle soup. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

homemade chicken noodle soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken breasts (cut, cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 2 C. chopped carrots
  • 2 C. chopped celery
  • 32 oz. organic chicken broth (or bouillon, if you want to make your own)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. Rosemary
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 4 drops DoTerra lemon oil (if desired)
  • 12 oz. bag Egg Noodles
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add olive oil to a large pan over high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until no longer pink. Add the onion and garlic and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add the organic chicken broth (or water with bouillon)to a boil. Add the chopped carrots and celery and stir for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken, onion, and garlic to the broth. Reduce heat to Medium.
  3. Add the celery seed, Rosemary, organic ground turmeric, garlic salt, and salt and pepper to the soup while keeping it at a low simmer. This is also where I add the lemon oil if you prefer, but it isn’t necessary. Add the egg noodles and cover until soft or al dente. Add more water if necessary.
  4. Let soup cool, then serve.

homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup
This organic ground turmeric is from my absolute favorite spice shop in downtown Franklin called Savory Spice shop. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend checking it out. They have over 160 gourmet spice blends and 300 fresh spices and herbs from traditional spices and seasonings to signature Savory creations. All of the employees are wonderful and bottle everything up right in front of you. I could spend hours in that shop.

homemade chicken noodle soup
And then, of course, my favorite special ingredient in my chicken noodle soup is the lemon oil I add. If you’re not a fan of lemon, you can forego this step, but I love it!

That’s it! This homemade chicken noodle soup is incredibly simple and easy-to-make for a last minute dinner or for a week’s worth of lunches. Enjoy!

Happy Wednesday! If you need a cure for the mid-week blues, I’ve got a perfect Afrohead Rum cocktail recipe for you that you can enjoy at your own at-home happy hour. Making cocktails after the workday are sometimes necessary, and rum is my go-to liquor.

I’ve partnered with Afrohead Rums to bring a delicious cocktail recipe that rum lovers will be sure to love.

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Afrohead Rums Hand-Shaken Daiquiri

  • 2 oz. Afrohead Briland 07
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup

Shake and strain all ingredients into chilled coupe. Garnish with thin floating lime wheel.

afrohead rums
afrohead rums
It was around this time last year that I attended an event with my friend Ashley for Afrohead Rums and I immediately fell in love with this brand. It was the Nashville Chapter Launch for the Unscripted Bartender Series at Amari and I got to eat delicious foods and sample different Afrohead cocktails made by local bartenders.
afrohead rums
afrohead rums
afrohead rums

For more Afrohead Rums cocktail recipes, click here. Drink responsibly and enjoy!

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