A few weeks ago, the lovely folks at Blue Apron asked if I would be interested in making one of their recipes. Since I had such a great experience with my Blue Apron box a few months ago, I excitedly agreed!
If you haven’t heard of Blue Apron, they’re a meal kit delivery service. Each week, you get a box with all of the ingredients for cooking 3 different meals, for 2-3 people. (It says 2, but in all the ones Alex and I made, we had lots of leftovers!) The meals work out to about $10 each, and in a lot of ways, I think it’s cheaper than hitting up the grocery store on your own, since you don’t have to buy a whole bottle of something for one recipe. If you like cooking but hate the grocery store, this is the perfect thing for you.
A lot of the ingredients I’ve seen in the boxes are things that are a little more “exotic” and hard to find, like fresh fettucelle with wild mushroom bolognese, Miso glazed eggplant with green tea rice, Black bean and quinoa enchiladas, etc so it’s great to have it all sent together. They offer both meat and vegetarian options.
I scanned through their cookbook online, (they have a whole vegetarian section) and I knew I wanted to make something seasonal. While I still haven’t really caught on to the pumpkin craze, butternut squash is something I love all year round, so when I spotted this Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, I knew I had to make it.
I got to work in the kitchen on Sunday night. I set everything out, so I wouldn’t have to dig around the kitchen while I was cooking. Alex cut up the butternut squash, which was probably the hardest part of this recipe. Thanks, Alex!
This recipe was fairly easy to make. Toasting the sage made the kitchen smell amazing and by the time I popped the dish in the oven, I couldn’t wait to taste it! When it finally came out, Alex and I could only let it cool for a couple of minutes before digging in.
Hot from the oven, covered in breadcrumbs, and ready to devour!
The butternut squash made this recipe super creamy, but since it only used a little bit of cheese, this was a little bit healthier than a regular baked macaroni, which was nice. This meal was super filling, and Alex and I could only eat half of the dish. I packed up the rest for lunch the next day!
I loved trying out this new recipe, and now I have some good news for YOU! Blue Apron is offering 30% off your first box, if you want to check it out for yourself! Just click here.
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