Monday, March 28, 2016

Blue Apron Meal #3: Spicy Spaghetti w/ Cabbage and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Today it was time to prepare my last Blue Apron meal. This one involved shrimp, panko breadcrumbs, and cabbage.

Out of all the meals I got, this was the quickest to prepare. Between toasting the breadcrumbs, slicing and sautéing the cabbage, cooking the shrimp, and boiling the pasta, I was in and out of the kitchen in under a half an hour. Minus the time I spent washing dishes, taking pictures, and wiping down countertops (let's be real).

I would never have thought to cook cabbage in butter or to put it in spaghetti for that matter, but it was delicious. Now I wouldn't be me if I didn't make a small tweak to the recipe. In addition to seasoning the cabbage with salt, I also used an Olive Garden garlic and herb seasoning that I got from Walmart (see it pictured below).
It took the cabbage over the edge. I will be making this combo again and you should make it too. No, seriously.

After all was said and done, the spaghetti was delicious. The cabbage proved to be a great complement to the dish adding a distinct texture from the toasted breadcrumbs and shrimp. I wouldn't call it spicy per se, but I have high standards when it comes to the use of that word.
Unlike my other Blue Apron meals, this one was spot on about the two person serving. I guess you can't win em all. I'll be enjoying the second serving tomorrow for lunch. Nothing brightens up my day like having a good meal to look forward to.
Overall, my Blue Apron experience was great. I feel inspired to create healthier versions of some of these meals (think curry baked chicken with a coconut lime cauliflower puree). I've also added some new dishes to my repertoire (garlic and herb seasoned sautéed cabbage), and revisited some old cooking techniques (stovetop chicken).

Repeat customer?
Probably. If the right meals came along.

The Pros
You may be able to get more than 2 servings out of the 2 serving meals.
Interesting dishes with step by step instructions.
Perfectly portioned ingredients so there's no waste.

The Cons
You can't always get the specific meal combos you like.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter! Here's to an equally fabulous week.

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