Sometimes life can get so hectic we can lose ourselves and finding our way back can seem daunting. I am an artist on many levels, but have been missing the time to express myself in a culinary fashion. With running a business and blog while homeschooling my six children, I have ached to get our diet straightened out and provide nourishing food for my family. Now is the time that I’m taking my kitchen and my family’s health back.
*this post is sponsored by Blue Apron and is 100% my own opinion.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you would know that we have had some heart-wrenching losses with two of our children returning to their heavenly home too soon. I have always been a proponent of healthy eating, but when a few things were amiss in the health of my family, I began to study in-depth. It wasn’t until I made some drastic changes to our diet that our family began to be fully nourished. I’ll elaborate on more of those details in time, but for now I have had a heavy heart about going back to what I know is best. The craziness of our weekly schedule has taken over my kitchen and it is lacking in nourishing food. I’ve let too many things creep in and it’s time for a good ol’ spankin’ of my kitchen.
I had been praying about including how to prepare nourishing food on my blog and feel that God has opened the door for me. You all have been very receptive to the meals and images I share on social media, even to the point of inquiring on how to create this in your home. So… I am stepping out in faith to make it happen.
Just as I was feeling the desire to head on this adventure, the opportunity came to me to try a food service company called Blue Apron. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a company that will send you freshly packaged food right to your door with everything you need to create your meal. I was intrigued at this service because I am very picky about the freshness of my food and I thought, “We’ll see…”
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by what arrived. All of the food was packaged in a refrigerated box and marked with easy to read labels. It looked like I just picked it up from the market. I was impressed.
I can’t tell you the number of times I have seen sickly looking asparagus (I even grow my own!) and this bunch was looking so good to me. Now to cook, right?
MOM TIP: If you have picky eaters, let me tell you that the BEST way to get them to eat is to get them involved. My mother will tell you a hundred times over that I was the pickiest eater she had ever known, so I know the ropes. I’m tellin’ ya, let those little people into the kitchen and give them even the basic of chores, like peeling garlic. They will have a new appreciation for their food and where it comes from.
We received two family plan packages with two meals, and the first one we prepared was a Seared Beef and Goat Cheese Sandwich with a side of mashed purple potatoes and asparagus. YUM.
These easy-to-follow recipes are chef-designed and show you all the steps with photos included. It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it? Since we cook each of our meals fresh daily, this was a delight to try something new. My oldest three kids can cook our meals from start to finish and are an excellent help to me when days are crazy.
This was an easy to prepare dish in less than 40 minutes, and is full of color. Is your mouth watering yet? tee hee
My kids had fun in preparation and couldn’t wait to dig into our meal. I always like to watch and see what they grab first off their plate and the veggies were definitely a hit, as were those delicious beef and goat cheese sandwiches topped with caramelized onions.
Our second meal was just as easy and was of a different variety, which makes it all the more fun. Doesn’t this Middle Eastern Chicken & Chickpea Stew look amazing? I wish I had smell-o-vision for you. Mmmmm….
Needless to say, there wasn’t a speck of this left (remember, I have teenagers!). As for clean-up, easy-peasy. I was impressed that I could recycle all the packaging. My family works to make sure we don’t leave a trashy footprint on this earth, and you know making use of everything is important to me.
Now that I’ve shared with you how I’m making changes to get back on track, I am excited to tell you that the first 25 of my readers that give Blue Apron a try will get two free meals on their first order! (aka free nourishing food!). Get the free meals HERE. Oh, and in case you were worried about signing your life away, there is no commitment, and you can skip or cancel at any time.
I challenge you to take a look at your own diet and see if there is any small way you can make improvements. Thank you for allowing me to share my passion for creating my home with nourishing food.
So you may be wondering what’s the plan? I simply want to share recipes with you at least once a month, our gardening tips, and ways to cut corners in the kitchen without sacrificing our health. Oh, and no worries about me ditching my furniture or other DIY projects. We are still steadily working on our kitchen remodel and this food adventure is just the icing on the cake.
My goal is to inspire and sharing my knowledge along the way. By you pinning and sharing my passion shows me love. Thank you! ♥
Next week, I’ve got a trashy good makeover for you with this wall clock that is getting a new life. Any guesses? UPDATE: See it here.
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