Several weeks ago, I attempted to do an elimination diet. I say attempted because I basically lasted two weeks before I was like, “I’m over this, give me a sandwich.” I thought that maybe eliminating gluten would help with the annoying eczema on my hands because it had helped a friend of mine, and while I tend not to be a bandwagon jumper, I was desperate. In that time when I didn’t eat wheat (or sugar or dairy), I remembered what it was like to be a new vegetarian. I can’t eat anything! What can I eat? I don’t know! This is hard! AHHH!!!!
I always tell people to focus on what they can eat, not what they can’t, when they first stop eating meat, but attempting to go gluten-free for a month was a good reminder that it can be difficult to drastically change the way you eat. It disrupts your routine, it can make meal planning a nightmare–it’s a lot of work! You need a little bit of guidance and you need some ideas to help get you out of your comfort zone. Going to the library and picking up some cookbooks, browsing through magazines, and reading your favorite food blogs all help. And meal delivery services like Blue Apron can help too.
Blue Apron has a vegetarian menu that’s perfect for exploring new ingredients and recipe ideas. They’ll send you all the ingredients you need for 3 different recipes (the menu is on their site when you order, so no surprises!) and step-by-step instructions for each one. The ingredients are pre-measured, high-quality, and super-fresh. The meals are creative and delicious too–this week, I received Roasted Vegetable Kebabs with Curried Chickpeas & Yogurt Sauce, White Bean & Escarole Chili with Sharp Cheddar, and Farro Risotto with Spinach-Basil Pesto & Sweet Potato. I made them all without a hitch–easy!
It’s fun to get a big box o’ food shipped right to your front door and it’s nice to have 3 meals planned out without having to schlepp to the grocery store for ingredients. But guess what? All of Blue Apron’s vegetarian recipes are online too! Their vegetarian cookbook has all sorts of amazing recipes that you can make yourself, like Black Bean & Quinoa Enchiladas with Salsa Verde and Cauliflower Mac & Cheese. I’m sharing the Roasted Vegetable Kebabs recipe below (and it’s so good!), and some of my fellow food bloggers are sharing their experiences making Blue Apron recipes today as well:
Tortilla Soup on Cookie and Kate
Warm Winter Sweet Potato Salad on Naturally Ella
Pumpkin Vegetable Potage with Toasted Farro on A Thought for Food
Ligurian Chard with Pine Nuts and Feta on Veggie Belly
Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese on I Heart Vegetables
If you want to give Blue Apron a try yourself, use this link to get 30% off your first order!
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