3 Meals, 2 Days

We hope everybody had a relaxed Labor Day Holiday, but now its back to business! Last week we talked about the importance of having Red Pepper Flakes on hand to supplement what is given to you by Blue Apron. Today we are discussing how to manage a week where you only have 2 days to eat 3 meals.

Our Blue Apron package just arrived, and I am pretty excited for this weeks haul. Our meals include the Spicy Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry, Paprika Shrimp and Cheddar Grits, and Sweet Corn Ditali Pasta.

This week we broke from our normal delivery and added a vegetarian meal to our weekly menu. This is a really smart option for those who find 3 heavy meat options a bit too much. We are not vegetarians, but also see no reason to eat meat for every meal. Adding a vegetarian meal to your menu is really easy with Blue Apron, and I’ll show you how to do it.

While we were excited to add a vegetarian option to this weeks menu, we did realize that we are traveling this week, and will not be in town to utilize our all 3 of our meals. We have only 2 days for 3 meals and needed to choose a meal to save for a later date. Since we are exited to try the new veggie option, we have opted to use that for this week, and with Mrs. BA Hacker being from the south, she was pretty adamant we eat shrimp and grits sooner rather than later. So, we decided that the Spicy Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry was going to be saved for a later date. Besides the fact that we were looking forward to the other two meals, this dish has ingredients that will be able to last up to a week with proper treatment.

We’ve decided the best way to save this meal is to freeze the chicken. Simple enough, plop your chicken in the freezer, and let the cold temperature do its work. Be sure to thaw the chicken before your plan on using it. You can thaw the chicken by filling a large bowl of cold water and placing it in your sink. Simply place the frozen chicken in the bowl of water (still in its wrapping) and wait 2-3 hours.

The vegetables included in this meal, Baby Bok Choy, Scallion, and Cucumber, are fairly hearty vegetables, and should be able to last in your refrigerator for at least a week. If you have a vegetable specific drawer in your fridge, best to place your veggies in there to maximize freshness.

The other non-vegetable ingredients with this dish: rice, Hoisin Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil, Ginger, and Sambal Oelek (if you are new to this condiment please read this blog post from TheKitchn.com, should be a staple of every cook!), will have no problems lasting another week when we will come back to this meal.

By not cancelling this weeks delivery, we have saved a meal for a later date. This hack allows us to have 4 Blue Apron meals for next week. Want more? Follow us on Twitter @blueapronhacker

We hope you enjoy your meals from this first week in September. If you have any hacks you want to share, please contact us by clicking here or visiting our Contact page linked above.

Bon Appetite!

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