This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.
Man, last week was One Of Those Weeks. Jason's work kept him late almost every night, or had him commuting to D.C., while the boys all started different after-school enrichment programs on different nights of the week (naturally!). They'd come home extra crunched for time and INSANELY hungry, having missed their usual after-school snack break. They needed dinner STAT and waiting for Dad to get home wasn't an option.
It was One Of Those Weeks where we just had to sacrifice our family dinner ritual. It happens.
Kids got an easy, early dinner from the freezer or pasta shelf. All as healthy and homemade-ish as I could manage (I do a lot of big-batch cooking on weekends for nights like that), but certainly nothing too challenging or exciting.
Jason and I, on the other hand, didn't have to sacrifice much at all: Every night was Date Night, thanks to Blue Apron.
Usually when we have One Of Those Weeks, we end up ordering a lot of takeout or delivery, which is 1) expensive, and 2) too easy to blow through 2,500 calories in one sitting because oh look a two-for-one deal on large pepperoni pizzas plus cheesy garlic bread and Imma eat ALL OF IT. An old bad-eating habit both of us try to avoid as much as possible these days.
Since we knew this particular week of craziness was coming, we (temporarily) switched our Blue Apron shipment from a 4-person family plan box to the 2-person plan. Once Jason was on his way home, I started prepping our dinner, we finished cooking it together, and then sat down to a quiet, peaceful (and healthy!) grown-up meal. There was no whining, no dropped forks or spilled milk, no Minecraft talk or fart jokes. There was a nice glass of wine and maybe even some candles, and on second thought there probably was still a fart joke, because we're both just kinda like that.
There was also:
And Cumin-Crusted Pork with a Fig & Blood Orange Pan Sauce, Farro & Fennel. (All the meals were delicious, but this one was our mutual favorite, and I am stealing the cumin crust idea for a pork tenderloin ASAP.)
While the food, wine and company all earned five stars, I do have to ding the dining establishment for decor and ambiance:
So freaking hipster, amirite?
Thanks again (and again again again) to Blue Apron for being such a great sponsor. Get three meals added for FREE to your first order (limited to first 25 readers, chop chop) by using this link here!.