Category: FOOD

Blue Apron- Is It Worth It?

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It is no secret that I am frugal and it is no secret that I HATE menu planning.

A while ago my sister suggested I try out Blue Apron ($30 Off Your First Blue Apron Order), one of the many meal delivery services. She had not tried it herself, but thought it might be worth a try for me since I hate menu planning so much.

I checked out the price, and it seemed expensive and an extravagance that we could not afford as we focused on paying down our debt.

It’s a crazy thing how the Internet works. Once you investigate something online the Internet knows to advertise to you and send emails. I received an email offering a huge discount for the first week of Blue Apron to try it out.

If you’ve ever considered trying one of these meal services out, now is the perfect time. Blue Apron has allowed me to offer you $30 Off Your First Blue Apron Order. Just be sure to click on the link to receive this great deal.

I debated it for about half a second and realized it was the perfect opportunity to finally check out Blue Apron and see what it was all about.

Below is a list of the pros and cons that I identified along with my ultimate decision on if we will continue using Blue Apron.

(spoiler alert: I will- sometimes)

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Why I Menu Plan and Why You Should Too

What’s for dinner?

The dreaded question that plagues us day after day and can wreak havoc on a perfectly nice day. I know some people love to cook and enjoy spending hours in the kitchen concocting delicious meals for their family to enjoy.

I am not one of those people.

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Even if I didn’t work, had no children, and had endless time to prepare a meal uninterrupted I still wouldn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking.

It’s just not something I enjoy.

I cook because I need to and because cooking at home is almost always cheaper and healthier than eating out.

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Patriotic French Toast Recipe

The 4th of July  is next week. Can you believe it?

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In honor of the upcoming holiday I wanted to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes, and that is saying something, because I LOVE breakfast. In fact breakfast food is my favorite type of food. I’ll eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.

I first tried this recipe many years ago, and it has become a family favorite. There is something about the mixture of fruit, creaminess and amaretto. I guarantee the amaretto flavoring makes this recipe complete. The recipe says the amaretto is optional – I do not agree with that statement whatsoever.

I like to call this Patriotic French toast because it is just perfect for the 4th of July with it’s red, white and blue colors.

I decided to try something new for this post and include a video of me preparing the recipe to show you how very easy it is to make. It was fun to do, but I’m certainly no TV star (though when we talked about how it will be on Youtube I instantly became famous in my daughter’s eyes – and really who would I rather impress than her.)

So without further ado here is Patriotic French Toast.

Patriotic French Toast Recipe
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Serves: 8
This delicious French toast bake is perfect for your next breakfast or dinner, especially for the 4th of July.
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 16 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 1 loaf (1 lb) French bread, cut into 16-24 (3/4 inch thick) slices
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (we substitute unsweetened plain almond milk due to dairy intolerances in my house)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbl butter (melted)
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries
  • 2-3 Tbl amaretto (optional – but I don’t think so)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Mix together pineapple and cream cheese (to eliminate this step you can choose to purchase pineapple cream cheese – but I think that is more difficult to find in the store than a block of cream cheese and crushed pineapple)
  2. In 13 x 9 inch baking dish lay out 8-12 bread slices. They should fit tightly in the baking dish. It’s sort of like playing Tetris.
  3. Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Spread about 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture on each of the bread slices in the baking dish. Place remaining bread slices on top to make 8-12 sandwiches, depending on what fit in your dish.
  4. In medium bowl beat eggs. Add milk, ¼ cup sugar, salt and cinnamon. Beat well. Pour over sandwiches in baking dish. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Turn sandwiches over. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Slice 1 cup of strawberries (refrigerate remaining berries). In nonmetal bowl, gently stir together sliced strawberries, ¼ cup sugar and the amaretto. Cover, refrigerate about 8 hours or overnight.
  6. Heat oven to 400F. Uncover baking dish and drizzle sandwiches with melted butter. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Meanwhile, slice remaining strawberries and add with blueberries to chilled strawberry mixture. Mix lightly. Serve French toast with berry topping.

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I hope your family loves it as much as mine does.

Now go and wow everyone at your next party with your Patriotic French Toast.

If you are interested in any of the bowls that you saw in the video, there is a link below to each of them.

I absolutely love them all.

The OXO bowls are great for mixing especially because they have a rubber bottom which keeps them in place. The Zak bowls come in many sizes and are good for prep work, mixing and serving. I love to use them for parties to put food out in. The smaller set has been used for many a taco bar in my house. Please note that the Zak bowls can break if they are dropped on a hard surface.

Oxo bowls

 

Zak nesting bowls

Zak small bowls

This recipe is not something I created. It was originally from a cooking magazine that I read years ago. I have tried to track down who created the recipe, but I have been unable to do so.

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