Since my diagnosis, I've realized that we've been in a bit of a rut, culinarily speaking -- the same plain meals, week after week. Breakfast: cereal. Lunch: Lean Cuisine, applesauce cup. Snack: granola bar. Dinner: some type of meat, starch (rice, potato, toast...), occasional vegetable, ice cream. Intersperse this with various candy, chips, and soda and it's no wonder I'm staring down diabetes.
So changes must be made; I gotta get off my ample ass and start cooking properly again. I'm signed up to see a nutritionist about the whole "how to eat as a diabetic", but I'm also dipping my toe into a cooking service. I read about this on other blogs and seen photos of the results from friends on Facebook and hey, there was an introductory deal. I talked to Joe about it (because he'd be eating this stuff too) and we both thought, sure, what the hell.
We signed up for Blue Apron. The way it works is that you pick a plan (two people for us), indicate some preferences, and then the Blue Apron folks send you a big old refrigerated box full of everything you need to make three spiffy meals a week. We got our first box today.
When I say they supply everything, I mean everything, right down to the spices, herbs (fresh, no less), and dabs of butter and tiny amounts of cream. In addition to the food, you get the all-important recipe cards, so that you can assemble all this goodness into actual meals! This week, Joe and I are going to eat:
- Short Rib Burgers on Pretzel Buns
- Spicy Thai Chicken Noodle Soup
- Mushroom and Vegetable Pot Pie with Cheddar Cheese Bisuits
I must say that I'm looking forward to making these meals! However, I will likely tone down the spicy in the Thai soup (because otherwise my mouth will melt. Anyone want two tablespoons of red curry paste?
We'll get a new box every week. It's nice that you can preview the meals for the week. The Blue Aproners make five, so you can substitute if you like. And, if you're going to away or the meals just don't appeal, you can opt out of a week or weeks. For me, that fact made it worthwhile, because it's not cheap -- $60 a week. I think, though, that we'll save money in the long run, both from having to buy fewer groceries and from not buying large amounts of various ingredients that end turning into science experiments.
So stay tuned -- I cook tomorrow!
PS -- This is not sponsored in any way. If I don't like it, I'll tell you for sure.