Summery Dinners with Blue Apron + Cookbook Giveaway

Thank you to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post! The first 50 readers to sign up through this link will get $50 off their first two weeks of meals. Enjoy!

Hi guys! Popping in to share some summery dinners that we enjoyed last week. I’m loving being able to eat on the deck most weeknights now that it’s light out so late!

blue apron summer dinner

We’ve always loved Blue Apron, which sends you all the ingredients you need to make delicious, chef-designed recipes at home – but we love it even more lately because our time is so limited these days! We get a Blue Apron delivery every single week (on our own dime, not just for these occasional sponsored reviews) – and it’s the best. Sure, we have a lot of easy throw together meal ideas to choose from that we could make, and we do use those for other nights of the week, but having 3 fun/new dinners already planned and ready to cook each week is great. Makes dinnertime much less overwhelming! Plus, Blue Apron’s meals are always more interesting/creative than our usual go-to throw together meals. Fun to try different things, especially since they add new dishes to their menu each week!

blue apron roasted chicken legs

Like, for example, these Roasted Chicken Drumsticks & Cauliflower with Orzo, Kale, Feta Cheese, and Olives. So good and easy.

While the chicken and cauliflower roasted, you made the orzo and then put a huge bunch of chopped kale into the same pot to wilt down. Yum! (And yay for easier clean up since you’re using the same pot and just the one pan.)

blue apron dinner

We subscribe to the 2 person plan with Blue Apron (they also have a family plan option, which offers 2 to 4 recipes per week that each serve 4), and each week you choose your favorite 2 to 3 meals from 8 choices. We always go with 3 meals because it’s hard enough to choose as is – everything always sounds delicious! But having the option to just do 2 is nice if you know you won’t be home that much, but don’t totally want to skip the week (which is easy to do, though, if you need to).

Now that it’s summer Blue Apron has started including grill-friendly instructions (as well as an alternative using the stovetop/oven) in some of their meals, too, which is fun. I really love this because a) grilling out makes weeknights feel more like weekends, and b) the ventilation in our kitchen isn’t great so this way our house doesn’t smell like food forever.

These Seared Pork Chops & Pickled Mustard Seeds with Potatoes & Slaw was another meal we enjoyed last week. We were in the mood for roasted potatoes vs. potato salad, but otherwise followed the recipe! Delish.

blue apron grilled pork chops etc

The other Blue Apron meal we had last week was a delicious Garlic & Soy-Glazed Shrimp with Charred Broccoli & Hot Green Pepper Sauce. This was really fast (love shrimp – such a quick cooking protein!), and the garlicky sauce was REALLY good. We both loved it!

chrissy teigen garlic soy shrimp blue apron

The shrimp dish was part of a partnership Blue Apron is doing with Chrissy Teigen, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author. The partnership, which began on June 4 and will continue through July 9, is bringing six of Chrissy’s original recipes (one per week), to Blue Apron menus nationwide. Most of the recipes are from her first cookbook, Cravings, but in the final week of the partnership Blue Apron members will get a sneak preview of a recipe from Cravings 2, her second cookbook that launches this September. It’s Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches with Pickled Cucumbers & Carrots, and I can’t wait to try it the week of July 9!


Want to win a copy of Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings” cookbook for yourself? Click here to head over to the Blue Apron website, check out the recipes, and then return to this post and leave a comment letting me know which recipe you would most like to make! I’ll choose a winner from the comments sometime next week. U.S. residents only. Good luck!!

And don’t forget that the first 50 readers to sign up through this link will get $50 off their first two weeks of Blue Apron meals. Enjoy, and happy cooking (and eating)!


  1. 1

    The Cajun shrimp tacos sound awesome!

  2. 2

    I am vegetarian, so the Spinach, Tomato, & Goat Cheese Quiche looks the best for me!

  3. 3

    Chrissy Teigen’s Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups look awesome and perfect for summer!

  4. 4
    Kimberly says

    The Korean style beef. Looks like bibimbap!

  5. 5

    The Summer Veggie Gnocchi sound perfect!

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    Emily C. says

    The pasta primavera! Always looking for quick and healthy weeknight meals that incorporate all the yummy summer veggies.

  7. 7

    Korean style beef sounds great!

  8. 8

    The Korean style been and the Chinese chicken salad both look awesome!

  9. 9

    I’d love to make Chrissy Teigen’s Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Wonton Noodles – definitely sounds like something I’d order in a restaurant!

  10. 10

    The sweet potato and spicy cucumber bao sound amazing. One, because it sounds so summery and fresh. Two, because bao buns are delicious.

  11. 11

    Love all Chrissy Teigens recipes! I would love to try the Banh mi!

  12. 12

    Oo, I’m eyeing that za’atar-spiced barramundi!

  13. 13

    Mmmmm the Cajun shrimp tacos! Always tacos!!!

  14. 14

    Chinese chicken salad

  15. 15

    Chrissy’s Chinese chicken salad looks delicious!

  16. 16

    Korean-style beef – the fried egg on top makes it look interesting!

  17. 17

    Sweet and spicy chicken lettuce cups! Love Chrissy and I’d love to win her cookbook!

  18. 18

    The Korean Style Beef Bowl looks amazing!

  19. 19

    I was that Korean style beef in my belly!

  20. 20

    Cajun shrimp tacos :)

  21. 21
    Jessica C says

    The sweet & spicy chicken lettuce cups look awesome!

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      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for entering the giveaway – you have been randomly selected as the winner! Congratulations! Please send me an email at [email protected] with your full name and mailing address so we can send you your cookbook! Thanks for reading my blog and happy cooking! :)

  22. 23
    Heather m says

    Cajun shrimp tacos. Always get the tacos. Always.

  23. 25

    Sweet potato and spicy cucumber bao

  24. 26

    Those recipes look yummy! The Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajitas would be something I’d try to make for sure!

  25. 27

    I cant pick just one! All of the dishes that fall under the Mediterranean diet and Chrissy’s look awesome! Yummy!!!

  26. 28
    Edie Christine says

    I’d like to try the Cajun shrimp tacos!

  27. 29

    The Cajun shrimp tacos!

  28. 30
    Jane Jardine says

    Wow, they all look amazing, it’s so hard to choose… but I would have to go w/ the Cajun Shrimp Tacos! Just looking at these meals makes me hungry.

  29. 31

    My husband and I have just decided to try Blue Apron since we both work full time out of the house and have 3 small children. It looks like so much fun and I love to cook new meals, but without the stress of meal-planning or grocery shopping! The Korean-Style beef looks delicious, I love anything with an egg on top!

  30. 33
    Laura Swanson says

    I’d like the spiced chicken breasts with mashed potatoes and it sounds like my toddler would eat this dish as well!

  31. 34

    Spiced chicken breasts with mashed potatoes and blue cheese kale salad forsure!

  32. 35

    Summer vegetable gnocchi sounds delicious!

  33. 36
    Kristina says

    I’d love to make the Korean Style Beef

  34. 37

    SO many good choices but I think I’d like to make the Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Marinated Vegetables & Cotija Cheese :)

  35. 38

    Spicy Veracruz-Style Shrimp
    with Lime Farro….please!

  36. 39
    Kate McHugh says

    The Greek Style Farro salad looks so delicious!!

  37. 40

    Chrissy Teigen’s Chinese Chicken Salad

  38. 41

    The Coconut Vandouvan Salmon sounds fabulous!!

  39. 42

    the summer veggie gnocchi sounds great!

  40. 43

    Oooh, actually her Chinese chicken salad looks amazing!

  41. 44

    The korean style beef looks awesome.

  42. 45

    Definitely the spiced chicken with mashed potatoes. Looks like a delicious twist on a classic!

  43. 46

    The Greek-style farro salad looks light and refreshing. Perfect for summer!

  44. 47

    The Chinese noodle salad sounds delish!

  45. 48

    The Cajun shrimp tacos look so good!

  46. 49

    The chipotle lime chicken fajitas look really tasty!

  47. 50

    I think the pasta primavera looks yummy – and fun because I’ve never seen that pasta shape before!

  48. 51

    The sweet potato and spicy cucumber bao!

  49. 52
    Maggie C says

    The Cajun shrimp tacos look so good and something my family would love!

  50. 53

    Sweet pepper and fig grilled cheese. Yummm!!!

  51. 54
    Ashley V says

    Chipotle lime fajita chicken! I just can’t resist Mexican food.

  52. 55
    Rachel Zimmerman says

    Love Chrissy! Spiced chicken breasts and mashed potatoes.

  53. 56
    Susan Jenkins says

    Wow It all looks really good but the Spinach, Tomato, & Goat Cheese Quiche caught me eye immediately!!!

  54. 57

    the cajun shrimp tacos sound good!

  55. 58

    Wow! Love all of her ethnic flare options! I’d say my first choice would be to make her coconut vandouven salmon!

  56. 59
    Teresa L. Eskew says

    I would choose the zataar spiced barramundi fish. Your shrimp looks great unfortunately I am thebonlybone in mybhouse that likes shrimp.

  57. 60
    MaryBeth says

    The Cajun shrimp tacos sound sooooo good!

  58. 61

    Cajun shrimp tacos! The Mexican dishes are always my favorite from blue apron.

  59. 62
    Stephanie C. says

    Spiced Chicken Breasts and Mashed Potatoes with Blue Cheese Kale Salad sounds amazing!!

  60. 63

    Cajun shrimp tacos for sure

  61. 64

    Cajun shrimp tacos!

  62. 65
    Colleen C. says

    I would love to try Chrissy Teigen’s Chinese Chicken Salad.

  63. 66

    I’d like to try the sweet chili beef and vegetable stir fry.

  64. 67
    Chloe Beneke says

    Cajun Shrimp Tacos look so good!

  65. 68

    The spinach and goat cheese quiche! I can’t pass up a good quiche.

  66. 69

    I’d love to make Chrissy Tiger’s Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups!

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    Roadrunner says

    Korean Style Beef, please!

  68. 71

    Cajun shrimp tacos-I actually had them at a restaurant tonight!

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    adrianna says

    i LOVE chrissy!!! she is gorgeous and so hysterical and obviously a hella great cook. and her family is beyond adorable. a must follow on social media!
    her chipotle lime chicken fajitas look great. can’t go wrong w/ fajitas!

  70. 74

    The summer vegetable gnocchi looks amazing!

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    Amanda S says

    The sweet & spicy lettuce cups look delicious!

  72. 76

    The sweet and spicy chicken lettuce cups sound great! Thanks.

  73. 77

    I want to try the Tahini Chicken

  74. 78

    Summer vegetable gnocchi looks delish!!!

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