Trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle in the new year can be difficult, especially once you hit that mid-January slump. But having a solid framework of fresh ingredients and flavorful recipes can be the push you need to get back on track. That’s where Blue Apron comes in — it’s a subscription-based meal service that delivers everything you need to start cooking, right to your door.
Outside of its standard offerings, Blue Apron collaborated with nutritionists to create an entire Wellness menu so you can keep your holistic health in mind while learning to cook. Think: turkey and mushroom cups for a low-calorie dinner, lemony-oregano-marinated chicken thighs for someone following a Mediterranean diet, or even a harissa-honey chicken skillet for those looking to simplify their weeknight dishes. Still stuck on what to make for dinner tonight? Keep scrolling to find a meal to help guide you along your 2022 wellness journey.
The Mediterranean diet has been a staple for centuries, and we can see why — it centers on tasty essentials like feta, olive oil, and whole grains. These chicken thighs give a nod to that lifestyle by using ingredients often found in a Greek kitchen. You’ll marinate the chicken with dried oregano, lemon juice, and garlic paste before baking them over thick slices of crispy potatoes. Once they’re out of the oven, a tangy feta sauce is drizzled on top to help combine the flavors throughout the dish.
Simple, one-pan meals are essential for your weeknight dinner rotation. This recipe comes together in one skillet, which makes both cooking and cleanup an absolute breeze. The chicken marinates in a delectably sweet and spicy mixture, then gets tossed with some fresh veggies. Afterward, couscous, currants, and capers are incorporated to bring a Middle Eastern flair to the dish. To balance out the heat from the harissa, drizzle some of the lemony labneh dressing just before serving.
A play on Thai larb — a traditional meat salad — this adaptation substitutes turkey for chicken and incorporates poblano peppers and mushrooms to bulk up the volume of the dish. There’s a creamy sauce made with peanut butter, sweet soy glaze, vinegar, and spicy sambal that gets folded into the stir-fry. The recipe also calls for a crisp cucumber salad on the side that helps balance out the richness. When everything is ready, scoop the turkey mixture into a butter-lettuce leaf, pour on the remaining sauce, and garnish with roasted peanuts for a welcomed crunch.
With seared tofu, charred broccoli, and a citrusy ponzu sauce, this vegetarian bowl is anything but ordinary. The tofu is pan-fried in sesame oil to bring another dimension of flavor to the dish. Once it’s cooked, the tofu is tossed in an umami-packed dressing alongside some tender carrots, roasted broccoli, and shishito peppers. This mixture is spooned over a bed of fluffy rice to add some healthy carbohydrates to the meal, then topped with fresh green scallions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Crispy fish skin is a delicacy and one that’s severely underrated. Luckily, this recipe makes salmon skin the star of the meal instead of tossing it in the trash. The fish is seared skin side down until it’s golden and crispy. Then, sliced onions, zucchini, and garlic are sautéed until they become caramelized and jammy. Golden raisins lend sweetness, while the salsa verde dressing creates a zesty flavor profile against the hearty farro base.
‘This too shall pass away’ this famous Persian adage seems to be defeating us again and again in the case of COVID-19. Despite every effort