Ligurian Chard with Pine Nuts, Feta and Quinoa Recipe and a Giveaway

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on November 7, 2013

I was super excited when Blue Apron contacted me to see if I will review their product! I don’t do a lot of product reviews like this on my blog; but I really liked the concept behind Blue Apron. Every week, they send their subscribers recipes for the week, and a box filled with ALL the ingredients you need to make those recipes. No grocery shopping, no guess work.

I tried the Ligurian chard with pine nuts and feta. It tasted delicious and was really easy to make! I love all kinds of green vegetables, so this was the perfect recipe for me. And Blue Apron has lots of vegetarian recipes – take a look at some other Blue Apron vegetarian recipes around the web..

Win a Blue Apron box!

 

With everything you need to make a week’s worth of vegetarian dinners!

Blue Apron is giving away one free Blue Apron box each to two lucky Veggie Belly readers! The winner will get everything they need to make a week’s worth of vegetarian dinners (6 meals) - recipes and all ingredients!

To enter
1. Go to the Blue Apron recipe page and check out their recipes.
2. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what your favorite recipe was.

Before you enter, take a look at their delivery regions here http://www.blueapron.com/pages/learn-more – scroll down to ‘Convenient Delivery’ and click on ‘See our map’ and make sure you live in their delivery area first!
Contest ends Nov 13th at midnight. Two lucky winners will be announced on this page on Nov 14th.
Make sure you entered your email id when commenting so I can contact you if you won!

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This giveaway is over. The winners are comment #52, and 47!

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This is the Blue Apron box I received. It has 3 recipes (2 servings each) and all the ingredients needed to make them.

Veggie Belly reader special – get 30% off your first box!

Ligurian Chard with Pine Nuts, Feta and Quinoa Recipe

The original recipe is by Blue Apron, this is my slightly different version.
Serves about 2

Ingredients
1 Cup Quinoa
1 Bunch Swiss Chard
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Small Onion, thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
⅛ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
¼ Cup Golden Raisins
1 Cup Vegetable Broth
2 tablespoons Feta Cheese
1 Tablespoon Pine Nuts, toasted on low heat
8-10 Kalamata Olives, sliced
1 Lemon, cut into wedges

Method
1. Place quinoa and 2 cups water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, and simmer covered till the water is all absorbed and quinoa is cooked – about 12 minutes. Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork.

1. While quinoa is cooking, wash and chop the swiss chard into thin ribbons. Also thinly slice the onion and garlic. Set aside.

3. Heat some olive oil in a large pan, add the onions and garlic and red pepper flakes and cook on medium-high till the onion is soft. Then add the chard and stir till its wilted.

4. Pour in the vegetable stock and the raisins and simmer for another 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper (keeping in mind the feta and the olives you’ll be adding later are also salty).

5. To serve, place the quinoa on a plate, and spoon the swiss chard and any liquid on top of the quinoa. Sprinkle feta cheese, pine nuts and olive on top. Serve lemon wedges on the side.

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1 Rosa November 7, 2013 at 6:28 am

A beautiful dish and perfect combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 7, 2013 at 7:30 am

Miso-Glazed Eggplant with Green Tea Rice definitely is the most creative thing and would love to make it.

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3 Allison November 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

The blean bean and quinoa enchiladas look amazing!

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4 Chana M. November 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

I would make the tortilla soup in an instant!

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5 sowmya November 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

map doufu sounds interesting … with brown rice and peppers.

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6 Harini Saladi November 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

I love Farro, so that Farro Risotto with Spinach-Basil Pesto & Sweet Potato sounds amazing (also looks super easy to make)!

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7 Shobana Arunachalam November 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

Vegetable Bibimbap! I have made another version from Cookus Interruptus, but any version of this recipe is good :)

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8 Aidan November 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

Would love to try out the smoky swiss chard and black bean tostadas.

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9 Priyanka November 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

The heirloom tomatoes and fontina grilled sandwiches look so good ! This is a great you get exactly what you need for 2 people and dont end up with left overs !

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10 Susan November 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

Cauliflower Steaks with Spinach Gratin! We love both cauliflower and spinach at our home… Would love to try that!

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11 Aliza N November 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

Vegetarian Pad Thai! I’ve wanted to try Blue Apron for a while!!

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12 Ramya Canumalla November 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

Veg Pad Thai!! My husband totally loves it and I haven’t tried it making it before. I’d surprise him with it if I get all the ingredients needed and most importantly, the recipe!!

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13 Devi November 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

Yummy recipe, I’ve never tried almost 50% of the ingredients before!!
I would try the dal bhat from blue apron.

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14 Mamta November 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

Warm Farro Salad looks great for a winter evening. I’ll have to try that one myself!

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15 Meredith November 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

The Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese with Crispy Sage looks particularly delightful. I think it would be fun to add some zucchini and/or peas to it as well!

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16 Rani Nayak November 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

Very creative recipe ! I love greens and salads.

My husband loves grilled cheese sandwiches.. And I try to make grilled cheese, a new experience each time I try to make them. I would like to try BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Roasted Potato Wedges & Broccoli.

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17 Svasti November 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

Definitely the butternut squash mac and cheese. It’s a healthier twist to just plain old man n cheese :)

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18 Deepa November 7, 2013 at 10:39 am

Huge quinoa fan! Cant wait to try quinoa stuffed poblanos..

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19 Aarthy November 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

Perciatelli Pasta.. looks yummy. will have a go..as i haven’t tried “veg” meatballs at all..

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20 Pallavi November 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

Would love to try out “West African Vegetable peanut Stew over couscous”. Reminds me of a delicious Couscous dish that’s a personal favorite , available at Dar es Salaam – restaurant in Portland (Wilsonville) that I miss here in Cali!

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21 Usha Shivakumar November 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

Miso-Glazed eggplant is the one I am gonna try first. It is the Asian alternative to Eggplant Parmigiana I enjoy so much. Most of the aromatics are also staples in my pantry.

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22 mita November 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

Would love to try the Chili-dusted Fish Tacos. My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures!

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23 Kasimir November 7, 2013 at 11:47 am

They all look rather delicious, but I would go with the Caramelized Onion & Heirloom Tomato Crostata.

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24 Gail November 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

The Fresh Fettucelle with Wild Mushroom Bolognese looks delicious.
I’d love to experience this wonderful food arriving on my doorstep.

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25 Priya Chandrashekhar November 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

What a great idea! I loved the Roadside Noodles recipe – they look delicious!!

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26 Promilaa Bhatia November 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Truly hard to pick just one recipe from the treasure-trove of vegetarian recipes on Blue Apron, but the one I kept going back to is Miso-glazed Eggplant with Green Tea Rice. Exotic and simple, all at once. Thanks for directing us to this wonderful website.

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27 Shilpa November 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Braised beluga lentils with kale and rosemary looks nice.

Prabhu.shilpa@gmail.com

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28 Krithika November 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

This is an awesome service… The butternut squash mac and cheese recipes seems to be interesting… another way to sneak vegetables into kids diet

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29 ym November 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Wow, this site has some amazing recipes.. I would try the miso-glazed eggplants with green tea rice. Big fan of green tea flavored anything + I love finding new ways to use miso

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30 Heather Michael November 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hi Sala. The Fresh Fettucelle with Wild Mushroom Bolognese sounds delicious. With the carrots, the celery, and the wild mushrooms, it sounds like such a hearty, comforting pasta dish for winter.

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31 Archana Vivek November 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Black bean and quinoa enchilada. This recipe of yours is amazing.
archana.gurunathan@gmail.com

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32 Erin November 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Black bean and Quinoa Enchiladas look good- although I’d probably make them with corn tortillas.

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33 Annie November 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

This is my year of Japanese cooking, so I’m drawn to the Miso & Shiitake Ramen with Hoisin-Glazed Tofu. Num num.

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34 Kripali Tailor November 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

The Kale Caesar Salad looks delicious!

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35 Kaitlyn November 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

The “Caramelized Onion & Heirloom Tomato Crostata with Feta Cheese & Arugula” looked delicious! Perfect warm, healthy, fall comfort food!

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36 g November 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm

this looks delicious…
http://www.blueapron.com/recipes/miso-eggplant-with-green-tea-rice

and a lot of their other vegetarian recipes look like they could easily be veganized :)

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37 daxita November 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Curry roasted tofu

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38 Bridget Butterfield November 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

The Stuffed Artichokes with Maitake & Chanterelle Mushroom Salad sounds reallllly delicious! I will eat that, no problem! My email is Bridgetbee@gmail.com

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39 Pavani November 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Love Vegetable Pad Thai from Blue Apron…yummm!

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40 Manjari November 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Chickpea, Quinoa, and Vegetable Cakes. They look simple to make and can be used for a chaat recipe or an appetizer.

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41 Bonnie November 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Baked Quinoa “Falafels”

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42 sarah November 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

mmm farro salad!

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43 Melanie November 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

The Farro Risotto and the Miso Glazed Eggplant look delicious! What a wonderful site! I’d never heard of it :)

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44 Sriganesh Chandrasekaran November 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Roasted Vegetable Kebabs looks yummy and healthy too!! would definitely try tat!!

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45 Mollie November 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Oh my goodness, how do I choose a favorite? Yum! I think the first one I’m dying to try is the Caramelized Onion & Heirloom Tomato Crostata with Feta Cheese & Arugula.

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46 Anna November 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Caramelized Onion & Heirloom Tomato Crostata! Great for a Chicago winter recipe.

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47 Anastasia November 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

The black bean and quinoa enchiladas sound amazing, although all the recipes look delicious! What a great giveaway—thanks!

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48 pavithra November 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I would love to try the Pumpkin Vegetable Potage with Toasted Farro ….looks like a comfort dish for the chilly weather :)

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49 Srujana November 7, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Miso eggplant with green tea rice

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50 Anusha November 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

The Saffron Bulgur Pilaf on the Blue Apron looks very appetizing to me. I simply love the medley of colors in the picture there. Totally going to try it out this weekend!! Thanks for sharing the information about this website. :)

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51 Diane November 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Vegetable Pad Thai!!

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52 Rushika Mehta November 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm

The Curry-Roasted Tofu with Chinese Long Beans & Cellophane Noodles looks deelish. A delicious reminder of home with the curry powder, mixed with my favorites, noodles and tofu.

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You won! Please email me your address! veggiebelly@gmail.com

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53 Nirupama November 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

i found West African vegetable and peanut stew over couscous to be interesting.
http://www.blueapron.com/recipes/west-african-vegetable-peanut-stew-over-couscous

Very interesting recipes.

Best,
Nirupama

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54 Rachel M. November 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Mmm, the Fresh Fettucelle with Wild Mushroom Bolognese sounds like a wonderful autumn dish! And I’d probably never go out and buy all the different types of mushrooms on my own.

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55 Kimberley November 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Yum! The Ligurian Chard looks amazing- anything with pine nuts and feta!! I also loved the book of the fontina grilled cheese and spring minestrone soup!!!

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56 Sahithya Baskaran November 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Wow. The recipe list had me drooling despite having finished my dinner just a couple of minutes ago. The quinoa fried rice with tofu and choy sum is my favorite in that lot, definitely gonna try it with some additional spice. Asian and Indo-chinese fried rice is one of my favs and the ingredients in this recipe sound fantastic and easily available!

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57 Jessica Perry November 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Louisiana Style Red Lentils and Brown Rice

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58 Divya Rajesh November 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Thanks for introducing Blue Apron. Already a big fan!

Loved Kabocha Squash Red Curry with Brown Rice among other delicious recipes.
Cannot wait to try it.

-Divya

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59 Rekha ramakrishnan November 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

My favorite is the veg pad thai
I always order that when we do thai take out

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60 Kailyn Smith November 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

The tofu ravioli with baby book Chou is right up my alley. Love all the ingredients and it seems easy to make. Yum!!

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* baby Bok Choy – sorry!!

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61 Rachel November 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Curry roasted tofu—yum!

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62 Sheetal November 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

The Kabocha Squash Red Curry looks yummy and extremely nutritious! sheetal.umbc@yahoo.com

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63 teepee November 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I have to say that the Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese sounds really good.

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64 Michelle November 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Wow! Thanks for the link! My favorite was the “Filipino Vegetable Stew” (pinakbet). My mom cooks it all the time, but I never eat it because it’s traditionally prepared with seafood. Now I can make a veggie version and it looks delicious!

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65 Erika November 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Wow, too many to choose from! But, I guess my first choice would be the Stuffed Artichokes. Even my children like artichokes so I would give this a try for something different.

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66 Harsha November 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Palak Paneer
with Naan & Kachumber Salad

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67 Tanya Phillips November 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

So many wonderful looking dishes! The Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie looks so yummy!

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68 Melody November 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I’d love to try making the okonomiyaki recipe!!

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69 Mason November 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

The Tempeh Ratatouille on Wheat Berries looks delicious!

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70 Vidya November 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Im checking Blue Apron recipes for the first time! Farro Risotto with Spinach-Basil Pesto & Sweet Potato sounds yummy. Thank you Sala :)

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71 Veena November 7, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Roadside Noodles with Bell Pepper, Tomato & Broccoli Rabe is my favorite. I am going to try making it this weekend.

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72 Diane Vandermast November 8, 2013 at 5:30 am

Curry Roasted Tofu . I love roasted tofu dishes – great for lazy cooks like me (plus lower fat).
Hugs,
Diane

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73 Ranjani November 8, 2013 at 5:50 am

Yu Choy Cellophane Noodle Stir-Fry is my favourite ..
ranjani.vishwanath@gmail.com

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74 Kate S. November 8, 2013 at 6:17 am

I’d love to try the West African peanut stew recipe! I spent some time in West Africa in college, and I miss the food!!

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75 Gabrielle Sloan November 8, 2013 at 6:31 am

The Vegetable Pad Thai looks incredible…I am so inspired by spicy-ish Asian dishes. I am always hungry for them, they are so satisfying and so good for us.

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76 Maya November 8, 2013 at 7:55 am

It’s so hard to choose! But I would really like to try the Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie…yumm!

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77 Meenal November 8, 2013 at 8:01 am

Curry roasted Tofu sounds really yum. Like the idea of mixing Curry powder with the noodles.

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78 Chandrika November 8, 2013 at 9:01 am

Awesome site……Loved all the recipes..but my fav is the Homemade Veggie Burgers with Miso Cabbage and Carrot slaw :-) Will try it soon :-)

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79 Kanchan November 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I have to say my favorite recipe is
http://www.blueapron.com/recipes/west-african-vegetable-peanut-stew-over-couscous
Simple, healthy, hearty and vegan!!

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80 Leah November 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

The recipes look so good! I’d definitely make the miso eggplant with green tea rice and the ma po tofu! Probably more, too.

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81 Lizzie MacCabe November 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

I think my favourite recipe from Blue Apron was definitely the Cheesy Brocolli Rotini Casserole!

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82 Sara Floyd November 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Its nice they have vegan options too! I like the Coconut Jasmine Rice
with Bok Choy, Cashews & Golden Raisins

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83 jessica November 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Probably the veggie pad Thai, looks delish!

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84 maria November 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Yum! The Farro risotto with pesto and sweet potatoes sounds delicious! Thank you for the giveaway!

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85 Priya@MyKitchenOdyssey November 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Adding pinenuts gives splash of crunch to quinao.as usual Your clicks are marvellous.
Coming to blue apron .i want to try veg padthai , gnocchi with escarole.

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86 Afreen November 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm

The quinoa “fried rice” recipe looks great to me. It’s simple and high in protein — perfect for a working couple. I am going to try it this week!

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87 Vero Et November 10, 2013 at 7:40 am

Butternut squash Mac&cheese

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88 Purnima November 10, 2013 at 7:55 am

Love the sound of the quinoa fried rice and the beet green ricotta cakes. And the vegetable bibimbap looks great too! Glad to see so many different ethnic cuisines featured.

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89 Tara November 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

The cauliflower Mac and cheese sounds awesome–I wonder if you can taste the spinach?

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90 Tracey King November 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm

butternut squash Mac and cheese!

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91 PEch November 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

What a cool idea with this box and I was really impressed by the number of recipes they have! I would go Okonomiyaki all the way!

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92 Ashley November 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Braised beluga lentils look amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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93 Angela November 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I really liked the Braised Beluga Lentils. I recently bought a bag of black lentils at the Indian market. I was SUPER excited to find them because no other store around me sells them. Now I’m even more excited because I have a yummy recipe to try them out!!!

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94 Carolsue November 12, 2013 at 1:37 am

The Vegetable Pad Thai and the Curry Roasted Tofu sound SOOOOO good. This would sure be a great prize to win! I’d love to try out this service.
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95 Sowmya November 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

Wow! Thats a good collection and it sure is presented well. I’m going to try to Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese tonight and put that sqaush lying in my fridge to use.

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