Monday, March 13, 2017

MONDAY RECIPE POST - CHEESY SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP WITH PITA CHIPS - AND ABOUT BLUE APRON


Thanks to our sweet daughter-in-law's recommendation, we recently have been having meal delivery service once a week from Blue Apron.  



It provides us with three meals every week, delivered in one box.  In that box are all the ingredients you might need for these meals.  



We are into our third week now and it has introduced us to foods that normally we wouldn't think about. In that sense it's been wonderful.  All the produce is super fresh, you only get what is needed for each recipe, and best of all it's great portion control.  


I also like the fact that nothing is left in the fridge or thrown out because of buying more than is needed.  We have the two person delivery plan but sometimes you can get leftovers, enough for the next day.

All that being said, one of the recipes had a very tasty accompaniment and we used it with our favorite appetizer, which you can see here.  It is for a hot Cheese and Spinach-Artichoke Dip.  



You are given the written recipes from Blue Apron and if you like a meal enough you can replicate it. One of those recipes came with Pita Chips, which I have used a couple of times since and it is so easy.  We love them and they can be used with soup, this dip or even just for a snack.

Take one pita bread, the pocketless kind, and cut, as you would a round cake, into six pieces. (You can also leave it whole and cut it later.  I tried both ways and found leaving it whole was easier, dividing it after it was toasted).  Place on a sheet pan.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Toss to coat thoroughly, and toast in the oven for 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly-browned and crispy. Remove from the oven, serve and enjoy.  



Easy peasy!  Ours came out a little darker for the time given but still tasted great.  You just have to watch carefully.  

46 comments:

  1. I am glad you show us the food they send. It looks very fresh and good. Your recipe looks delicious!!

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  2. It sounds good. I love that they give you the recipes. You can adjust and/or repeat. Always a win.

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    1. Thanks EC., we will adjust next time to more our own taste. Everything was very good but we do have our favorites.

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  3. I really like this concept, Denise! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Linda and you are very welcome :)

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  4. i never tried spinach with such stuff must try recipe i think.
    this blue apron service sounds AMAZING!

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    1. Thank you Baili, I hope you try the recipe as I would be interested in what you think. I have family members who truly dislike cooked spinach but enjoy this dip.

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  5. We have the system in the UK but I don't think recipes come with the food. When Joe was here I considered using it but realised there would be too much waste even with two of us eating.

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    1. I can understand why you didn't persue it Valerie. The recipes take the mystery out of it.

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  6. Hello, the Blue Apron sounds wonderful. I would like to make the dip it looks delicious. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, I hope you enjoy the recipe. Have a great week :)

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  7. looks good to me, and what a great gift. if you decide to send me a gift, could mine come already cooked? LOL

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    1. I will see what I can do Sandra. LOL

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  8. i might try one of these...a friend of mine does hello fresh and loves it...i like seeing how yours comes packaged and the idea no waste is appealing!

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    1. Hi Tanya, I have heard of Hello Fresh and good to know your friend enjoys it.

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  9. I know others who have signed up for Blue Apron and truly enjoy experimenting with new meals they would otherwise not make. It sounds quite tasty! I like your Monday recipe post idea.....now if only I were big on cooking. ;-) perhaps I should sign up for Blue Apron!

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    1. More and more I have to be in the mood to cook. Thankfully hubby enjoys doing half the work but the recipes are easy to follow and are not hard :)

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  10. That looked good. I have often wondered about that and having food delivered to me....but personally since I don't like cooking I rather have it cooked and delivered. HAHA. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Looks tasty! And it sounds like a good idea.

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    1. It is on both counts but what I also like is you can swap meals with another if you really don't like the idea of something. Also if you are well in advance you can skip a week or even cancel the whole thing for good. Fortunately we are still enjoying it enough to want to keep going for a while.

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  12. Sounds like a good meal plan in terms of convenience and variety.

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  13. I loved you sharing the photos and recipe with us. I have been so curious about this service. Portion control would be a good thing for us!

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  14. We have a recipe for hot dip, like that. It is in one of those little cookbooks, put out by a church or some-such. Can be great recipes in them.

    And I love making your own dip chips.

    I have seen these food plans advertised on tv. But do not know anything about them. Now I do. Thank you.

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    1. I love those kind of cook books and bought several over the years. Tried and true recipe favorites from people are the best recommends.

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  15. Hi Denise, all looks very tasty, what a super idea from your daughter-in-law. All the best. John

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    1. Daughter-in-law steered us in a great direction :) All the best to you John :)

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  16. Oh, Denise, this looks delicious and it sound interesting, too.

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  17. I'm so glad you shared this because I had looked into the different companies that offer this service. I always prefer to try something new when someone I know is recommending it. :) that meatloaf sounds yummy to me!
    I'll take another look at Blue Apron. :) thank you!
    hugs,
    Marie

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    1. Thank you Marie, we are looking forward to trying the meatloaf also.

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  18. I've been seeing ads for more and more of these places who will ship food to your door. Glad to hear a review. That dip with chips looks really good!

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  19. The spinach and artichoke dip looks amazing. I might just have to try that.

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    1. It is right up there as one of our favorites David.

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  20. You are not kidding, portion control.....2 potatoes. Good grief, my husband and I would get through about 10 of those mashed. No wonder I have a weight problem. Thats it, portion control.

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    1. Your comment gave me a smile Janice, I was like 'TWO POTATOES?' when I opened the box, but once you get used to that portion control, we realized it was enough, especially with the other ingredients :)

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  21. Well, they sent in the National Guard and declared to whole state an emergency. I don't think we even got an inch, and now the sun is out. Not that I'm complaining! Where do you live, how close are we? I live at the foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway about an hour from Richmond, in Waynesboro. It would be great if we could meet some time.

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    1. We are about two hours north of Richmond Ginny, half way between DC and the Blue Ridge parkway. I would love to meet up sometime. We will have to make it happen.

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  22. Many thanks for sharing this.
    I have read quite a lot about similar companies, it's certainly a booming business I think.

    Spinach and cheese are a wonderful combination.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, all the best to you too :)

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  23. Oh yum! This looks wonderful! My daughter has tried the Blue Apron and really enjoyed it.

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  24. Hi Kay, we are having a lot of fun with Blue Apron.

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