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a few months ago, i blogged about how we enjoy using blue apron meals in our home on occasion and have been using the service for over a year now. today, we’ve partnered with blue apron to share a fun chicken with braised veggies and barley recipe with you! you can see more recipes and dinner ideas with the blue apron cookbook.

if you’re unfamiliar with blue apron, they deliver all the fresh ingredients you need, in the exact proportions and in a refrigerated box, to your doorstep each week! with our plan, we receive three meals per week, for two people (it’s always more than enough for the kiddos too) for $9.99 per person per meal. what i like is that we can skip weeks or cancel at anytime too, so our plan has remained flexible with our lifestyle. what i especially love about blue apron is that it’s given us the chance to branch out and make new recipes we’d never make otherwise, and since all the ingredients already come proportioned in the right amounts, we don’t ever feel like we’re wasting anything. that’s the biggest thing for me, because i don’t know how many times over the years i’ve bought a big jar of some fancy expensive spice that only required one teaspoon… and the rest of that jar is still sitting in my kitchen cabinet all by its lonesome.

a few weeks ago, we made parmesan basil chicken patties with braised roman beans and barley. you can see the recipe from the blue apron cookbook here, but some photos and the full recipe below!


for this recipe, we were sent: 2 cloves of garlic, 1 bunch of basil, 1 tomato, 1/2 bunch spring onions, 1/2 pound romano beans, 3/4 cup barley, 10 ounces of ground chicken, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese. blueapron1

following our recipe card, we washed, dried, chopped and diced the produce. we then added the barley to a pot of boiling water where it cooked for about 16- 18 minutes. once the barley was tender, we drained and returned to the pot, seasoning with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.


as the barley cooked, we heated a tablespoon or two of olive oil and sautéed the garlic and white bottoms of the onions with salt and pepper over medium heat. after about 3 minutes, we increased the temperature to high and added the romano beans, tomato and a 1/2 cup water.  once everything was boiling, we covered and allowed it to simmer over low heat for about 22 minutes. once the beans were tender, we added a touch of olive oil, half the green tops of the onions and half of the chopped basil.


while the veggies braised, we combined the chicken, breadcrumbs, the remaining basil and a pinch of the parmesan in a bowl with salt and pepper. using our hands, we made the mixture into four 1/2 inch-thick patties which we then put over medium heat and cooked about 6 minutes per side (we loosely covered the pan with aluminum foil, as the recipe requests.)


once the patties finished cooking, we plated them over the barley and braised vegetables. we sprinkled the remaining green tops of onions and parmesan cheese on top. it was delicious! i need more barley in my life. i always forget about that one…

and there you have it! a fun and simple blue apron meal!

also, blue apron is offering the first 100 readers who sign up HERE two free meals on their first blue apron order! you can check out this map of delivery zones to be sure they deliver to your area (they ship nationwide now, to over 80% of the country.)

this post is in partnership with blue apron meals. hope you enjoy the recipe!

  1. Erin

    This seriously looks delicious!!!

  2. vicky

    love this! meal looks great and i love the part about not wasting. i can’t tell you how lonesome a few of my spices are in the cabinet. they, too, only get used for one specific recipe and then never again. not a bad deal! still love your kitchen, too. everything looks bright and happy!! :)

  3. kristen

    looks yummy!

  4. Teresa

    what a great idea! i have a jar of fish sauce that has been sitting in my fridge for months! what in the world do you do with fish sauce???? i think having a blue apron service is so convenient and budget friendly because nothing is wasted AND it’s cheaper than going out to eat

  5. Kenia

    Delish! I’m totally trying this recipe :)

  6. jemima

    I like that they are increasing the delivery zone, as that gives me hope for an eventual European situation some day!!!!!!!!!! ;) Would love something like this over here, seems totally ideal for my lifestyle.

    Looks absolutely delicious. So fresh, healthy and yummy too.

    x jemima


  7. wow! that looks delicious!

  8. Taylor

    mmm! This looks delicious!


  9. Alyssa

    Your kitchen remodel looks so great! So inspiring that you did it on a small budget and all by yourselves.


  10. Krystal

    Thanks for sharing!! I’m from Canada so I don’t get to enjoy this but thanks to you I have at least one recipe!

  11. Lisa

    I love your Camp Brand Goods tee! Proud to see a brand from my home town of Calgary Canada :)

  12. AGATA

    Hi Davis Family!
    Meal looks really delicious I’m sure that it taste yummy, too! Okay, now I’m hungry.

    From experience I know that cooking together is fun and I see that in you is the same.


    Love, xoxo

  13. Cat

    I’ve been hearing such awesome things about Blue Apron! My manager at work eats their meals two or three times a week, and says they’re amazing. I particularly love the idea of learning some new recipes that I can make at home with my own ingredients next time.


  14. marie

    I’ve never used cheese as a after-topping for my meals before! I might just try that.. Hopefully my son will like that since he’s quite the fussy eater. Haha. Btw Blue Apron should have kid friendly meals delivered to doorsteps too! A few companies in my country does that. ;)


  15. Stephanie

    I really love seeing you and your husband cooking together! You’re such an inspiring couple :)

  16. Tamara

    This is awesome! I hate meal planning and grocery shopping, so this would be perfect for my husband and I :).


  17. Jess

    Love seeing a ‘lil local Camp Brand making it stateside & on your beautiful blog!

  18. Abi

    This looks so yummy and healthy too! Great photos! Abi :) myw0rldmyview.blogspot.co.uk

  19. lori

    Looks so good! Can’t wait to try Blue Apron!

  20. Kristen

    Would love to see you do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and share with your followers! I encourage you to learn more about it at ALSA.org, donate, do the challenge, and share with your followers. Love from Texas! (and a family member with ALS!)

  21. Melanie

    I wish we never signed up for Blue Apron. We found the meals too labor intensive for our usual weeknight meal and they make it impossible to cancel.

  22. christian

    Hi! What color lipstick? Xo

  23. I don’t know how I didn’t know about this before. All of these recipes are amazing!

  24. Steph

    I’ve heard good things about this brand! I’d love to try it some time.


  25. Bea

    Looks soooo good!!!!

  26. what a brilliant idea! so suitable for busy families!

  27. amanda

    this was one of my favorite recipes i’ve gotten through blue apron so far. although i went off recipe (omg!) and made mini meatballs instead of a larger patty and it made for a fun eating experience.

  28. Traci

    We began Blue Apron last week and have been really pleased with the meals. Living in rural Northern California, with eating out options few and far between, we cook a lot! It’s been such a relief not having to think of a meal plan and dash off to the store. The ingredients and recipes are very similar to how I cook anyway. We’re looking foreword to next weeks delivery!

  29. Ju

    Looks solo good, too bad we don’t have Blue Apron in France!
    Have a nice day!


  30. Leslie

    Loving your lip color!! do you mind sharing? Thanks!