How To Make Arepas

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October 26, 2015

A Taste of Koko

I love making meals at home but unfortunately I don’t do it too often. Why? Because it’s time consuming and I hate cleaning up. Going to the grocery store and finding all the ingredients that you need for a recipe is a challenge all in itself.

Enter Blue Apron – the do-it-yourself meal kit that gives you the freshest ingredients to make a delicious meal at home. You can choose how many meals you want for the week – from $59.99 for 3 meals for 2 people or 2 meals or 4 meals a week for a family of 4 ( it’s priced out to $9.99 per person, per meal).

All the ingredients come individually packaged and labeled. Blue Apron also includes recipe cards with step-by-step photos to help you along the way. It’s SO easy, anything can do it.

I started with the arepas, which I’ve never made and would have never attempted to make. Where do you even buy Masarepa? The ingredients are all pre-washed and dried so all I had to do was chop and assemble. Even making the masarepa into arepas was super fun! The entire process took 30-40 minutes tops.

Blue Apron has generously offered my first 50 readers two free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Sign Up Here!

 

Queso & Pepper Arepas with Kale-Avocado Salad & Chimichurri

Arepas are flatbreads made from masarepa (maize flour). They’re most popular in Colombia and Venezuela, where arepas have been part of the region’s cuisine for centuries. The word “arepa” comes from a local indigenous language and means, roughly, “cornbread.” These moist cakes with crispy crusts are traditionally sliced and stuffed. Fill them with sautéed bell and poblano peppers, seared queso para freír (a delicious semi-hard cheese) and the intensely flavorful herb sauce chimichurri. Serve the arepas with a tasty, hearty salad of kale, avocado and almonds.

Queso & Pepper Arepas with Kale-Avocado Salad & Chimichurri recipe

 

How To Make Arepas

How To Make Arepas

How To Make Arepas

How To Make Arepas

How To Make Arepas

 

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

My second recipe was a crispy, pan-seared cod fillets, served with a quick-pickled red onion and golden raisins salad with bitter mustard greens, capers, garlic and mildly earthy cauliflower. We loved this one! We even have jar of the pickled red onion and golden raisins that I’ll definitely be adding to other recipes at home.

This is a recipe I would not have attempted home because cod is pricey and pickling sounds super hard. The cod came into this convenient plastic container that make it easy to bread with no messy clean up.

Blue Apron also includes a pamphlet that lets you know what produce is in season right now and the farmers that grow the produce. How beautiful is this golden cauliflower?!

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad recipe

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

How To Make Crispy Cod with Warm Cauliflower & Mustard Green Salad

 

I’ll be making the Creamy Broccoli & Fennel Casserole with Mafalda Pasta & Fontina Cheese recipe tonight!


 

A Taste of Koko

Why I Love Blue Apron

Ingredients are perfectly pre-measured so there’s no waste. I have so many different items in my pantry like smoked paprika, potato flour, tapioca starch, ect that I used only once for a recipe and now just takes up space.

Farm-fresh ingredients. I don’t have to worry about having to run back to the supermarket for a missing ingredient. Blue Apron gives me the freshest produce available to make a delicious meal!

Discover new speciality products. I’ve never heard of masarepa before making arepas with Blue Apron. Fennel is another ingredient that I’ve never purchased at the farmers market because I don’t know what to do with it! Now I know I can make casseroles with fennel.

Meals are 500-700 calories per serving. Perfect for portion control. Even my boyfriend who can eat 3 entrees when we’re out at a restaurant was full after one Blue Apron meal.

Meals only take 40 minutes or less to prepare. No need to spend hours in the kitchen!

Free delivery nationwide.

Ingredients arrive in a refrigerated box so food stays fresh even if you’re not at home. Great for those of us who work!

 

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WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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