I’m excited to start a new series on my blog all about cooking! Those of you who know me know I have never been much of a cook, sometimes out of laziness and sometimes out of pure lack of knowledge. I’ve always wanted to make more of an effort to start cooking and learning new recipes, and I was finally given the perfect opportunity when my mom asked if I would want to share a Blue Apron subscription with her.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Blue Apron is a meal delivery service that sends you all of the ingredients, as well as the recipes, for healthy meals. We tried two of the recipes last week, and I was pleasantly surprised by how simple and delicious they both were! Blue Apron sends you everything you need, and the instructions were easy to follow (even for a novice like myself).
In today’s post I’m going to share photos and the recipe from the first meal we prepared: Potato and Pepper Shakshuka with Harissa and Pita Chips.
- 2 cage-free farm eggs
- 1 red onion
- 2 pocketless pitas
- 3/4 lb golden potatoes
- 6 oz carrots
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 oz sweet peppers
- 1 tbsp red harissa paste
- 1 1/2 oz feta cheese
- 2 tbsps tomato paste
- 1 tbsp za’atar seasoning
You can find the full recipe on Blue Apron’s website, but here is a sneak peak at the steps:
- Dice the potatoes, and cook in a pot of boiling water for 8 to 9 minutes.
- Peel and chop the carrots, onion and peppers, and chop the garlic.
- Cut each pita into 8 equal-sized wedges.
- Cook the veggies for 6 to 7 minutes in a large pan, seasoning with salt and pepper
- Add the tomato paste and harissa paste to the pan; season with salt and pepper.
- Add the cooked potatoes and 1 cup of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes
- Create two wells in the shakshuka, and add the eggs, then bake in oven for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Drizzle olive oil and za’atar seasoning on the pita chips, coating on each side, then toast in the oven for 7 to 9 minutes.
Full disclosure, I had never heard of shakshuka before, but I think it turned out really delicious! I think the only part I could have done better was the pita chips, which were slightly too crispy. Other than that, I think I managed to prepare a great first Blue Apron meal, with the help of my mom of course.
Have you ever eaten, or cooked, shakshuka before? Have you tried Blue Apron, or another meal delivery? Let me know in the comments!