Chinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut RiceChinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut Rice: I got a fun package in the mail, one that I want to share with you! A box of fresh ingredients and cooking instructions, from Blue Apron, a company dedicated to the same purpose as we are: To help you get healthy homemade dinners on your table.

Dinner with Blue Apron - Chinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut Rice

It can be tricky to feed our families a wholesome meal each night.

I know it might seem like I couldn’t possibly understand, since our business is all about food. Yet even with the know-how and best intentions, there are nights I walk in the door with armfuls of kid clutter, hours of homework-duty ahead, and no idea what I’m going to serve my family for dinner.

It happens. Often.

Homemade Dinners with Blue Apron - Chinese Five Spice Shrimp

Last week I received a box from Blue Apron, a company created to make it easier on you to cook and share a meal around your family table.

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  1. Farm-fresh ingredients
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Eliminating the need for you to meal plan, grocery shop, and measure out portions. You simply open the box, and start cooking!

Ingredients for Homemade Dinners with Blue Apron - Chinese Five Spice Shrimp

My first Blue Apron box had two dinners in it: Chinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut Rice, and Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs.

You can see the fresh and healthy ingredients for the Chinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut Rice above.

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All I had to do was chop a few perfectly-portioned veggies and follow the quick cooking instructions to create a hot zesty meal for my family.

Each Blue Apron recipe takes less than 40 minutes to prepare from start to finish.

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My family LOVED the Chinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut Rice, and I loved that Blue Apron did all the thinking for me. I was able to enjoy the cooking process, and offer up something homemade, without the rush at the grocery store.

Blue Apron ships to more than 80% of the country. Meal kits come in a refrigerated box so that they stay cool and fresh, even if they sit on your doorstep for several hours.

Cooking Homemade Dinners with Blue Apron - Chinese Five Spice Shrimp

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Your box of fresh ready-to-cook meals will show up on your door step, so you can still have a home-cooked dinner on a hectic day. Meal kits are designed for families of 2 or 4 and can be adjusted to meet certain dietary restrictions.

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I was really impressed with my Blue Apron cooking experience. Blue Apron is perfect for:

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My kids made the Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs later in the week, all by themselves. They had fun cooking together, and were very proud of the meal they made.

Blue Apron meal kits are a great way to inspire kids to cook and give them the means to succeed.

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Chinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Chinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut Rice - An easy dinner recipe provided by Blue Apron.
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 13.5 ounces coconut milk
  • 6 ounces cubed pineapple
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 lime
  • 3/4  pound baby bok choy
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 piece ginger 2 inches
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice shrimp spice blend Chinese five-spice powder, black sesame seeds & white sesame seeds
  • 1/2  cup coconut flakes


  • In a medium pot, heat the rice, coconut milk (shaking the can before opening), a big pinch of salt and 3/4 cup of water to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 11 to 14 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Fluff the finished rice with a fork.
  • While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Quarter the lime. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions. Thinly slice the white bottoms of the scallions on an angle; slice the green tops into ½-inch pieces on an angle. Remove and discard the root end of the bok choy; roughly chop the leaves and stems. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Peel and mince the ginger. Toss the shrimp with the spice blend; season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large, dry pan (nonstick, if you have one) on medium until hot. Add the coconut flakes and toast, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pan.
  • In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the white bottoms of the scallions and ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 to 45 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the bok choy and pineapple; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the bok choy is slightly wilted.
  • Add the seasoned shrimp and 1/4 cup of water to the pan of vegetables and pineapple; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through and the water has evaporated. Remove the pan from heat.
  • Off the heat, stir the juice of all 4 lime wedges into the pan of shrimp; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish the finished shrimp with the cilantro. Garnish both the finished shrimp and the coconut rice with the green tops of the scallions and toasted coconut flakes. Enjoy!


Serving: 1g, Calories: 762kcal, Carbohydrates: 92g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 25g, Cholesterol: 286mg, Sodium: 962mg, Potassium: 611mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 4095IU, Vitamin C: 71.3mg, Calcium: 380mg, Iron: 9mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Author: Sommer Collier
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. All opinions are my own.

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