If you’re a long-time reader of Buttered Side Up, you know that I’m a fan of ButcherBox. So when they announced that they were releasing a wild-caught salmon box, of course I wanted to try it out for you guys!
Bust first a little background…
What is ButcherBox?
ButcherBox is a subscription service that delivers 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef right to your front door. They also have options to include organic chicken and heritage breed pork. And of course now they’re adding the option of wild-caught salmon!
This is exciting news because now you could fulfill all of your meat needs with ButcherBox! And they’re offering you 2 pounds of FREE salmon with your first order. More on that later…
By the way, you can always customize your box so that it comes once a month or every other month. So convenient!
Let’s dive in and see what I made with my ButcherBox:
First, let me show you everything that I got in my box:
- 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
- 1 package ButcherBox bacon
- 2 pounds wild caught salmon fillets
- 1 pound grass-fed sirloin tips
- 24 ounces grass-fed flat iron steaks
- 20 ounces grass-fed ribeye steaks
- About 3 lb organic boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- About 3 pounds organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts
BTW, I chose the beef, chicken, and salmon box. I think my box was slightly larger than a standard box, so keep that in mind when ordering.
ButcherBox Meal #1:
This was just a day or two before I started Sugar Free January, and I knew I wanted to get some sushi bowls in before the start (sushi rice is flavored with vinegar, sugar, and salt). I baked the wild caught salmon with salt and a drizzle of sriracha. Yum! I served the bowls with avocado, cucumber, seaweed snacks, carrots, cream cheese, and sriracha mayo. Definitely going to make these again after SFJ!
ButcherBox Meal #2:
Cheeseburger Totchos! Actually, I intended to make this meal before SFJ as well, but life happened and I didn’t get around to it. I used the ground beef from my ButcherBox. These were really good, as always. I was able to use an unsweetened ketchup, so the only real cheat here was a tiny bit of apple juice concentrate in the tater tots to promote browning.
ButcherBox Meal #3:
With the steak tips I made: Instant Pot steak tips with couscous (topped with butter) and fried onions and peppers. Yummers!
We had enough leftover steak tips, couscous, veggies, and ground beef (from the totchos meal) that we were able to get a second meal out of it!
ButcherBox Meal #5:
One of my favorite things to make for supper is breakfast! I love that the ButcherBox bacon is sugar free – perfect for SFJ! I cooked it in the oven (the best way to cook bacon) and served it alongside hash browns, fried eggs, kale chips, and pink lady apples.
ButcherBox Meal #6:
With part of the chicken breasts that I got in my ButcherBox, I made Greek chicken rice bowls. I put some rice in a bowl and topped it off with tomatoes, cucumbers, baked chicken (sprinkled with dill), and a cheater tzatziki sauce. This was lunch for the kids and I.
ButcherBox Meal #7 + #8:
Aaaah…there’s just nothing like homemade chicken noodle soup! With the remaining chicken breasts I cook up a big batch of soup and froze half for when the baby comes.
ButcherBox Meal #9:
With the second package of ground beef I made a beef + veggie casserole. I basically boiled up some potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips, browned the ground beef, and then made a roux from chicken broth, milk, and cream. Then I mixed it all together and baked until bubbly. Hearty and satisfying.
ButcherBox Meal #10:
Ribeye steaks with parsley/garlic/parm butter, parsley mashed potatoes, and garlic parmesan green beans. I was impressed by how good these steaks were, considering I’m not very good at cooking steaks as a general rule. ?
ButcherBox Meal #11:
Something that was in my ButcherBox that I had never cooked with before was flat iron steaks. So I found a recipe for Asian flat iron steaks (I subbed an Asian pear for the honey to be SFJ compliant), cooked them up, and served them with rice and broccolini. Wow. These were the most buttery steaks I’ve ever cooked. Very very good.
ButcherBox Meal #12 + #13:
With part of the chicken thighs, I made a huge batch of Instant Pot chicken wild rice soup. So yummy! I froze half of it for when the baby arrives.
ButcherBox Meal #14:
I made homemade chicken pesto and chicken BBQ pizzas with the remaining chicken thighs. I also froze 2 pizzas for when the baby comes.
ButcherBox Meal #15:
I’ve seen people raving about how good salmon cakes are, so with the remaining salmon that’s what I made! Is served them on top of rice with a side of mango salsa and a dollop of mayonnaise (not shown). These were SO good! Definitely something I’ll be making again and again.
ButcherBox Meal #16:
We had a few leftover salmon patties and chicken thighs, so I put them in some fried rice and called it a meal. ?
I also made a couple of breakfasts for myself with some leftover salmon: Omelettes with brie, salmon, and capers. So good!
Final Thoughts About My ButcherBox:
I really enjoyed cooking with my ButcherBox this month. One thing I love about it is the fact that I’m forced out of my comfort zone into cooking with cuts of meat that I normally don’t reach for. I can’t rely on the good old standbys that I purchase again and again. We had some really lovely meals this month.
One thing to note is that the salmon does contain a few bones, but this is pretty standard for salmon in my experience. And overall the salmon seemed very good quality and had a nice color. The steaks were 95% tasty and tender, with a few chewy parts here and there. But again, you’ll get that with pretty much any steak you buy unless you meticulously trim off any tendons by hand. The chicken was so easy to work with, and also seemed excellent quality.
Here’s a Bonus Short Video Explaining what ButcherBox is All About (Featuring My Pregnant Belly):
If you’re interested in giving ButcherBox a try, I highly recommend placing an order before the end of January. ButcherBox is offering you 2 pounds of wild-caught salmon FOR FREE. That’s a $39 value!
Click Here to Place Your Order and Get Your Free Salmon! Offer ends January 31, 2019
If you’d still like to place an order after that date, you can still get $10 off your first box + free bacon by clicking here!
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