What is a WW Recommended Meal?

Turkey kofta, a ww approved meal
These turkey kofta are WW Approved

As you look through upcoming menus, you might notice a WW Recommended badge on some recipes. Blue Apron and WW have joined forces to create nutrient-packed dishes that will help you reach your health and wellness goals—without sacrificing taste.

If you’re not familiar with WW, the brand offers a holistic approach to weight loss and well-being through its new myWW+ program. “Rather than uprooting your lifestyle or taking away the foods you love, we help guide you toward healthier eating patterns,” says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, head of nutrition and wellness at WW.

How? All foods are assigned Points™ value— one easy to understand number that distills down complex nutrition science to help simplify eating healthfully. That means nothing is off-limits. Desserts, rich dishes, and everything else can all fit within an overall healthy pattern of eating.

Whether you’re a WW member or not, these meals have been designed with the Points™ system and overall stress-free, intuitive eating in mind. But what does that really mean? Here’s a closer look at what you’ll get when you dig into Blue Apron x WW meals: 

They’re delicious

First and foremost, our chefs pride themselves on creating meals that you’ll love eating. Blue Apron x WW meals use the same high-quality ingredients and inventive cooking techniques that you’ll find in every Blue Apron box. 

They favor ZeroPoint proteins 

Another key element of the WW program: ZeroPoint foods. These ingredients form the foundation of a healthy eating pattern, explains Leslie Fink, MS, RD, a nutritionist and recipe editor at WW. “The specifics differ depending on which myWW+ plan you’re on, but generally include nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.” The best part? You can eat as much as you please! Blue Apron chefs use these lean proteins (think boneless skinless chicken breasts and fish) to create flavorful, satisfying meals that help you stay within your daily Points™ budget. 

They’re mindful of sodium 

Despite its reputation, sodium is a vital nutrient that helps regulate fluids and support muscle health. That said, it’s all about finding a balance.  Although everyone’s needs are different, consistently consuming excess sodium can contribute to chronic disease risk. Blue Apron x WW meals are conscious of sodium, but still packed with flavor.

They use creative swaps  

Who says you have to sacrifice taste to make a better-for-you dish? Blue Apron x WW meals offer ingredient substitutions that work so well your family will have no clue they’re not the real deal. Try using non-fat yogurt in place of sour cream, or fromage blanc instead of crème fraîche. You’ll get the same taste as richer dairy options, while still savingPoints™,

Learn more about the Blue Apron x WW partnership, and sign up to try a meal here.

Spice up Dry January with a Ginger Mocktail

non-alcholic cocktail

For some, January is a time to take a break from boozy cocktails and powerful wines. Others may choose to abstain from alcohol all year round, while some might choose to spend their evenings with a ginger mocktail in one hand and a beer in the other. We’re not here to judge!

No matter what your relationship to alcohol is, you’ll love this zero-proof cocktail created by Chef Lili Dagan. Chef Lili describes this concoction as refreshing, healing, cooling, warming, and relaxing all at once.

This recipe makes a quart, but Chef Lili has been known to make this gallons at a time. If you have extra, just keep it in the fridge in a covered pitcher or a jar with a lid. Your mocktail will be good for up to one week.

ginger mocktail

Chef Lili’s Ginger Mocktail

  • 2” piece of ginger (about the size of your palm), thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, sliced , plus more for garnish
  • 2 bags tea of your choice (peppermint, chamomile, earl grey are all good choices)
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric 
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • Ginger soda, for serving

1. In a quart jar, combine the ginger, lemon, cayenne, turmeric, and mint leaves. Muddle until fragrant and slightly broken down. Add the tea bags and fill the jar with boiling water. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. The longer the mixture stands, the more flavorful it will be. 

2. When ready to serve, strain the mixture, keeping the liquid and discarding the solids. If you don’t intend to serve all the tea mixture immediately, strain out your desired amount and continue to let the rest of the mixture steep.  

3. Fill a glass with ice, then fill half the glass with the tea mixture. Add enough ginger soda to fill the glass. Taste, then add additional lemon juice if desired. Garnish with a sliced lemon and mint sprig, if desired.

Test Kitchen Tip: If you’d like to add alcohol to this drink, vodka and tequila will work nicely.

Still thirsty? Try another one of Chef Lili’s cocktail creations.