*I was gifted a box for the purpose of this review
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Gousto to see if I was interested in trying out their meal subscription service. Blake is a fussy eater and so most of the time has a different meal to what Stuart and I have. Recently I have been getting fed up of having the same meals week in week out and wanted to try something different.
The main thing about Gousto that appealed to me was that everything comes all ready weighed and measured which of course makes meal times a lot more easier. Meal planning is something that I have found has gone to pot recently and its something we need to get back into doing. When it comes to Gousto it meant that we had 2 meals planned for us and so we only had to plan what we were having the other 5 days of the week.
I have been wanting to try out a subscription service like this for awhile and as we like to stick to a budget when it comes to meals I thought that £27.49 for 2 meals for 2 people was a bit pricey to pay each week. So what did I think? and would I buy Gousto again?
After looking at the Gousto website and selected the 2 meals that we wanted to try we then got to choose what delivery day we wanted. When the box arrived it was packaged well with cooling elements to keep the food fresh and chilled. The items in the box were also labeled and inside there was leaflet that explained how to store each of the items before use.
The recipes are written up on cards and with each of the food items measured out and ready to go. This made making the meals much more simpler. The photos of the food on the cards look mouthwatering and so we were very eager to make up our delicious sounding meals.
The first meal we chose to go for was Auntie Sues Chicken and Leek Pie. The recipe card was easy to follow and all we had to add was butter, flour, milk, olive oil, salt and pepper which we already had in our store cupboard. The card also tells you that you just double the ingredients for 4 people. The creamy and hearty chicken and leek pie took approx 40 mins to prepare and cook and we were soon enjoying our meal. The portion size was ample in fact so that we actually couldn't manage it all.
The next evening we really wanted to try out the next recipe which was Honey roast ham, egg and chips. The items have a short date on them and so we wanted to make sure we had the meals when all the ingredients were still fresh. Again the recipe was easy to follow and this time we only had to add olive oil, salt and vegetable oil. Just like the other card it tells you to double the ingredients for 4 people. This comforting pub classic took approx 40 minutes to prepare and cook and comes with a delicious mustard mayo and side salad (kale). Again the portion sizes were ample and this time we managed to finish it all and our bellies were full.
So would I recommend Gousto and would I purchase a box myself? Yes definitely the meals were delicious, easy to follow and portion wise ideal for the 2 of us. The great thing about the subscription is that you can cancel or pause at any time. I think it will be ideal if you know you have a busy a few days coming up and need to make cooking easier for you without grabbing the takeaway menu. The only thing I would find an issue is the cost which I guess depends on what your weekly food budget is. For some people the price may not be an issue for them.
Fancy trying your own box? You can get a £20 discount on each of your 1st and 2nd Gousto orders, on any sized box, meaning the 1st & 2nd boxes could cost £7.49 each. All you have to do is pop this discount code TORNADO at the checkout.