Dinner to my door
One of the reasons that I have never tried a recipe box before is that I assumed it wouldn’t fit with the way we live. We never sit down together to eat the same meal 5 nights a week. Matt or I will be out at least one night. On Thursdays, it is activities-chaos which means I just feed the children fast, low-grade carbohydrates. So the first thing that I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Gousto is that each order can consist of just 2 or 3 meals. This I can work with.
In order to give the box a fair go, I went for 4 meals in our first order. I chose from a range of 30 recipes that change each week. Everything you need to cook each dish is delivered in a box (with the exception of oils and seasoning), with strict instructions to the driver that it MUST be left in a safe place if you are not in. Each meal comes with a Helen-proof instruction card that walks you through the prep.
We have the added complication of me being a fish-eating veggie and the rest of the household being enthusiastic carnivores. So I picked recipes that were either veggie or adaptable without generating waste. For the meat lovers, we had Pork Belly with BBQ sauce (I ate all of the sides, but swapped in something for the meat). Next, it was the Smoked Fish Gratin. I liked the look of Gujarati-Style Aubergine Curry so cooked it for a girls lunch. And on Friday night we made Sausage and Shallot Pizza (just leaving the sausage off mine).
I have to say that this is very easy to write positively about. Every single meal went down well. The children have found dinner-in-a-box week especially entertaining, eating everything happily. Pork Belly and Pizza have been voted the favourites. Portion sizes are generous and the quality of the veg and meat is high (with decent use by dates).
The amount of preparation involved varied dish-by-dish with the veggie curry requiring the most faff. It is possible to select only easy recipes if that is not for you. The pizza was super straightforward to make and my daughter (10) pretty much cooked that meal for us by herself.
To make the most of Gousto you need to be up for planning your meals rather than making a daily supermarket run. I was conscious that there was a lot of plastic packaging in the box (although I understand that Gousto does better on this front than other recipe boxes on the market). Having said that, not all of the fruit and veg came separately wrapped. Also, as you are delivered exactly what you need for each meal, there is a reduced amount of food waste.
For me, the best thing about it has been seeing the family interested in and excited about what they are having for dinner. Next week’s box has been ordered already.
Use the discount code NOTABOUTTHEKIDS to get 50% off two Gousto recipe boxes. Click here to visit their website and check out this week’s recipes. I will receive a small payment for any order made using this code, but everything you read here is my honest opinion in my own words. My agreement with Gousto allowed me to create my own content without approval. I received the recipe box I cooked from free of charge.