Recently, I have started seeing recipe boxes being promoted – mainly in flyers in some of the parcels I have been getting. They did intrigue me but I decided they were a bit too pricey so decided not to get one. However, a flyer came through with a recent Amazon purchase to try the Gousto box for only 10 pounds. Now that is a good offer – 3 meals for 2 people for a tenner, so I signed up and gave the box a try! Now I do have to apologise for the quality of photos in this post – I am struggling with the light in the kitchen and flat as it is pitch black by the time I get home – but I am working on it promise!
The premise behind the Gousto box is that 10 recipes are put up each week and you select 3. You then get these sent out on a specific day, with all the ingredients included. They try and make all the ingredients organic, local and sustainable which I really liked. In terms of our normal eating habits, we eat in and out about equally through the week – but I am trying to cook more. We are about 2 minutes from a supermarket so when I do cook, it is usually whatever I decide and pick up on my way home from work which is usually quite late.
I signed up for the box and ordered it to be delivered a week later – I think you can choose from a Wednesday or a Friday but as I often work from home on a Friday, I got it delivered then. I went on the website and picked three recipes – they had a good range including fish and 3 vegetarian options and they include all the nutritional information and how long they approximately take to cook – between 30 and 40 minutes. The dishes we selected were: Mexican Pork Tacos, Harissa Beef Patties and Mexican Bean Wraps – we obviously like our mexican! But there were other recipes which we liked the look of.
I was very excited when the box arrived – they rang my phone at 9, but only at 11 did I realise that it meant the parcel was here, and it was where I told them to leave it. The box was huge! I grabbed it and brought it upstairs before digging in. They have a really awesome cooling system where they put the perishables in a thick wool bag with ice cubes. Ours had been sitting there for a couple of hours and the ice was still frozen and everything very cold. I did wonder about this as if I was at work I wouldn’t be able to get it in the fridge until I got home, but I think I would feel comfortable with the food in this bag. All the other veges were in the box itself, with all the herbs and spices in their individual measured out packets which I quite liked. We got some extra free pop chips which is nice then our recipe cards and some other bits and pieces. Most ingredients have a label on them with a code and the code relates to the recipe card and step which was a good touch so we knew what bits were for each recipe. We also got a sheet outlining everything in the box and letting us know when to eat it by.
Now you do have to eat these recipes pretty quickly – they arrived on Friday and they needed to be used by Tuesday which means you do need some planning involved! We were out on Friday and Saturday nights so we ended up making them Sunday, Monday and Tuesday which worked well. I think it would be good to get the box earlier in the week as it is weeknights I would use it most!
The recipes are really easy to follow and I was very happy with the results! First came the pork wraps with an apple, coriander and red onion slaw which was really nice. I always think about making things with pork mince but I never seem to find it in the little supermarket near us. I also never use apple as I’m not the biggest fruit lover, but I was so happy I did! These took about 30 minutes to make and I will make these again. Also a word on portions – they are very generous for two! We got two wraps each, but there was enough filling for more than that so we just packed them in and ate it all.
Next came the Harissa Beef Patties which Paul cooked – Paul isn’t the biggest chef but he found the recipe easy to follow and did a great job! This was beef patties with roasted sweet potato and red onion and a yoghurt tzatziki type dressing and it was delicious. I make my own version of beef patties (which you can find here) but I really liked this as it gave me another idea of how to serve it – the sweet potato tasted amazing. I think this was my favourite of the three meals.
Last was the Mexican bean wraps which was our vege option – these were a tomato and bean mix with a really nice coriander and lime sour cream. This was probably my least favourite as it was quite wet but it still tasted really good and we ate it all up.
Overall, I really enjoyed our Gousto box – it made my evenings much easier as there was no guess work and everything was delivered fresh and ready to go. I also liked that it was all sustainable and local produce which I try and buy when I can. I’m not sure if we are going to keep getting boxes – probably not every week but maybe every once in awhile as they are 35 pounds normally and I think that is stretching the budget a bit – especially coming up to Christmas!
Have you tried a Gousto or other recipe box?