Gousto | Recipe subscription box review

As much as I love cooking, I hate coming up with a meal plan for the week. I’m a creature of habit and every week I’ll eat risotto, a quinoa salad with salmon, and a pad thai. So last week I decided to trial Gousto.

Imagine having someone else sort out your weekly shop and deliver it right to your door, and all you have to do is cook it! There’s tonnes of recipe box subscription services out there – and that’s hardly surprising as they’re such a great concept because they’re perfect for busy people who still want to eat well. AND they’ll get you out of your cooking rut in no time.  So what makes Gousto different?

  • You can choose up to four unique recipes
  • There’s a new menu every week (and there’s tonnes of recipes online)
  • The menu is spilt into: quick & easy, discover, veggie, low calorie and family friendly
  • You can pick the delivery date and how frequently you’d like it
  • The vegetables are organic and seasonal, and the meat and fish are responsibly sourced

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My Gousto box arrived last Monday morning with plenty of ice packs to keep the food chilled along with a list of the ingredients and three meal cards. The meals are all written up on colourful recipe cards with a photographs to help guide you.

I shared the meals with my mum and we opted for all Asian inspired dishes…

Chicken katsu curry

Indonesian veggie nasi goreng

Thai crab rice

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So, all the meals I choose all included rice and only the katsu curry came with wholegrain rice. Personally I would love it if you could pick your ‘carb’ type as I would have opted for wholegrain for all my meals. The same goes with their pasta dishes, as in the past I’ve had their spicy haddock linguine and if I could have picked wholegrain pasta, I would have. My only other small niggle with Gousto is that the timings can be off as it does not take 8 minutes to pan fry a plump chicken breast.

All my meals came with plenty of veggies and I also loved that on the recipe cards they had the calorie breakdowns. Which is so handy for me as I could  easily add them to My Fitness Pal.

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All the recipes I tested were delicious and packed full of flavour (they don’t skimp on herbs, spices and other seasonings) – and not to mention that they were dead easy to make. All your past recipes can be found on the MyGousto section on their website. Even if you don’t want to sign up to Gousto, you can get a handful of their recipes online.

I won’t lie, it’s expensive, but you’re paying for the convenience and to many people, myself included, value that a lot. Gousto may not be the best option for veggies as you pay the same as meat eaters. My vegetarian meal  however went so much further than the ones with meat or fish, the portion was huge in comparison, so it may not be quite such bad value as it sounds.

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If you want to order a box from Gousto click here, where you’ll get a £25 off your first order if you use my code ANNA221576. If you opt for the 3 meal box it will only cost £9.99! Mad value for money.

 

 

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Eight things I ate this December

I ate a lot of food last month and reminiscing about everything I ate over the period Christmas is making me incredibly peckish…

This first weekend in December I headed to the Peak District with my family and we went straight to The Red Lion in Litton. It’s one of my favourite pubs and serves good, hearty food (and the fact that they’re dog friendly is a huge bonus!)

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A boozy Christmas lunch with my colleagues happened at The Blues Kitchen  where they’re all about big plates of BBQ food. I indulged in their Christmas burger, ‘the baby cheezus’ – a turkey burger served with cranberry sauce and bacon, wedged between two brioche buns, topped with a pig wrapped in a blanket, served with both sport coleslaw and sweet potato fries!

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Buying groceries for one is a challenge, you either over buy or end up having the same meals again and again, and that’s where Gousto step in. Scott swears by them and has whips me up a meal from them every time I stay at his flat. I loved their spicy haddock linguine, creamy with a hint of chilli, plus there’s hardly any prep!

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Scott’s birthday falls in December, so of course, we got burgers and craft beer at The Exmonth Arms in Euston with a dozen of so friends. They’ve got 32 bottled beers displayed on the ‘wall of beer’ – nothing beats a Beavertown gamma ray with a mac n cheese burger served with hashbrown bites.

For Scott’s actual birthday, I took him to Maltby Street Market, and these buttermilk waffles served with fried chicken and maple syrup where the highlight of the market – a perfect combination!

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I also took Scott to Camino for a birthday meal after we visited the Escape Rooms. It’s a great place to head to and you’re always guartenned good food and all the Spanish classics. Although the food itself it quite basic, it’s still incredibly tasty.

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I’m guilty of heading into Central London when it comes to going out for dinner, and I’m attempting to try out all of my local restaurants. Last month I headed to Thalassa with my parents. The food here is plentiful and delicious, but the restaurant itself needs a refurbishment.

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To ring in the new year, Scott and I headed to The Isle of Man, where we dinned at 14 North, a cosy restaurant located in Douglas in the North Quay. I loved the fact they only use seasonal and local ingredients to showcase what the island has to offer. If you’re ever in the Isle of the Man you’ll seriously regret not going here!

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