Find yourself always cooking the same things or relying too much on unhealthy takeaways? We review the Gousto family meal box.
Everything you need for delicious and easy dinners
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself stuck for inspiration when it comes to cooking dinner during the week. Shattered after a day’s hard graft and wanting something quick and tasty, it’s all too easy to turn to your familiar but rather dull suppertime repertoire or, after a really bad day, call up the local pizzeria. It’s obviously quite a common dilemma among today’s busy families, which is why recipe kit boxes have recently become all the rage. Delivered direct to your door and containing everything you need to create up to four meals for a family of four, with the average cost per meal usually around £4, it’s a service that perfectly caters for a very modern need.
Often however, your choice of meals is fairly limited, which is where Gousto comes in. One of the few truly British companies operating in this market – it was founded in 2012 by Timo Schmidt and James Carter and was given added exposure a year later after featuring on Dragon’s Den – Gousto offers a more bespoke, mix-and-match service than most of it competitors, with 12 fresh (largely organic), tasty and nutritious recipes to choose from every week. There’s more choice with delivery dates too, with the company offering a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday service.
Prepping is child's play
So, what’s it like? Well, just a visit to the Gousto website will have you salivating, where you can ponder over such choices (all accompanied by the most mouth-watering images) as sticky pomegranate Persian halloumi, bacon and sage wrapped chicken and harissa fish on red pepper couscous. For the purposes of this review, however, we’d opted for crispy Asian pepper chicken and Thai Pork skewers with peanut rice. Our box duly arrived on the allotted day, and was left, as per instructions, in the front bike shed. It was good to see that the company adheres to its avowed ethical credentials with 95 per cent of the packaging materials recyclable.
Inside the box was a veritable feast, with every ingredient clearly marked and the recipes simply laid out with step-by-step instructions. So inspired was my 13-year-old son, that he immediately rolled up his sleeves, grabbed the apron and started prepping. Not to do a disservice to my son’s cooking skills, but it really is that easy! The results were absolutely delicious, and incredibly generous portions to boot, with everyone agreeing that we’d make both recipes again. And that’s the great thing about Gousto. It takes you out of your comfort zone, encouraging you to try new and unusual recipes that can then be replicated, should you so choose. But when suppertime fatigue strikes again, as it undoubtedly will, you’re just a click away from another box. Gousto, mucho gusto, I say!
Dinner is served
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