Monday, 15 September 2014

Gousto Food Box Review

A little while ago I reviewed Gousto food boxes. Gousto food boxes are a home delivered food box full of organic food. The unique selling point is that each box contains carefully measured ingredients in the right proportions to cook the delicious recipes on the cards they supply. There's no waste here. You get to choose the food online and each week the selection is updated. The boxes are delivered right to your doorstep each week.




Inside a Gousto box

What I love is that that the recipes are: - 
Easy to make, they don't need any complicated cooking skills, you won't have to stuff a mushroom here.
Quick to make, all have preparation and cooking time clearly stated and most if not all are rustled up in well under an hour.
Most ingredients are locally sourced, wherever possible.
All meat carries the Red Tractor stamp of assurance to guarantee animals are reared in Britain in accordance to animal welfare guidelines.
Fruit, vegetables and herbs are from certified organic suppliers.
All the herbs and spices are carefully measured too, so no having to buy a whole packet of paprika or chili flakes when you are not sure when you will use it again.
Meals are nutritionally balanced and healthy whilst still being filling.
Oh and each dish is incredibly tasty!

I was sent a box of food to review as Gousto have recently revamped their website, making it mobile phone friendly and lowered their prices whilst still maintaining the great quality of their food.

The recipe cards are simple to follow and give nutritional advice such as calories, fat and protein per portion, prep time, how many of your five a day contribution as well as cooking time. 



Pork and Sesame Meatballs recipe card


The finished result


Fennel crusted pork tenderloin before


The finished result

The dishes I tried out were tasty, easy to cook and filling. I was worried there wasn't going to be enough food but there was plenty. 

When I cooked the meatballs I was concerned one chili would be too hot so I added less. I shouldn't have done as I think the meatballs weren't spicy enough, although they were very flavourful. I should have had courage in the recipes! I particularly liked the way the broccoli was cooked, roasting in the oven in a little olive oil added a lovely caramelisation to this often boring vegetable.

Another dish I tried was the fennel encrusted pork. This was easy to prepare and I really enjoyed the butter bean, tomato and garlic dish. Being not a great fan of fennel I was apprehensive about cooking the pork as it had a fennel crust. It did have a distinctive flavour but it made a meat that can often be bland full of flavour.

I also tried the sumac chicken and courgette ribbon salad. Unfortunately my photos did not come out so well for this one so I do not have photos to show you. It was quick to make but we didn't rate this one as good as the other dishes, mainly because we didn't really enjoy the flavour of the sumac, which is a middle eastern spice, and it was served with millet which is not our favourite grain. But that's the joy of these food boxes, it allows you to try new things but also if you don't like something you don't have to order it again. 

I have a special offer today for my readers get £25 off your first box. Yes £25!

Enter code JEWELLERY25 at checkout to take advantage of this very special offer.

You can follow Gousto on Twitter  and Facebook here and they also have a Pinterest account so you can see their yummy dishes.

Have you ever tried Gousto? What do you think of the concept? Let me know.
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15 comments

  1. It seems a good idea if you want to get some confidence in cooking or get some new ideas.

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  2. This looks like a good idea to me x

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  3. Fun and easy - would love to eat like this everyday!

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  4. I haven't tried these but I love the idea of there being no waste, with everything you need in the box and nothing more x

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    1. it's brilliant that everything is carefully measured and therefore there is no waste.

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  5. It's great that you get exactly what you need an recipe inspiration for the food you receive. They look great for adding variety into your diet and trying something new.

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    1. Yes it is lovely to add variety to a diet, and for trying new recipes.

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  6. They look great, I need this as I am a rubbish cook! x

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  7. Ohh I have tried one of these boxes before....They are fab! My fella and I tried food we normally wouldn't eat. Very easy to make the dishes too :) x

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    1. Yes it is great for being slightly more adventurous than you would normally.

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  8. A great idea for getting some inspiration for new meals- wonder what their veggie range is like? *goes to investigate*

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  9. I am awful at cooking - so this might just be a wonderful help to me - how much does a box actually cost? x

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    1. I think it depends on the dish. Between £4 and £5 per person.

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  10. What a great looking box - that meal sounds absolutely delicious as well. x

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