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A Gousto Review – is it worth the money?

If you haven’t heard of Gousto before, you might want to stick around or at least have a nosey on the Gousto website.

It’s essentially a meal subscription, but with a twist.

You don’t get ready-made food delivered to your door. Instead you get some of the freshest, organic ingredients around, along with three recipes and everything ready for you to get cooking.

I wouldn’t normally say yes to a review of this kind, because I’m a big foodie and I really enjoy cooking, so receiving pre-made food would take the fun out of this for me, but having fresh ingredients and new recipes to try excited me.

I felt like I was getting a sneak into someone’s own special recipes, without the need to do a big food shop at the same time.

In terms of what you get, you simply visit the site, sign-up, and start.

  • You can choose your recipes.
  • You can choose how many people to feed from a choice of two or four people. 
  • You pick the delivery dates and how frequently you’d like a delivery. 
  • Then you get to pick three recipes, from a selection of pretty brilliant-looking meals.

My box was pre-selected for me as part of this review, but it did take into account any allergies and dislikes, and I quite enjoyed the surprise.

We received, in order of our favourites:

  • Jerk Chicken
  • Herbed Chicken Schnitzel
  • Sicilian Pork Traybake

The Jerk Chicken was something completely new to us – I had never experimented with those flavours before and the rice and bean mix was really, really good. The only thing we added, with all dishes actually, was a bit more veg. They are filling but I felt like they were missing some nutrients that you would get from fresh fruit and veg at times. We had a big bag of spinach in the fridge, so we paired two of the meals with that.

The Herbed Chicken Schnitzel taught me one tip and that was making your chicken go much further by slice it in half like burger bun and then flattening it. Mark thought he had two chicken breasts on his plate and was so shocked to find it was just the one. I really liked the warm potato salad that went with this – with fresh tomato and capers. I also cooked it in the Halo+ oven so it was even healthier than described.

Which is one thing I want to point out – I love that they come with calorie breakdowns for you. That was so handy for me and I could easily add them to My Fitness Pal and not worry about guessing.

The last meal was the pork dish, which I don’t have a photograph of, as we ate this while my Gramps was unwell in hospital and it was a very rushed affair and I was quite troubled at the time. I didn’t enjoy this as much, mainly as I don’t personally like the addition of citrus with meats. I know – I’m probably a bit odd. Plus – fennel is an acquired taste. It did encourage me to think of different ways to cook traybakes and what ingredients I could try.

So the verdict?

Would I buy this again?

Well, the truth is, I’ve actually tried the Gousto box before, along with a competitor box. I really enjoy the excitement of having some new dishes to try and the ease of which the box comes to you all ready to go.

For us, cost-wise, it’s not sustainable for a week-in-week-out commitment, but it’s definitely something I’ll go back to as a once-a-month treat. Mainly for those recipes!

You can get your first box for £15 off the original price of £34.99, which means it’s just £19.99, which, per person, works out at less than £4 per person, per meal. But £34.99 is the cost of a small shop for us. And I know that, after years of being an avid foodie, I could get a lot more for my money.

What I will say is that quality rules. It really does. They have great produce included, most of which seems to be organic. And, if you consider the cost of a meal out, which is rare with kiddies, I’d rather buy this and have a weekend of lovely meals for us two once Bill is in bed, with a couple of bottles of Prosecco. Works out cheaper and the food is bloody good too!

You can find out more about Gousto, through the FAQs here.

If you’ve tried it, let me know in the comments below, what you thought of it?

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    I love the look of the meals you tried – great tip in cutting the chicken open x

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    I was in much the same mind as you when we reviewed earlier in the year, loved the different recipes (as I tend to cook the same meals over and over) and ingredients but the price put me off as money is tight at the moment as sometimes spend that on a small weekly shop! x

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