Gousto; Why We Love Them & You Might Too
I’ve been wanting to put together a post for Gousto for some time (and then as it happened was invited to collaborate with them so, here we are). For those of you who haven’t heard me waffle on about them on Instagram at some point over the past few months, they’re a recipe box company who help make cooking at home easier. I won’t give you a long-winded sales pitch; I’m just here to tell you why I think they’re the bees knees, and why they’re becoming ever more popular with mums/dads/families and hopefully point them in their direction so you can have a further gander at what they’re all about. Please read on if you’re interested in knowing more or skedaddle back to Insta Stories if you’re happy cooking what you’re a-cooking!
So; Gousto. And how it works. You go to their website, you pick whether you want to feed 2 people or 4 (they’ll also ask if you’re cooking for children), you pick a date which suits you delivery wise and then 24 recipes (soon to be 25) will pop up on your screen, like little edible wonders. These change ALL. THE. TIME and they’re forever coming up with new, tasty meals so that the whole concept never feels dull or stale. It’s as easy as peas! The questions I’m asked most when chatting about this lovely brand is whether or not you can just dip in ad out or if you have to subscribe. And I totally get why. No-one likes to feel locked in and sometimes you just can’t be sure you’ll have the pennies week in and week out so no… I’m happy to confirm, you don’t have to actually subscribe. You can just treat yourself to a fun few days whenever you fancy it.
Secondly, ‘is it enough?’. Now, I live with an Olympian who also happens to own an Olympian appetite; he likes a lot on his plate and then some. We always order for 4 people and that covers me, Greg and our son Milo (who’s 3 and will sometimes his own weight, other times prefer to lick a stamp). Quite often I’ll opt for a vegetarian option (I’m a tad picky) and add meat in with Greg’s portion but yes, it’s always, always enough. With ingredients left over.
(We stick our favourites on the fridge)
Each recipe is boldly stamped with things like ‘Great For Kids’, ‘Good To Freeze’, ‘Plant-based’ etc so you know exactly what you’re plumping for, plus you’re provided with cooking times and a wealth of reviews from other customers who’ve already tried it. If you click on to a meal you like the look of, further info in the shape of ingredients, nutritional information and ALLERGENS are highlighted. You know exactly what’s coming in the box and you know exactly what’s going in to your dinner.
There’s a few reasons I really like these guys and a lot of it has to do with the fact you don’t have to measure anything out. I’m a bit of a lazy one when it comes to just lobbing what I hope are correct measurements when cooking from scratch and with these boxes, everything’s taken care of. You’re sent little sachets of precisely what you need, plus all the fresh vegetables, fresh meat nestled next to cool pouches and added extras such as skewers. The only things I’ve ever needed to have in the cupboard personally were salt and pepper (and they tell you that beforehand, you may also need to provide your own oil and flour for some meals) so along with the step-by-step guide on how to make whatever you’ve plumped for, you cannot, I repeat CANNOT go wrong.
With Gousto I can feel like I’m genuinely really good at cooking while not having had to traipse round a farmer’s market on the hunt for all the best stuff. I know dinner’s taken care of and that it’s going to taste tremendous and I feel like Milo’s being introduced to exciting dishes I would absolutely have never bothered to cook otherwise. Everything’s healthy enough for Greg, everything’s easy enough for me to want to make and I’m genuinely really happy when our box arrives.
This week, I popped along to an evening Gousto put on at Good Housekeeping Headquarters and learned all about their three new ranges; Plant-based, Boost & Balance and Fine Dine In. Plant-based ties in with all things Veganuary and I have to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised with my first taste of tofu! It’s not something I’d ever bothered to try before and again, thanks to these guys, I decided to give something new a go and loved it. As of now, there’ll be four veggie/vegan friendly dishes going live each week and I’m already very excited to try out the curried coconut quinoa. Boost & Balance is more about lean protein and eating healthily but inventively. No lacklustre ‘diet food’ and dull salads; instead lots of colours, crunch and goodness. Finally, Fine Dine In is a way for you to knock the socks off your other half with gourmet-style dishes (soon to be launched in Feb) which is such a lovely idea for all of us who either can’t find a babysitter or simply can’t actually be bothered to move further than the sofa. Staying in to eat doesn’t need to mean putting up with a grease-drippy pizza, it can mean treating each other to something really special and without the fuss. I’m all in.
(Some of the delicious offerings at The Gousto event; this table was all about being more adventurous)
I’m always more than happy to answer any questions anyone might have about anything I choose to promote, so if I’ve missed any information out, please do feel free to get in touch. I know there’s always a concern services like this can cost the earth but from just £2.98 per portion, this is actually a great way to eat as a family for far less. I really wouldn’t use Gousto if I didn’t think they were worth it; food’s not something we scrimp on, so I’m happy to wave my oven mitts in the air and say I think they’re pretty darn marvellous.
This blog post is sponsored by Gousto themselves but as always, I choose to only work with brands I love or/and use regularly. I’m delighted to have teamed up with Gousto & genuinely enjoy having them in my kitchen.