Feeding Your Family With Gousto
Does the whole business of feeding your family every day feel like a bit of a drag? Are you constantly trying to figure out what to make, or churning out the same few meals over and over?
Maybe you have the best of intentions to plan out meals for the week ahead, but you end up flying by the seat of your pants every day.
I hear you. For years I’ve had an on-off (mostly on) struggle with the whole meal planning, list making, food shopping, prepping and cooking thing. (Oh why oh why do they need to eat every day!?) It often feels like the bane of my existence. And I know I’m not alone. The biggest moan I hear from my friends and clients is how much time and energy is spent on figuring out what to feed everyone every day.
I’m happy to say that I’ve turned a bright new corner on this one! My saviour arrived last year – not in the form of a private chef, sadly, but in the form of Gousto.
You may have heard of, or even tried, one of these companies that deliver a box of pre-measured ingredients and recipe cards to your doorstep for you to cook your own meals from scratch. I’ll admit, I didn’t get the concept at first and it took a while for me to come around to the idea. I tried hard to divert a Gousto rep with an iPad at an event last year. No, I did not want to sign up to any kind of subscription service. I’d done it years ago with home delivery of milk (I’d forget to cancel when we went on holiday) and a weekly box of organic veg (too much of it was unidentifiable and only added to my stress over what to make with it.)
Thankfully I was persuaded to give Gousto a try. And I’ve not looked back! Here’s my own Gousto review.
What I love about cooking with Gousto.
1. Meal Planning is made fun. (I never thought I’d ever put those words together.)
Each week I click on the Gousto website or app to drool over the new choices on offer. Our family particularly love the variety of ethnic dishes. When the kids were small and I wanted to introduce them to new cuisines, I’d create a whole themed evening. ‘Mexican Night’ involved sombreros and a musical mariachi chips and salsa bowl. Far Eastern Nights were about stir-fries, rookie sticks (chop sticks for kids) and pling-plong music. I’d show them on the globe which part of the world we were travelling to that evening and it quickly expanded their taste buds to match ours.
2. I save a ton of time.
From the Gousto menu I usually choose 2-4 meals (from the ever-changing selection of around 30 per week!), select a delivery day – and that’s it! No more time spent scouring cookbooks, websites, or pages I’ve ripped out of magazines, then having to make a food shopping list (and checking to see what we already have). The ‘meal planning’ takes a couple breezy of minutes.
Because all of the ingredients for each meal come in the box, I don’t spend half as much time food shopping. The box is left a safe place if I’m out, so I don’t have to hang around waiting for a delivery slot either. I love finding a Gousto box on my doorstep and opening it up to remember what I’d ordered!
3. I screw up less.
The Gousto recipes are pretty foolproof, even for me. It’s infuriating to get to a stage in a recipe book only to realise that I needed to do some other step first (“Add chicken stock” – whaaaat?) Gousto recipes hold me by the hand with clear step by step instructions and matching pictures to follow along to. (I have still managed to mess up some their dishes a bit, but that’s just me in the kitchen generally…) My 16 year old son has taken an interest in cooking thanks to Gousto and we often team up to make the recipes together.
Each recipe card says how long it will take to make, so I can hit the kitchen knowing what time dinner will be served. I’ve learned to add an extra 5-10 mins onto everything if I don’t have any help. I’m a very slow chopper. When choosing recipes I gravitate towards the 30 minutes or less whenever possible. They even have 10 minute recipes for those super busy weeks.
I’m now onto my second Gousto binder folder that holds all of the recipes I’ve made. I could buy all of the ingredients myself and make them again – but then I’d need to food shop and weigh and measure as I cook, which at this particular stage of my life I feel quite lazy about.
4. My family love my dinners now!
The old me used to put a dinner on the table that I’d slaved over for ages, only to have everyone say… ‘It’s ‘okay…’ (or worse.)
The new me gets raving compliments on how delicious dinner is! They actually sit down to eat and ask, ‘Is it a Gousto?’
Admittedly, the old me used to skip any ingredients I didn’t have or make odd substitutions that didn’t really work… The new me has every single pre-measured herb, spice, ingredient which (surprise, surprise!) makes the whole dish a lot tastier.
My previous meals never looked like the recipes in cookbooks, but they DO look like the recipes on the Gousto recipe cards and I often can’t help but take a photo with pride!
5. Zero food waste.
I detest throwing away food that’s gone off because we didn’t eat it soon enough. (I can never seem to get through a whole cucumber before it turns slimy.) Or jars of sauces or spices that I bought to try new recipes, then never used again. With Gousto, every single ingredient is used and eaten. We never have leftovers as everyone cleans their plate. But now my eldest has left for university, and I put his portion into the fridge for my lunch the next day. (I’ve just welled up with tears as I typed that.)
6. No mandatory subscription.
I was able to freeze the subscription myself online, and I’ve never switched it back on again as I prefer to order when I like without having to cancel if I’m going away.
If you live in the UK and you haven’t tried Gousto yet I encourage you to give them a try and see if it improves your life the way it has mine – and my friends. To make it a no-brainer, use this link to get 60% off your first box and 30% off ALL boxes in your first month.
In the comments below, let me know if you’ve tried Gousto or if you have any questions at all.
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