Guosto Recipe Box

504-x750Louise writes:

I’ve been intrigued by the idea of recipe boxes for a while so was really thrilled to have a go at trying a couple of recipes from Guosto. The idea behind it is that you choose the recipes you like the look of (with the option of having 2 or 4 portions) and all the ingredients are delivered to your house: really convenient, of course, but what appeals to me is the lack of waste. You get exactly what you need to make the recipes, no more, no less.

I have previously tried a ‘salad box’ from a different company which was a similar idea and while it was fun and many of them were enjoyable, what I didn’t like was that there were a set three salads delivered each week, so if you didn’t like the look of one, or just didn’t fancy it that week you couldn’t change what came in the box. It meant that most weeks there would be at least one that I wouldn’t really be looking forward to and it kind of spoilt lunchtimes for me a little! With the Guosto Box, you choose from 10 different recipes each week and are not limited to how many you choose, beyond having to order at least two recipes. In our house we eat together most nights as my husband works from home three days a week, but on the days he doesn’t I often feed the kids separately to us. I have to admit it’s a bit of a pain cooking twice, and sometimes end up resorting to a takeaway. I like the idea of having these meals ‘ready to go’ but still homecooked’, so the ‘2 recipes/ 2 portions option’ appeals. However, you can order up to 4 recipes a week so could use it as a way of feeding the whole family.

It does feel like the boxes are more expensive than my weekly shop would tend to be, but the price per portion is actually broken down and it’s quite reasonable – most of the options I looked at worked out at about £2-£3 per portion which isn’t too bad. I don’t think it would be feasible for this to replace ‘normal’ shopping but it’s certainly cheaper than a takeaway! The meals are really varied, for example this week you can choose from  ‘Melty Mushrooms, Steak and Blue Cheese’, ‘Morrocan Chicken with Lemon Couscous, One Pot Puttanesca’ and more . Ingredients are locally sourced, fresh and good quality so you know you’re eating well, and the recipes are generous but not overly so, meaning helping yourself to too large a portion isn’t an option… for those of us who have trouble in that department!

The two recipes I tried were a Greek pasta dish and one called ‘coq-au-vinless’ and both were delicious. The recipes were easy to follow and they tasted great, especially the chicken. My husband approved too and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am someone who likes to mix up meals a little bit, we never have the same thing week by week, so it’s nice to get a few new ideas for recipes too. I love that they change each week.

I’m already planning my next box, and with £25 discount off your first one, it’s got to be worth a try!

For more information visit www.gousto.co.uk

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