[dropcap]E[/dropcap]veryday I make that trip to the refrigerator, stare inside it half heartedly and then text Robin what he feels like having for dinner- half the time we cave in and get takeout sushi from a local restaurant instead. I love cooking, but when it becomes mundane I’d rather pick up the phone to have something delivered instead. Just before we went to Copenhagen for the weekend, Gousto got in touch and offered me a meal kit for 2 to try for the week. Gousto deliver weekly meal kits, with all the ingredients you need packed inside a box with easy to follow recipe cards. This way you get to cook new, interesting meals without the headache! Plus, I have a nice discount code for your first box…
Our flight home was full of delays and by the time we stepped through our front door, we were tired, grumpy and pretty hungry- bordering on the hangriness! It was nice to have one less thing to worry about, knowing that inside the fridge was everything we needed to have a decent dinner that night. Our first meal from Gousto was to be the Steak and Blue cheese!
I cracked open the freezer, defrosted the steaks and set to work quickly chopping the potatoes and onions. While the chips were cooking in the oven, I fried the onions, stirred in the blue cheese and sprinkled the parsley over. The steaks took minutes to fry. The whole thing took less than 30 minutes from start to finish and it was nice that everything was already to hand and labeled in packets!
As our small flat was cramped and busy with building work from the bathroom, shopping was the last thing on my mind. So the next night, it was a relief that dinner was once again taken care of thanks to a second Gousto meal. This time, it was a Stroganoff with mushrooms, green beans, chives and potatoes.
Again, so quick and easy!
This one was Robin’s favourite out of the meals cooked. Some of our own potatoes were added to this meal though, as I used all the ones Gousto had packed for the steak and chips the night before. Anyone who has had a meal with Robin knows just how much food he can pack away (and still stay skinny!)
The third meal was probably my favourite, and that was the Chicken Tamarind Stir Fry.
As before, I set out all the ingredients on the table and read through the recipe card. Even the rice had been measured out for me, so all I had to do was add it to the rice cooker! If you don’t have a rice cooker, I can’t recommend them enough. No more sticky pots and mess! You just add the rice, top with water, click the button and it does all the work for you.
Ta da! This was so good. The tang from the tamarind sauce and five spice was delicious.
I was actually really sad when our meal kit was finished. It made dinner super easy and it was nice not having to fuss around the kitchen cabinets trying to pull something together. I had made three meals that I had never tried before and it rekindled my interest in cooking again! Plus all meals are kept healthy and organic, so you get a home cooked meal and skip the guilt from succumbing to a salty takeaway. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Incidentally, all of their meat is 100% British and sourced from British farmers. They’ll even tell you where your free range eggs came from (a gentleman called Steven Rowbottom if you must know)
If you would like to give Gousto a try, use code THEAWKWARDBLOG20 to get £20 off your first order; you can decide whether you want a meal kit for 2 or 4 people and the frequency of delivery. Each meal works out at around £4 each and you can pick from the menu (changed every week) what you fancy for dinner- to me that’s the fun part…order ahead!