The Lazy Cook: Alice and Gousto

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There is a new home culinary trend on the block. Screw sitting for hours flicking and clicking through the Ocado site to buy your groceries for the week… that’s way too time consuming How much easier is it to pick some meals you want to eat and have the exact ingredients and instructions delivered to your door?

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Initially I thought this was a pretty lazy way to eat. Who hasn’t got the time or energy to throw a few ingredients together in a pan and serve them to their family?

I’ll tell you who hasn’t: ME. Me, when I have just moved house and am grappling with a weaning, teething dribbly mess (hi, Hux). Me, who is trying to fit in an 8 hour day working day somewhere at being a stay at home mum. Me, who would rather do anything but expel brain power on meal plans. It’s lazy but it’s ME!

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And so I gratefully accepted a trial from the folk at Gousto, who offer what they call ‘Gourmet bags’. It’s very simple: you take a look at their weekly menus, select the meals you fancy and BAM! The ingredients will be delivered to your door with full step-by-step instructions. I really do mean step-by-step too, there’s no messing these meals up if you follow their easy colourful instruction cards.

What I liked about their selection of meals is that they’re all quite ‘out there’: you won’t find a toad in the hole or pedestrian Spag Bol. These are all recipes that you probably won’t have cooked before, for example I now know I love artichoke, and will definitely cook it again.

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We chose two meals: Lamb pasta with Artichoke as well as pistachio-crusted honey Chicken with Sweet Potato.

I was a little surprised that they were both pretty brilliant. All ingredients for a full meal were included (bar some greens I added myself to go with the chicken) and they were quick and easy to throw together. But most importantly they were delicious. They tasted like the sort of meals that I like to plan to eat a couple of times a week and that take planning, strategic shopping (usually in the large supermarket 10 miles away rather than our local Co-op, butcher or greengrocer) and effort.

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The one thing I didn’t like was how far in advance I had to order my box, about a week and a half, as Gousto need time to prepare their ingredients so you won’t get the 2-3 days lead time you get with an online supermarket shop.
Yes, this is an expensive way to eat. Three meals will cost a couple £42 a week and a family £67, but if we aren’t making an effort to plan and be frugal when it comes to supermarket shopping then I would not be surprised to find that we spend around this amount. The food is organic, locally sourced and seasonal and all packaging is eco-friendly and sustainable. For the times when menu planning is the last thing on my mind – and that’s been the case recently – I will definitely order from them.
Gousto have kindly offered up a two meal couple box up for a reader of More Than Toast to win. All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter below, and tell me what YOUR favourite meal is.
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A winner will be randomly selected next Monday, 1st April 2013.
28 Comments
  1. my favourite meal is my home made roast beef dinner with the beef slow cooked all day, yummy. sorry there is no online recipe for it x

  2. It definitely looks handy. Nice to have that pressure taken off you.
    I think my favourite meal is a very simple vegan mac n trees. It’s made with nutritional yeast and you just ad whatever greens you want towards the end. I usually go with peas and broccoli. I usually add some cheddar too ;)
    I must make it on average once a week and it’s low fat, healthy and easy!

  3. That website sounds like a great idea, very tempted to try it out!

    My favourite recipe at the moment is Leon Gobi, from the first Leon recipe book. Can’t beat a large bubbling pot of coconutty vegetables :-)

  4. I love beef slow cooked in a bit of red wine, or left over chicken in white sauce with a stock cube and sweet corn added, we had it every Monday growing up,following Sundays chicken roast.

  5. That chicken looks delicious!
    My favourite meal is probably a pasta dish with chicken, bacon, cheddar and blue cheese we have pretty much every week. Proper comfort food! And since being deprived blue cheese when pregnant I’ve been making up for it at every opportunity!xx

  6. My favourite meal is salmon cooked in a little foil parcel in the oven (add lemon/garlic/paprika whatever you fancy) served with new potatoes and greens.

  7. My favourite meal is Sausages, Mashed Potato, Beans & Onion Gravy.
    Most people gag at the thought of beans with it,but those who’ve tried it have been converted.
    mmmmmmmmm
    Emma

  8. It’s got to be a good curry. Probably a South Indian garlic chilli chicken. And I am so saving this blogpost so I can steal lots of meal ideas from your comments.

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