Friday, 26 December 2014

gousto box review + giveaway.


pick and choose perfectly portioned meal inspiration direct to your door with gousto. with meat, fish and vegetarian meal box options, all you have to do is choose the recipes you fancy, pick an available date and next thing you know there's a chilled meal box at your door with just about everything you need for three days of grub. 


i sampled one of the gousto meal boxes last week, which came just at the right time amongst the list of baking i have to do. a foodie's gotta have a break, right? the box i sampled had a festive recipe in there too, which was a brilliant alternative christmas dish. 


menu
christmas turkey burgers with brussels sprout coleslaw and homemade chips
pork chops with caramelised leeks and thyme potatoes
pomegranate glazed koftas with red onion cous cous


for a start, i just love the packaging and brand's tone of voice. the lovely christmas themed box felt really special sitting there on my back door step (don't worry everything was chilled and secure), which colourful recipe cards and an image in my head of what the dishes were supposed to look like. 

for some recipes you might need a knob of butter, pinch of salt or dash of olive oil, although you can see all this information on the website when you choose, so no nasty surprises when you don't have any milk in. on the other hand, for some of them all you need is an "appetite," which i certainly have. there is also a guide of how long the recipe will take, as well as nutritional and calorie information. basically what i'm saying is, you get to pretend to be nigella for three nights of the week. camera crew and hair flicks optional.

night one. pork chops with caramelised leek.


i was pleased to see the red tractor logo on all the meat produce, along with some beautifully muddy potatoes and the scent of fresh herbs. the instructions were great for people who struggle with timings, since it was clear that i bake the potatoes whilst sorting out the leeks and lastly the pork. a tasty and hearty winter meal.


night two. pomegranate glazed koftas.


again fantastic ingredients to work with, with the red tractor logo standing proudly on the fairfax meadow lamb. this is not a dish i would usually cook or order in a restaurant, so was a great example of how gousto can take the more advanced foodies out of their flavour comfort zone. (i hope i can class myself as more advanced... ish) i have never thought to cook lamb with fennel and have no idea where i'd source pomegranate molasses. at the same time, you only get a teeny bit so it doesn't mean buying a jar for a recipe and then hiding it at the back of your fridge.

this was my least favourite of the three, although felt like the healthiest, freshest and probably most simple too.



night three. christmas turkey burger.

isn't it a fine thing when you accidentally save the best until last? this is exactly what happened this this deliciously festive turkey burger. with seasoned turkey in a fashionable brioche bun, red onion and cranberry relish and brussels sprout coleslaw, this was a very contemporary christmas combination. it also showed how easy it was to make your own coleslaw, try your hand at homemade relish, home cooked chips and making burger patties where you know 100% of the ingredients.


fancy having a go at your box yourself? here's your chance to win one. 

just enter via rafflecopter below, answering the question...

what is your signature quick and easy meal? 
ends thursday 8th january at midnight. good luck!


note: i was sent a complimentary gousto box for purposes of review, and another to give away.

179 comments:

  1. Mine is one I discovered from a Gousto box too - pistachio chicken! 😊

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  2. This sounds fab! My signature dish is anything vaguely mexican - tacos, enchiladas, nachos, all use mostly the same things and are so easy to do :)

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  3. My famous homemade curry, so quick to make x

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  4. A quick and easy pesto pasta with tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, panchetta and goats cheese

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  5. Spaghetti carbonara

    @rachiegr

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  6. hello fab giveaway !
    my quick meal would be a yummy cheese omelette. :)

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  7. Butterfly chicken breast, fried in a pan, in a bun with salad and mayo.

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  8. cheese and bacon omlette yumm,its like an all day breakfast xx

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  9. anything spicy,chilli con carne especially x

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  10. A vegetable korma, can always make this quickly and I love it.

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  11. Spaghetti Bolognaise quick and easy and yummy for all the family, Would love to be considered. Hope you had a fab Christmas and great new year x

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  12. Egg fried rice is my quick and easy meal - boil up the rice, stir fry some veg and chicken or chorizo (or tofu sometimes) - combine together, crack some eggs over it. Done!

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  13. Spaghetti Carbonara, it's so easy my 13 year old niece can make it.

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  14. Spanish chicken so easy to cook and so tasty

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  15. Cheese on Toast, im not a great cook so would appreciate the help from yourself and Gousto LOL x

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  16. signature quick and easy meal definitely home made burgers - a real crowd pleaser.

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  17. I have a couple of signature quick and easy meals; for real convenience it's microwavable meatballs, microwaveable veg and gravy, it's super quick; for something a little more hands on its what my friend calls Mexican Pockets, which are fajita wraps folded into quarters and stuffed with stir-fried beef mince and bacon with taco seasoning and a slight bit of cheese, then heated in the oven to melt the cheese and roasted peppers on the side.

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  18. Mine is ridiculously simple and quick - fresh tagliatelle pasta mixed with mascarpone cheese and shredded parma ham - yum!

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  19. Spag Bol! I have been making it since I was a poor student may moons ago! In fact, I have the recipe so well-honed that even my partner, who is an experienced chef, has to agree that it whoops the a** of his own Spagehetti Bolognese!

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  20. curry, it is great for using left overs and so quick and easy

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  21. Italian Pasta Bake with Pancetta & Marinated Artichokes

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  22. A spinach and mushroom risotto. Tastes great and I have a recipe which makes it really quick and easy.

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  23. Baked eggs - delicious

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  24. pasta, pesto, ans spinach. not amazing but reliable

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  25. staffordshire lobby, great to use all our leftovers

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  26. Mac cheese with onions/bacon. A family fave & ready in 15 mins!

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  27. At the moment its soup (not VERY quick, but you left leave it to boil and then blend it up)

    @oneisjamie

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  28. Coconut and banana curry! Exotic and sooo simple to make :)

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  29. Mine is leek and potato soup, thanks for the lovely giveaway. :)

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  30. A quick chicken curry

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  31. pasta with sauce, bacon, garlic, mushrooms, onions & peppers mmmmm

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  32. Four bean chilli with coriander dumplings. Quick, easy to adapt and warming.

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  33. corned beef stovies. Cheap and easy to make and super tasty too.

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  34. pasta using whatever meat, vegetables, and sauce I have around

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  35. Pork and apple cobbler, quick, easy and very tasty :)

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  36. Cheese and tomato pasta bake!

    Krystina Smith

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  37. chicken and mushroom sauce stirfry with rice

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  38. Omelettes or macaroni cheese, both are quick and easy and things i make if i'm having an unmotivated cooking day! These Gousto boxes look really great!

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  39. Has to be a good, old faithful, pasta bake with lardons, green beans and leeks in a cheese sauce, I usually make enough to feed an army so it lasts a couple of days!

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  40. Chilli Eggs, (admittedly it was Delia Smith's first, but it's mine now)

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  41. Pasta with a sauce dependent on what ingredients i have available at the time. It is usually, but not always tomato based and then i take it from there. It is exciting having a different taste experience every time.

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  42. I make a mean blue cheese, leek and pancetta macaroni cheese :)

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  43. spag bol, if you use asdas frozen onions etc it really is very quick.

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  44. Sausage & grilled pepper pasta

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  45. Quick & simple spag bol.


    @smeethsaysfashn on twitter

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  46. Chorizo, blue cheese and mushroom risotto

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  47. Vegetable Pasta Bake, so yummy!

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  48. Mine is simple cheese pasta with peas - my two boys love it and it's simple and quick :-)
    (Had to repost as first one disappeared!)

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  49. Mine is Hunters chicken with chunky chips and coleslaw. Yum Yum

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  50. A stir fry - teriyaki salmon or chilli chicken usually!

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  51. Chicken and Mushroom Pie

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  52. I make a red pesto quorn dish with creme fraiche

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  53. Love the blog on simple party canapes- I will be trying them at my next party

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