We awarded Gousto the top spot in our review of the best meal prep delivery boxes because it was an all-round winner. It is reasonably priced, delivers the most recipe choices and is making huge strides towards its aim of reducing plastic packaging.
There’s no denying that you pay for the convenience of having portioned ingredients, with planned recipes delivered to your door. But we think Gousto is the most reasonable place to begin.
Gousto’s smallest and cheapest recipe box provides two meals for two and costs £24.99 or £6.25 per portion. You can go up to four meals for four people which costs £47.95, which is just £2.98 per portion. The equivalent of a large latte!
At the time of writing the introductory deal was 30 per cent off all your boxes for the first month. Once you’re an existing customer, you can refer friends and you’ll receive £15 credit. They’ll receive 50 per cent off their first box, plus they’ll get 30 per cent off for the remainder of the month, which is valid for 30 days. Referral deals are subject to changes.
Quality of food in Gousto recipe boxes
Given the price point, it would be outstanding if the meat and poultry in Gousto boxes were all organic and free-range. This is why we docked 0.5 from our star rating, but we appreciate they have a lot of plates to juggle and were impressed that meat and poultry is all British and eggs are free-range.
All dairy products are vegetarian, which is important if you’re a cheese-lover as some traditional recipes use animal rennet.
From our experience, the ingredients arrived cold, in excellent condition and with clear instructions on how best to store everything. We appreciated the tips, such as “treat basil like flowers” - trimming its ends and storing in water to keep it fresher for longer.
The ingredients lasted well and there was a good variety of dates which offered flexibility when choosing what meal to have when.
Variety of recipes in Gousto recipe boxes
Gousto has over 50 recipes to choose from each week which is more than other recipe boxes on the market. The menu is varied with comforting choices such as creamy chicken potato-topped pie and healthier options like Provencal crumbed fish with roast vegetables.
It’s easy to stick to a balanced diet with Gousto and the flavoursome, home cooked meals will curb your cravings for takeouts. The menu allows you to experience flavours from all over the world with the safety net that the recipes will be simple and all the ingredients are sourced for you.
Options include South Indian chicken cashew curry, Italian vegan burgers with olive and basil tapenade and German-style curry sausage traybake.
There’s also a variety when it comes to the grains used in recipes. While white rice often makes an appearance, there are also options such as wholegrain spelt and freekeh.
For time-poor people, the 10-min recipes are best but on average recipes take between 30-40mins which is more than manageable.
Dietary options available in Gousto recipe boxes
From the extensive menu, there is a good variety of vegetarian and plant-based options, with plenty of recipes that would appeal to meat-eaters too.
Unlike some of its competitors, with Gousto it’s possible to select gluten-free recipes. The options, which include cheesy pizza-topped chicken with mixed salad, are so tempting that if you’re sharing the box with someone with a dietary requirement, neither of you have to compromise on flavour or satisfaction.
The focus of Gousto meals is not calorie-cutting but Joe Wick’s Lean in 15 meals are designed to offer balanced meals which complement HIIT training. There are healthy choices, which vary from benefiting your mood, heart health, immune system and more.
If you have allergies, all ingredients are listed online for you to consult before selecting a recipe. Allergens are highlighted in bold on the recipe cards. However, because of Gousto’s production and packing methods, they cannot provide complete allergen-free peace of mind and the boxes may contain traces.
How flexible is a Gousto recipe box subscription?
Unlike other recipe boxes, you don’t need to have a subscription with Gousto. If you do subscribe you can skip a week, for holidays etc and it will automatically renew the week after. Alternatively, you can pause the service and it won’t resume until you select a delivery.
You have the freedom to pick your delivery day and it’s free as long as it’s between 8am and 7pm. Gousto is also trialling next day delivery, so watch this space!
To edit or amend your order you have until midday, three days before your scheduled delivery which is more flexible compared to other services.
The minimum order is two recipes for two people but you can order up to four meals. If you wanted options for every night of the week, Gousto simply recommends placing an additional order mid-week.
Gousto’s environmental pledges
Gousto acknowledges and appreciates that delivering portioned ingredients to its customers involves a lot of packaging, a lot of which is plastic.
In 2019 they pledged to reduce its plastic by 50 per cent and they succeeded by removing more than 100 tonnes from its boxes! They’ve made even bigger strides this year with the introduction of their innovative new Eco Chill Box.
It’s made from recycled paper and is fully recyclable, which has helped remove another 74.5 tonnes of plastic from its boxes this year.
Gousto only delivers the food you need which helps you to achieve 0 percent food waste at home. Plus, they say it’s almost the same level in their supply chain.