With modern family life seemingly more packed than ever, a home cooked meal enjoyed together at the table can be a strong anchor to keep family time from being pushed too far down the pecking order.
And with limited time to enjoy great food together, many of us settle into the same few meals, struggling to find time to explore new options. You might buy some new veg to try out, only to have to throw out untouched because life got in the way and you went back to easy favourites.
The magic of Gousto
Gousto is a fantastic service that lets you cook new recipes with confidence by delivering everything you need right to your door, pre-measured and ready to go. You also get a lovely set of foolproof recipe cards, with clear step-by-step instructions and no complicated techniques so that making each dish is a breeze.
Now, we have tried hosts of food services over the years and I can honestly say we are delighted with Gousto. The kids, Mark and I have had an absolute ball cooking delicious new meals, and we haven't had to compromise on time, convenience or flavour at all. In fact, quite the opposite - we've discovered new delicious flavours, bonded over cooking as a family, and it's saved us time as we haven't had to plan or shop for ourselves on our Gousto nights!
With Gousto you can do away with traditional meal planning and shopping up to four times a week, which means you don't have to stress about what's for dinner, which means more time for cooking, sharing and enjoying your meals. And with free delivery every day of the week, it's easy to fit Gousto into your family schedule.
As a further bonus, the ingredients Gousto send out in their boxes aren't just fresh but also ethically sourced and 100% British. With sustainable fish and free-range eggs in their recipes, and the joy of cooking from scratch, you know exactly what you're feeding your family.
And since all the ingredients are perfectly measured out, so not a single morsel goes to waste. This isn't just good for your budget, but fantastic for the environment - food that's grown but never eaten accounts for a huge amount of the carbon footprint in most homes.
A huge range - and freedom of choice
I was blown away by the huge range of dishes available through Gousto, but also by the fact that you can choose them yourself, rather than being surprised each week with recipes you might not fancy.
Once signed up, you can choose from over 20 different recipes every week, with the choices rotating every week so that there are always new dishes to discover.
Just look at the selection on offer when I picked out our Family Box! When making your choices, you can filter the meal options in different ways dependent on if you're after the most popular, something quick and easy, light, vegetarian, family friendly or gluten free, so it's a speedy, satisfying task.
Because the process of making the meals is so well explained, it's was easy for us all to have fun cooking together.
JD and Jay both chose to have a go helping me make Roast Vegetable Satay Skewers, and we had a ton of fun doing it as there's plenty of mixing, stirring and skewering to be had! And the end result? Delicious!
A flavourful, filling mid-week meal
Possibly my favourite dishes of the ones we tried out was this Portobello Mushroom & Pesto Linguine. It was made moreish and rich with a super cheesy and garlicky basil pesto, lots of gorgeous caramelised mushrooms, and a delightfully crunchy toasted seed topping.
It was so super simple to make and I learned a couple of new techniques. It was so easy I thought I'd show you all the steps - remember, everything came pre-measured straight out of the box, so this really was my starting point!
Yum!!! The massive portion sizes were a winner too!
We all know that cooking and eating is a daily necessity, but to me it's so much more than that - it should be a nourishing, joyful process, shared with the ones you love.
And that's where Gousto really excels. It turns your week into something full of exciting new flavours and sets the perfect environment for good conversation and happy memories with the people you want to spend time with the most.
If you're interested in giving Gousto a go then don't forget to use the unique discount code 'INF17A' or click here to have it applied automatically, which will let you enjoy your first two Gousto boxes for just £14.99 each!
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