Monday, December 4, 2017

Gobble Meal Kit Review - Free Meals for You!


Chicken & Waffles with Sautéed Spinach



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Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Tataki with Kohlrabi Noodles & Ponzu Dressing



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Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup



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Free Chocolate Chip Cookies



This is a review of our 1st delivery from a weekly food subscription meal kit called Gobble. Meals cost $11.95 per serving and shipping is free. There are eight meals to chose from plus two cookie types, three soups, garlic bread and Mac and Cheese. Two soups are currently $5.95 a serving and the third one is $4.50. Cookies are $1.95 per serving, garlic bread $2.95 per serving and Mac & Cheese is $5.95 per serving. I ordered two meal kits and two servings of soup and I received two free cookies. I gave all three meals four out of five stars. The recipe cards are 5" X 8 1/2" on card stock paper and in color with photographs. Hubby said the instructions were concise and easy to follow. The packaging is similar to that of Blue Apron's with the silver bubble wrap bag that everything is sealed into with a couple of ice packs. Preparation time indicated the recipe cards ranged from ten to fifteen minutes. Actual preparation time ranged from ten to forty-eight minutes. Calories ranged from 340-970. I don't have the calorie count on the cookies.

Chicken & Waffles with Sautéed Spinach

If you haven't had chicken & waffles yet, you must find a restaurant that serves them or make them yourself. While it might seem like a strange combination, it's a real treat! I bet you'll love it as much as we do. This recipe has 970 calories, like I said it's a treat, but worth it since it's so tasty. I gave it four out of five stars. It needed more maple syrup. Also, I wasn't crazy about the maple butter, I prefer honey butter. The waffles were just a bit too sweet for me, I could really taste the sugar. I didn't care for the side dish of the spinach. I normally love spinach, but it needed some garlic and spices instead of just salt & pepper. The chicken was tasty with the panko breading on it. It took forty-eight minutes to prepare while the recipe indicates only fifteen minutes. All of the ingredients were in great shape and it was a filling meal.

Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Tataki with Kohlrabi Noodles & Ponzu Dressing

Hubby & I fell in love with this dish, it was so scrumptious! We gave it four out of five stars. To hit five stars, I would have liked some more salad greens and I would have preferred non dyed ginger and zucchini noodles instead of Kohlrabi. It was also a bit on the light side, more of the noodles and greens would have made it more filling. All of the ingredients arrived in great shape. This recipe only has 540 calories. Preparation time indicated on the recipe card is fifteen minutes. It actually took thirty-seven minutes to prepare. If I saw this recipe offered soon I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it again. 

Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

This recipe is already prepared, all I had to do is warm it up in about ten minutes in a pot and then squeeze some fresh lime over it. It comes in a plastic bag in which they suggest you lay it in a pot of boiling water for eight to ten minutes. I prefer not to cook in plastic due to the chemicals that are released from plastic when it is heated up. So Hubby warmed it up for me in the pot without the bag or water. It was really delicious and I give it four out of five stars. To hit five stars it would have had to be more chunky. Some of the mushrooms were full size, but most of the chicken had fallen apart and wasn't in little cubes anymore. Also, in the photo it showed fresh cilantro and green onions tossed on top. I would have liked to have been sent some separate from the soup to dress the soup myself and have the same appetizing presentation as shown on the recipe card. This one has 340 calories per serving, but since I wasn't eating anything else and it was dinnertime I ate both servings to be full. Perhaps if I made a mini loaf of bread to go with it I would have been able to stop at one serving. It was so delicious that I decided to forgo the bread and eat all of the scrumptious soup. While it didn't taste spicy, my lips were tingling after I was done. It would have been nice to have a bit more spice, but I know the average customer doesn't like as much spice as I do, so it's ok. I would definitely order this one again, yum!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was a nice surprise to receive two free cookies with our 1st order. The cookie dough came in the form of two balls. The recipe says to cook them for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees. I cooked them for fifteen minutes. The were a bit on the crisp side and the second one that I ate the next day was completely crisp. I'm picky about the chocolate used in my chocolate chip cookies. Since I rarely endulge in cookies, I prefer to bake with Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips and Irish Butter. If I'm going to treat myself, I want extremely high quality ingredients and a strong flavor. I also find that cookies taste better having been cooked right after the cookie dough is prepared. If you wait to cook them, they just don't taste as good.

While I'm always nervous trying a new meal kit, I'm happy to report that it was an enjoyable week of recipes. I would recommend this company and I plan to order another week of recipes soon. I really like how the cooking times are less than the competition and that I can order some already prepared foods for times when I don't have the time or energy to prepare them from scratch. Has anyone tried their Mac & Cheese, garlic bread or any of their other soups? Looks yummy, I'm tempted. What's your favorite meal kit subscription company? If you would like to give this one a try, be sure to snag my coupon  below which gives you a discount of 33%.

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5 comments:

  1. Hi Wendy. I have been ordering from Gobble for a few years and they are by far my favorite. Not only is the food good quality, but everything is easy to prepare. I also ordered the chicken & waffles and thought the waffles were a bit too sweet. I have the bistro filets, orange chicken and pizza coming this week.

    I have tried the garlic bread and the mac & cheese and recommend both. The mac & cheese is good with a salad for lunch. The only regular "adder" items that I probably won't order again are the prepackaged salads. They are good but need to be eaten within 2-3 days of arrival to be fresh and they are nearly identical to the prepackaged salads sold in the prepared section of Whole Foods.

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    1. cg, which other meal kit companies have you tried? I'm waiting on a couple more west coast companies to ship east. Seems like a lot of them start on the west coast. Yes, we enjoyed the fact that they take less time to prepare than the competition. I really enjoyed the soup since all I had to do was heat it up. Yes, those waffles tasted like dessert waffles, the kind you would put fruit and whipped cream on. Home Chef has waffles that aren't sugary for their Chicken & Waffles recipe and they are a bit larger. Thanks for the review on the bread, mac & cheese and salad. Home Chef started selling already prepared salads, but I haven't tried them yet, will be soon. Oh, did u see the January shipment has mixed drinks? How fun! I would order a couple, but I only saw 1 recipe I wanted that week. How often do they change the soup flavors?

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  2. Hi Wendy - I've tried Plated, Terra's Kitchen, Hello Fresh and One Potato. I think One Potato may be west coast only, I didn't like any of the items so ordered from them only once. After I began using Gobble I became too lazy to do the meal kits that require more effort to prepare, just like I became too lazy to prepare a lot of things from scratch once I discovered meal kits in general. On average I order from Gobble abut twice a month.

    On the soups they tend to be he same ones every week, they occasionally change seasonally but not very often. They used to have the mixed drinks every week but I think they stopped them for a while, I've never tried them since drinks are fairly easy to prepare without a kit. I think the drink flavors have been fairly consistent.

    I've also tried the Gobble holiday meal kits and liked them. For Mother's Day I got their brunch kit and it was very good.

    I've never ordered from Home Chef since I think I read that customers had found bones in their boneless chicken a few years ago so I was concerned about quality.

    What other west coast companies have you heard of? I may try them if their recipes look good.

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    1. Yeah, u should give Sun Basket another try. I just posted another SB box review, so check it out. That's disappointing they don't change the soups much. Holiday meal kits? I must have missed the email. I can't remember the west coast companies, I'm on their email list so they are suppose to contact me when they head east.

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  3. Wendy - I forgot to mention on my last reply that I've also tried Sun Basket. The food was ok but required more prep time/effort and I think there recipe options were more limited. I may try them again. I do like that they are organic.

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