- My husband and I needed all the time we could get on weeknights to plan our wedding — we didn’t want to spend an hour cooking dinner every night.
- We tried Gobble for two weeks and saved so much time cooking. The meals took 25 or so minutes to make, though the company says you can do it in 15 or less.
- Unlike other meal plans that have complicated recipes and still require you to prep, cut, and cook, Gobble’s meals are much more simple and remove a lot of the prep work.
- Dinner plans start at around $80 for three meals a week for two people, and $150 for three meals for four people. There are lunch plans that start around $48 for three meals for two people.
Ask any married couple — planning a wedding is the least fun part of getting married.
My now-husband and I would spend weeknights leading up to our wedding deep in spreadsheets, itineraries, and invoices — we needed every minute after getting home to plan our big day.
In an effort to save time buying groceries and prepping dinner, we tried out a ton of meal delivery plans but all of the ones we’d used still took at least 40 minutes to cook and still required you to prep and cut meat and produce. We wanted a plan that wouldn’t require any of that prep work and was basically a healthy version of a microwavable dinner.
When we heard about Gobble and how its meals could be made within 15 minutes, we were more than ready to sign up. We received a promo code to try it out for ourselves, so we chose two weeks’ worth of dinner with four meals each week.
There were enough meals to choose from each week so we didn’t feel confined, and there are options to add extra protein or dessert
My husband and I were cutting out carbs and sugar pre-wedding, so we tried our best to choose meals that didn’t have either of those. Most, if not all, of the meals came with carbs in the form of potatoes or bread, but they were easy enough to sub out for produce that I kept on hand in the fridge. This meant I had to switch up some of the recipes, like turning what was supposed to be curry over rice to just curry with extra veggies, or steak and potatoes to steak, and yes, extra veggies. Not a big deal, but it might be an issue for people with even less time or an emptier fridge than I. Since we were choosing meals a week in advance of our delivery date, we were able to plan for these adjustments without getting too flustered.
Our first week’s meals (which you can see above) were Thai Pineapple Red Curry with Shrimp & Jasmine Rice, Lobster Roll Family Pack with Marinated Cucumber & Fennel Salad (with an extra order of lobster), Grilled Argentinian-Style Skirt Steak with Patatas Bravas & Charred Vegetables. Our second week consisted of Chinese Chicken Lettuce Cups with Brown Rice, Grilled Thick-Cut Pork Chop with Arugula & Tomato Summer Pesto Panzanella Salad, Grilled Argentinian-Style Skirt Steak with Patatas Bravas & Charred Vegetables, and an extra order of Mt. Cook King Salmon just to keep our fridge stocked.
Each week’s meals came pre-measured and with recipe cards, so it’s all very clear from the get-go.
There was a ton of plastic though, and this is an issue I have with every meal subscription service. Every single ingredient is packed in its own plastic bag or box, and then packed in a larger plastic bag along with everything you need for that particular dish. I’m very conscious of single-use plastic so this was a bummer, though I did my best to keep and reuse the large plastic bags so it’d be somehow less wasteful.
Prepping and cooking took more like 25 minutes, though 15 minutes is definitely doable if you’re a better chef than I am and remember to defrost
Gobble claims that you can cook its meals in 15 minutes or less, which is what attracted my husband and I in the first place. It took us closer to 25 or 30 minutes depending if we remembered to defrost the meat or needed to prep extra produce in place of carbs. This wasn’t an issue for us, like I said before, but just something to keep in mind if you’re more strapped for time.
The dishes were easy to cook compared to other meal plans we’ve tried. For example, to make the Thai Pineapple Red Curry with Shrimp & Jasmine Rice, we just chopped the veggies, cooked the pre-peeled and deveined shrimp, veggies, and pineapple, and added the curry sauce. We skipped the pre-cooked jasmine rice and added an avocado instead. To make the Argentinian steak, we sliced the skirt steak, cooked it medium rare, added veggies, added our own avocado, and spooned the pre-made sauces over the steak and veggies.
Each dish was delicious and filling, though we did add extra veggies and avocados with most meals because we swapped out carbs.
Plans start at $80, but if you value the convenience and time saved in the kitchen, Gobble is worth it
If you do the math, Gobble’s meal plans — and all meal plans actually — are more expensive than if you did your own grocery shopping and recreated the meals. But you’re paying for the convenience, and for us, the time saved in the kitchen was worth paying for.
And while you could make the argument that we could’ve gotten takeout every night, we thought the Gobble meals were much healthier and better suited for our diet than scrolling through Grubhub or Seamless, and we saved time by not having to figure out what we wanted for dinner every night.
We only tried out the dinner plan, so we can’t say how the lunches were, but if the dinners are any indication, we can assume they’re even easier to make. If you’re looking for a meal delivery service that actually saves you time, I’d definitely recommend Gobble — even if you’re not planning a wedding.
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