We’ve had a crazy (but fun) couple of weeks at our house.
My mom just left yesterday from a weeklong visit and Tyler was gone the entire week before that for a business trip. I was actually horrified going into it trying to think of how I was going to manage cleaning up the house, watching Fox, and getting all my work done without any help the week prior to her visit, and it got worse when Fox and I both came down with a horrible cold the day Tyler left — because of course, right?
One of the things that totally saved me while Ty was gone: I had scheduled a meal delivery box from Gobble to come while he was gone so I could skip the meal planning and only spend 10 minutes at a time in the kitchen.
I’m going to say something that might piss off a few meal subscriptions right now, but it’s my honest opinion and that’s what I’m here to give. Gobble is one of the only boxes I like, and I think it’s heads and shoulders above the competition.
We have tried just about every one of the competitors because, if you’re anything like us, you’re constantly bombarded with those little mailers for free trials.
You may remember from blog posts written 2 years ago that Tyler and I first subscribed to Gobble when Fox was born and in all of his colic glory. He would walk in the door from work and after a hellish day working from home with a really angry baby, I would walk downstairs while he watched Fox and I’d cook up a meal from Gobble. We first subscribed before I even owned this website so I didn’t go into too much detail when I finally wrote about the service.
A few reasons why other services did not work for us:
- Too complicated. If I’m ordering meals to be delivered to the house, I want them to be easy. Otherwise I would shop for my ingredients on my own. I’m slow as molasses when it comes to getting the job done in the kitchen, so other services took actual hours of my time. Gobble is about 10 minutes and only uses one pan.
- Tasted fake. I tried one service that the meal came cooked and you just had to heat in the microwave. The chicken tasted rubbery and the more meals I tried the more they tasted the same.
- No health value. I’m in the process of losing weight (21 lbs. down!) so the ingredients I put in my body make a huge difference to me. If it’s filled with junk, I don’t want it. Gobble’s meals run between 500-700 calories per person.
I ordered my Gobble meals for 2 people, but they are almost always more than enough for all three of us and lunch the next day. With it just being me and Fox in the house this time around, I made one portion and split others up. Obviously this isn’t the way you’re supposed to eat a Gobble meal, but sometimes Fox just wanted some coconut rice for a snack! Other times I roasted up some carrots for myself between meals.
Three meals lasted us the entire week for lunch and dinner.
We tried the Blackened Prime Sirloin Steak with Mashed Potatoes & Baby Carrots, Salsa Verde Spinach Enchiladas with Corn & Black Bean Rice, and Country Captain Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice — all absolutely incredible, but I have to say that if you ever see Tikka Masala on the menu from Gobble, make sure it’s your first choice. My fave.
Each recipe from Gobble are the brainchild of Executive Chef Thomas Ricci, a Michael Mina protégé and previously Chef de Cuisine at LB Steak in San Jose. Chef Thomas has opened restaurants specializing in a variety of world cuisines and received the SF Chronicle Rising Star award for his San Francisco-based Mediterranean fine-dining restaurant, Lapis.
If you’re interested in trying Gobble out for yourself, use the code SECRET50 for $50 off your first week.