Sometimes you are just tired or maybe you are just not in the mood to be standing for a long time while preparing lunch or dinner. This is where Gobble comes in.
Gobble is a meal delivery platform with plans starting from $36 which offers three meals a week for two people, and $144 for three meals for four people.
In an effort to save time buying groceries and prepping dinner, I tried out a ton of meal delivery plans but all of the ones I used still took at least 40 minutes to cook and still required a lot of prep work. I wanted a plan that wouldn’t require any of that prep work and was basically a healthy, adult version of a microwavable dinner.
When I heard about Gobble and how its meals could be made within 15 minutes, I was more than ready to sign up. I received a promo code to test it out for myself, so I chose two weeks’ worth of dinner with four meals each week.
What is Gobble though?
At around $12 per person per meal, Gobble is priced similarly to other meal delivery services and offers a discount to first-time users (your first six meals for $36). Gobble sends out the same kinds of meals as its competitors, but somehow crams all of the meal-making into as little as 15 minutes.
Any meal kit experience feels a bit like building with LEGO. You put a few things together according to instructions, and hopefully, it turns into a great dinner. Perhaps you pour a bunch of little packets into a bowl to make a sauce. You chop your vegetables. You boil your rice for 20 minutes. You saute your aromatics.
But all of those little steps take time and create room for error. Gobble manages to serve up a meal kit experience without those steps. It’s kind of like the Duplo of meal kits — there are fewer small blocks, but you can still build a nice structure. Instead of making your own sauce, Gobble sends you a premade sauce. Instead of cooking rice, Gobble sends you parboiled rice that takes a minute to microwave. Instead of chopping broccoli, Gobble sends you a bag of prechopped broccoli.
Cooking can be an outlet to unwind after a busy day but sometimes, there’s just not enough time. I feel better doing something with my hands rather than staring at a screen while I wait for delivery, so I like that I can prepare a healthy meal in as little time as possible.
How does Gobble’s meals taste?
Gobble’s taste is on par with the likes of Blue Apron and Sun Basket.
I made dishes that ranged from a great spaghetti with vegetables to a poké bowl. It also caters to those who are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free, though there are other meal kits that cater to dietary needs much more specifically. I’ve seen entire boxes that can be paleo or kosher from other companies. At least with Gobble, everything is packaged separately so if you are allergic to nuts, you won’t have to worry about cross-contamination.
I feel satisfied after I make a meal and don’t usually feel the need for a side or snack afterwards — though they sent me free cookies with my first box as a regular paying customer. They tasted great and like the rest of the dish, didn’t take long to prepare.
The bottom line
Gobble is a great option for anyone who doesn’t have time or energy to go to the grocery store and prepare a full meal. It’s great when waiting for your oil to become fragrant with the scent of garlic takes too much time, but microwaving a frozen dinner doesn’t give you the satisfaction of actually making dinner.
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