If you haven’t heard of Simply Cook, they’re a subscription recipe box service based in the UK. This one differs from other similar subscription services you may have seen in that they don’t include the fresh ingredients. The box includes four recipe cards and the corresponding kits which contain three different flavour pots – this could be some sort of spice mix, sauce, stock, paste or garnish. You then need to pick up the four or five fresh ingredients required (I found that quite a few of these were things I had in the cupboard anyway).
For me, this works out so much better than receiving all the ingredients because it gives me the option to shop for my own ingredients and I can still hunt for the special offers in the supermarket! It also makes it convenient for deliveries, The Simply Cook box fits through the letterbox so no worrying about being home when it arrives.
How it Works
The cost of the box is £9.99. When you first sign up you log into the website and then choose the four meal kits you’d like to receive in your trial box. They currently have 28 recipes listed for this box, I chose – Thai Green Curry, Grilled Halloumi Salad, Chicken Katsu Curry and Lamb Keema Matar. You can also filter the results into vegetarian, gluten-free, low calorie etc. and you select whether it will be for 2-3 people or 4+ people.
Once you are then a regular subscriber, they will select four recipes for you (from a range of 80+ kits) so you can receive a surprise box each time. If you’re not a fan of this, you will also receive an email from them which will remind you to log into your account so that you can change the kits if you wish. It seems to be a very customisable service because you also have control over delivery schedule and can take breaks at any time.
The recipe cards include a shopping list, ingredients of the pots, estimated prep time, calorie content and the recipe itself.
I’m someone who enjoys good food but because I live alone and work full time I always find myself sticking to a few simple recipes and not being particularly adventurous. That’s what drew me to this box, I can still cook quick and simple recipes but they are much more exciting and guaranteed to be full of flavour.
I found all four recipes really easy to follow and they really were quick to cook. My only tip would be to make sure you have everything in front of you, ready to use. When doing the first meal, I was getting things out of the fridge and cupboard as I went along but found that I was rushing around like a headless chicken!
Another thing that impressed me was how tasty the meals looked. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no food blogger but they all looked similar to the Simply Cook photos which i really wasn’t expecting!
The flavour pots have been developed by chefs and you really can tell. Each meal was packed with flavour and I really enjoyed them, I think most of us would struggle to replicate the taste without having a cupboard full of sauces and spices (which generally end up going to waste before we get chance to use them up). The strong flavour also means that you can adapt the recipe to include more meat and veg if you’d like it to go further and you should still get a great tasting meal. I kept roughly to the recipe and they produced two large portions each time (perfect for me because I was able to save a portion in the fridge for the following evening).
My Overall Thoughts
As I’m sure you can tell, I really enjoyed the Simply Cook box and they certainly made me enjoy my evening meals a lot more! I’m not completely sold on the price, the kits only work out at £2.50 each but you do then have to factor in the cost of the ingredients that you’ll need to buy too. I guess you’re also paying for the recipe cards and the convenience it provides (creating your own spice mixes etc. would be much more time consuming).
I think my plan will be to get one delivery per month and I would then use one per week and see it as a treat.
That leads me to my other slight negative – I don’t think many of their meals would suit the majority of diets so not great if you’re trying to lose weight. When dieting I tend to stick to low carb food but very few of these meals are low carb.
On the flip-side, some of the meals can be adapted, for example – I ordered the Grilled Halloumi Salad which is served on cous cous but I switched this for a lower carb alternative, quinoa and this worked a treat.
Get Your First Box for £1!
There’s always plenty of voucher codes knocking around for Simply Cook boxes. Feel free to use my ‘refer a friend’ code if you’d like your first box for £1 (inc. delivery). Once you’re a subscriber you will then receive your own code which you can pass on to family and friends.
Sign up – https://www.simplycook.com/
Enter the code – LW9844 at the checkout.
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