Meal kit subscription services have recently surged in popularity, and there are many reasons why. From making a shopping list, going to the store, and putting groceries away to prepping and making meals, we spend a fair amount of time putting food on the table. Meal kits provide all of the ingredients needed to prepare dinner without the hassle of all the prep work, much less leaving the house.
Gobble is a meal kit subscription service specializing in gourmet entrees that include fresh ingredients but require little prep-work, meaning that they can go from box to table in 15 minutes. Gobble offers various meal plans, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-carb options along with classic (omnivore) dinners.
But do these kits really produce gourmet home-cooked meals in less than 15 minutes? And do they taste good? We tested them to find out, and we’ve detailed our experience below to help you decide if Gobble is right for you.
- Diverse menu options are updated weekly.
- Options for low-carb, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free diets.
- 15-minute preparation time for each meal.
- Easy-to-follow instructions for meal preparation.
- High-quality ingredients, including fresh produce and meats.
- Meals are flavorful, well-balanced, and delicious.
- New customers receive 6 meals for $36 and free shipping.
- Excessive packaging is wasteful and not fully recyclable.
- Does not ship to Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Nebraska.
- Subscription costs and shipping are higher than some competitors.
- Not suitable for all special diets.
Gobble meal kits are convenient, easy to use, and cater to most diets. They offer more hands-on cooking than frozen meals that you simply reheat, with only slightly more prep time required. While Gobble costs a bit more than similar meal kits, it’s worth trying if convenience is your primary concern yet you want to cook with fresh ingredients.
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Gobble provides freshly prepped ingredients in its meal subscription options for 2-4 people. With a new menu of yummy meal options each week, Gobble eliminates lots of prep-time.
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Gobble is a subscription service providing meal kits delivered weekly that promise complete preparation from box to table in 15 minutes or less. Unlike most competitors in the meal kit market, Gobble takes out most of the prep work, allowing you to create a full gourmet dinner simply by following easy-to-follow instructions and using minimal cookware and dishes.
Gobble also stands apart from companies like Freshly or Home Bistro, which deliver pre-cooked frozen meals that you reheat in the microwave. Gobble’s ingredients include fresh vegetables, quality meats, and pre-made sauces. Many of the ingredients are pre-cut and packaged so they are ready to go right in the pan, and those that require prep before cooking take minimal time.
The ingredients in Gobble’s meal kits are individually packaged and then bagged together for each meal. While this seems somewhat wasteful to us, it does aid in preventing cross-contamination for those with dietary restrictions or different food preferences. It also makes preparation quicker and easier because everything is ready to go.
Gobble is a subscription service like most meal kit deliveries. You have the option to sign up for three or four kits weekly, with the serving size options for either two or four people, and you receive your kits for each week in one box.
Gobble presents a new menu on its website each week, giving you choices that include meat, fish, vegetarian, and low-carb options. Each meal is also labeled if it contains common allergens and ingredients that are off-limits to special diets, including gluten (wheat), dairy (milk, eggs), nuts, soy, and shellfish. You choose which meals you’d like, and Gobble sends them to your door on your personal delivery date (this varies based on your address) in refrigerated packaging cooled with reusable ice packs.
Each meal kit includes all the ingredients you need to make each meal, except for pantry essentials like cooking oil, salt and pepper. Also included are detailed instructions on how to prepare, cook, and plate your dinner.
For our review of Gobble, we tested three of its meal kits. Overall, we were impressed with the results and satisfied that we did manage to complete the full meal preparations in 15 minutes or less as promised.
Gobble varies its menu each week, so while we cannot guarantee that the same meals we chose will be available when you try it, we stand by the quality of the ingredients and Gobble’s dedication to bright and balanced flavors in its dishes. Now let’s dive into what meals we tried.
Creamy meatball stroganoff with mushrooms & farfalle pasta (4 servings)
This meal kit includes fully cooked and seasoned beef meatballs that you simply reheat and simmer in a demi-glace sauce with mushrooms. It is served over farfalle pasta with green peas alongside a romaine salad with roasted red pepper vinaigrette.
The instruction card tells you what supplies you need to make all four servings at once. In this case, we needed a large stockpot, a deep sauté pan, a knife and cutting board, a pasta strainer, a cooking spoon, kitchen tongs, and salt and pepper.
Each meal kit (for the four servings) comes in a plastic bag with individual ingredients packaged separately within. While we felt there was a lot of unnecessary packaging, all of our ingredients were fresh, leak-free, and incredibly easy to assemble. There was no rummaging in the fridge for anything because it was all in the bag.
This kit included the following ingredients:
- Italian-style beef meatballs (pre-cooked and seasoned)
- Farfalle pasta
- Maitake mushrooms
- Cremini mushrooms
- Heavy cream
- Demi-glace sauce
- Romaine lettuce
- Roasted red pepper vinaigrette
- Sliced black olives
- Sour cream
Gobble breaks down the instructions for putting together the meal into three major steps: prep-work, cooking, and plating.
We began with prep-work, which entailed chopping lettuce and mushrooms, then moving on to boiling water and adding the pasta. Then we sautéed the mushrooms.
Next, we added the pre-cooked meatballs to the mushrooms in the pan. After the meatballs were heated through, we removed them from the pan and stirred in the demi-glace sauce, heavy cream, and 1/2 cup of pasta water. We returned the meatballs to the sauce, turned off the heat, and our pasta was ready to drain.
The instructions even demonstrate plating your dishes, and we enjoyed our full meal in almost exactly 15 minutes. The hearty pasta and a simple but tasty salad on the side made for a balanced meal that was rich in flavor, creamy, and delicious. We loved that we were able to create a gourmet dinner that otherwise would have taken hours to make from scratch.
Buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and garlic roasted broccoli (2 servings)
This meal features crispy fried chicken cutlets, mashed potatoes with a demi-glace sauce, and roasted broccoli with shallot, and garlic confit. For supplies, we needed a preheated oven, a lined baking sheet, a nonstick 12-inch sauté pan, three mixing bowls, tongs, an oven mitt, paper towels, and salt and pepper. While preheating the oven added to our overall time, it was just a matter of turning it on and waiting 15 minutes, so we didn’t count that against Gobble.
This kit included the following ingredients:
- Chicken cutlets
- Mashed potatoes
- Broccoli florets
- Chicken demi-glace
- Shallot garlic confit
- Redfish seasoned flour blend
Again, our instructions were broken down into prep, cooking, and plating. We soaked the chicken cutlets in the buttermilk, mixed the broccoli with the shallot garlic confit, and then placed the broccoli mixture on a baking sheet and cooked in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
We dredged the cutlets in the seasoned flour and sautéed them in 1/4 cup of oil (not included). We then transferred the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate while we removed the broccoli from the oven. We microwaved the mashed potatoes and demi-glace sauce in separate bowls. Plating was easy, and we completed the meal in close to 15 minutes.
The buttermilk fried chicken cutlets came out crispy and delicious and paired well with the side dishes, although the microwaved mashed potatoes were a little gluey for our tastes.
Mexican style steak with veggies and refried black beans (2 servings)
This kit is one of Gobble’s “Lean & Clean” meals with lower carbs (55g or less per serving) and calories (600 or less per serving). The supplies we needed included a nonstick 12-inch sauté pan, a knife and cutting board, kitchen tongs, a cooking spoon, a microwave-safe bowl, paper towels, and salt and pepper.
This kit included the following ingredients:
- Flat iron steaks
- Cuban black beans
- Salsa roja
- Mini sweet peppers
- Cotija cheese
For prep work, we diced the mini peppers and shallots and cut the lime into wedges. We then patted dry the steaks and seasoned them with salt and pepper. We heated the sauté pan with one tablespoon of cooking oil (not included) and seared the steaks to our preferred doneness (medium).
We removed the steaks and allowed them to rest while adding the shallots and sweet peppers to the same pan, followed by the corn and salsa roja. After simmering for 3 to 4 minutes, we removed it from the heat.
We followed the instructions to microwave the Cuban black beans and then returned to the rested meat for slicing. For plating, we spooned the beans onto plates alongside the salsa roja vegetables and topped it with the sliced steaks. We sprinkled the crumbled Cotija cheese on top and garnished it with the included cilantro and lime.
Among the kits we tried, this was the quickest to prepare, although admittedly cooking it from scratch wouldn’t take much longer with the proper ingredients. The outcome was flavorful without too much spiciness, and we were impressed with the quality of the steaks.
Gobble offers two main meal plans with variable options for quantity. They include:
- Dinner for 2. With this plan, you receive three or four meal kits each week that serve two people. The price is $11.99 per serving, which adds up to $71.94 each week for three kits and $95.92 for four kits. Shipping on each delivery costs $6.99.
- Dinner for 4. With this plan, you also have the option of receiving three to four kits each week, with each kit serving four people. The price is $11.99 per serving, adding up to $143.88 for three meal kits and $191.84 for four. Shipping costs $6.99 per delivery.
Gobble also offers several add-ons that you can order as a subscriber, including desserts, salads, soups, and breakfast dishes. Some meal kits offer additional upgrades if you want to swap out chicken breasts for steak, for example.
You can alter your weekly quantities on the website, modify delivery dates, or arrange to skip a delivery if needed. You can also cancel at any time after your first delivery.
To get started with Gobble, begin by visiting the company’s website.
View upcoming menus. To get an idea of the meal options you have with Gobble, click the link at the top of the page that says “Upcoming Menus”. This allows you to browse the menus available for the next week’s deliveries and beyond. Each menu item features a photograph and some basic information about the type of cuisine and its ingredients, such as whether they contain dairy or wheat products.
Browse plans. The second link at the top of the homepage allows you to examine either standard dinner menus or “Lean & Clean” meals that provide fewer carbs and calories.
Sign up. To sign up, enter your email address and zip code and choose a password. Note that first-time users receive free shipping and a one-time discount on their first order.
Customize your plan. Gobble presents you with three dietary options: Classic, Vegetarian Only, or Lean & Clean. Next, select how many meal kits you want to receive each week (three or four) and how many servings per meal (two or four).
Complete shipping information. After your first order, shipping is $6.99 for subsequent deliveries. Gobble delivers to the continental U.S. with the following exceptions: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. It also requires a street address and cannot deliver to P.O. boxes.
Choose when you receive deliveries. Gobble offers several days to choose from for your first delivery. Subsequent deliveries will occur on the same day of the following weeks, between 8 a.m and 8 p.m. You can update your delivery preferences at any time, and they will be adjusted on a week-by-week basis.
Enter payment information. Gobble accepts all major credit cards. Your card information will remain on file, and Gobble will automatically charge this card upon each weekly shipment.
Choose your meals. While Gobble may suggest meals based on past orders, you are in complete control of choosing what meals you would like each week. However, if you prefer to be surprised, you can opt for Gobble to select your menu based on your personalized preferences (no fish, low-carb, etc.).
Open your Gobble box. Your order should arrive on the requested date, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., in a refrigerated box. Simply take out your meal kits and place them in the fridge until you’re ready for use.
Try your first meal kit. Each meal kit is packaged separately, with individual ingredients packaged within the bag. Open the bag, and you’ll find an ingredient list, instructions for preparation, nutritional information, and all of your needed ingredients. Follow the instructions for preparation, and you should be dining in 15 minutes.
Gobble collects personal and non-personally identifiable information about the users of its website. This information may include your IP address, webpages visited before the site, your name, address, email, credit card information, and other data. Non-personally identifiable information may be shared with third parties, including the company’s partners and contractors. Gobble may share personally identifiable information with service providers and analytics teams to improve the site or for marketing purposes. Gobble encrypts sensitive information (including your payment information) using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
At Innerbody Research, we customize our evaluation criteria depending on the type and nature of the health-related service or product. For Gobble and other meal service companies, we have five areas that we use for our evaluations, including:
Quality: How well does the company deliver its core service(s) to the customer? Is the quality of the service high enough that we would recommend it to loved ones without hesitation? If not, why not?
User-friendly: How intuitive and user-friendly is the service? Does the device, program, app, or website achieve a good degree of user-friendliness for its customers?
Value: Are you getting your money’s worth? Are there any hidden costs or charges? Does the company offer discounts?
Privacy: If data is stored, will your data be stored securely? Are payments secure?
Customer support: Particularly in situations where ‘one size fits all’ doesn’t make sense, how well does the company help to make the service ideal for you?