With the rush of the holidays, I’m running very behind on my meal kit reviews – but I haven’t stopped getting them. My second week of Gobble, however, was a mistake. I somehow had neglected to skip it for the first week of December so I got stuck with 3 kits that I didn’t choose. Given that Gobble costs $79 for a 3-kit box, that was a costly mistake. Fortunately, I had a $15 credit because of the mistake they made in my previous box, so it made getting this box more “palatable”.
I was also lucky that the three meals Gobble chose for me werethings that I would have ordered myself – and they were all quite good.
My favorite thing about Gobble is how quick and easy it is to prepare its meals. They send as many pre-sliced and pre-cooked elements as they can without compromising quality, and this kit for Curried Beef Bowl with Basmati Rice & Mini Samosas was no exception. The tiny samosas came pre-cooked, so all I had to do was heat them up. They were very good and not too spicy. We often get fresh samosas from one of our local Indian food stores, so I don’t say this lightly.
The main meal was simple to put together. The rice came pre-cooked, and all I had to do was heat it in the microwave. Gobble sends a very tasty precooked rice, which tastes even better than the one I make. The meat was quickly sauteed on a pan, to which I added the curry powder, the pre-roasted carrots and peas, a pre-mixed garlic/ginger/scallion confit and chicken broth.
The results were great! It was a very tasty meal and both my husband and I enjoyed it. At $21, it was equivalent in price to the cost, before tax and tip, of take out – though, of course, we didn’t get leftovers as we do when we order out. Alas, the whole meal was ready much quicker than it would take to get a restaurant meal delivered.
This meat sauce is really easy to make, as it relies on store-bought sauce, but it’s absolutely delicious. I always get great raves from everyone when I make it.
For an even more delicious dish, sprinkle shredded cheese (mozarella, jack, provolone or a mixture of cheeses) over the hot pasta before serving the meat sauce.
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb ground beef
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. curry powder
- 1/2 tsp. coriander
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1 jar pasta sauce
- 1/2 cup red wine
Sauté the chopped onion in the olive oil over medium-high heat in a deep skillet. When soft, add the garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the ground meat and brown. Add the spices and stir. Add the pasta sauce and the red wine, stir and cook until the meat is well cooked. Serve over any type of pasta.