Making dinner can be a struggle for busy households, especially if you’re trying to keep your meals healthy by using fresh ingredients.
Fortunately, Gobble is a unique subscription-based service that delivers easy to prepare meal kits right to your door each week. However, it’s more expensive than other options.
This Gobble review can help you decide if the meal delivery service is worth the price.
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What is Gobble?
Gobble is a meal kit that’s all about convenience and health.
Using fresh ingredients, they create recipes and build meal kits that feature several pre-prepped ingredients to cut down on prep time.
Additionally, they offer a wide variety of chef-designed recipes that appeal to kids and adults, feature unique ingredients, and contain several different flavors from around the world.
How Does the Service Work?
It is simple to sign up for Gobble. First, navigate to the “Our Plans” page and select “Get Started.” You’ll need to create an account to view their meal plan options.
You can choose between three different meal plans:
- Classic: A variety of Gobble recipes
- Lean and Clean: Grain-free, lower carb, and less than 600 calories per serving
- Vegetarian: Plant-based meals that may contain dairy and eggs
No matter which plan you choose, you’ll be able to view and make selections from the full menu each week.
You can also choose between three or four recipes per week for two or four people.
After checking out, you’ll be taken to the meal selection screen to choose your meals for your first shipment.
Gobble offers roughly 16 recipes per week in addition to extra breakfasts, salads, soups, and desserts that you can add to your order.
This is a subscription service, so you’ll receive boxes each week unless you skip weeks or cancel the service. You can easily cancel on the website.
If you keep the service, make a note of your meal selection deadline each week. If you miss the deadline, you’ll receive meal choices selected by Gobble.
In the event your box arrives late or some of your ingredients aren’t in good condition when they arrive, you can contact customer service to discuss your options.
How Much Does A Meal From Gobble Cost?
Gobble meals cost a flat $12.99 per serving regardless of how many servings or recipes you receive each week. Shipping is an additional $6.99.
Some meals may cost more than the standard $12.99 per serving, but these are clearly marked on the menu. Additionally, other add-ons cost extra.
However, new users, can get their first six meals (by choosing the two-serving, three-recipe plan) for just $36.
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*Related: Are you looking for a less expensive meal delivery subscription service? Try our free quiz to identify the best option for your home.
My Experience Using the Service
I was impressed with our Gobble experience. The box arrived neatly packaged. Each recipe (including all of the non-meat ingredients and the recipe card) was bagged separately.
All of the meats were kept separate from the other ingredients. I also noted that most of the packaging materials were reusable or recyclable, so the box seems pretty eco-friendly.
In our box, we received:
- Sauteed Sake & Miso Chicken with Shiitakes & Bok Choy
- Lamb Gyros with Tzatziki & Roasted Greek Potatoes for Four
- Cajun Shrimp & Andouille Jambalaya for Four
First up were the lamb gyros, which were easy to make thanks to premade seasonings and sauces, including the tzatziki. Also, the potatoes were pre-cooked, which saved a lot of time.
Next, we made the miso chicken stir fry. It was delicious. I even had some extra mushrooms and broccolini that needed to be used, so I chopped them up and tossed them in.
We had never tried barley as a side to our meals before, but my husband really liked it.
Finally, we made the jambalaya. I’m from Louisiana, so I was excited to see some home-state representation on a meal kit menu. It was pretty tasty.
Additionally, the portion sizes were enormous. We had lots of leftovers from each meal, even after eating our fill.
How Easy Are Gobble Meal Kits to Prepare?
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy our Gobble meal kits were to prepare. The recipe cards were really detailed and easy to understand.
Better yet, the whole meal kit was streamlined, including packaging (with all ingredients for a single meal plus the recipe card in its own bag) and cooking (with pre-prepped ingredients).
For example, on gyro night, the potatoes were already sous vide cooked, so we essentially only had to warm them up. This reduced time on prepping and cooking the potatoes.
For the jambalaya and stir fry dishes, the grains had already been precooked and only needed to be reheated. The rice and barley took five minutes each rather than 30+ minutes.
Additionally, instead of sending separate seasonings, whole garlic, and whole onions to add flavor, each recipe contains a custom-made packet or two of confit.
This packet was essentially a cooked-down, concentrated source of flavor made from onions, garlic, and seasonings.
Are Gobble Meals Healthy?
Gobble meals are all made with healthy, simple, and whole ingredients. In that regard, they’re definitely much healthier than most restaurant food.
You won’t find a lot of processed additives or preservatives on their ingredient lists either.
They also offer a Lean & Clean menu that features lower-carb, grain-free meals that are all less than 600 calories per serving.
Gobble even has a vegetarian menu with a limited selection of plant-based meals each week, although these usually aren’t vegan because they contain dairy or eggs.
Overall, this is a great choice for people who want a meal kit that aligns with healthy living because of their use of fresh ingredients and healthy recipes.
Who Should Use Gobble?
Gobble offers convenient, tasty recipes. Here’s who it would be an excellent fit for.
People With Limited Time
One of the main draws of the Gobble service is that they cut down on prep work in several ways, saving you valuable time during the cooking process.
For instance, they offer some pre-prepped veggies and sauces. Additionally, rather than including whole garlic or onions, they include flavor-packed confits as a shortcut to adding lots of flavor.
This makes Gobble an ideal fit for families who want home-cooked meals but have limited time.
The Gobble menu offers several favorites each month that will appeal to picky eaters of all ages.
For example, here are some recent weekly meal options:
- Roasted Half Chicken for Two with Truffled Macaroni and Cheese
- Chicken Tortellini Alfredo with Spinach Salad & Garlic Bread for Four
- Black Pepper Chicken with Stir Fry Vegetables & Jasmine Rice
- Beef Stew with Potatoes & Peas
If you have a choosy eater in your home, Gobble could be a good fit.
Gobble also features several seafood options each week for people who enjoy seafood or like the variety of these additional proteins.
For example, a recent menu featured dishes with shrimp pasta, fish tacos, barramundi fillets, and halibut fillets.
Who Shouldn’t Use the Service?
On the other hand, Gobble may not be a good fit for the following people.
Gobble doesn’t offer many modified meals for special diets or dietary restrictions.
Although they do offer some vegetarian meals each week, they are not vegan since they often feature dairy or eggs.
Read our guide on the best vegan meal plans to find a suitable alternative.
People on a Budget
Gobble is one of the more expensive meal kit delivery services available.
In fact, it’s even more expensive than another premium meal kit company, Sunbasket (which caters to specific dietary needs and offers organic ingredients).
However, Gobble meals are made for convenience. For some people, it may be worth the cost.
Personally, it’s out of our price range, but I could see it being a great alternative for people who spend a lot of money dining out and want a healthier, home-cooked option.
Pros and Cons
Here are the pros and cons of the Gobble meal delivery service.
- Convenient, fast meals with minimal prep involved
- Variety of flavorful recipes and menu options for mass appeal
- Add-ons include specialty meals and desserts
- A good fit for busy families
- Gourmet meals not typically found with other meal delivery services
- Relatively expensive, and shipping is extra
- May not be a good fit for vegans
- Not ideal for special diets
If you want a wide variety of recipes with generous servings, Gobble could be a good choice.
Want to see how Gobble compares to other meal delivery subscription services? Here’s a quick comparison to some key competitors.
|Company||Cost||# of Meals||Best For||Servings||Sign Up|
|Gobble||$12.99+/serving||3-4/wk||Tasty recipes||2 or 4|
|Marley Spoon||$8.49+/serving||2-6/wk||Skilled cooks||2 or 4|
|Home Chef||$6.99+/serving||2-6/wk||Quick meals||2, 4, or 6|
Marley Spoon is a popular meal kit company that offers recipes from Martha Stewart’s personal recipe collection along with other recipes chosen by her.
The meals are appealing to families looking for chef-inspired meals. They offer a variety of unique flavors and tastes.
Although Marley Spoon meal kits tend to be more involved and time-consuming than Gobble meals, they offer a limited selection of Ready Made meals that can be heated in the microwave.
Marley Spoon is also less expensive than Gobble, with prices starting at $8.49 per serving.
Read our Marley Spoon review to learn more.
Home Chef is a great alternative to Gobble if you need a more budget-friendly meal kit.
Their weekly menu features several traditional meal kit recipes. It also includes easy-prep, oven-ready, and grill-ready meals that can save time in the kitchen.
They even offer a family plan for larger families, with up to six servings per meal.
Home Chef meals start at $6.99 per serving.
Read our Home Chef review to learn more.
Gobble offers easy, home-cooked meals with minimal prep time for busy families.
✔️ Convenient, quick meals
✔️ Wide variety of options
✔️ Appeals to kids and adults
✔️ Ability to purchase add-ons like desserts and specialty meals
✔️ Seafood options available
❌ More expensive than most other services
❌ Not good for vegans
❌ Shipping is extra
From grocery shopping to cooking, Gobble can save you time at every step of the dinner process. They also highlight fresh, healthy ingredients in their streamlined recipes.
However, they are one of the most expensive meal delivery kits available.
Regardless, they may be a good fit for your household if you value fresh ingredients and easy home-cooked meals.
How often do you order meal kits to save time in the kitchen?
SaVanna is a registered dietitian, freelance writer, and recipe developer. She’s a regular contributor for Healthline Nutrition and Greatist, and she blogs about low carb meal planning at SaVannaShoemaker.com. When she’s not writing about food and nutrition, she’s brainstorming ways to make meals that are inexpensive, kid friendly, tasty, and healthy.