It’s easy to get stuck in a bit of a rut with weeknight meals. We went through a phase of recycling the same seven or eight meals every week. After a long day at work, the last thing I felt like doing was cooking for hours on end or having to cook something complex, which really limited our meal choices. This is where Simply Cook (link) came to the rescue. It injects some fun into your weeknight meals and takes you on a tasty trip around the world. All meals take 30 minutes cook, thanks to their handy recipes and unique blends of herbs, spices and stock that come through you letterbox.
The premise is simple – instead of accumulating a billion herbs, spices and random other ingredients that sit in your cupboard unused; three pre-prepared pots arrive with a recipe card. There are four meals per box and you can choose how frequently they arrive. You can also switch out meals if they suggest any that don’t tickle your fancy. All you need to do is add 4 or 6 ingredients to your shopping list to create your masterpiece. The ingredients tend to be things like onions, peppers, vegetables or coconut milk, so nothing expensive or out of the ordinary! You can see whats coming before it arrives too, so pre-emptively add things to your shopping list. They also cater for gluten-free people and vegetarians which is brilliant!
Each Simply Cook recipe takes around half an hour to create, which is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. The variety in the boxes is incredible too, our favourites have been Jambalaya, Thai Basil Pork, Beef Massaman and the Chipotle Grilled Steak Salad. We opt for a box every two weeks, meaning that we have a Simply Cook meal twice a week. They are so easy to prepare, I was a little worried as I’m not the most advanced cook, but the easy to follow recipes make it simple. I’ve even mastered the art of cooking fish which is something I never thought I’d do!
Each recipe card comes with the story behind the dish too, which is a lovely touch. As someone who adores food from other countries this is the perfect box. I’ve made food from Brazil, Malaysia and Morocco, just to name a few. What’s more I’ve never had a dish that I didn’t enjoy; I’ve actually found myself looking forward to dinner!
Each simply cook box costs £8.99, making the three unique blends of herbs, spices and stock £2.25 each. Personally I find that really reasonable, as we would be spending that on random ingredients or sauces normally anyway. The extra items you need to buy haven’t made a difference to our shopping bill either. In fact spending £17.98 a month on our boxes hasn’t made the slightest difference to us.
As you can tell I’m a big fan of the Simply Cook concept. The high cost and restrictive nature of other food and snack subscription boxes had always put me off of them. However, this isn’t at all restrictive, it caters for my dietary requirements and the food we make is simple, quick and delicious. Simply Cook have taken the boring out of our weeknight meals. So if you’re adventurous and don’t mind a bit of spice, I’d highly recommend giving Simply Cook a go. You can get your first box for £1 (and cancel straight away if you don’t like it) just click here and enter the name ‘Hamish Cooper’ for your code.
Have you tried Simply Cook?