Foodie Friday – Gobble Green (Vegan Gluten-Free) Meals Review

I found out about this company (http://www.gobblegreen.com/) when I saw a promotion for a 1 week meal plan for $99. This included breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a dessert for 7 days. I have always wanted to try this out so I consulted with my husband and he agreed to participate with me. I ordered the meals and ended up waiting about a month to get my shipment (because they were backordered). I received two large boxes on my doorstep with frozen meals inside for the week. It appeared that everything was freshly made, then freezer packed, labeled, boxed, and shipped to my home. To be honest, when I first went through the meals I was a little nervous because there were a lot of food labels that I had not heard of before, but after reading the ingredients I realized that there wasn’t really anything that unusual from foods that I usually eat or prepare myself. So I decided to go full force on the following Monday morning with my vegan (gluten-free) meal plan. I was going to strictly only eat those food items Monday through Friday (and the following Monday and Tuesday, since its hard to stay on a ‘meal plan’ on the weekend). If you are a parent, you know what I mean when you sit down to eat and your child doesn’t want what’s on their plate, they want what’s on your plate. And I wasn’t about to share this with the baby.

About the company, “Gobble Green is an online marketplace where you will find a diverse and frequently updated selection of healthy, pre-packaged vegan meals. Our food kits are packaged in environmentally friendly containers and shipped directly to your home. Gobble Green is dedicated to making it hassle free for you to improve your diet, to make a smooth transition to veganism, to reach your health goals, to lead an environmentally responsible green lifestyle, and to support the ethical treatment of animals.” I’m not a vegan or even vegetarian by any means but I do love veggies and trying new foods. I traditionally only eat grass fed, organic meats, but I will on occasion eat non-organic beef (but never non-organic poultry). I’ll probably go back to my old ways after this but I think its fun to always try new foods and keep your options open.

Here are some photos of some of the foods I ate this week (my final review is at the end of this post…)

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

1st Meal - Strawberry Steel Cut Oats and Coffee with Coconut Creamer

Strawberry Steel Cut Oats and Coffee with Coconut Creamer

Scrambled Tofu and Mushrooms

Potato and Vegetable Mash

Letter Grade: C+

I was very optimistic going into this week but unfortunately I was disappointed in the food meal choices that I was provided. Because I participated in a ‘deal’ I was only given what the company decided to give me vs. items that I could choose myself (I did not know this going into the deal) and about half the foods I cooked but couldn’t eat because it either had no flavor, or I couldn’t take the smell (i.e. Curry flavors), or the texture completely turned me off (frozen and thawed salad). But I do have to say that I LOVED the other half of the meals and plan to adapt my own recipes based off of some of those foods. It’s a shame that it had to be this LOVE/HATE feeling towards my meals. I didn’t end up strictly eating those meals because I’m not one to only eat 3 meals/day. I typically snack all day long so I included my usual apple and raw almonds in between meals. If I had the opportunity to do this again I would probably pass because I could only find value in it if I enjoyed all the meals. I was proud of my husband for participating with me but I have to be honest that he typically consumes about 3 days worth of the food they provided in 1 day, so it wasn’t nearly enough calories for an active person. I’m actually looking forward to eating chicken and beef again! I’ve learned that a vegan lifestyle is not what works best for my family but I will try to incorporate some of these recipe ideas into our weekly meals.

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