Over lockdown (one, two and three), I wasn’t exactly eating great. I’ve never been a great cook anyway, to be honest. I would have been the best contestant for “Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook” because I could have been on either team. I’ve just never really had the time (or energy) to learn to cook.
I probably still have the same cooking skill level since I left Univerity. I can Microwave a meal to perfection, just about not burn a frozen pizza and McCains Smiley Face is my favourite food group.
I must say, vegetables rarely make my dinner plate.
I’m dyslexic too, so reading recipes is quite difficult. I need things clear, short and simple.
I decided during lockdown 3, I wanted to eat better and learn to cook. Make the most of lockdown to learn a new and useful skill.
I don’t really like the idea of a food box. I prefer getting my own food from the supermarket to ensure it’s fresh. I also like to swap out foods I don’t like or for something a little healthier.
I was introduced to Simple Cook so I thought I’d give it a go. and this is how it went…
How does Simply Cook work?
I got my first box on a new customer offer which was £3 which contains 4 recipes.
BUT if you use my discount code, you can get your first box for just £1!
Pretty good I thought so I wanted to give it a go.
When you sign up, you automatically go on a subscription but you can cancel anytime. You get your first box within a week. Your subscription is up to you. You can choose to be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Each box is £9.99 (as of the date of this post). So it’s up to you how much you want to use them/spend each month.
The box contains 4 recipes, with 3 seasonings/sauces/marinades depending on the recipes you choose.
You can pick your recipes on the website but I prefer the app. You can change your recipes till the shipping date.
My favourite part is you get an interactive shopping list on the app. So when I’m at the shops, I can see what ingredients I need for that meal. That meals fresh ingredients. Also, there’s not a lot of ingredients needed for each meal. Maybe 3-4 ingredients and some optional ones.
So far, sounds simple.
Is Simply Cook easy to cook?
This is where I struggled a bit. Considering I don’t have a lot of cooking experience anyway, this wasn’t entirely unexpected.
However, the method is broken down into sections which made things a little easier. My only issues really were the timings. I sucked at it.
I’m not sure if it was just my dyslexia having difficulties or the instructions maybe being a little off? Maybe both?
I was cooking things quicker than others and still haven’t been able to get everything cooked at the same time but it does look like the photo when it’s done.
But when it’s done, I actually got it to look the same as the photo…well close enough.
Is Simply Cook any good?
In short, yes! It looks good, and most importantly it tastes good too.
In my first box, I tried the Chicken Katsu, Makhani, Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken and Linguine with Courgette. Here’s a short breakdown of each one and some proof of my new skills. Masterchef here I come!
Chicken Katsu – Tastes EXACTLY like Wagamama. Strong statement I know but it did. I was pretty impressed. I really enjoyed this one and would definitely get it again. I even made the breaded chicken from scratch. Fancy!
Makhani – This one is rated one of the most popular on the site. However, I wasn’t a fan. It was too spicy.
Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken – Another delicious dish and I even had a go at making mash potato for the first time. Yes, I told you I don’t cook often!
Linguine with Courgette – This is probably the simplest to cook and my favourite meal out of all 4. I added chicken into mine and shrimp for my stepdad. Delicious!
I’ve even bought a second box which arrived this week. Check out my Instagram account to see the meals I’m cooking with them.
I also found kit singular boxes in Coop Food on the shelve and had a go at the Jerk Chicken Recipe between boxes. This was one of my favourites. Really spicy though. Glass of milk needed.
So if you don’t fancy joining up online, you can go into your supermarket and try one straight from the shelf!
Fancy giving it a go? Try your first box today for just £1!
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Have you ever tried Simply Cook or which recipe do you fancy trying?Let me know in the comments below!