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Meal Delivery Review: New Year, New You with meals from Eat Zest

Meal Delivery Review: Balance your budget in the new year while starting afresh with nutrition.

Meal delivery services are popping up all over the place at the moment. Whether it’s taste kits, veg boxes, or full-blown planned meal services. These meal delivery services vary wildly in quality, taste, service and cost. Therefore, establishing the value for money can be hard to judge.

A recent addition to the gourmet meal delivery niche is the company, Eat Zest. They offer freshly prepared gourmet meals designed to support three different diet plans for the end user.

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Meal Delivery Review: What are the pros of Eat Zest?

Eat Zest sent us over a box of meals to review in order to allow us to see if they delivered on tasty, nutritional budget-friendly meals. Their website claims that the meals are all nutritionally balanced, high protein, calorie controlled, and free of added oils, sugars and preservatives. They are also cooked in rapeseed oil to reduce the saturated fat levels.

The three different meal plan options are great for tailoring food and meals to your New Year’s resolutions…

The low carb, low fat “Burn” package is perfect for those wishing to shed a few pounds carefully with a New Year Diet. The “Balance” plan from Eat Zest, however, aims to maintain weight while providing high-quality carbs and protein to fuel training or a busy lifestyle. The final package offering comes in the form of the “Bulk” option, jam-packed full of high protein and high carb ingredients.

Whichever option you go for you’ll get the same recipe options to pick from, but the ingredients are adjusted and tailored to your chosen package.

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Meal Delivery Review: How do Eat Zest meals taste and how much do they cost?

We opted to trial the mid-package, the “Balance” option. With 10 meals costing an increasing amount from the Burn package at £43.99 through to £51.99 for the 10 meal “Bulk” option, you’re looking at £4-£5 per meal. You can decrease the cost per meal further by choosing the 15 meal option, or trial the service on their 7 meal package, which works out slightly more expensive (per meal). Read on below for your chance to win a 7 meal bundle from Eat Zest to try yourself!

Eat Zest use at present DPD for delivery, not my preferred delivery company from past experiences, but nevertheless, the items arrived quickly on this occasion. The packaging the meals arrived in looked suitably professional and practical with easy to remove labelled sleeves that contained all the nutritional information needed. All meals had a few days date on them but can be frozen to use at your own pace.

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We used a few meals from fresh and a few after freezing to see if the freezing process had an impact on the taste and appeal of the meals. The 10 meals we tried from the “Balance” package were:

  • 2 x Chicken Katsu with Sticky Rice & Pickled Carrot (Balance)
  • Thai Green Chicken Curry with Brown Rice (Balance)
  • Handmade Sicilian Meatballs with Corn Penne Pasta & Grated Cheddar (Balance)
  • Beef & Black Bean Stir-fry (Balance)
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Rice & Peas (Balance)
  • 2 x Tennessee BBQ Pulled Pork with Sweet Potato Wedges and Rainbow Slaw (Balance)
  • Tandoori White Fish with Spicy Sweet Potato Mash & Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa (Balance)
  • Chargrilled Peppers & Goats Cheese with Couscous & Butternut Squash (Balance)

We froze one of the Pulled Pork meals and one of the Chicken Katsu meals to compare to the “same” non-frozen version.

We were able to sample the meals over a week or so and found that the particular highlights were the Pulled Pork and Jerk Chicken meals. These two meals in particular not only looked appealing before and after heating but also packed good levels of flavour alongside the healthy nutrients they included. Achieving flavoursome meals whilst monitoring the levels of less preferred additions is never going to be easy, but on the whole Eat Zest have managed the feat.

pulled pork

That being said, the Meatball dish and Thai Green Curry could have had more flavour for our personal liking, but the meals were still perfectly palatable. For the price, I would suggest these meals would be of most use to those with busy lifestyles looking to have meals ready to go at a reasonable price. Whether enjoyed as a quick lunch in a city commute lifestyle or even as a stable means to healthy meals for run-ragged parents, Eat Zest is definitely worth a try. Oh, and factor in that they have a “refer a friend” style scheme too so you can get credit for introducing others to the service, again adding value.

thai green curry

You can try the meals yourself in two ways… Via our exclusive 10% off code “SAVVYDAD10” which you can redeem on the Eat Zest gourmet meal website. Alternatively, why not enter our competition below to win your very own 7 meal supply from Eat Zest.

Meal Delivery Review: Win your very own 7 Meal Gourmet Hamper

Eat Zest are giving one of our lucky readers the chance to win their very own week’s worth of meals by giving away one of their 7 Meal hampers. To be in the running just use the form below and don’t forget to let us know your experiences good or bad for this and other meal delivery services in the comments section below.


NOTE: This is a collaborative post and winners’ details will be passed on to Eat Zest to arrange the prize directly with the winner.


  1. Rich Tyler says:

    Great 2018 comp, new start!

  2. I like the sound of the Thai Green Chicken Curry.

  3. Tracy Nixon says:

    Sounds a great company that I would love to try! Thanks

  4. EMMA j WALTERS says:

    great way to try new flavours

  5. claire woods says:

    Fab prize. Thanks.

  6. Ren Taylor says:

    Sounds great…..thanks for the chance

  7. These are a good idea

  8. Sarah Carter says:

    Such a great giveaway thank you for the chance x

  9. Joanne Beale says:

    Looks yummy would love to win and try

  10. Sarah Corbett says:

    A great, inspiring start for 2018. I’d love to try out Eat Zest’s new recipes.

  11. Hayley Atkins says:

    They all look and sound delicious meals…anything with sweet potato or butternut squash will be a winner for me ,as well as one of my favourites,Thai Green Chicken Curry. Fabulous giveaway to start the New Year!

  12. Nicola Andrijauskas says:

    These foods look delicious!

  13. Charlotte Pashley-Foy says:

    Amazing giveaway, these look fantastic for lunch or dinner!

  14. ADEINNE TONNER says:

    This looks great especially as i’m trying to become more healthy this year.

  15. ashleigh allan says:

    Sounds really good!

  16. Kerry Locke says:

    Could be a real time saver option

  17. Debbie Bird says:

    fabulous they look amazing

  18. christine shelley says:

    Not my cup of tea but my husband and girls would love the selection

  19. Annabel Greaves says:

    This sounds fab

  20. Andrea Smith says:

    Very handy for work. No thinking about what to do for lunches, just grab a tub and go!

  21. Rachel Craig says:

    Great prize. We love food, we need food. Also ” Variety is the Spice of Life”.

  22. Amelia Kennedy says:

    What a lovely selection of meals! My family would love these … x

  23. What a great giveaway! Thank you for the chance!

  24. mari sutherland says:

    Lovely prize thank you

  25. Tracey Belcher says:

    would love to try these – Love Thai too

  26. Rachel Craig says:

    ? Error, as unable to record name in rafflecopter for putting comment on blog. Please Assist!

    1. Have you re-tried? Sometimes clearing cookies helps with plugin competitions if you clear the last 30 mins?

  27. laura stewart says:

    fingers crossed, fab giveaway x

  28. Julia Linsley says:

    Wonderful ! Thank you for the opportunity !

  29. Chris Andrews says:

    brilliant way to kick start the year

  30. Vivien Baird says:

    They sound delicious

  31. olivia Kirby says:

    Ohhh these look very good! Please count me in!

  32. Leila Benhamida says:

    Such a wonderful prize. The meals looks so delicious.

  33. rebecca h says:

    oo I’d love to try these they sound delicious and such a great idea! we work shifts so eating healthily is sometimes hard!

  34. Victoria N says:

    Would love to try these!

  35. andrea tinkler says:

    I have tried similar meals from a different firm and i must say i was surprised how nice they were. Lovely giveaway xx

  36. T Brailey says:

    These look really tasty and all done for you. Lovely

  37. Ruth Wollerton says:

    This would give my life ZEST and healthiness. Trying to be fitter and healthier this year, so I would love to win. Thanks for the chance & HAPPY NEW YEAR xxx

    1. I love a good pun 😉

  38. Lucy Barlow says:

    Jerk chicken! Droooool! Nice to take the faff out of healthy eating. Keeps it easy enough to get you over the hump of giving up the chrimbo calories!

  39. Kathleen marsden says:

    I like the look of the Pulled Pork. Although I wouldn’t turn my nose up at any of the other suggestions either ?

  40. Lynda Graham says:

    Good variety to choose from
    Love to try.

  41. Christine Dent says:

    All looks very yummy!

  42. Chris Dent says:

    Very tasty looking dishes.

  43. Debbie Bird says:

    The meals looks delicious

  44. christine szlobodnik says:

    amazing giveaway! would love to be the lucky winner. thankyou so much for the chance x

  45. john prendergast says:

    meals look nice

  46. Graham Ross says:

    What a fab prize to hopefully win

  47. jo liddement says:

    Really nice to come home to some healthy and ready made cooked meals when you have had a busy day at work.

  48. Adeline Sheradelia says:

    The 7-day package is an ideal way to trial this out!

  49. Lorna Ledger says:

    I have tried Hello Fresh! and they were lovely, although I find it a bit expensive, I love the idea of it all though and we ate really healthily – thanks for the chance 0- Happy New Year

    1. Agreed, we’ve tried Hello Fresh and we found 50% we liked 50% we didn’t. Handy things the recipe cards though, as you can source the ingredients much cheaper yourself if you like the Hello Fresh meals 😉

  50. Sheena Batey says:

    Just the job for jaded January

  51. donna l jones says:

    looks good lovely giveaway

  52. Margaret Clarkson says:

    The meals sound delicious.

  53. Richard Eldred Hawes says:

    These look interesting and might be worth a try

  54. all of these sound very tempting!

  55. Carole Nott says:

    great giveaway – thanks for the chance

  56. Hayley Atkins says:

    I commented on January 2nd at 11.44 but Rafflecopter seems to be having a senior moment and wont let me write in box to confirm my entry.

  57. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Sounds delicious would love to try

  58. Judith Allen says:

    These look tasty and so convenient.

  59. Faye Reed says:

    These look delicious, I’ve tried something like this before but these ones are much better x

  60. Sarah Austin says:

    Great competition! Fingers crossed!

  61. kate kathurima says:

    what a great prize

  62. These look delicious

  63. clair downham says:

    fabulous prize thankyou very much

  64. Lauren Jeffs says:

    These meals look and sound delicious. I would love to try. I am such a big foody and this is such a good alternative to going out.

  65. Ella Langford says:

    They all sound delicious

  66. Looks like a great way to start the new year

  67. GEOFF WICKENS says:


  68. June Lord says:

    All sounds nice. Love the sound of the Jerk Chicken especially because I struggle to find a good recipe for it.

  69. Jane Davies says:

    YUM ! Would love to give this a go, fingers crossed 🙂 Thanks

  70. Caroline Hunter says:

    These look really tasty, I’d love to try them!

  71. sheri Darby says:

    This looks a really good idea

  72. I’ve never tried anything like this before

  73. Emma Walton says:

    These meals look very appetising!

  74. Ursula Hunt says:

    These meals sound delicious would love to give this a try

  75. Lindsey Martin says:

    I could really do with these, tasty nutritious meals all ready to be heated up. Fantastic. I work full time and have a 3 year old, so when I’ve put her to bed, its hard for me to motivate myself to cook something tasty/healthy.

  76. Alison MacDonald says:

    Lovely prize and very tasty sounding too xx

  77. Alison MacDonald says:

    I commented today 12.47pm but the gleam won’t let me enter my name 🙁

    1. Thanks for letting me know; I think I can add it manually for you.

  78. Edward Guerreiro says:

    I have never tried a meal delivery service. The closest I have used is graze. It was delicious, but ultimately too expensive/poor value for money.

  79. A.E. ADKINS says:

    Sounds a great way to sample different flavours but the price would need to be sensible to tempt us

  80. Anthea Holloway says:

    These sound like lovely meals and would certainly save time cooking from scratch.

  81. Victoria Prince says:

    I’ve never used a meal delivery service! But these look and sound delicious so I’d love to try them

  82. I fancy jerk chicken now.

  83. Kev Cannon says:

    These look really nice – thanks for the chance to win and try

  84. The vegetarian ones are great.

  85. Derek Wilson says:

    I love the convenience of these. Time is a rare commodity nowadays, so anything that lets me do the things I enjoy (instead of cooking from scratch!) is a great idea in my book. Thank you!

  86. Great Prize! Thanx.xxx

  87. Victoria N says:

    These meals look super tasty

  88. Those disheslook very tasty adn colourful, a nice way to bring some variety to our diet

  89. Danielle Graves says:

    They all sound really appealing.

  90. Amy Jo McLellan says:

    I really like the sounds of this. I do really enjoy a chicken katsu curry but don’t cook them for myself at home, so I’d particularly enjoy that in the plan.

  91. Ive been keeping my eyes peeled for something like this to recommend to my incredibly busy friend. She doesnt have much time to cook from scratch so healthy tasty meals to go would be fab

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