Quite often we are short on time to be able to plan and prepare the evening meals. Hubby often works later than the rest of us, or I will work a late shift, so quick and easy meals are always welcome in our house if nothing else has been prepared.
I was introduced to Ilumi a little while ago, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out a new meal that was quick, easy and gluten free.
Ilumi have been creating nut, gluten and milk free meals for almost ten years. I actually can’t believe how we’ve never come across them before. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but was pleased to see eye catching packaging, and also packaging that doesn’t produce a lot of waste.
We received two thai chicken currys, two rice and two bottles of lager. All gluten free.
My immediate question was where to store the packets, but quickly found that they don’t need to be refridgerated and can be kept in a cool place.
I was eager to try my meal out, but the day they arrived, hubby was working a late shift, so I decided to serve him up the first portion. I almost got away with serving up his dinner and providing him a meal without him realising I had got the contents from a ready meal, but he caught me. I didn’t let on that the meals were gluten free, as I wanted to see what his reactions were without too much information about the ingredients either way.
Overall the meal took me three minutes to prepare and put on the plate. There was a lot of sauce with the curry and not enough meat for my liking, but still overall it provided a decent size portion on the plate.
There were some nice aromas coming from the plate, and the colours were nice too.
Hubby gave off good sounds, and said there was some nice spice coming through, but nothing too strong or overpowering. It was more flavour than spice.
I thought the rice looked a little clumpy, but he didn’t mention that.
My turn came when I was at work a couple of nights later, so this would be the prime opportunity to taste mine. Again I thought the rice looked a little clumpy, and didn’t come apart too well with the fork, but it didn’t detract from the presentation too much.
There was enough rice to cope with the excess sauce in the curry sachet, and I agreed with hubby that there was some lovely flavours going on.
As for the beers, well they didn’t last too long with hubby around.
I personally didn’t get any lack of taste or flavour being gluten free so this was a nice meal to eat knowing that I was eating well in terms of ingredients used.
I would definitely choose Ilumi again in terms of convenience food for both the flavour, price, and convenience. A sachet of thai chicken curry will costs you £3.50 and the rice £1 which I think compares well to other leading convenience brands.
Disclosure – we were sent two currys, two rice and two beers to review, but all opinions are our own