I have to admit, ladies and gents, I’m not the greatest cook. If I had the time and money, I’d eat out all the time and only have breakfast at home…if at all. It’s not that the food I make necessarily tastes bad – my flatmate always likes it – but I’m just not very creative at composing meals and usually can’t be bothered to peel, slice, cook, wait…it’s just too much hassle for one person.
Anyways, that doesn’t mean that I’m a big fan of ready meals either. On the contrary, I hardly ever have ready meals – they taste of nothing, and I don’t like the fact that I don’t really know what’s inside. I may not watch what I eat very closely, but I do like to be at least semi-aware of what I feed my body.
I don’t eat meat, I rarely have fish (sushi is my weakness), I hardly ever consume dairy products (my skin hates them), and I only have gluten when I eat out. Gluten free pasta and flour are staples in my household, but not because I can’t have gluten…I don’t even know whether I buy into the whole gluten-free movement, unless somebody suffers from celiac disease of course, but I genuinely prefer gluten free pasta and pancakes.
Sounds like I’m a really fussy eater, but I swear I’m not…at least not when eating out.. I’m just a little fussy when it comes to preparing food for myself. I like it quick, I like it fresh and preferably free of dairy and gluten. So when I was asked whether I wanted to try a few samples from Ilumi World, I was more than happy to say yes, even though it’s ready meals.
Ilumi World offer nut, gluten and milk free ready made dishes that cost between £1 for rice and up to £3.75 for full meals containing meat, and mostly come in pouches that can be conveniently heated in the microwave. The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was that all of the main ingredients were pictured on the pouches and the whole list of ingredients boldly printed on the front. What you will find in these dishes is a host of perfectly identifiable ingredients, what you won’t find is chemistry. All ingredients are 100% natural.
Now on to the taste. As I don’t have a microwave at home, I just chucked all the dishes in a pot and heated them on the hob (I even managed to cook the pouch of rice in a water bath…yay me..haha). I got sent so many dishes (almost all of the vegetarian ones) that I’d probably have to write a 10.000 essay if I wanted to talk about every single one of them in detail, so I’m just going to give you my overall impression and tell you that the Spanish Style Rice & Vegetables was by far my favourite. It was like a party in mouth…just better. So much more delicious than any ready meal I’ve ever tasted before…and without any nasties!! Just natural and healthy ingredients.
All the other dishes were good too. Very filling, full of flavour and expertly composed. Only the Spicy Harira Soup was a tad too spicy for my taste. It’s perfect for anybody who likes it spicy though, because it’s actually spicy…not like some other “spicy” ready meals (the website conveniently indicates how hot a meal is, so no surprises there). With the meals from Ilumi you know what you get and you won’t be disappointed. They are perfect for anybody with special dietary requirements, and the ideal quick meal when there’s no time to cook. Considering the affordability of these meals and convenient free UK delivery, there’s really no reason not to stock up for a rainy day. I honestly can’t wait to see what else Ilumi has up their sleeves. They’ve already expanded their range since the first time I visited their website a few weeks ago, so even if you can’t find anything that tickles your fancy right now, there may be in the future.
Have you ever tried anything from Ilumi World?