Gobble Review: Lean & Clean

Published on March 30, 2020
Last modified on July 6, 2021

For this Gobble review we were given a sample of the new Lean & Clean menu.  This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase we may be compensated.  All opinions are our own.


By Alison Chew

Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN


Gobble meal kits come ready to cook so that you can have a delicious home-cooked meal on the table in 15 min.  They do this by doing most of the prep, like peeling and chopping, and sending sauces premade so that all you have to do is mix, cook, and eat!  Check out our other Gobble reviews for more details on the Classic dinners.

Gobble Review: Lean & Clean Meal Kits

Have you tried the new Lean & Clean low-calorie meals from Gobble?  Here’s the scoop.  Lean & Clean meals are the newest addition to the Gobble menu.  They feature low calorie, low carb recipes to help you stay on track and eat right.  Each of the 4 weekly recipes features high-quality ingredients like lean proteins, healthy fats, low carbohydrates, and under 600 calories per serving.  I know what you’re thinking, but how do they taste?  We gave them a try.  Read on for more details. Get coupons >>

What We Like

  • Under 600 calories per serving
  • Can add to existing Gobble order and mix with other meals
  • Quick and easy to make

What We Don’t Like

  • Selection is limited (only 3-4 Lean & Clean meals in each weekly menu)

Gobble Lean & Clean Review

We ordered 2 portions each of the Gobble Lean & Clean low-calorie meals:

  • Creole Shrimp with Maque Choux Vegetable Saute
  • Seared-Salmon with Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Garlic
  • Chicken Breast with Za’atar Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Crispy Garbonzo Beans with Lemon-Tahini Dressing
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The balsamic glazed brussels sprouts with shallots and garlic recipe was so simple yet so tasty.  We will be using the balsamic glaze, which is only balsamic vinegar and honey, on brussels sprouts in the future.  The salmon that accompanied the brussels was a little plain and could use more seasoning or a sauce.  Overall, this no-frills dish was tasty and healthy, and our favorite of the 3 that we tried.

Next up, the Creole Shrimp was delicious, we couldn’t believe that it was less than 400 calories per serving.  The garlic confit and herb butter really made this dish sing without adding too many calories.  We definitely could have eaten more shrimp and would love for the seafood portions to be larger.

Finally, the Chicken with Za’atar broccoli, cauliflower, and chickpeas.  This recipe was easy to make and came together in 15 min as promised.  The portion size of each chicken breast was a good amount and we enjoyed the lemon tahini sauce that accompanied the dish.  We did have an issue with the broccoli as it became mushy while in the fridge for 2 days so we supplemented with broccoli that we had on hand.  The chickpeas were crunchy adding a nice texture to the dish. Get coupons >>

How much does Gobble Lean & Clean cost?

  • Serving size options: 2 or 4 people
  • Recipe selections per week: 2, 3, or 4 recipes per week
  • Recipe choices: 4 choices per week
  • Dietary options: only low calorie and low carb (no vegetarian options that we could see for Lean & Clean menu)
  • Price:  $11.99/meal
  • Shipping: $6.99
  • Ships to: the Continental U.S. with the exception of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska
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Gobble Review: Packaging, Quality, and Quantity of Ingredients

Gobble Lean and Clean Unboxing by Meal Finds

All of our ingredients were fresh upon arrival and no ingredients were missing.  There was an issue with one of the packages of salmon in transit and it leaked in the box, though it was still cold upon arrival and fine to eat.  The serving size was fine to small for 2 adults without any leftovers.  If you have a big appetite you may want to supplement dinners with a salad or additional side.  Gobble sources ingredients from local farmers and specialty purveyors ensuring quality and helping to support their community.

The box, paper inside, and plastic ingredient bottles are all recyclable.  The empty ice packs, cool pouch, and plastic bags we can not recycle or reuse in our area, but Gobble recommends taking the plastic bags to stores that recycle plastic shopping bags.  I would be happy to have all of my ingredients in 1 bag or no bag at all versus all of the individual plastic bags reducing waste and potentially reducing costs.

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Gobble Review: Ease of Instructions

Instructions were easy to follow and the skill level required, in our opinion, would be entry-level.  The recipes require minimal chopping and only 1 or 2 pans staying consistent with the messaging from Gobble that meals are easy to make and only take around 15 min.  The step-by-step instructions walk you through exactly what to do and, for us, the recipes only took 15 min.  Gobble cuts down cooking time by sending premade sauces for their regular dinners and for their Lean & Clean dinners the sauce is minimized to cut back on the calories, but still adds to the flavor.



Gobble Lean & Clean Review: Bottom Line

We are a Gobble-loving family and have enjoyed their regular meals for years and will now add in the Lean & Clean meals to our order.  We love the ability to mix and match lower calorie dinners with regular dinners or add breakfast or lunch, to meet the needs of our family. We also appreciate that all recipes require minimal effort and allow us to spend quality time together while eating a home-cooked meal.  We would definitely recommend Gobble Lean & Clean meals to anyone looking for an easy, convenient healthy meal solution.

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This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
rebecca-housh-ms-rdn-ldn-registered-dietitianRebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.

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