ilumi provide the widest range of naturally gluten-free prepared meals on the market. They are also nut and milk free and contain all locally sourced ingredients.
ilumi’s mission is to create delicious, colourful, deeply flavoursome foods that their customers can trust, to make them accessible and convenient, and to spread the word about eating for wellness to the wider community.
We were asked to try an evening meal from ilumi that was delivered to us at home. We chose to try the Mediterranean menu from the range.
You can either microwave or cook each meal on the hob so it only takes a few minutes to prepare which means they are super convenient and quick and easy. They are great for when you don’t have much energy or time to prepare a healthy meal but you don’t want to resort to an ready meal full of bad ingredients.
Pea Pancetta and Mint Soup
Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
Basil and Garlic Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Mediterranean Style Rice with Pork and Chorizo
Peppery Tuscan Style Beef Stew
Spanish Style Fish Stew
White Long Grain Rice
Overall we thought the meals were really nice, especially for the ease and the fact that they are gluten, nut and milk free. We both liked the Mediterranean Style Rice with Pork and Chorizo best; it had lots of flavour and plenty of meat in it. The boy didn’t really like the fish stew (I thought it was pretty fishy but ok) and the beef stew was very peppery but I think that was just a matter of taste. The boy was very surprised at the quality of beef in the stew; he said it was very good. The soups were also nice and you could definitely taste the mint in the Pea Pancetta and Mint Soup which I was surprised and pleased about. All the meals had plenty of taste and we enjoyed them.
The main courses are mostly £2.75 or £3.75 each and the rice is £1 (with free delivery in the UK) which we both thought was very good value for a convenient, healthy meal, and especially if you are gluten-free and find it hard to find healthy easy meal options. For us the gluten-free aspect was just a bonus but ilumi is a great option if you are gluten-intolerant.
All of the meals come in space-saving pouches which means they don’t need refrigeration; so they are really handy to have in the house for when you need something quick to eat.
ilumi also do meal plans for either 7, 14 or 28 days where you get your three meals a day plus snacks delivered to you and you get to choose which meals you would like from the options. I think this is a great idea for someone who wants to see whether they might be affected by gluten and wants to try being gluten-free for a week or so but doesn’t want to have to read packets and try to work out what they can and can’t have for every meal. The meal plans start at £44.99 for 7 days.
Going gluten-free is believed to lead to a reduction in bloating, clearer complexion and increased energy so it is worth a try if you think you might be affected by it, and apparently that’s quite a few of us; 1 in 5 of the UK population is actively avoiding gluten.
Would I buy it myself? Yes, if I was gluten-free or wanted to try being gluten-free for a period of time to see if I felt better.
We were sent an evening meal to try from ilumi, but all thoughts and opinions are mine or the boy’s.