I would like to offer an unreserved apology to the entire organic food industry. For years I thought it was all a bit of a trendy excuse to charge more for groceries, but I’ve had to eat (no pun intended) my words.
We’ve made a concerted effort to up our diet game in the last couple of years. I’d been growing increasingly unhappy with the quality of the food from our supermarket, and the horse meat scandal was the final straw. We’ve only bought organic meat from the local butcher since.
But, thought the quality of our meat and produce increased, the quality of my cooking did not. I’ve made no secret of my rather limited talents in the kitchen, so when RIVERFORD offered to send out one of their recipes boxes I graciously, and gratefully, accepted.
Confession time: I’ve ordered organic veggie boxes before and wasted a lot of that lovely produce because I just wasn’t sure what to do with it, and that’s exactly why these Riverford recipe boxes are ideal for me. They’re delivered to your door once a week and inside you’ll find everything you need to create three healthy, nutritious meals, including meat, veggies, pre-measured spices and ingredients and step-by-step recipe cards. ‘Organic Meals for Dummies’.
But it wasn’t just the convenience and the quality of the products that appealed…
In our box we had everything we needed for three tasty dishes: Greek-style Spinach Pie, Lamb Chops with Borlotti Beans, and Chicken and Sweetcorn Dhansak with homemade flatbread.
I’ll be honest; I’d never have thought of cooking these meals myself (I didn’t even know how to say Dhansak, let alone make one) but I tried them all, and all three were delicious. No, that doesn’t do them justice; they were absolutely amazing – even OH, who’s notoriously picky about his food, was raving about them.
I don’t know if it’s the chef-prepared recipes, or the top quality of the ingredients, but they were literally the best meals I’d ever cooked. Ever (I’m not taking credit for any of it, by the way, as you literally can’t go wrong with the recipe boxes). However, my ‘plating up’ skills (yes, I watch Masterchef) still leave a lot to be desired, so below is a photo of the Spinach Pie before I dished it up and destroyed it.
At £39.95 for a three-meal box (£29.95 for two meals) it may seem expensive, but it works out as just over £13 per meal. When I do the weekly shop I aim to spend around £10 per main meal, so it wasn’t much more than my usual spend and the end result was so much tastier, and healthier.
We’re now thinking of splitting the shopping to get a Riverford recipe box each week, and spending the remainder at our usual online supermarket. A delicious compromise.
• we were sent our Riverford recipe box for the purpose of review