RIVERFORD RECIPE BOX (step-by-step deliciousness)

Riverford recipe box

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…

Riverford recipe box

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




  1. I’ve never really bought into the hype of organic food, but I think that’s because of the stories my dad used to tell me about the fruit and veg industry (esp where he worked). I’m glad that you are enjoying it though x

    • I’m not going to ask what your Dad told you – does it have anything to do with slugs? No! Don’t tell me, I’d rather stay oblivious, haha! 😉

  2. What a fantastic idea, I love that it talks you through step by step 🙂 x

  3. I have always been interested to see what is in these boxes – I have seen them advertised a lot. Thanks for a great post.

  4. This sounds great. I have never tried an organic food and recipe box, and indeed it sounds a little expensive. I’m glad you liked it though! All three meals sound so delicious!

  5. Oh wow these sound good 🙂 thanks for the review!


  6. This sounds amazing! I am (almost) completely useless when it comes to cooking so having this sort of step by step guide is what I’d really need to help me get into it and try new recipes. I particularly like that they’ve already measured everything out because so many online recipes don’t include good measurements, which is so stupid!!

    Thanks for the heads up about this box, think I’ll look into getting one 🙂

    Laura @ What’s Hot?

  7. I love recipe boxes like this, I find that it cuts my cooking time in half and I actually save money too.

  8. Your pie looks delicious! And I love the idea of food boxes, I think it forces you out of your comfort zone and gets you cooking new meals which is great!

  9. When you break down the cost as you have done, it actually seems pretty reasonably priced x

  10. What a great idea, I had no idea you could get things like this. I am going to have to look into it! Thanks for sharing

  11. I love these boxes as I’ve read so much about them. Perfect for inspiration! Shame they are slightly out of my budget.

  12. I used to get a local veg box a few years ago but I kept on wasting half of it. I love the idea of recipe cards in with the box, that’s a fab idea!

  13. If I’m honest My thoughts are similar to your initial ones. I am also a bit dubious of mixed boxes as I don’t like not knowing what I am going to receive. It’s good to get a sneak peek.

  14. I love the sound of it and for 3 meals it’s pretty great especially as there is no wastage

    • No wastage AND you’re getting all your spices, sauces and all the other ingredients that go into each dish – which makes it much better value than you first think. Convenience is the big thing for me though – it saves me so much time and brain space not having to figure out what I can dredge up for dinner! x

  15. My OH’s a farmer, and a real cynic about organic food. His family buy organic milk, but otherwise just local meat (if not out of our freezer) and produce. tbh, I can’t tell the difference if something’s organic or not – the OH says he can with chicken, but I think if you buy free range, good quality British produce, that’s as good as you’ll get whether it’s organic or not.

    The boxes are a great idea for people who want to experiment or need guidance. They are pricier than going to your local butcher, grocer etc, but I guess you’re paying for the conveneince.

  16. These boxes look really good but I will confess I am a little put off by the price

    • To be completely honest I was too, but then I figured out with a little juggling I could still get a week’s worth of meals for the same budget. I’m going to order them for a few weeks and see if my plan works out. Fingers crossed it will, as the meals really are delish and a lot better than I can come up with on my own, haha! x

  17. these veg boxes look amazing! I tried one recently from Hello Fresh and I was very impressed.

    • There are quite a few options these days, aren’t there? I’ve tried a couple but this is my favourite so far – the recipes are all exactly my kind of food! x

  18. I love the sound of this and would love to try it sometime if I had the money. I love the idea of trying new meals each week. x

    • I’m so boring otherwise, Kerry, I stick with the tried and true meals that I know I can whip up quickly. So nice to get some variety!! x

  19. All of this looks so so good!

  20. This looks a great box of quality foods, but it does seem a little pricey – I have a lot of mouths to feed so would need more than one box! Your pie looks fab! Kaz x

    • Awww, thanks! It tasted bloody good too (not bigging up my own cooking, BTW, it’s just a delish recipe!!). x

  21. This box looks fab! We used to get a normal veg box delivered by Riverford donkeys years ago, I loved getting the occasional random veg that I had never seen before in my life let alone know what to do with till I read the contents sheet lol. They have obviously expanded their range since then which is a brilliant idea.

    • Haha! I know just what you mean about the random vegetables – Kohlrabi, for example. How could I go 40+ years without even knowing this vegetable existed?!? 😉

  22. We tried one of these recently too, and I loved having everything to hand in the right quantities. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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