Riverford Recipe Box Review & Giveaway

Back in November, I reviewed Riverford’s vegetarian recipe box. The meals were tasty, quick to prepare and didn’t create much washing up, so when Riverford asked if I’d like to try another recipe box, I wasn’t about to turn it down.

Along with Riverford’s usual recipe boxes are boxes created by guest chefs. The latest chefs to be featured are twins David and Stephen Flynn, who own The Happy Pear shop, cafe and restaurant in Co. Wicklow, and it was this recipe box Riverford sent me to review.

The ingredients for the Mexican leek and black bean chilli
The ingredients for the Mexican leek and black bean chilli

As with all Riverford recipe boxes, everything you need is sent to you in one big box – all the fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables, tinned goods (tomatoes, beans, coconut milk, etc.), with all the herbs and spices pre-measured. Recipe cards with preparation and cooking time and step-by-step instructions are included. You really can’t go wrong with a recipe box.

Happy Pear Mexican leek and black bean chilli
Happy Pear Mexican leek and black bean chilli

The first recipe I made was a Mexican leek and black bean chilli. The recipe card said it would take me 25 minutes to prepare and cook and as I had a cold and really couldn’t be bothered to cook anything, it sounded perfect.

This vegetarian (it had honey in it, otherwise it would have been vegan) chilli was definitely a good choice for a lazy day as it didn’t require much more than a bit of chopping then chucking everything in a pan and letting it simmer for a bit. It made far more than two servings – I served the chilli on top of jacket potatoes and there was enough left over for another two servings.

Happy Pear Spanish chickpea and potato bake
Happy Pear Spanish chickpea and potato bake

I must have been feeling livelier the next day as according to the recipe card, this vegetarian (easily veganised by leaving out the honey and cheese) Spanish chickpea and potato bake with sundried tomato pesto would take 70 minutes to prepare and cook. Given how slow a cook I am, I took this to mean two hours, so I started it early.

Again, the recipe card said it served two but it was huge and could easily serve four. I thought the Happy Pear guys must be the size of the Two Fat Ladies or The Hairy Bikers but, nope, there’s not an ounce of fat on either of them.

This chickpea and potato bake came with a beetroot and pumpkin seed salad but I had it with my own vegetables instead.

Happy Pear puy lentil coconut dahl
Happy Pear puy lentil coconut dahl

Unfortunately, the last recipe of puy lentil coconut dahl was a bit of a disaster. In the instructions, it says to add more water if the dahl is becoming too thick but it should be reasonably dry. I could have left this to simmer for a year and it still wouldn’t have reduced down to ‘reasonably dry’; it was swimming in liquid.

I’d like to say that despite the wateryness of it, the vegetables and lentils were tasty enough but I’d be lying. To be fair, the potatoes were okay but the lentils didn’t do anything for me.

Still, two meals enjoyed out of the three isn’t bad (and because the portions were so large, I’ve got enough leftovers to heat up and have again another day) and on the whole I’d definitely recommend the Riverford recipe boxes. They’re tasty, healthy and easy to make.

The Happy Pear recipe boxes were for a limited time only and are now no longer available. However, the usual Riverford recipe boxes are available in:

  • Vegetarian
  • Original
  • Quick

For current prices and more information, visit the Riverford Recipe Box page on their website.

Win a Riverford Recipe Box

If you’d like to win a Riverford recipe box of your choice, enter my giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

Please note: Although Riverford deliver to lots of locations around the UK, they don’t deliver everywhere, so you might want to check they deliver to you before entering the giveaway to avoid any disappointment, as there is no cash alternative.

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253 comments

  1. All those meals sound delicious and healthy! 😀 I wish everyone could see how tasty and easy vegetarian meals can be! 🙂

  2. We’ve been meaning to try out veggie boxes for a while. I think it would encourage us to eat more healthily. The recipes with your box look fab. I particularly like the sound of the daal.

  3. I love the massive variety of recipe boxes available, something for everyone. I think they are the ideal thing for a few nights away when you are self catering. I love the fact that they mean you can try some new ingredients that you might not have done otherwise.

  4. I’ve seen a few of these recipe boxes around but have never tried one, this would be a great opportunity to give one a whirl

  5. This sounds like a great idea for people who don’t like to grocery shop….which is just about every person I know. I actually love to grocery shop. The recipes sound great too. Too bad that lentil dish didn’t turn out.

  6. I’ve just tried a Happy Pear Riverford box too Cathy – aren’t they good? Its such a treat now and again to have everything weighed out and ready for you, and lovely new recipes to try!

  7. What a lovely prize. I’ve been wanting to try a recipe box for ages, keep meaning to get round to ordering one. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  8. I would love to try one of the boxes – it would be great to have a random selection of veggies and then decide what to make with them rather than going to the shop with a pre-determined list. It would encourage and inspire me to try new recipes and the book would offer lots of great suggestions.

  9. Looks as though there is a wide range of healthy foods. I’d love to make use of these ingredients for more tasty, interesting recipes.l

  10. Sounds really tasty. I love meal boxes, they are such a treat. I love the fact this one’s is packed full if fresh veggies. Lovely to try new recipes too.

  11. never tried organic food would love to grow my own but have no garden have tried to grow in pots with only a little success

  12. These do look good – am fed up with HelloFresh (no where near enough veggie choices) and have been on the look out for something else to try

  13. Thank you for this review and giveaway – I’ve been curious about these food boxes and your review gives me a much better idea of what they’re all about. It’s good to know things like the contents and portion sizes.

  14. I was not aware that Riverford do recipe boxes. I think it’s great that you can get organic vegetables in a recipe box, many other recipe boxes out there seem to use lots of packaged ingredients.

  15. Riverford boxes were always excellent quality and their vegetarian offering has improved a lot recently. So, lovely giveaway, thank you.

  16. Being vegetarian often brings its problems but this is a great idea that will make life very much easier.

  17. Id love to try this. I’ve been interested but wasn’t sure if it was worth it. Looks brilliant though xx

  18. these sound fantastic, I’ve veg boxes delivered before & loved them but struggled to think of ways to use everything in the box, a recipe box would put an end to that.

  19. Wow some truly inspirational recipes here! Thanks for that and also for chance to partake in your fantastic giveaway 🙂

  20. I never realised that Riverford boxes were available in these formats – I’d love to try a Quick box as that would be ideal for cooking a healthy meal after work.

  21. I have had a veggie recipe box and it was fantastic every thing is provided and there is no need to worry about wether you have mustard or sauce in the cupboard and its all very fresh

  22. I love things like this, they’re so convenient – you have all the ingredients that you need to make quick and easy meals, particularly good for during the week when you don’t want to spend ages cooking after work 😛

  23. Always wanted to give a veg box a go, I just worry things would go off before I had a chance to use them or I wouldn’t know what to do with certain ingredients.

  24. I have looked and looked around the website and cant find anywhere to input my post code to see if they deliver to my area, or any guidelines on delivery locations which is a bit of a pain if they dont deliver everywhere. Fingers crossed they deliver here.

  25. I AM NOT A VEGETARIAN BUT I AM ACTIVELY CUTTING DOWN ON EATING MEAT. I BELIEVE IT IS HEALTHIER AND I AM CONCERNED TO REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL LEVELS. AS A RESULT I AM INTERESTED OF FINDING CREATIVE WAYS TO INCLUDE MORE VEG IN MY FAMILY’S MEALS TO MAKE THEM HEALTHIER AND SATISFYING AND HOPEFULLY REQUESTED AGAIN. I FOUND YOUR REVIEW OF THE RIVERFORD RECIPE BOX BOTH INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE. I WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO TRY ONE FOR MYSELF.

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