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. Particularly love the look of the coconut dahl

  5. I would love to try the Riverforrd Recipe Box 🙂

  6. i’d love to try this and to use as many vegan parts as possible

  7. lovely prize. I’d really love to win this and try these recipes!

  8. These recipes sounds delish!! (esp the cocount dahl) xx

  9. I want to incorporate more nutritious vegetarian meals into my diet, this would be a great way to start

  10. this all sounds delicious . I would love to try one of these wholesome vegetarian boxes

  11. This looks fantastic. Plase enter me into the giveaway x

  12. Super prize. I’ve heard good things about Riverford so would like to win this.

  13. would love to try some of your produce as you have a good reputation

  14. 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

  15. I would love to try a veggie box so please enter me in to the giveaway x

  16. healthy nutritious meals made from these boxes are fab

  17. i would love to try a veg box subscription, i wonder if they are expensive for what you receive,

  18. I’m always trying to eat more veg, this would be a great prize

  19. I love the puy lentil dahl recipe – seems worth trying…

  20. Would love to try one of these to help improve my daughter’s health

  21. 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.

  22. I’ve always been curious about River ford food boxes, they look like a really good idea and i’d definitively love to try one in the future

  23. I have tried a veg box before and loved it but not this one, I would love to try it out

  24. There are so many yummy recipes you can do with Veggies, I am going through a ‘Casserole’ stage at the moment.

  25. I love the idea of these recipe boxes and that bean chilli looks delicious, I will have to try this one

  26. Brilliant giveaway. I’d love to win one of these 🙂

  27. 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!

  28. 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 🙂

  29. Oooh I’ve been eyeing up some of the recipe boxes so this looks like a good one to try!

  30. 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.

  31. They all sound nice but the Mexican chili sounds perfect!

  32. I love the idea of getting a veg box and having options on what to cook 🙂

  33. I would love to try a Riverford recipe box, it would make me be more creative with my cooking

  34. I love recipe boxes like these as they make trying new dishes so easy.

  35. My parents live down the road from Riverfood & love their veggies!

  36. 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

  37. lovely idea. i would love to try one of these boxes 🙂

  38. great prize – please enter me into the giveaway thanks

  39. This food looks lovely, i need to increase the amount of veg we eat so recipes like this are great

  40. Would love to win this. Looks nice and healthy recipes.

  41. fab prize – this looks great, fingers crossed I win!

  42. looks yummy!I’d love to give these recipe boxes a go.

  43. These boxes sound Fabulous! Please enter me into the giveaway, thanks!

  44. I like the idea of these recipe boxes, I am always stuck for ideas

  45. Great prize. I like Riverford products and would love to win a recipe box.

  46. This is what I need to motivate me in the kitchen 😉

  47. Yummy! These sound fab and I’d love to win one to try!

  48. These are a great idea, especially good for having all the ingredients together so no running around trying to get them

  49. Would be a great prize to try some new recipes with

  50. I love the look of the Happy Pear Spanish chickpea and potato bake. It’s so different.

  51. Would love to try this – I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting vegetarian recipe ideas.

  52. Interesting recipes and ingredients. I’d like to try one.

  53. Sounds like a great idea and good way to keep healthy

  54. Love these boxes as you get to try recipes you might not have otherwise.

  55. What a lovely prize, and all fresh and tasty products too!

  56. Wow I’ve always wanted to try one of these recipe boxes!

  57. Am getting more into veggie food. would love to try one of these lovelies 🙂

  58. Those recipes sound great, especially the chilli.

  59. Would love to try one of Riverford’s recipe boxes! Thanks

  60. This would be fantastic to win and very much compliment our new lifestyle we have been on for 6 months

  61. Lovely prize, would like to try the vegetarian box especially

  62. I would love to try the vegetarian box to have more variety to my veggie recipes as that is the way we are going right now.

  63. Very interesting recipes, great ways of getting my 5 a day.

  64. Loving this recipe box!! We’re a veggie family , I’d love to try all your fab recipes

  65. Love Riverford, great produce, great ethos!

  66. 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.

  67. 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

  68. Lovely prize with the chance to cook with more exciting veg than normal

  69. I have always liked the idea of veggie boxes delivered to our door as we often choose “safe and boring” veggies.

  70. Always looking to try new foods and for recipe inspiration so this would be fab 🙂

  71. I would love to try a box the recipes look great

  72. count me in please, thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  73. Fantastic idea when you need inspiration at dinner time x

  74. New years resolution was to try new recipes so this would be great

  75. 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

  76. I’ve always wanted to try one of the vegetable deliveries.

  77. 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.

  78. I’ve always liked the look of these boxes. Would be lovely to try one out.

  79. I would love to try one of these boxes, I am always struggling to think of new meal ideas.

  80. Fresh Organic veg would be so nice to taste the freshness compared to shop brought items in bulk

  81. I struggle with coming up with midweek dinners, so this sounds perfect.

  82. I’d love to try this! They look amazing 🙂 I’ve been a veggie for the past 18 years 🙂

  83. I love the idea of having everything you need to make a tasty meal

  84. 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.

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

  86. I love this idea. I really struggle with picking recipes and remembering all the ingredients at the supermarket. Would love to try!

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

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

  89. I love the idea of these Riverford recipe boxes! Something I would really love to try

  90. Wouldn’t mind giving them a go 🙂 thanks for the post x

  91. 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.

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

  93. The mexican chilli looks tasty and even better as it’s all weighed out and ready to go.

  94. Would love to win this and try one of their boxes

  95. Brilliant idea, I would love to try one, heard good things about them x

  96. The recipes look great! I’d love to try one of these boxes

  97. The photos are amazing. Would love to shock my body with these great recipes.

  98. the Happy Pear Spanish chickpea and potato bake looks delicious

  99. Love to try one of these recipe boxes, lot of people rave about them.

  100. 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.

  101. These boxes would make great gifts for that hard to buy for person in your life – thesewould suit everyone x

  102. Boxes are a great idea, I’d love to try one

  103. I’d love to try your recipes, they sound delicious.

  104. I’ve always wanted to try one of these they sound very healthy and easy to make x

  105. These recipe boxes are a really great idea ,bring it on!!

  106. I’m a Rivierford customer but only fo rveggie boxes. WOuld like to try recipe.

  107. 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

  108. 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 😛

  109. This would be a good way to get me out of my comfort zone. I tend to cook “safe” things and don’t really experiment.

  110. I would love to try a recipie box to get more ideas 🙂

  111. looks good we try to have at least 2 veggie meals a week and always up for trying new things x

  112. Lovely prize, would love to try veg I don’t usually buy

  113. Always on the lookout for new meals, so one of these would be fab to try 🙂

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. I’d love to try these recipes . I’m a vegetarian and keen to cook easy and delicious food.

  117. these look and sound delicious would love to try

  118. These sound great! Would love some new healthy meal ideas

  119. 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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