Review: Riverford recipe box

Riverford recipe box

I have always been a big fan of the Riverford vegetable boxes, and up until a few months ago we were ordering the vegetable and fruit boxes weekly. They are a great way to encourage the children to try new foods that they might not necessarily have come across before. So when we were sent a Riverford recipe box, I couldn’t wait to see what treats were inside.

Riverford recipe box

We received the original recipe box, containing everything we needed to make 3 recipes: 

  • Tomato , mozzarella and basil tart
  • Beef and potato massaman curry
  • Chorizo and roasted veg salad

You receive the exact amounts of each ingredient needed for the recipes, so there is no waste, no measuring and no guess work. You simply grab what you need from the box and off you go. The box is divided into sections so everything is easy to find – all the herbs and spices are in one section, oils etc in another, veg and meat kept separately – you get the idea. The boxes also have a cool pack inside, so if you’re not home when the box is delivered nothing will go off or be wasted. You can simply grab the box when you get home and unpack into the fridge or cupboards.

Riverford recipe box

We couldn’t wait to get started on this box, and decided to make the tomato, mozzarella and basil tart first. Because the original box recipes only serve two people, we cooked this later in the evening when the children were asleep. It would be nice to see a family box added to the range, so you could cook recipes for the whole family.

The tart was super easy to make. It looked and sounded much more complicated than it actually was, and I really enjoyed making it. The recipe cards are very easy to follow, and broken down into small steps so you don’t feel overwhelmed. I love that all the ingredients are pre-weighed so I can just grab the pots and tip them in, rather than having to try and weigh and measure during cooking. We actually adapted the recipe slightly, adding in some peppers and mushrooms that needed using up.

Riverford recipe box

The tart was a huge success and didn’t last long at all. The children would enjoy this too I think, and so we will be trying this one again without a doubt. The chorizo salad was another hit, and the curry was also delicious, although I would personally tone down the spice slightly next time, but that’s just personal taste.

The original recipe box is priced at ยฃ39.95, which is pretty good value for 3 meals of this standard, especially considering you are using organic produce. It is definitely something we would consider using on a more regular basis once we have moved house and got settled again. Like I say, I would love to see the addition of a family box too, with enough ingredients to feed more than 2 people. 

Riverford have just launched a new campaign, designed to encourage the handing down of cooking skills between the generations as some research suggests that this is on the decline.  

I know there are lots of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles with great ideas about how to get kids interested in cooking savoury meals from scratch, so why not share them via the Riverford Cook Together hub?



  1. LittleOandme
    August 18, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    This is such a fab idea and would be perfect for us. I always struggle with dinner inspiration so this would be great. Thank you for hosting #TriedTested
    Becky x

  2. August 18, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I do love Riverford boxes, and this adaptation is such a lovely idea. I particularly like that the product in the boxes are the exact portions so there’s no waste. That’s so a good idea and I can see these meal ideas working for all of the family, which is always important, because no one wants to make two meals.
    Thanks for hosting #TriedTested
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  3. August 18, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    What a great idea, always wanted to try something like this myself. Get fed up of cooking the same thing week in week out so this would be a lovely change.
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  4. August 18, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Mmmmmmm that tart looks yummy. I think they are amazing. We tried them and I was doubtful whether Boo would eat new things but she did. She is now a big fan of chickpeas and butter beans. I would definitely get one again. They made me look forward to cooking ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. August 18, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    We used to have the original Riverford veg boxes about five years ago. They were good but we stopped as we weren’t always using everything and supermarket prices for organic veg started to become more competitive. These boxes look fab and I do like the idea of everything being there for a set recipe, ready to go. And that tart looks delicious! #TriedTested.
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  6. August 18, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Love the look of this and its well priced! Would be really interested to see a family one – I would love to outsource what shopping in our house ๐Ÿ™‚ lol #TriedTested x
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  7. Emma's Mamma
    August 18, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    This sounds really good! Love how everything is already measured out! Thanks for hosting #TriedTested x

  8. August 18, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    This sounds great. We had the Hello Fresh boxes for a while which sound very familiar, I loved that they got me making meals that I wouldn’t usually make with ingredients that I wouldn’t usually use!
    Boxes like this are such a good idea.

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  9. August 18, 2015 / 11:31 pm

    This sounds pretty good even for someone like me that is rubbished in the kitchen LOL I would probably give it to my husband to prepare the meals if we want to give it a go! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for hosting, xx
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  10. August 19, 2015 / 7:40 am

    I used to get “graze box” for a while, this looks like something else I need to try. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I don’t generally cook (I’m actually horrid at it and often almost burn down the kitchen! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ) but I know hubby would love this sort of thing! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • kate
      August 19, 2015 / 9:16 am

      There will be 6 of us eating meals soon too, maybe they will provide us with our own personal trucks? Lol

  11. August 19, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Those look amazing dishes, I love cooking things from scratch and organic too, makes it even nicer ๐Ÿ™‚

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