On Thursday we received the Riverford vegetarian recipe box containing the ingredients for three vegetarian meals for two.
I had not anticipated that the box would:
a) be so overflowing with vegetables and ingredients
b) that I would be quite so excited about unpacking the goodies
Jamie and I rummaged through the intriguing ingredients in the box which included kefir, dill, harrissa and beetroot, I wondered what they would all be for. I was particularly delighted about the kefir – I’ve heard a lot about the health benefits of kefir lately and was keen to try it.
Within the box there was a bag cooled with ice that contained the items for the fridge, and as well as the veg, there were little pots of spices measured out precisely for the recipes.
We didn’t waste anytime and cracked on with a recipe for our Thursday night dinner. Sweetcorn and leek fritters with tomato and onion relish and alfafa salad (see photo above). Easy to assemble and cook and a delicous combination of fresh flavours. This wasn’t any old average meal, it was exceptionally good.
Friday’s mealtime I would say was my favourite though, harissa falafels with spiced beetroot, kefir dressing and pittas. I’ve had falafels many times before but I often find them a little dry, but these were so moist, the beetroot mix was beautifully spicy and sweet and the kefir dressing was a lovely creamy herby addition.
Saturday lunchtime we cooked our final meal: chimichurri and roasted mushrooms with baked sweet potatoes and lentils. OMG I am now a convert to chimichurri (a spicy sauce made with parsley, chilli and garlic) – it was the perfect compliment to the veg and really lifted the dish.
What was noticeable about all these dishes was that they were so imaginative and well thought out. I’m quite a recipe snob and we eat a lot of excellent homecooked food, but the three meals were exotic and brilliantly flavoured. They were a real joy to prepare and then eat. The recipes cards were so easy to follow too.
I think these recipe boxes would be such a treat for people who love their food and want to eat healthy, inspiring and varied meals, but just don’t have the time to:
a) be looking up interesting recipes
b) sourcing ingredients
c) spending hours in the kitchen measuring out ingredients
Riverford have got it spot on!