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Riverford Vegan Recipe Box – Review & Giveaway

Riverford Vegan Recipe Box - Cauliflower Spelt Stew

Are you feeling in need of inspiration? Do you like trying new recipes? Are you newly vegan or struggling to get more plant based meals into your diet? A Riverford vegan recipe box might be just what you need. Read on to find out what I thought about the one I tried; I also have a box to offer up as a giveaway.

Veganuary Day 28

Four weeks in to Veganuary and I’m still really enjoying the challenge. I had a bowl of my easy vegan honey almond granola with a banana and some almond yoghurt for breakfast this morning. It was so good. Once I got my head around it, I haven’t found vegan breakfasts difficult at all. This post for 31 healthy vegan breakfast recipes helped. For lunch I had some of this mushroom, walnut & butter bean pâté. It’s quite addictive and has really improved my packed lunch sandwiches.

For supper we’ll be having a teriyaki rice bowl. I’ve made it twice this Veganuary and I’ll be blogging the recipe in the not too distant future. I haven’t missed cheese, eggs or milk chocolate at all. Who’d have thought it? Butter is the only thing that gives me a bit of a pang. I haven’t found an even half decent replacement for it.

I’ve been eating a wider range of foods and cutting back on my sugar intake. I’ve discovered a few vegan tricks I didn’t know about and CT hasn’t complained once at having a vegan meal for supper every day this month. The Riverford vegan recipe box added an extra shot of interest and deliciousness.

Riverford

Riverford is probably best known for its organic farms and veg box deliveries. I get a fortnightly veg box and my mother was one of the very first to get a box when they first started up, way back in the nineties. As it happens, they do a lot more than grow and deliver organic vegetables. They have a bakery, a shop in Totnes, which sells all sorts of organic produce and two award winning restaurants where fresh organic vegetables are the stars of the show. I’ve eaten at Riverford Field Kitchen a couple of times and I’ve been wowed on both occasions. Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge in Islington, London is Britain’s only certified organic pub. CT can attest that the food there is mouth smackingly good.

Riverford Vegan Recipe Box

I’ve tried Riverford’s vegetarian recipe boxes a number of times and I’ve always been impressed. The idea is that you cook from scratch, but get provided with the exact ingredients you need. This takes out a whole level of hassle and makes the process simple and enjoyable. You can choose recipes from light (low calorie), simple (less than 30 minutes to prep and cook) and foodie (more involved). As just mentioned, all ingredients are provided, along with detailed instructions and photos of the finished dish. The ingredients are, of course, all organic.

Riverford Vegan Recipe Box

This was the first time I’ve had a Riverford vegan recipe box. I awaited its delivery with eager anticipation. I had two recipes to prepare. Each one made a substantial meal for two, plus there was enough leftover for me to have a modest lunch the following day. The photos you can see of the finished dish are both the leftovers that I used for my lunch. The portions are substantially bigger than these show.

Riverford recipe boxes aren’t cheap, but they are of excellent quality. You know the vegetables are fresh and organic and the recipes will be interesting and delicious. My only quibble is the plastic. There’s not a huge amount, but there are little tubs of things like rice, vegan worcestershire sauce and spices. It’s a tricky problem for suppliers. They can’t have produce that spills out over everything else. I know Riverford is trying to reduce its use of plastic, so I’ll watch this space and hope they come up with a better medium.

Sweet Potato Gumbo

I thought the sweet potato gumbo recipe was going to be my favourite. I have a penchant for spicy food, so I knew I was going to like it. The sweet potato, red peppers, kidney beans and tomatoes made for a colourful and vibrant bowl. It was easy to prepare and it was delicious, but actually, it’s the sort of dish I often cook at home. 

Riverford Vegan Recipe Box - Sweet Potato Gumbo

There were a couple of ingredients I haven’t used before: red pesto and vegan worcestershire sauce. So, I’m by no means saying I was disappointed. The gumbo spices and cayenne pepper packed a wonderful punch and the whole thing was extremely moreish. If you don’t like things too hot, you could easily leave out the cayenne pepper or just add a pinch.

Cauliflower Spelt Stew with Crispy Leeks

When I first saw the recipe for the cauliflower spelt stew with crispy leeks, I have to confess I was a little crestfallen. It was billed as a “light” recipe, which always makes my heart sink. Oh ye of little faith! This was my favourite meal of the two. CT also voted it number one. It was quite different to the sort of spicy meals I often create, but really delicious. This is one of the reasons why I love Riverford recipe boxes. It’s almost inevitable you’ll make something you’d never have thought of. The meal was filling as well as super tasty and it had the added bonus of being under 500 calories per person.

Riverford Vegan Recipe Box - Cauliflower Spelt Stew

I picked up a really good tip with this recipe. Toast the pearled spelt before adding the water to it. So simple, but what a difference it makes. The scent of toasting spelt is, I found, quite intoxicating. I also discovered what a fab ingredient sweet white miso is. Miso has a permanent place in my store cupboard and I wouldn’t be without it. I use it mostly for miso soup, but often add it to other recipes too. But sweet white miso is quite different. Yes, it has umami notes, but it’s also fragrant and, as the name suggests, sweet (ish).

The flavours in this recipe are really quite complex. As well as the miso, there’s mustard, garlic, lemon and thyme and they all have a role to play. The cauliflower is added to the spelt 10 minutes or so into the cooking process and finely shredded pointy cabbage added just at the end. The whole thing is topped off with crispy leeks which are cooked with lemon zest, hazelnuts and thyme. Yum!

Riverford Vegan Recipe Box Giveaway

To mark Veganuary, Riverford is offering one Tin and Thyme reader a Riverford vegan recipe box worth over £20. It consists of two recipes complete with ingredients and instructions. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You’ll need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 5 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
 
Prizes are offered and provided by Riverford and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.
 
Closing date is Thursday 28 February 2019 
 
Do take a look at the Tin and Thyme giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.
 

Riverford Vegan Recipe Box

 
I was sent a Riverford vegan recipe box to try. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.
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83 Comments

  1. Peter Watson

    28th January 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I have never tried Riverford before and am reducing my consumption of meat considerably.

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  2. Susan B

    28th January 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I drift between vegetarianism and veganish and need a little nudge to help me stay vegan. Riverford have nice quality products, too.

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  3. Kim Murray

    28th January 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Need new ideas – they look easy to do too x

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  4. Anne Perry

    28th January 2019 at 6:54 pm

    I would love to try a Riverford vegan recipe box because I like trying new recipes and organic vegetables.

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  5. EMMA WALTERS

    28th January 2019 at 7:27 pm

    i’m not very good at creating or finding new recipes, this would be a great way to try new dishes x

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  6. Iris

    28th January 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I would love to try the Riverford Vegan recipe box because they look great quality products and I love to try new things

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  7. Natalie Crossan

    28th January 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I’d like to try this because I’m not that great of a cook so it’s great to get some inspiration x

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  8. Linda Barratt

    28th January 2019 at 8:20 pm

    This sounds very interesting & I could do with some inspiration as my meals have become rather staid recently

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  9. Maxine G

    28th January 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I’m always on the look out for new recipe inspiration, so this would be a great idea

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  10. Amy Jo McLellan

    28th January 2019 at 10:53 pm

    That Cauliflower Spelt Stew with Crispy Leeks sounds delicious and I’d love to discover a new favourite recipe for my repertoire just like that one!

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  11. Ritchie Dee

    28th January 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I would love to try a Riverford vegan recipe box because I have tried their veg boxes and I would welcome the convenience of a recipe box.

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  12. Helen Thurston

    28th January 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I love trying new vegan dishes – and a Riverford recipe box sounds ideal.

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  13. Jayne Sullivan

    28th January 2019 at 11:39 pm

    I am always looking to improve the healthiness of my diet. It would also be good to introduce some new flavours too to my somewhat bland diet.

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  14. Lisa

    29th January 2019 at 3:44 am

    I’d like to try Riverford vegan box because the recipes look genuinely delicious and i’m trying to eat healthier.

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  15. angiesrecipes

    29th January 2019 at 6:16 am

    That gumbo looks really great!

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2019 at 2:17 pm

      The gumbo was delicious Angie, but the cauliflower spelt stew was even better 😀

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  16. Kellie Steed

    29th January 2019 at 6:57 am

    I’d love to try the Riverford vegan box. I got sold a Riverford box a few years back now after being assure the vegetarian box would be ok for a vegan. It wasn’t and I fedback that the ingredients in the vegetarian box whilst some were fine, others had to be left out of the recipe, making the box both wasteful and the recipe dull. They said that they agreed and that maybe one day they would have one. Well I guess with all the hype veganism has received in the past couple of years, they have finally seen the demand. This is so refreshing and as a long term vegan, it’s so surprising how accepted our lifestyle is finally becoming. But very, VERY welcome!

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Yes, things have thankfully moved on a lot. Being a vegetarian when I first became one wasn’t easy either and eating out was nigh on impossible – now it’s just normal. Hooray!

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  17. Megan Williams

    29th January 2019 at 8:10 am

    I’d love to try it as the food looks amazing and I’ve also been doing a month of Veganism so this would help to inspire new ideas!

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  18. Emily Hutchinson

    29th January 2019 at 10:29 am

    I’d love some inspiration for healthy meals

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  19. olivia Kirby

    29th January 2019 at 10:46 am

    It will make meal planning and preparing so much easier.

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  20. Sheena Batey

    29th January 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I think it’s about time I tried some vegan food and I know Riverford are all about taste and quality

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  21. Donna Loxton

    29th January 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I would like to try one of these boxes as I’ve started eating lots more Vegan meals and I’m loving the taste of them.

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  22. Annabel Greaves

    29th January 2019 at 2:34 pm

    It would give me a really good experience of trying Vegan food

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  23. Julia Nicholls

    29th January 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I would love this box as it would encourage me and give me the confidence to take that step into veganism. I am vegetarian but have been putting off that step for too long.

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    • Choclette

      29th January 2019 at 5:51 pm

      I’ve just put a toe in the water by taking part in Veganuary. It’s a good place to start.

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  24. Denise Cross

    29th January 2019 at 3:21 pm

    There’s some lovely meal ideas here – I don’t know what to try first

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  25. Becky John

    29th January 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Would love to try Riverford as I have just ventured into the world of veganism.

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  26. charlotte isobelle

    29th January 2019 at 4:07 pm

    id love to try it as it gives you more ideas that you can make for yourself!

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  27. Rebecca Brown

    29th January 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I’d love to win because I’m trying to eat more fresh, vegan food this year and could really use some new ideas!

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  28. Chris Andrews

    29th January 2019 at 5:16 pm

    l love vegetarian food and would love to try vegan

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  29. Paul Sahl

    29th January 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I think the quality and freshness of the products would be amazing and would give great flavours on there own and combined with other dishes.

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  30. Andrea Upton

    29th January 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I would like to try one of these recipe boxes as it sounds like such a wonderful idea to have dinner sorted, you don’t have to think about it just follow the recipe

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  31. christine goody

    29th January 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I would like to try a veggie veg box so that I could make my husband eat a meal that does not have meat in it!

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  32. pete c

    29th January 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I know their other produce is top class so I`m sure this would be equally nice

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  33. Linda King

    29th January 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I love the sound of having the exact ingredients not to mention the taking the hassle out of thinking what to have for dinner. I wan’t to find more vegetarian dishes that the whole family will love.

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  34. Amy Pest

    30th January 2019 at 9:47 am

    I would love to win this as im reducing my meat intake to some vegan meals

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  35. Jane Willis

    30th January 2019 at 10:48 am

    I just love veg! I’m an omnivore but frequently cook and eat vegetarian or vegan meals, simply because they are so delicious. And I love getting a veg box, it always feels like Christmas when I unpack it.

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    • Choclette

      30th January 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Haha, I know exactly what you mean Jane. I look forward to my fortnightly box with eager anticipation.

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  36. Martina Pichova

    30th January 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I feel I am always cooking the same stuff and it’s getting quite boring. I would love to win the box to inspire me to cook something new.

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  37. Jo Bryan

    30th January 2019 at 12:23 pm

    I would like to try some of the vegan recipes suggested.

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  38. Ailsa sheldon

    30th January 2019 at 4:32 pm

    We are big meat eaters but this year we are trying to change our diet to include more plant based meals for environmental reasons

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  39. Keith Hunt

    30th January 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Sounds good as im at the age when i need to eat health and not what i seee on tv.

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  40. Jayne Townson

    30th January 2019 at 7:57 pm

    I would love to win this as I turned vegan last year, so this would be just perfect for me, thanks.

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  41. C Philip

    30th January 2019 at 8:44 pm

    It would make trying a vegan lifestyle easier if all the vegetables were provided, especially if they were delivered to my door.

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  42. Zoey P

    31st January 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Love to try, trying to slowly reduce meat intake to point of nil. This would hopefully give me the push I need

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  43. Jenna - NorthernBird84

    31st January 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve been vegetarian for quite some time now and am slowly moving towards veganism. I’ve found that I’ve gotten stuck in a rut of the same meals and think this box would really help with that 🙂 Great giveaway xxx

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  44. Arnab Saha

    31st January 2019 at 4:55 pm

    I am always looking to improve new recipe flavours. I would love to try a Riverford vegan recipe box because I like trying new recipes.

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  45. ADEINNE TONNER

    31st January 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I’m always up for trying different food recipes so this would be fun to see what new recipes i can make with this box.

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  46. Heather Haigh

    1st February 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I want us all to eat more healthily and it would be lovely to have an inspiring selection of veg turn up.

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  47. Konlish

    2nd February 2019 at 7:55 am

    It comes with all the ingredients on a recipe. Saves me the time of going out to look for ingredients. Often when I cook I just use what I have not following any set recipe. It would be interesting to see how it goes with everything at hand.

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  48. Maria soady

    2nd February 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Want to use more vegetables in my cooking

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  49. Laura Pritchard

    2nd February 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I grew up near Riverford Farm but have never tried their veg boxes – I’d love to get more fresh food into my diet!

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  50. Natalie Newham

    2nd February 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve gone vegan a couple of times, but have always relied heavily on convenience foods. I feel that this recipe box would be a good introduction to cooking cruelty free meals from scratch.

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  51. Jane D

    2nd February 2019 at 9:13 pm

    New year, perfect time for new ideas!

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  52. A.E. ADKINS

    3rd February 2019 at 3:26 pm

    OH is a big meat eater & I like everything, so finding some tasty vegan meals that impress him may help reduce our meat consumption.

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  53. Jacqueline Rawlings

    4th February 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Fresh new exciting quick and easy meal ideas for the family

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  54. Angela Vernon

    4th February 2019 at 6:27 pm

    I love the idea of veg boxes – would probably get me eating things I don’t normally buy instead of always picking up the same kinds of veg.

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    • Choclette

      5th February 2019 at 8:26 am

      That’s one of the reasons I like my veg box so much. I never quite know what I’m going to get.

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  55. Charlotte Bell

    5th February 2019 at 10:33 am

    Recently new to Veganism and would love the opportunity to try and make dinner times easier!

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  56. Lorna Ledger

    5th February 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I did Veganaury and really enjoyed it, and would love to incorporate more Vegan meals into my lifestyle for the way it makes me feel

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    • Choclette

      5th February 2019 at 7:35 pm

      Yay, well done you. I’m going to try and have at least one day a week completely dairy free from now on.

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  57. Melissa Lee

    6th February 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Vegan recipes are my favourite, and I am always looking for new ideas. I would imagine Riverford has only the freshest ingredients too.

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  58. Jade Jones

    6th February 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Id like to try one because Im trying vegan food and this would give me some ideas to work with

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  59. melanie stirling

    6th February 2019 at 9:50 pm

    My son has been vegetarian for years and would like to go vegan but we need some ideas and recipes.

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  60. Amanda tanner

    7th February 2019 at 12:19 am

    I would love to try one of these boxes to help me to cook healthier meals with more vegitables

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  61. Heidi

    7th February 2019 at 4:27 am

    I love trying new things, even better when they are vegan.

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  62. Carole Nott

    7th February 2019 at 10:25 am

    I would love to try a Riverford vegan box – a perfect selection to make a perfect meal

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  63. Lindsey Lightfoot

    7th February 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Would love to try this. I have been experimenting with Vegan food for a while and there are some really lovely recipes out there.

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  64. claire griffiths

    7th February 2019 at 4:53 pm

    i would like to to try the riverford vegan box because i am wanting to try more meat free meals for myself and my family this would be a perfect start

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  65. Fiona jk42

    7th February 2019 at 10:44 pm

    I’ve been vegetarian for most of my life, and as I’m lactose-intolerant most of my food is vegan. I’d be interested to try the box to discover some more plant-based recipes.

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  66. Amanda Baggott

    8th February 2019 at 11:53 am

    This would be great to get some new meal ideas and some inspiration for my family. Vegan is new to us as a family so this would be fab!

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  67. Kim Carberry

    8th February 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I would love to give one of these boxes a try just so I can get my family eating more vegetables. x

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  68. Rosina Hall

    9th February 2019 at 2:54 am

    I am vegan and would love to try this box as a I love trying new vegan products.

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  69. Barbara M

    10th February 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I think one of the problems I have is making sure I have everything in stock for a particular recipe (even if I go shopping to get the ingredients it can be hard because not all supermarkets stock everything I need). A recipe box solves this issue, so I would love to try one!

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  70. Solange

    11th February 2019 at 12:34 am

    The Riverford Vegan recipe box looks like it has great quality products and I love to try new things.

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  71. Amy Cowan

    13th February 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Looking to get some recipe inspiration rather than just making the vegan versions of things I ate as an omnivore

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  72. Elizabeth Smith

    13th February 2019 at 9:04 pm

    i like the idea of veganism but get panicky when I consider just what I’d eat, how to make sure that I’d meet all my nutritional needs. This would be a good trial to see if I wanted to commit to it

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  73. Nadia Josephine

    14th February 2019 at 10:05 am

    I am vegan so it is always nice to find healthy and good foods to enjoy. I like the idea of making vegan food accessible to the masses. I think it can sometimes be a little bit daunting

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  74. Julie c

    16th February 2019 at 2:47 pm

    As a long term vegetarian i am keen to explore more plant based recipies, these look excellent

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  75. Lisa Everaert

    18th February 2019 at 3:24 am

    We have never tried Riverford before and it looks a great way to learn some new meal recipes.

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  76. Sue Leake

    18th February 2019 at 2:50 pm

    i am not a vegetarian but sometimes I do think I could quite easily become one

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  77. Danielle Spencer

    18th February 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I would love to try this as I love new ideas for dinner times.

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