Meal kits for all occasions and all budgets

wild radish

No matter how many cookbooks we acquire, it’s always the same story: what cook for dinner? If you’re stuck in the same recipe routine, then an organized meal kit might just be the answer.

Not only do they offer convenient home delivery and put an end to supermarket scavenging scenarios (we’ve all been there), they’re also a great way to experiment with different cuisines and, with carefully preported ingredients, limit the food. waste in the process.

But with so many mouth-watering options, it’s hard to know which boxes of food are worth buying, which is why we tasked 10 households with testing Mindful Chef and Simply Cook. There’s something for every budget and occasion – from quick weeknight meals to romantic dinners – not to mention vegetarian and vegan diet options.

How we test Recipe Boxes and Meal Kits

We asked 10 households across the country to work their way through 10 different recipe boxes. Each was scored on the quality of the ingredients, the ease of preparation and, of course, the flavor of the finished products.

Here are the best recipe boxes in the UK to order now…

Advertising – Continue Reading Below


The best gourmet recipe box

wild radish

Not on the main street

wild radish leads the way in fine dining experiences at home. Choose from a monthly selection of seasonally inspired menus (including meat, fish and vegetable options).

After careful consideration, our panel opted for a seared duck breast with a tangy currant sauce that received rave reviews across the board. You can even add a bottle of wine (paired by wine writer, Matthew Jukes), for a very special evening.

Key specs
Price: £70
Flow : 2
Delivery: At national scale


Best recipe box for nutritious recipes

Conscious leader

Mindful Chef is all about creating nutritious (but no less delicious) recipe boxes, free from gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.

The delivery was well communicated and when unpacking the ingredients it was clear how much time and effort went into sourcing quality and seasonal produce. From the range of dishes available, our panel chose a seared sea bass served with a tangy curry sauce of fennel, lime and coriander, but there are also plenty of equally tempting vegan and vegetarian options. It’s a surefire way to boost your cooking confidence and discover healthier recipes to add to your repertoire.

The ease of packaging recycling was a big plus and we love that for every meal ordered, Mindful Chef donates a school meal to a child living in poverty.

Key specs
Price: From £6 per serving (based on 2 adults and 2-3 children)
Flow : 1, 2 or 4
Delivery: Nationwide, free


Best recipe box to gift

Brindisa Paella Kit with Pan

Nothing screams summer’s arrival like a seafood-laden paella pan (and the obligatory glass of chilled wine), but you don’t have to wait until you reach sunnier climes to enjoy this Spanish classic, because Brindisa organized the ultimate starter kit for making paella at home.

Our panel praised the quality ingredients – think fragrant saffron, rice and a two-litre bottle of olive oil served at its award-winning restaurant Restaurants – and you have carte blanche to choose your proteins and vegetables. The Souvenir Paella Pan adds real gift appeal, making it the top pick on our panel for fellow foodies.

Key specs
Price: £49.99
Flow : 4 people
Delivery: Nationwide, free


Best recipe box for a quick weeknight dinner

The Pasta Evangelists

Promising perfect Italian pasta in just five minutes, Pasta Evangelists is our new benchmark for easy weeknight dinners. Our testers enjoyed a beef shin stew, full of flavor and tender meat, while the malfade pasta was perfectly al dente.

As good as any restaurant dish (if we say so ourselves), but if you wanted to see the masters at work, then grab a stool in their Harrods Food Hall restaurant, where you can enjoy British Asparagus Lasagna and parmesan and truffle rigatoni.

Key specs
Price: From £7
Flow : 2
Delivery: Via Ocado


World’s Best Flavor Recipe Box

Simply Cook Flavor Pots

If you like the idea of ​​a recipe kit but don’t want to commit to a fridge full of ingredients every week, then Spice Box is the answer. They provide everything you need to create four recipes in the form of pastes, marinades and spice blends, straight to your mailbox, with the freedom to choose your own proteins and vegetables (or, better yet, drizzle). use stuff in the fridge already, to reduce food waste).

Our panel enjoyed experimenting with different flavors and cuisines, as well as the fact that the meals took 20 minutes to prepare – perfect for delicious mid-week meals. Super affordable and simple to change, pause or cancel your subscription if you need to.

Key specs
Price: £9.99
Flow : 2 to 4 people
Delivery: Nationwide, free


Best recipe box for dinner parties

party box

If, like us, you love being a host, but putting together the perfect dinner menu is a challenge, then why not give Feast Box a try? They have a host of feasts to choose from – including Japanese, Indonesian and Chinese cuisines – which include a selection of plates to share for four to six people.

Despite the extensive spread, it’s accessible to all home cooks and takes less than two hours to prepare, thanks to the clear, step-by-step recipe cards and pre-portioned ingredients. Our testers whipped up an impressive vegan Korean feast, including spicy cauliflower wings, kimchi fried rice, and spring onion zucchini pancakes.

Key specs
Price: From £45
Flow : 4 people
Delivery: Nationwide, free


Best recipe box for a date

Pizza Pilgrims Margherita Pizza Set for Two

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Pizza Pilgrims’ authentic Neapolitan pizzas, so when we found out they offered take-home kits, we knew we had to try one.

Inside a cardboard pizza box you’ll find all the ingredients to make two Margherita pizzas (although you can always add your favorite toppings too). There’s no need for a fancy kit or pizza oven, just a simple frying pan – it couldn’t be simpler! For a DIY night out, this recipe kit is hard to beat.

Key specs
Price: £14.50
Flow : 2 persons
Delivery: Nationwide (via Ocado), minimum spend £40

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and uploaded to this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content on

Advertising – Continue Reading Below