Meet Swperbox, Wales’ award-winning, home-grown, sustainable recipe box

Swperbox Wales

An independent Welsh recipe box company is helping its customers to cook healthy meals from scratch at home – whilst also supporting a more sustainable food future in Wales.

The brainchild of two Welsh chefs, Alex Cook and Stuart Crichton (formerly of the award-winning Pink Peppercorn Food Co), Swperbox offers easy, home-delivered recipe boxes, making it easy to create nutritious meals using ethically sourced ingredients.

But as well as making mealtimes more convenient, as a Community Interest Company (CIC), Swperbox also supports regenerative farms across Wales, helping to create sustainable Welsh jobs, and shore up supply chains for the future. Having seen first-hand the impact that the Covid 19 outbreak had on the local community, the company was created out of a desire to ensure social, economic and environmental resilience here in Wales.

How does a Community Interest Company (CIC) work?

A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a company that has been set up specifically for those who want to use their profits and assets for good, so any surpluses are reinvested in the business or the local community. CICs have a valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy, by focusing on a specific social purpose rather than making profit for personal gain.

A CIC does need to justify its status by declaring how it will benefit the community, so at Swperbox, investment is allocated to other local CICs, or is made available to purchase or lease land to develop community supported agriculture. This is in addition to the development of a fund to assist other sustainable food industry entrepreneurs.

How Swperbox works

Swperbox recipes are made using the highest quality meat, fish and dairy – along with fresh, seasonal vegetables – sourced  from a network of organic and regenerative Welsh farms (wherever possible).

Customers can choose up to four simple recipes to be included in their box each week, and every recipe includes a minimum of two of your 5-a-day. The chosen recipes are then home-delivered with precisely measured ingredients, meaning there’s zero food-waste to worry about. Prices for each recipe start at £12.99 (each recipe serves two).

Each recipe comes with an easy to follow, eight-step recipe card, including full nutritional and info – and for perfectionists like me, an image of what the finished dish should look like!

The best bit? There are no commitments and no heavy-handed contracts; you can pause or cancel a Swperbox subscription at any time. Nationwide delivery takes place every Wednesday, and delivery costs a flat rate of £4.

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So what’s on the menu?

Swperbox’s two founders – Alex Cook and Stuart Crichton – boast a clutch of national awards for their cooking, having previously been named Welsh Street Food Champions, and winning ‘Best Main Dish’ at the British Street Food Awards (with Pink Peppercorn). Since creating Swperbox, they’ve added a Good Food Award, a Best of Welsh Business Award, and a Welsh Start-Up of the Year Award to their list of accolades.

With a reputation like that, it’s no surprise that Swperbox’s weekly recipe list borrows from an eclectic mix of modern world cuisines, with six different dishes to choose from every week. Recent recipes include Pan-Fried Sea Bass, Leek and Welsh Cheddar Sauce, Spring Onion Mustard Mash; Lime Pickle Marinated Chicken Thighs, Roast Beetroot, Fresh Tomato Chutney and Coriander Salsa, and Traditional Italian Polenta Pie with Tomatoes, Spinach, Goats Cheese and Salsa Verde.

Swperbox recipes

The taste test

On paper, everything about Swperbox sounds great, but there’s only one thing that really counts when it comes to my dinner, and that’s flavour. To that end, the team recently gifted me one of their vegan recipes to put to the taste test; a roasted aubergine caponata with a rich tomato, caper and olive sauce, served with wholegrain basmati rice.

Coming in at 525 calories per serving, this is exactly the kind of meat-free meal I like to make during the week when I’m trying to eat a little lighter, with less meat and dairy.

The recipe itself was easy to follow and took exactly the recommended 45 minutes from start to finish, and the final result was tasty, satisfying and got the clean plate of approval from my full-flavour-loving husband. We were also both impressed with the portion size which was a little larger than what I’d usually make when cooking from scratch.

Without a shadow of a doubt, I’ll be ordering from Swperbox the next time my recipe repertoire needs a bit of a shake up – they’ve already had me hovering over the ‘order now’ button multiple times with their delicious pics on Instagram!

To claim £5 off your first Swperbox order, use the code “SWPERNEW” at the checkout at https://swperbox.wales.

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