*This post isn’t sponsored. I just wanted to share our review and experience for anyone else who may be considering trying Sunbasket.
Hi friends! Hope you’re having a great morning. The girls and I are hanging out around here, and I’m going to take an OTF class later today. P has been waking up during the night -I think she’s teething again- so it’s going to be an avalanche of caffeine around here. Yesterday was leg-shaking in barre class, and I made dinner here at home.
It has been AMAZING to be back in the kitchen and cooking meals as a family again. Our kitchen island is the setting large family picnic-style dinners (where everyone just brings something over) and have been trying to limit the amount of takeout we’ll get on busy weeknights.
It makes it a little easier since Tucson doesn’t have Uber Eats or anything similar. WHAT.
I was looking for something new to try, and decided to give Sunbasket a whirl since my friend Anne had recommended them.
Here are some of the great things about Sunbasket:
–The ingredients are USDA certified-organic and the recipes are packed with fresh produce
-They have a variety of dietary plans to choose from, including vegan, gluten-free and Paleo. All of the meals are clearly labeled as dairy-free, Paleo, etc.
-The meals seemed really simple. I liked this because if we’re rushing around between Liv’s dance class and my teaching schedule, we want something we can put together quickly.
I decided to try it out a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve absolutely loved the meals and convenience. This is our third week in a row!
Here’s how it works:
-Similar to many meal delivery services, the pre-portioned ingredients are delivered in an insulated box. In Sunbasket’s case, all of the packing materials can be recycled and/or composted.
-Recipe cards are included for the 3 weekly meals for each week (2-person or 4-person plans)
I decided to roll with the 2-person plan because in the past, the servings with similar services have been extremely generous. This was exactly the case with these. We had enough each night for the Pilot, myself, Liv, (P usually has an earlier dinner and goes to sleep by 6:30 or 7), PLUS leftovers for lunch.
The days are hectic around here, and knowing that lunch is waiting for me in the fridge (and that it’s a healthy protein and produce-packed lunch) is amazing.
Some of the meals we’ve tried so far:
Kyoto chicken and soba noodle salad
(It had romaine, massaged kale, carrots, scallions, soba noodles, grilled chicken, and a miso almond butter dressing)
Southeast Asian coconut-poached salmon with red chard
(I wish I would have taken a nicer pic because it was beautiful. This had a perfectly-cooked salmon with coconut milk, lime, lemongrass and ginger broth and flavorful wilted chard. Wishing we had more of this right now.)
Chicken wings barbacoa with salsa verde
(The wings were slightly spicy, and I LOVED the sweet potato combo with roasted red onions and a zesty salsa verde. It was perfect.)
They were all incredible, and Liv also enjoyed them, which says a lot. Livi hasn’t been a huge fan of green things.. or vegetables… lately, and she happily ate each meal. She was digging into the soba noodle salad telling me that it was “really, really good.”
The meals are so delicious, and also very light. I’ll finish my meal feeling very content, but not blogged down or sluggish in the least.
Here’s how Sunbasket is different from other services we’ve tried:
-They seem like meals I would make on a regular basis. All of our previous meal ingredient boxes felt very *fancy* even though they were quick to put together. These meals felt like chef-designed meals, and the Sunbasket menu options seem more like something I would choose from a blog or create myself. They still use bright flavors (like aromatics and citrus zest), but feel less fancypants if that makes any sense?
-They do some of the prep work for you. For example, our kale and chicken salad had an almond butter miso dressing, and the dressing came in a container clearly labeled with the ingredients. I was expecting to receive the dressing ingredients separately and make the dressing. Also, for the barbacoa chicken wings, they sent the sauce (again, clearly labeled with the ingredients and nothing weird/funky in there). As someone who is always looking for ways to cut time on meal prep, I appreciate that they do this. I don’t always need to always whisk my own dressing but I’ll happily channel my inner Ina other times.
It’s great that these services are becoming more popular, especially since it can be a pain to hit up the grocery store with kiddo(s) in tow mid-week. It reduces waste since you’re not buying large amounts of ingredients you don’t need. Since we’re in a temporary spot, I don’t want to buy extra condiments and spices that we may not use. I feel like this is an extra cost saving, while still getting the opportunity to try new recipes and flavor profiles.
Have you tried Sunbasket or anything similar?