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If you work long hours or your schedule is erratic, preparing dinner from scratch each night can be a legitimate challenge. I noticed a few months ago that several of my clients were asking about Sun Basket, the organic meal delivery service.
“Do you think it’s good?”
“What do you think of their menus?”
“Are there any other meal delivery services you recommend?”
Honestly, I had never tried a meal delivery service. I wanted to know if the food was tasty and easy to prepare. And most of all…I wondered if the ingredients would be the same high quality, real food I recommend to my clients.
So, I decided to find out.
Each Sun Basket includes 3 recipes for 2 people. Or, the family basket has 2 recipes for 4 people. So the first step is choosing recipes from the current week’s selection. They have gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian and paleo options. Cool, huh?
Then, a box arrives at your doorstep.
Everything is packed in ice and well insulated with recyclable materials. I felt delighted at the ease of opening a box instead of going to the grocery store with a shopping list to gather ingredients.
They give you everything you need, including printed recipe cards for each meal. I should say…I really love how the recipe instructions are written and formatted. They tell you exactly what to do, in what order, assuming nothing about your cooking skills.
For example, one recipe included 2 hard boiled eggs. The instructions walked me through each step of the hard boiling process. Hey, not everyone knows how to do it!
Inside the box there is a bag full of ingredients for each recipe.
And under another layer of insulation you’ll find your meat and fish, kept extra cold. I noticed that the beef and pork were pre-cut into small pieces, presumably to cook more quickly.
I had chosen one fish, one pork and one steak entrée. The mu shu pork and seared tuna were definitely outside of my usual repertoire so it was nice to try cooking something different.
Everything fit easily into my refrigerator shelf.
Then, when I was ready to cook, I simply unpacked one of the bags. Everything was pre-measured! The sauces were pre-made (using clean ingredients)! I felt like I was on a cooking show where the staff took care of all the grunt work and all I had to do was the fun part.
Some ingredients needed to be freshly chopped up.
No problemo. That took 3 minutes.
And the whole meal was done in 20 minutes, ready to serve. It was good! In fact, all three meals were good.
Here’s what I loved about Sun Basket:
The ease, oh the ease! I still got the benefits of preparing my own food – yes, seeing and smelling food as it is prepared actually helps get the body ready for digestion. Plus, cooking can be an almost meditative, calming, self-care practice. All of that remained true using Sun Basket.
The meals were tasty and portions were reasonable. Each meal contained adequate protein and nutritious veggies like broccoli, cabbage, etc. And they meals are clearly designated as gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian or paleo.
Ingredient quality was well above my expectations. The produce is organic and non-GMO. The meats are humanely raised without antibiotics or growth hormones. And everything was fresh and looking good.
Within my basket there were several homemade sauces like the Sun Basket hoisin sauce made from pumpkin puree, prunes, coconut aminos, almond butter, molasses, sesame oil, coconut vinegar, garlic and salt. Nice, clean ingredients.
Here are a few things to watch out for:
While the portions were reasonable, you’re probably not going to have leftovers. And if you have a big eater, forget it. On the up side…portion control could be a good thing if you are watching your weight.
There was also an Asian sauce that I believe was not made by Sun Basket, called Sambal Oelek. It had no ingredients listed. I know from my own experience that this stuff usually contains preservatives. The Mandarin pancakes came in a package with ingredients listed and these contained preservatives as well. So, while 99% of the food was clean you might want to keep your eyes open for the occasional packaged item with less-than desirable ingredients.
All in all…
My Sun Basket delivery was an excellent experience. I can now confidently tell my clients that, yes, it’s a good option for getting a healthy dinner on the table.
If you would like to try Sun Basket, you can get 3 free meals using this link.
(Or use this link for the family option.)
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