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When I first stumbled upon Sun Basket, I was intrigued. Out of all the meal subscription boxes I’ve tried, Sun Basket markets itself as the most health conscious and I was excited to see how their recipes would measure up.
Sun Basket Basics
- I was really impressed with how many types of diets Sun Basket caters too. They have options for Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan diets as well so this service is really meant to fit your own unique lifestyle.
- Every week there are 18 recipes to choose from and you can choose 3 recipes per week for either 2 or 4 people on their Classic plan. (This was the plan I tried). Meals are $11.99 per serving so the average cost of a box like the one I’m sampling here is $72.
- Just like the other meal subscription boxes, there’s no contract so you’re free to skip weeks as needed. Canceling is a little more inconvenient than other services because it does require calling their toll-free line during their business hours.
- Delivery is on the day of your choosing which makes Sun Basket convenient. All changes must be made the Wednesday before your delivery by Noon PST.
- The Sun Basket app is available for both iOs and Android devices. You can also sign up for text message reminders to choose your meals.
- Sun Basket puts a priority on recycling so everything that comes in your box including the box itself and even the ice pack is 100% recyclable.
- Each Sun Basket box comes with a recipe book of all 12 recipes that are available for that week. I appreciated that, along with the recipe itself and the nutritional information, each recipe includes a tip on how to make the recipe even healthier or extra information about ingredients that might not be familiar.
- Speaking of ingredients, Sun Basket recipes are easily the most unique of any subscription box I’ve tried. They promise organic, sustainable and flavorful meals and they deliver.
The Taste Test
Sesame Crusted Salmon with Orange & Roasted Carrot Salad
This was my favorite Sun Basket meal and the most delicious part of this meal was definitely the ginger-scallion sauce. It added just the right tang to the fish and really brought the flavors over the top.
I was a little cautious about the orange and carrot salad (definitely not something I would have thought to make) but it paired well with the fish and was very tasty.
Overall, I really enjoyed this meal (it was probably the most flavorful dish from any of the subscription boxes I tried). I also thought the portion size was extremely generous which is always a plus. All of the Sun Basket meals did require a little more time than the other subscription box recipes but the flavor alone was worth the extra 15 minutes.
Lettuce-wrapped Turkey Sliders with Basil Mayo & Black Bean Salad
In contrast, the only thing I enjoyed about this dish was the basil mayo. The turkey sliders ended up extremely greasy despite my best efforts and the only word that comes to mind when describing the black bean salad is bitter, mostly due to the entire endive the recipe called for.
I ended up barely being able to finish this dish and I definitely would not be making this again. I’m not a huge turkey person so that probably played a huge role in why this recipe was not a good fit for me, but overall this recipe was a big disappointment.
Chiles Rellenos with Sirloin Steak, Pinto Beans & Romesco
I loved this dish. So much so that I ate it all before I remembered to take a photo of the finished product!
I loved the flavor of the romesco sauce and the robustness that it brought to the dish and I definitely would try this meal again. To be honest, I could actually just eat the sauce as is over anything and everything–it was that delicious.
Overall Impression of Sun Basket
Despite the fact that Turkey Sliders were a flop, I would definitely order from Sun Basket again. Their portion sizes are extremely generous and the recipes themselves are so unique and packed with flavor.
Sun Basket recipes come from all types of cuisines and that can be a little daunting at first. I would definitely say that Sun Basket is probably not for picky eaters and is geared more toward people who aren’t afraid to try new meal combinations and ingredients. The price of each box is also a little higher than most of the other meal subscription services I’ve tried but I think it’s worth it to at least give Sun Basket a try.
If you’d like to try out Sun Basket, check it out here.