Review: Sun Basket

We’ve tried a few meal-prep services recently, and at the moment my personal favorite is Sun Basket, which offers organic ingredients and Earth-friendly packaging. The recipes are simple and delicious, and you can set default dietary restrictions like Paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian, making it easier for me to stay dairy-free without making substitutions. If you’re interested in trying it after reading this, I have a coupon for 3 free meals in your first basket!

The portion sizes are generous, even for two people who eat pretty different amounts for dinner. The recipes are well balanced and easy enough to execute, although some of the directions could be a bit clearer; that said, the whole week’s recipes (not only the meals you’ve purchased) are in the box, and all the recipes are posted to Sun Basket’s online cookbook.

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Menu booklet tucked into the lid flap.

Reuse, recycle, compost!

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First off, the packaging is really superior and much less wasteful than other services. There is no styrofoam anywhere in the box, and the containers can all be either reused or recycled (or both). Major points!

Italian sausages with sweet peppers and baby kale

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I love a good chopped-nut garnish, and the roasted almonds that finish off this variation on sausage-and-peppers are a very nice touch. I would cut the sweet potato into smaller chunks (and pay more attention to how the peppers are supposed to be sliced), but this was a hearty one-pot weeknight meal. The recipe is available here.

Roast chicken breasts with spiced cauliflower and green romesco

Roast chicken breasts with spiced cauliflower and green romesco
Roast chicken breasts with spiced cauliflower and green romesco

 

. . . I need to pan-sear and oven-roast chicken breasts more often. This recipe was delicious and simple (no work to make the romesco, which comes in a little jar), and even my olive-hating husband appreciated the pop of salt from the Castelvetranos. I’m not sure what size baking sheet people are supposed to have on hand to accommodate a full head of cauliflower florets and two boneless chicken breasts, but I made it work! Check out the recipe here.

Steak with romesco sauce and kale salad

Steak with romesco sauce and kale salad
Steak with romesco sauce and kale salad

This was the quickest of the three meals, and possibly my favorite. The spice blend popped open in the box, but it was just garlic powder and sweet paprika, so it was easy enough to re-create in my kitchen. Again, the premade romesco and artichoke hearts were a terrific shortcut. The recipe is available here.

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