Sun Basket Review & $30 Coupon – October 2016

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Sun Basket provides chef-developed and nutritionist-approved recipes focused on helping people create delicious, healthy meals using quality ingredients and globally-inspired flavors. Recipes are created by Chef Justine Kelly, formerly of The Slanted Door. Meals are between 500–800 calories per serving and use certified organic produce and responsibly sourced meats and seafood (free from antibiotics and added hormones). Pick and choose 3 recipes between the following meal plan menus for your weekly selections: Chef’s choice, Paleo, Gluten-free, and Vegetarian. You can also opt for the Rise & Shine menu which consists of two dinner recipes and two 5-minute breakfast recipes. Sun Basket is now providing 20-minute meals as part of the weekly selection for those short on time, as well as a globetrotter meal that highlights an international destination!

Sun Basket included this label on the outside of the box. This information is useful if you have concerns about where your food is sourced.

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Food is well insulated, and recipes are separated into individual bags (with color coded labels). Meals are packaged to stay fresh in the box for up to 8 hours after delivery. Immediately refrigerate ingredients after removing from the box. Note from Sun Basket, recipes with delicate greens and fresh mushrooms are best used within 4 days of delivery. Sun Basket provides most of the ingredients needed for your recipes, but there are a few pantry staples that you’ll be asked to add such as olive oil, grapeseed or sunflower oil, plus salt and freshly-ground pepper. Occasionally, you’ll be asked for wine or butter as an optional recipe item. All Sun Basket packing materials are either recyclable or compostable.

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With the launch of Sun Basket’s Globetrotter series, each week includes an information card on the featured destination. This week, we are traveling to Mongolia. The card highlights culinary fare featured in each region of the country.

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My recipes for the week. On the back (not pictured) are step-by-step directions, as well as ingredients/quantities so that recipes can be repeated if desired. I went back to my Chef’s Choice menu – 3 dinners.

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Tsuivan Noodle Stew with Beef and Vegetables:  

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Making the meal: Cook the beef, prep and cook the vegetables, and cook the udon.

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For a dish that is called a stew, this had very little liquid when finished. We actually got 3 1/2 serving out of this. The overall consensus was that the dish was a tad dry and needed more tamari sauce. Our favorite part of the stew was the Napa cabbage – it made us think of kimchi.

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Pan-seared Chicken and Carrots with Mint Pesto and Couscous:  

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Making the meal: Make the mint pesto, prep and cook the chicken, cook the couscous, and cook the shredded carrots.

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This was a filling meal. I opted to use a food chopper to make the pesto instead of chopping and mixing by hand. This saved me a few minutes too. Also, the shredded carrots were a little difficult to eat – the kept slipping through the fork tines. For me, the couscous helped pull the meal together. I think this would have worked better with sliced carrots, but that’s a personal preference.

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Steaks with Chimichurri and Harissa-roasted Sweet Potatoes:

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Making the meal:  Roast the sweet potatoes, make the chimichurri, cook the steak, and cook the chard.

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I saved the best for last, well in my opinion anyways. The herby chimichurri played well against the sweet potatoes.  The sauteed chard reminded me of southern greens. All of this with a perfectly seasoned and tender steak.  I enjoyed every bite of this meal. PERIOD.

This week’s Sun Basket was good. Two out of three meals were excellent, and even the OK meal was still good. Have you tried Sun Basket or another meal service? What did you think? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Bon Appétit!

Sun Basket meals breakdown to $11.49 per person, which is similar to eating out at a casual restaurant. There is also a $5.99 weekly delivery fee. You can choose between the 2-person or 4-person plans (weekly $74.93 and $143.87, respectively). Skip or cancel at any time. Sun Basket has an expanded delivery area. However, they do not deliver to the following states: AK, HI, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, SD, TX, and WI. They only deliver to parts of AR.

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