Crafting healthy meals every night of the week amongst the other daily chores of life, is a challenge that is often compromised. Drive-thru’s, microwaves and just add water alternatives take our mind off of meal creation and deliver it to a state of convenience.
Who can blame us – ingredients are expensive, cooking is time-consuming, clean-up is annoying.
I don’t know about you but I’m not in the income bracket where I can hire a personal chef to do the work for me, but I also refuse to leave my food creation obligations to a fast food chain. Middle ground is what we seek.
Sun Basket meal delivery is the perfect example of finding a happy spot in the middle. Here is our honest Sun Basket review:
How Sun Basket Meal Delivery Works
At WeekendFarmer.com we stress the importance of growing your own food – but since most of us don’t have the land, the time or the effort to grow everything we need, we also supply information on meal delivery services and produce delivery services to help supplement your hard work as a weekend farmer.
With that in mind, Sun Basket offered three meals delivered for us to test out their service (as if I would say no!).
In fact, you can get the same offer – get 3 Meals Free from Sun Basket, fresh organic ingredients and easy recipes delivered, with Paleo, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options.
As a family of vegetarians, we opted for Chickpea and Quinoa Stew with Toasted Naan (the video above shows the making of), Five-spiced braised Tofu and Soba salad with Baby Bok Choy and Mint, and as part of their Rise and Shine breakfast menu, Overnight Oats with Dates and Pecans and an Egg Scramble with Kale.
Our package arrived in just a few days and the fun began:
One of the first things I noticed about our Sun Basket delivery – other than the fact the box was well marketed, emphasizing the Sun Basket core attributes of local organic produce, pasture raised meats and wild caught seafood – was the small disclosure label on the top of the box.
The label, pictured below, showed the sources of all the ingredients inside.
What caught my eye, and impressed me deeply, was the overwhelming majority of the ingredients inside were from farms in the US. Not New Zealand, not Guatemala – California and Iowa.
This is an important detail to my family and I, we want to support local organic farmers and Sun Basket was helping us do so.
Inside the box, everything was artfully packed, akin to a college student heading back to school and perfectly allocating every square inch of space in the back of their friends Ford Escape.
Each recipe has it’s own dedicated index card with bold pictures and easy to understand recipes.
A particularly nice touch was the greeting from a local farmer who had supplied the organic Swiss Chard inside our box. The connection you feel with the farmer makes the overall experience elevated far beyond what any drive thru could deliver.
(Thank you Duncan Family Farms, the Swiss Chard was delicious)
Digging deeper, all the ingredients were isolated within a recycled denim cooler – you read that right – the cooler inside the cardboard box is made from recycled, compostable denim.
Not only that, but the entire shipment comes with a shipping label, on Sun Baskets dime, to ship back all the innards for repeat use.
One you open up your recycled denim cooler, inside each meal is separated in it’s own compostable paper bag (which are all in our compost pile right now, minus the label).
If this Sun Basket review is seeming a little too positive, trust me I’ve been looking for things to critique but so far the experience has been great. Their values – organic, hormone-free, sustainable, eco-friendly – mesh seamlessly with ours.
Underneath the paper bags with delicious insides, was a trap door with goodies inside – all of your proteins, packed in ice.
For us on the vegetarian menu, we only had a pack of braised tofu in there, but you can easily envision how cold this would keep all of your proteins during shipment.
Sun Basket Review – The Actual Meals
In the video above we show you the cooking process, so please watch it to see what cooking with Sun Basket is really like.
One thing that always bothers me in the various cookbooks I own is the estimated time to prep and prepare a meal, which is always grossly underestimated. Surprisingly, the Sun Basket recipe cards were spot on, if not a little bit long. They estimated 10 minutes for prep, it took me about 8 – they estimated 35 minutes to cook, it took me about 32. Time saved!
We cook from scratch most nights, it’s a labor of love for our family, but also makes us pretty adept critics as we’re used to fresh, good food. These meals were on par with anything we craft, while the time, cost and clean-up were far less than we normally exert.
The Sun Basket meals were not simplistic in flavor, but they were in cooking. The ingredients were fresh and organic, the recipe cards were easy to follow. And to be honest, their two servings was actually closer to three or four for our crew.
Overall, this Sun Basket review doesn’t give fault to much, because there isn’t much to fault. Try Sun Basket, we think you’ll appreciate the experience like we have.
*Full disclosure: For the purpose of this review Sun Basket provided Weekend Farmer a meal delivery kit for free. Links on this page are part of an affiliate partnership between Sun Basket and WeekendFarmer.com any transactions will result in a revenue share.