Several months ago I was face timing with my friend, Alison, as she was cooking dinner. Her dinner was a meal from Sun Basket, a meal subscription service. It looked so effortless!
Flash forward and I received a promo in the mail from Sun Basket with a coupon for $35 off. I am all about freebies and coupons so I was pumped to try it out! That little promo with the coupon got me onto their website looking around. (Granted, as I was browsing, I came to realize that all first-timers get $35 off. Oh well, I had already decided I was special!)
How does it work?
Well, you choose which meals you want (there are about 12 each week- learn more here). I scrolled through many scrumptious offerings and settled on New Orleans-style shrimp Creole, Grilled salmon and summer vegetable with chimichurri, and Warm quinoa and corn salad with summer squash, ricotta, and mint.
I ordered on a weekend, so it wouldn’t arrive for another 2 Tuesdays. Each meal makes 2 servings and you either order 2 meals/week or 3 meals/week. You can also skip weeks if you don’t want the meals delivered, and can, of course, cancel whenever.
It arrived this past Tuesday in the early afternoon. They basically give you a time window for delivery (almost all day, really) and leave the box at your door. Remember, this box is full of food so it is best to retrieve it quickly and refrigerate your items, but they do package it well to keep the food as cold as possible if you are not home. (Zeus must’ve smelled all the goodies!)
Time to get cooking!
Each meal comes with a detailed recipe explaining to you which order you should do things to maximize your time. The recipe tells you how you should slice and dice everything! It also includes tips and nutritional information. (There is actually a recipe for every meal in their menu that week!) Everything you need is provided for you including herbs, spices and condiments! The only ingredients you are expected to have from your own pantry are salt, pepper, and olive oil. I’m adding my before and after pictures so you can see what’s included. Keep in mind my artistic, culinary presentations skills are not as on point as Sun Basket.
New Orleans-style shrimp Creole
Grilled salmon and summer vegetables with chimichurri
Warm quinoa and corn salad with summer squash, ricotta, and mint
Looks good, right? It was! Let me share some of my thoughts about what I did and did NOT like:
First of all, I really loved the choices! I am not a big meat eater so many choices did not appeal to me. I love the vegetarian options. However, Mike is not a big veggie eater. It was great to see so many in-between options, like seafood! There are also a couple of breakfast options. I also appreciated that some of the choices included lean foods, gluten free, or vegan foods. Most of the ingredients are organic, too!
I liked that everything I needed was provided! No last minute trips to the grocery store! I try to follow recipes at home and might not have that specific sauce or spice so I try to find substitutes- everything from the spice blend, to the bay leaf, to the honey drizzle was in the box. Not only is it in the box, but it is pre-measured! (I also struggle following recipe measurements, I’m a “guesstimator”.)
The food was delicious! I think that Mike and I both agree that the shrimp entree was the best. Fresh, spicy, balanced- I loved it and would order ir again and again. The salmon was good, but not great. And I really enjoyed the quinoa salad, but this was not Mike’s thing (dinner and lunch for me then!).
Eh, not so much.
Because Mike and I tend to eat on opposite sides of the spectrum, it can be hard to find things we both like! Unfortunately, one of the three meals I chose did not work for him. You are able to skip a week, or several, if you don’t like the menu- I think we would have to do that every once and a while if we couldn’t find something that interested us both.
Packaging. The Eco-friendly side of me screams a little when I see such small quantities separately packaged because I just see waste. I suppose there is not much of a way around this and I was pleased to see that most of it is recyclable. Sun Basket has instructions on the packaging to recycle the box, insulation and wrappings- all are able to go in your personal bin/pick up at home. I just couldn’t help think of all of the people who would disregard those messages!
Price. This was our first order, so we had $35 off which made the total about $33 for everything (3 meals, 2 servings each). Acceptable. But, normally it would be close to $70, so that is something to consider. I guess it just depends on a typical grocery bill in your home.
Overall, I was really excited to try Sun Basket and I was happy with the product! I have never tried any other food subscription services, but I might soon because it would be interesting to compare!
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Have you ever tried a food subscription? Tell me what you think in the comments below!