SunBasket Review [and a Giveaway!]
I’ve flirted with the idea of trying a meal-delivery service every now and again, but could never pull the trigger because I like looking for recipes, grocery shopping, etc. etc. I also kind of felt like it was a cop out because I have complete breakdowns when I don’t make everything from scratch (cue restlessly wandering through Whole Foods because I couldn’t decide what to put in a salad for my then-boyfriend and felt like a terrible person if I bought something off the salad bar).
Then in the midst of my trip home when the last thing I wanted to do was come home, go to the grocery store and figure out what to make for dinner, SunBasket reached out to me to try their meal-delivery service. After taking a quick peek at their meal choices, I felt like my prayers for an extra hour of the day had been deliciously answered.
Each week SunBasket has seven options to choose from and with your plan, you choose three for the week. Each option comes with enough for two meals and there are paleo, gluten free and vegetarian options. I chose Tzatziki-Topped Turkey Meatballs, Pork Loin with Bacon-Braised Escarole and
Fish and Snap Peas with Japanese Cucumber Slaw and Mint.
Everything is sourced from farms and seafood purveyors on the West Coast and is super-fresh. Each meal comes in a paper bag with all of the ingredients pre-measured.
Friday night Emily came over for dinner to try out the first recipe.
I have a confession: despite being neurotic about making everything from scratch, I’m totally lazy when it comes to chopping things and was completely overwhelmed by the garlic I had to not only chop, but peel. Emily immediately took the reins of the stove so I tried to responsibly chop everything to be helpful and not look completely lazy.
This recipe involved lots of things I am too lazy to do on my own – sear grapes! Braise escarole! Make things besides avocado toast and salad! It made all of these things that sound super difficult super approachable.
In less than 20 minutes, we had a restaurant-worthy dinner and an open bottle of Scribe Pinot Noir that had also been delivered on Wednesday. It was insanely delicious and made me wonder why I don’t put a little more effort into dinner rather than constantly eating avocado toast or salad.
On Sunday I made the Fish and Snap Peas with Japanese Cucumber Slaw and Mint and tonight (Tuesday night) I made the Tzatziki-Topped Turkey Meatballs. The fish I really liked but didn’t love (I think I overcooked the salmon) but the meatballs was amaze.
Something else I really loved about SunBasket – I was able to cook with herbs and spices I usually shy away from. The meatballs were sprinkled with sumac at the end and the arugula salad dressing included Harissa. Herbs and spices really turn recipes up a notch and I am going to keep that in mind next time I’m cooking.
SunBasket is giving away a week of free meals (three recipes, six meals total – a $60 value!) so you can see what the meal-delivery hype is all about. Right now they are currently only shipping to California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Nevada since everything is from a West Coast producer and is super fresh so the giveaway is only open to residents of these states. It will be open until Midnight on Wednesday, May 27th.
I was compensated with a free week of SunBasket but all opinions are my own!
Chat with me:
Have you ever tried a meal-delivery service? Do you cook intricate meals for yourself? What totally intimidates you in the kitchen?