SunBasket Review [and a Giveaway!]

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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.

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SunBasket delivery!

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.

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Please ignore my grown-out manicure. It has since been fixed.

Friday night Emily came over for dinner to try out the first recipe.

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Pork Loin with Bacon-Braised Escarole ingredients.

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.

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My knife skills leave something to be desired.

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.

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Every time we make dinner, I basically stand around and drink wine and watch Em cook.

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.

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The most difficult decision of this meal was choosing which bottle of my wine delivery to open. PS: How basic are my monogramed-wine glasses?

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.

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Fish and Snap Peas with Japanese Cucumber Slaw and Mint.

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Tzatziki-Topped Turkey Meatballs with Arugula Salad. Sorry for the terrible photo, this was at 9:30 p.m. after an 8-mile trail run.

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.

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If you’re looking to win other things this week, head over to Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds for even more giveaways.

I was compensated with a free week of SunBasket but all opinions are my own!

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Have you ever tried a meal-delivery service? Do you cook intricate meals for yourself? What totally intimidates you in the kitchen?

10 comments on “SunBasket Review [and a Giveaway!]

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on May 20, 2015 6:43 am

Having just tried Blue Apron, I like this approach way more–I love that they have accommodations for various diets, plus so many options!
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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 20, 2015 9:29 am

One day a food delivery will come to Nebraska. :(
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Tianna on May 20, 2015 11:31 am

what a great service! Anything to make life a little easier sounds great haha. There’s not enough time in the day as it is!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on May 20, 2015 12:01 pm

YUM!! Yes please. That salmon dish looks incredible – I hope you try it again and don’t overcook it! Sometimes fish can be finnicky. Sounds like a great service and I love the idea of new herbs as well.
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Laura @FitMamaLove on May 20, 2015 11:15 pm

I would LOVE to win this! The Twitter thing didn’t work for me. I tweeted and copied the link to the tweet, but it wouldn’t let me past it and enter. Any ideas?
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Whitney on May 21, 2015 10:40 am

Probably 10 years from now something like this will be available in WV. I, too, despise chopping and peeling garlic lol. Not my best attribute. The food looks so good! I agree that adding spices/herbs totally elevate a meal to the next level!!
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Alexa on May 21, 2015 1:14 pm

Looks awesome! I hate grocery shopping so would love to try this!
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Christy G on May 23, 2015 1:24 pm

I have not tried a service like this but would love to! My husband and I both work long hours (~60 hours a week) which makes it very difficult for us to enjoy meals together. I imagine this would help with that dilemma!

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Em Todd on May 25, 2015 5:11 pm

Girlfriend, if you keep pouring the wine, I will cook for you any damn time. :) Thx again!

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Cassie on May 29, 2015 4:53 pm

We have a lot of bottles to get through so any time ;)

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