It's been a while since I tried out a food subscription box, but some of my favorite posts are my older posts about them, so I decided to try out Sun Basket, which offers organic, sustainable, healthy meals from the West Coast.
I have a "bad blogger" confession- Earlier this year, they sent me a box to review, and I forgot to ever write the post because I was in the middle of house hunting and then moving. So I decided after we got settled, I would purchase a box myself and do a review of it. I did really enjoy the first box, but I can't find the photos or info about it any more, so today's review is from the box I purchased.
|What's in the box?|
|Yummy recipes and food!|
IMPORTANT: If you sign up, you are also signing up for a subscription, so you have to make sure you visit the site weekly and either choose your meals or skip, or eventually cancel if you decide it's not for you. I tested out skipping as well as cancelling and both were very easy and possible through the website.
OK, so now for the good stuff. The food! I got three different meals of two portions each in my box this week. We're cooking for two around here, but you can also choose meals for four if that makes more sense. Some single people like to use meal services like these to make extra portions for lunches as well. In my box this week, I got a fish dish, a chicken dish, and a vegetarian dish. I will write another post later this week or next about the fish and chicken, but tonight I made the vegetarian dish.
Sun Basket packages all the ingredients for each recipe inside its own bag. This is really nice because I have tried other meal services where you kind of had to dig around in the box and figure out what went with what. The only items not in the bags are the proteins, but those are pretty easy to figure out. So here's what was packaged up for the vegetarian pasta dish:
*Is anyone but me ready to hearken back to the days when recipes had fancy names, like Chicken A La King or Beef Wellington, rather than being a list of ingredients? I digress.
Anyway, I did use the card as a guide for the order I did things in, since I have learned over and over again with these meal prep boxes that doing your prep work first is a great idea. Not that I 100% listened, but if you were an absolute beginner cook, I think you would still be able to follow along and do this recipe.
So you do all the steps, follow the picture, and get your stuff cooking on the stove.
|Dinner is Almost Ready!|
Sun Basket actually does provide a way for you to send back the used ice packs and boxes for reuse. I'm not sure if I will do that because I live in a place that does recycling, so I don't know if it is really very environmental to mail my trash to California. I think it might actually be more helpful to save the ice packs for future use of my own and reuse the boxes myself or give them to someone who might be moving.
OK, Dinner is done!
Also, it's really fun to have these special meals, eat at the table with my husband, talk about the meals and be inspired by what to cook next. Hubby likes it too- We both really like food and it's really easy to get stuck in a rut of cooking the same stuff or eating takeout. The cost of $11.49 per meal is probably more than you pay for every meal if you are super frugal and always cook at home, but it's a good deal for a unique, healthy, fresh meal.
I will definitely use Sun Basket again. Because of its organic and sustainable commitment, as well as little touches like the ingredients all being packaged together and the cards being written out and well designed and easy to follow, it's squeaking out a little ahead of the other ones I have tried. I can't see myself ever using a service like this weekly, but it's easy to skip, so I am going to stay subscribed and do it maybe one week a month.
I'm going to follow up later this week or next with the fish and chicken recipes, so let me know in the comments if you have any questions!