Sun Basket is an organic meal kit delivery service that is dedicated to providing fresh organic produce, antibiotic and hormone free meats, and easy to follow recipes that make it so easy to put meals together from their deliveries. I was not paid to endorse Sun Basket, although I did receive 3 free meals in order to test them out and write a review! All thoughts and opinions are mine (and some of Taylor’s too!)
One of the biggest things I’ve learned recently about recipe development and which recipes will be popular is that fast and easy is king!
How easy is it, and can I get it made in less than an hour? Answering those two questions correctly will likely determine how popular a recipe will be. The most popular recipe here on Lou Lou Biscuit is Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and that was one of the simplest recipes I’ve done.
Of course everyone wants meals that are healthy and well balanced between fat, carbohydrates, and protein, but often, what ends up happening on a Monday night is far from that goal. Frozen dinners and spaghetti become tempting options when it’s 7:15, and your hungry family is looking at you wondering what they’ll eat for dinner.
Sun Basket is a fantastic alternative to the frozen dinner routine!
It’s a food delivery service that drops off all the ingredients you need for 3 meals a week. The way they put it is “We shop, you cook.” Not only are the ingredients organic, and fresh, but they are measured out in the exact portions you need for each recipe. This saves on time, dishes, and waste. How many times have you bought an $8 bottle of spices just to realize 3 years later that you used it once, and now it’s just taking up room in your cupboard? I know I have many many times.
Each meal is between 500-800 calories, they have flexible menu options for paleo, gluten free, and vegetarian members, and each meal is not supposed to take more than 30-45 minutes to prepare.
The cost is $11.49 per person, per meal. Although there are cheaper ways to eat, I definitely think the price is reasonable for what you’re getting, since the food is so high quality, and you get to try all different kinds of ingredients without having to buy large portions of them.
The kind folks at Sun Basket sent me 3 meals to test out so I could share my opinion with you lovely readers.
When the Sun Basket box arrived via UPS, I was very excited! It was very well insulated and packaged. There were the 3 bags, each corresponding to a different recipe, with all the veggies, sauces, and spices in each bag, then underneath that was all the meat sandwiched between two freezer packs.
Each bag was labeled with a color, orange, yellow or red, and the meat that went with each particular bag was also labeled orange, yellow or red. They really make it simple for you!
I approached each meal differently, in order to give you the most complete review.
Burmese Chicken Aloo with Japanese Sweet Potato
First, I made a recipe without stopping to take any photos or notes. I timed myself to see if the alleged 10 minute prep + 20 minute cook time on the card seemed accurate. My goal with this first recipe was to just to approach it as if I wasn’t doing a review or analyzing it, but just experiencing it like a regular customer.
I made Burmese Chicken Aloo with Japanese Sweet Potato.
My timer read 32 minutes and change when I was done, so I feel like the time estimate is very accurate. The aloo itself was delicious! It was so fun to make. There was, of course, some prep work that I had to do, but a lot of it was already done! The chicken thighs were already cut into bit sized portions, and all I had to do was toss them in the pot.
The new exposure to ingredients is amazing with Sun Basket. I got to use different produce and spices that Taylor and I had never tried, and I treated old favorites in new ways.
In this particular recipe, there was a really nice blend of flavors: lemongrass paste, red miso, marash chile, cinnamon and cloves.
New Foods: red miso, marash chile, and Japanese sweet potatoes. We had never had those before!
The aloo was really hearty and filling, and all the recipes made generous portions, probably enough for leftovers if Taylor and I didn’t have such huge appetites.
Recipe 1 was a big hit! Monday, I’ll share about the second recipe that my husband Taylor made, and how even someone who isn’t an experienced chef can easily follow the instructions to make delicious Sun Basket meals. EDIT: That post is now available here
If you go to the Sun Basket Homepage, you can sign up and get $30 off your first basket!
Thanks for reading!