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There is something about warmer weather and sunshine that makes me want to eat healthier! Maybe It’s the fact that I have to bare my arms and other limbs to the world, so my body instinctually wants to not look like a bear coming out of hibernation? Either way, the sight of veggies, and green stuff, fruit and grill marks gets me all giddy inside.
My Mailman? Not so giddy. He wasn’t as thrilled to be delivering this latest, organic meal delivery boxity to my door. Maybe it was the heat? Or maybe it was the fact that this stranger (maybe me) was having a dance party at my doorstep (also, maybe me) as the package was arriving.
Needless to say, he was not impressed. My belly though? It was wicked stoked to dive into the delicious goodies inside the giant box and share them with my family.
MEET SUN BASKET
Sun Basket sends organic and non-GMO ingredients & delicious recipes weekly. Family, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian and Clean & Lean options. Subscriptions start at $11.49 per meal. Get $35 Off using this link-> Get the box
- NEW! They just launched their Lean & Clean meal plan! This plan makes it super easy to manage your weight with portion-controlled, nutrient-dense meals high in protein and fiber with no added sugars, no gluten, and no dairy to keep you feeling nourished and satisfied.
- Also NEW! Family options (this is what we reviewed so read below for full deets)!
- Ingredients are organic and non-GMO!
- Sustainably sourced proteins (that means, no hormones or antibiotics baby!)
- Meal plans are Nutritionist-approved and developed by award-winning Chef Justine Kelly!
- Packaging is 100% recyclable and compostable!
OUR ORGANIC MEAL DELIVERY
When you order Sun Basket, you choose from two options available: Classic Menu or the Family Menu. With the Classic Menu, you get 3 farm to table inspired recipes per week, serving 2-4 people. The average price per serving is $11.49.
We were lucky to receive the Family Menu (because, well…we are a fam), which includes 2-4 family friendly meals, serving 4 people. The average price per serving is $9.99.
There are different meal plans available under each menu. For classic, you can choose any of the following:
- Chef’s Choice: Fresh, seasonal recipes featuring top-quality meats, seafood, organic produce and flavorful housemade sauces.
- Vegetarian: Meatless recipes emphasizing seasonal organic produce, nutritious plant-based proteins and housemade vegetarian sauces.
- Paleo: Recipes free of grains, soy, corn, dairy, and gluten, with plenty of lean meats and seafood, organic produce and housemade sauces.
- Gluten-Free: Completely gluten-free recipes featuring top-quality meats and seafood, organic produce, gluten-free grains and pasta, and housemade sauces.
- Lean & Clean: Manage your weight and feel great with delicious meals high in protein and fiber, with no gluten, dairy or added sugars. Around 550 calories per serving.
- Rise & Shine: Get 2 quick breakfasts to start your mornings off right, plus 2 of the chef’s favorite dinner recipes.
For the Family Style menu, you can choose Chef’s Choice, Vegetarian or Gluten Free. We received the Chef’s Choice! Are you ready for your mouth to water?
MEAL 1: Mojo-marinated carne asada fajitas with lime yogurt
Everything arrives in a huge box with ice packs and insulator thingy’s and each meal is in it’s own little brown bag. I totally love this, because it makes it super easy to know what belongs with what. You don’t have to waste one second of time trying to figure out which radish goes with which recipe. Love it. And speaking of radishes…thanks to this little delivery I tried radishes for the first time ever in my whole life (and they were yummy)!
I also want to shout out to Sun Basket for a really awesome little recipe booklet (pictured in the section above). This booklet makes it super easy to put the meals together. I am an insanely busy mom with like 42,000 side gigs, so easy-peasy is a must or I’m not into it. AND, the recipe book was filled with all sorts of Chef’s Tips and “Kids Can” sections to help you encourage your kids to participate in the cooking and serving process! There was even a little project for them (perfect if they are not being as “helpful” in the kitchen as you would like…these guys though of everything).
Ingredients. We received all of the pre-measured ingredients, each affixed with an adorable little label so you never have to guess about what’s what (especially if there are ingredients that are not familiar to you!). And, I love that you don’t have to take the time to figure out the measurements. Have you seen me cut a pepper? It’s not pretty. I waste so much of it, because I’m too lazy to look up a youtube video and learn how to do it the right way.The other great thing is that you don’t have to use much of anything from your own pantry. For both recipes, I needed sea salt and pepper and for one I needed olive oil. Literally, that’s all.
I panic a bit when I don’t think there’s enough food to feed myself (and others that I’m serving), so I was a little worried about the size of the container housing the cheese – but in the end, it was the perfect amount…so, maybe I need some food therapy or something.
Um, side note – I could’ve eaten all of these pickled jalapenos before the meal was done. I didn’t because I’m a big girl and I have some restraint, but those babies had to fight to go in the serving bowl and not directly into my belly.
Prep Time. I have to be honest, when the recipe booklet said 20-30 minutes total time from prep to in my tummy I didn’t really believe it. I feel like recipes always say “quick and easy” and in fact are not quick and way too laborious for people like me who’s best cooked meal is a bowl of cereal.
BUT, I was so pleasantly surprised at how fast it all went…and that was with me taking pics along the way to document for this post. I feel like it was definitely right around the 20 minute mark if it was just a normal night of cooking before the hubs got home.
All I had to do was open up the meat, stick it in a bowl, pour in the marinade and let it set for like, 10 minutes. I chopped up the lettuce, and put the tortillas on a damp dishtowel and stuck em’ in the oven to warm.
The rest of the “prep” if you can even call it that was a piece of cake (oh…cake). I liked zesting the lime the mostest. And, OMG, this Lime yogurt was perfection. Literally just some yogurt, lime juice and zesting. Hee-hee.
And, um…how fun was it to put all of the ingredients in these colorful bowls? My three year old helped with that part (in between running in and outside playing with rocks and her water table, so I guess it’s a good thing we were only serving our family of three).
You can totally get “Chefy” with it. We like to live on the edge, so we improvised a bit when it came to the meat.
Although the instructions were incredibly simple to follow (even with a wack-a-doodle toddler running amok and totally novice chef like myself) the hubs really wanted to grill the meat, so he made some boy-scout-esque apparatus and cooked it that way instead of on the stove as per the recipe.
We then ate it outside and pretended we were on vacay. My portion was on the daintier side (pictured at the top of the post), while the hubby really packed on the toppings (pictured below). Our sweet pea put her hands in all the bowls, but had zero interest in dinner that night, but if she would have been on her A game, this would have been great for her. Either way, it was the perfect end to the perfect Saturday!
MEAL 2: Summer vegetable panani with mozzarella and arugula pesto
The following day (Sunday) we hooked ourselves up with this dish. And, with such a delish first meal under our belts, we wondered if the second would be as yummy and quick to pull together. Spoiler. It was.
All of the ingredients are seasonal, which makes it nice if you’re into trying new things that only come out when the snow falls or the sun shines. This recipe came with all the basics, fresh Mozzarella, some Summer squash and a delicious arugula pesto.
As a certified organic service, they hold the environment and all the fluffy creatures in the land with the highest regard –Sun Basket works with the country’s best farms, ranchers, and fishermen. I like that. I like it a lot.
Like all Sun Basket meals, we received a cute little (labeled) brown bag filled with everything needed to make the dish for our little family of three. And, we saved all the little containers from both meals for pouring and sensory play for the kiddo! Boom. We’re awesome.
This was another incredible meal, easy to prep – even with the pitter patter of little feet running about the kitchen. First, I cut and sautéed the summer squash. Then, I prepped and cooked the garlic and the greens.
While I was doing that I had the sun-dried tomatoes soaking in hot water (a trick I never knew before then and will totes use again)!
After I got everythin prepped (maybe 15-20 minutes tops, and that includes getting someone a drink, fixing a toy and cleaning up a spill on aisle two) I layered the fresh mozzarella and sun dried tomates over the greens, folded the flatbreads in half and stuck em’ in the pan to get them nice and toasty.
There were some good tips for making an even awesomer panini on the grill or with a press, but I stuck with the pan, a lid and flipped it fifty two thousand times until it was lightly browned on either side and super gooey on the inside.
While that was happening, I made the side, which literally consisted of me pouring the arugula pesto inside a bowl with the sautéed squash and calling it done.
Our little bug enjoyed this meal right along with us – and loved it just the same. I love that the Family Style meals are made with kids in mind. This felt like a super fun grilled cheese sammy, but was packed with fresh mozzarella and tons of greens, which are virtually impossible to get into my toddler’s belly most of the time. Not this time though: )
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST?
With the Classic Menu, you get 3 farm to table inspired recipes per week, serving 2-4 people. The average price per serving is $11.49. If you choose the Family Menu you get 2-4 family friendly meals, serving 4 people. The average price per serving is $9.99. And, don’t forget to Get $35 Off using this link-> Get the box
You can skip any delivery week you choose – So, it’s super convenient if you know you’re travling or doing something else that week.
SHIPPING NOTE: Right now Sun Basket ships to most zip codes in the Contiguous US. But, they don’t ship to AK, HI, MT and parts of NM. Their website says that they will be adding more locations soon, so check back often!
AM I ALL SUNSHINY AND STUFF?
Yes. My future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear…well, you know where I was going with that. We loved Sun Basket so much we are going to start ordering it on a weekly basis. Although I receive a free box to post this review, we are not receiving any discounts or freebies for the weekly orders we will start placing. We just loved the box and are happy to dig into our own pockets for these fabulous, healthy meals.
Let me know if you’ve tried Sun Basket, if you order on the regular or if there is another service you swear by. Yippee!!