Sun Basket, an organic food delivery service based in the Bay area, reached out to have me review their product. I haven't blogged, let alone reviewed a product, in such a long time so I wasn't sure this was something I wanted to commit to.
After doing my research I learned a lot about Sun Basket and was very impressed:
- Sun Basket is a certified organic handler, and strives to source organic produce 100% of the time (currently over 99% of their produce is organic).
- Organic ingredients are clearly labeled on delivery.
- They work exclusively with ranchers and farmers who raise their animals responsibly and sustainably.
- All of their seafood is wild-caught, never farmed.
- All of their fisheries are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a leading authority in sustainable seafood.
- Their meal plans are dietitian-approved like Paleo, Lean & Clean, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, and more, which make healthy eating easy.
- Their packaging is 100% recyclable and compostable.
- Sun Basket works with local farmers, ranchers, fishermen and shops to offer the best ingredients each week.
- The executive chef/owner of Sun Basket, Justine Kelly, spent time at Slanted Door restaurant. She also was mentioned in Gourmet Magazine and had an appearance on Iron Chef.
All of these details about Sun Basket (+ many more) made me say "let's do this". I received my first week's meals this past week and will receive my second batch next week. Each box included 3 meals, of my choosing, to prepare. I chose Lemongrass Tofu, Salmon and Quinoa Bowls and Tomato-Coconut Shrimp this week. Out of the three, my favorite were the Lemongrass Tofu + Tomato-Coconut Shrimp.
This meal was so flavorful and fun to make! The process was simple enough for anyone to execute, whether you are comfortable in the kitchen or not. Starting with the rice, you let that cook for a good 30 minutes. While the rice is cooking, you are able to prepare and cook everything else. This made things almost effortless.
What was inside (serves 2):
- Black Rice
- Coconut milk
- Dried shiitake mushrooms
- Hodo Soy firm tofu
- Fresh cilantro
- Sun Basket Lemongrass paste (lemongrass, EVOO, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, ground turmeric)
- Sunflower sprouts
- Sun Basket stir-fry blend (gluten-free tamari, sesame oil, fresh garlic, fresh ginger)
This meal, like Lemongrass Tofu, was bursting with the right amount of flavors that both Paul and I pleasantly enjoyed. The broccoli rice was a nice addition to an already healthy-ish meal. This is one I will gladly recreate again and am looking forward to the results.
What's inside (serves 2):
- Broccoli rice
- Wild gulf shrimp
- Red chile flakes
- Peeled fresh garlic
- Fresh parsley
- Fresh basil
- Diced tomatoes
- Coconut milk
- Baby spinach
- Shaved coconut
Things to know about Sun Basket:
- Pricing does seem to be a bit steep; $11.99 per serving. Considering all of the local organic ingredients they use, it may be worth this price, especially if you don't have all the time in the world to go grocery shopping. The fact that they provide the exact measurements of what you need in each dish is convenient and makes things incredibly easy. (easy seems to be the constant word here).
- You can choose 2, 3, or 4 meals per week (depending on your menu plan) and can mix & match them (making some vegetarian, paleo, gluten free, etc.) within your meal plan (classic/family).
- You can skip a delivery or cancel your plan at any time.
- Sun Basket ships to most zip codes in the United States, excluding AK, HI, MT, & parts of NM.
- Your pantry should include olive, grapeseed or sunflower oil, plus salt and freshly-ground pepper. They occasionally call for wine or butter as an optional recipe item. You'll need basic pots and pans, a knife, and basic utensils.
I really enjoyed the first week's meal plan and am excited to try next week's! Check back in to see my thoughts when I review Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs, Bucatini Pomodoro and Saigon Noodles with Braised Tofu.