Sun Basket September 2018 Review + Recipes
For many people, daily meals are quite the hassle. You need to plan what you’ll be making, list out the ingredients, go shopping for them, prepare the meal, and finally deal with the cleanup. With meal kit subscription boxes like Sun Basket, you can avoid the majority of these steps and save time! They deliver fresh, organic ingredients straight to your doorstep.
One quality that stands out about Sun Basket is that they offer a variety of dietary preferences that are difficult to find in similar boxes! They offer vegan, gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, pescetarian, and more options. Since I’m vegan, you can imagine my excitement to discover this subscription. Most other popular meal delivery kits don’t offer completely vegan diet plans.
Shipping + Unboxing
Since Sun Basket is fairly expensive without coupons, I only get one shipment per month. However, they can also ship weekly or bi-weekly!
My second shipment arrived right on the expected day. Upon unboxing, I was disappointed to find that I didn’t receive a recipe booklet as I got in my first Sun Basket. Although I’m sure this was a harmless mistake, it was more difficult to cook the meals since I had to pull up the recipes online from my phone. It’s a lot easier to read the recipe from paper.
Inside, I found three paper bags that contained the ingredients for each meal. The box was padded with ice packs and special lining to keep the box insulated and the ingredients from spoiling.
I’ll be sharing the cooking process and my thoughts about each meal below!
Sun Basket Meal Cooking + Reviews
Spicy Harissa Tofu & Quinoa Bowls
I knew I’d love this meal before I even made it. For one, cucumber and carrots are two of my favorite vegetables. I also enjoy crispy, flavored tofu, and I love quinoa. Basically, all of my favorite foods in one meal!
As I expected, the meal was delicious. It was a little spicy (which I loved). The mixture of carrots, cucumber, quinoa, and tofu was amazing. I excluded the chickpeas because I don’t usually like their texture. This recipe took about 30 minutes to make. The quinoa took about 20 minutes to cook, but I was able to make nearly the rest of the meal while it was cooking. The bowls were filling and more than enough food for two people.
White Bean Tostadas with Blackberry Salsa
This was the last recipe I made to ensure the blackberries and avocado would be ripe enough. I had never tried a fruity salsa before, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like this recipe. However, I was surprised by how delicious it was. I loved the mashed white beans much better than eating whole beans—I like regular beans, but the texture of them bothers me depending on the meal.
It was a fairly simple recipe to make. First, I baked the tortillas in the oven rather than frying them in a pan so I didn’t need to use as much oil. While they were baking, I mixed the blackberries, lime juice, maple syrup, and a small amount of jalapeno to create the salsa. I loved it! It was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy.
After that, I had to mash up the beans up while heating them over the stove, which only took a couple of minutes. Then I spread the beans, salsa, avocado, and pumpkin seed dukkah on top of the tostadas.
Overall, the recipe was very easy and only took me about 20 minutes to make. It made a ton of tostadas—we had leftovers for lunch the next day! The avocado slices and pumpkin seed dukkah on top were the perfect final touch.
Two-Bean Soup with Caramelized Onions and Toasted Ciabatta
I’d never made a soup before. Turns out, it’s pretty simple and quick! The caramelized onions and toasted ciabatta were delicious. I liked the soup, but the texture of the beans bothered me a little since there were so many. Other than that, it tasted delicious.
The recipe took me about 25 minutes to complete. It took about 15 minutes to caramelize the onions, but I was able to start the soup while those were cooking. The soup and toasted ciabatta were very quick to make (it came with already-made bread, I just had to stick it in the oven to toast it). As with the other two recipes, there was plenty of food to fill two people up.
Most meal kit services I’ve tried offer very generous coupons and discounts for first-time subscribers. Sun Basket is one of these! First-time subscribers can receive their first three meals for half off. This means all the meals would only cost $35.97 total ($5.99 per serving). Each meal makes enough food for two people, so this is definitely worth it.
$6 per person could buy you a McDonald’s meal, but in this case, you’ll get healthy and organic homemade meals!
Meal delivery kits are blowing up the market. Since there are so many different options, we created a list that compares a large variety of food subscription boxes. This list includes options beyond just meal kits—there are various snack boxes, drink boxes like coffee or wine, and more!
As for similar subscriptions, some other popular vegan meal delivery kits that I’d recommend are Purple Carrot and Green Chef, which are both the same price as Sun Basket.
With Purple Carrot, you’ll have six vegan recipes to choose from rather than just three! They also have recipe plans you can follow such as high protein, quick & easy, or chef’s choice.
If you’re not set on a certain meal plan, there are a few others that offer classic or vegetarian options. You can find out more about them in our Blue Apron reviews, or in our HelloFresh reviews. Each offers fantastic introductory deals. Oh, I almost forgot – we have done a number of Home Chef reviews as well!