Hey, everybody! Well, our Sunbasket meal delivery came right on time yesterday afternoon and I was so excited to receive it. I’ll let you know what I liked (a lot) and what I didn’t care for (one thing and it’s very minor). But before I do, I just want you to know this is not a sponsored review. In other words, they are not paying me to say these things (as unfortunate as that may be). Maybe they’ll change their minds after reading this, haha!
I have so many good things to say. Let’s start with the packaging. These boxes are KEEPERS! They are perfect in size and construction. EVERYTHING about the packaging is recyclable with the exception of the ice filler which needs to be placed in the trash. But considering how much they give you, that’s the only thing that cannot be recycled. Pretty impressive.
The meals came in marked bags. The meat is separate and sealed and at the bottom. Then the bags of meals and then any produce that doesn’t fit, in this case, swiss chard. (I have never had swiss chard so I’m looking forward to that).
Within the bags are the ingredients for that particular meal. Even though everything is recyclable, a lot of these containers appear to be reusable. Especially if you’re crafty. These containers have screw on lids and could be used for pins, tacks, paper clips, etc.
Everything is portioned according to how many people you tell them you’re serving. And then they give you a recipe booklet that has all of the options you could have chosen from for that week. We are getting 3 meals for 2 with them every week. For about $70/wk, which is way less than I spend at the grocery store.
But how do they taste? I’m so glad you asked! I have to tell you, whipping up dinner was super easy! Since I cook all the time, this was a cinch for me. But even if you don’t, you would be hard-pressed to make a mistake. The instructions are clear and laid out step by step, in order. They even give you some tips if you want to be fancy (and of course, we want to be fancy). This is also a great opportunity to work together in the kitchen if you are so inclined. As it turns out, Staci is inclined to let me cook while she charts. That’s fair.
Last night I made Pork mee goreng with fresh ramen and eggs. Think pork fried rice over noodles instead. The assembly was very easy and I had dinner made within about 30 minutes, maybe even a little less. The portions were generous and the taste was delicious! Just the right amount of heat. I felt like it needed a little salt but in reality, it was probably balanced from a health perspective. Staci and I have salty palates from the amount of junk and margaritas in our diet. This will change as our new lifestyle modifications take hold.
The only drawback is sometimes they have to make ingredient substitutions. In this case we had shredded carrots instead of bean sprouts. I would have rather had the bean sprouts. But here is the assembly:
Boiled some noodles and combined the noodles, pork, cabbage and carrots until cabbage wilts. Add sauce and combine. Assemble!
Overall, I couldn’t have been happier! I’m saving money, I’m ordering things I didn’t even know existed (which will expand my culinary skills) and I have portion control until I can DO portion control. AND I’m not hurting the environment with all this packaging.
Sunbasket also has several diet-types you can choose from: regular, gluten-free, pescatarian (fish), Mediterranean(ours), and paleo. If you’re considering a meal delivery service, consider our meal #1 a success!
I would have had this to you last night but we have been having issues this week with our internet provider. Fun times!
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And in the meantime….
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