Organic, Non-GMO Food Delivered to Your Door: A Review of Sun Basket Meal Kits

I love to cook and bake, but I have an obsession with meal kit delivery services. If you’ve ever taken 3 children to a crowded grocery store to grab the ingredients for several homemade meals, you probably understand why.

I’ve tried several meal kit delivery services, and Sun Basket is one of my favorites. Before I continue with my review, I need to share my standard disclaimer to prevent drama with the FTC:

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions.
Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Whew, glad we got that out of the way. Now we can chat about the pros and cons of ordering Sun Basket meal kits, plus discuss how the process works.

When you join Sun Basket, you get to choose 2 meals. I chose the sweet potato-black bean chili cheese fries and the paprika-spiced chicken with spinach salad and sweet potato fries. For the record, the sweet potato-black bean chili cheese fries were my family’s favorite, and we plan to recreate the recipe on our own.

We’ll talk more about that later. Let’s discuss the delivery process.

Your meals arrive in a recycled box with recycled ice packs. As an avid recycler, I was very impressed by this.

Check out the side of the box. Super cute.

And look, here’s the recycled stuff I told you about:

And here:

The company even reminds you to recycle your box. Don’t worry guys, I was planning on it.

 Each meal is carefully packed in a recyclable paper bag labeled with the recipe name. I loved this because it was nice not to rummage through the box to find the ingredients for each recipe. That’s usually what happens with other meal kit delivery services, and I always end up forgetting an ingredient or two. I currently have random containers of honey and marinade, plus a few stems of parsley, in my fridge from a different delivery service.

As you can see, S’mores the cat also appreciates Sun Basket meal kits. She knows what’s good.

 

My box included a handy welcome guide.

It also had a recipe book that fit nicely on my bookshelf. I found it much easier to store this booklet than the recipe cards that other meal kit companies generally include.

 

Here’s a page from the recipe book:

My completed recipe looked nothing like the one in the book, but I’m okay with that. You have the freedom to assemble your recipes in whatever manner works best for you.

 

I made the sweet potato-black bean chili cheese fries first because the ingredients looked amazing.

These are all ingredients that I cook with regularly, so I figured my family would love this recipe. And they did.

 

I grabbed some tortilla chips and ate the bean and tomato mixture directly from the skillet before I added cheese. It was amazing even though I burned my tongue (my fault, not Sun Basket’s).

 The finished product looked something like this.

It looked much prettier before I scooped it out of my oven-safe container and plopped it on my kids’ plates. Still tasted fabulous, though.

 

I didn’t love the paprika-spiced chicken with spinach salad and sweet potato fries as much as I loved the sweet potato-black bean chili cheese fries. I was shocked that the pancetta contained sodium nitrite and sodium erythorbate because these were not ingredients I expected to find in a meal kit that proudly offers non-GMO and organic ingredients.

 

I’m not trying to say these ingredients contain GMOs. I’m just stating that it surprised me to find them in this meal kit because many people (myself included) who eat organic, non-GMO food regularly try to avoid ingredients like sodium nitrite and sodium erythorbate.

 

Here’s a pic of the pancetta package:

I realize these ingredients aren’t a problem for everyone, so I’m not trying to say that Sun Basket is awful. I plan to order meal kits in the future, but I’ll probably stick with vegetarian/vegan options.

 

I’m going to touch base with Sun Basket and see if they regularly carry products with nitrites. I’ll update this blog after I get a chance to speak with the company. It’s nearly midnight on a Sunday, so I’m guessing nobody is available at the moment.

 

Anyway…

 

After I got over my shock about the nitrite-infused pancetta, I prepared the paprika-spiced chicken. It was definitely the star of this recipe.

 

I was psyched that Sun Basket included plenty of paprika. I hate when a meal kit skimps on spices and/or sauces.

 

I sliced the chicken and arranged it on a bed of greens. There’s plenty of pancetta, plus onions and radicchio, hiding under the chicken. The sweet potatoes on the side were delightful.

Now that I’ve bombarded you with pictures, it’s time to summarize the pros and cons of Sun Basket meal kits.

Pros

  • Ingredients remain fresh for up to 8 hours without refrigeration (you can thank those recyclable non-GMO ice packs for that!)
  • You get to pick the recipe(s) you want each week instead of getting stuck with a generic menu
  • There are paleo-friendly and gluten-free options available, which is great since some meal kit companies don’t offer these options. You can also select vegetarian recipes.
  • Recipes contain non-GMO, organic ingredients.
  • Meat doesn’t contain hormones.
  • You can recycle the entire box, even the ice pack!
  • The ingredients arrive fresh, not wilted or brown.
  • The food is flavorful and delicious.
  • Portion sizes are generous, so you can feed multiple people or save some leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.
Cons
  • Pancetta contains sodium nitrite.
  • Recipes require more than knives and skillets (grater, garlic press, oven-safe dish, etc.). People who don’t cook regularly might not have these kitchen tools on hand, but you can easily improvise.

 

Overall, my family and I thought Sun Basket rocked. We plan to order meal kits from the company whenever our budget allows.

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What’s your favorite meal kit delivery service?

21 thoughts on “Organic, Non-GMO Food Delivered to Your Door: A Review of Sun Basket Meal Kits

  • June 5, 2017 at 10:56 am
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    I’ve never tried meal delivery, but I think this one looks delicious! If I had to pick a service, I would probably start with this one.

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  • June 5, 2017 at 5:25 pm
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    I am getting hungry looking at the sweet potato chili. This sounds like a great meal service.

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    • June 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm
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      The sweet potato chili was sooooo yummy!

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  • June 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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    these are so expensive for what they are – I love being able to not have to think about purchasing all the groceries to do them, but for now, I’ll have to wait until my wallet allows for it

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  • June 5, 2017 at 10:26 pm
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    I would love to give Sun Basket a try. I have been thinking of trying a meal service. The food looks so delicious and easy to make.

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  • June 6, 2017 at 2:09 am
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    Sounds like a lovely option for busy nights when you just don’t have the time to come up with a dinner idea. I think the food looks so good. This is a must try!

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  • June 6, 2017 at 7:13 am
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    Looks so yummy & I”m hungry enough to want to eat this for breakfast. It’s nice knowing you can eat healthy without spending lots of time planning & shopping, so definitely a great idea.

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  • June 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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    We love organic and non-gmo foods. It’s getting easier to find them!

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  • June 6, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    I’ve never tried food delivery before but it sounds like something I might look into. The paprika chicken looks so good.

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  • June 6, 2017 at 11:50 pm
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    Wow this is a kind subbie box that my Mom will appreciate. Hoping that we could also have it here in Manila.

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  • June 7, 2017 at 9:18 am
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    Those chilli cheese fries looks downright magical. Definitely the kind of subscription box I could get into!

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  • June 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm
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    That looks so delicious! Those sweet potato chili fries are calling my name! I will have to check out this box and try it out!

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  • June 8, 2017 at 5:28 am
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    We have not tried a meal kit delivery service but it does look very convenient for busy families. The portions are just about right and the ingredients looks fresh. I am going to check Sun Basket Meal Kits soon.

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  • June 8, 2017 at 10:25 am
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    This looks really awesome! I haven’t tried a meal subscription box, but I have thought about it.

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  • June 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm
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    Well, this actually looks so delicious! I should try it! looks yummy

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  • June 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm
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    I have never tried meal delivery but I might after seeing this meal.

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  • June 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm
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    I love the idea of everthing you need to make a meal showing up on your door step. How cool is that?! Great review.

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