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