When we were first told to stay at home to stop the spread of Covid-19 and all my favorite restaurants closed, I looked at it as an opportunity to brush up my skills in the kitchen. I made a list of the meals my family and I love, that I hadn’t made in a while. I ordered a Dutch oven and studied recipes for new ways to make potatoes. Fast-forward two months though, and I’m all out of dinner ideas.
So when I read about Sun Basket, a healthy meal delivery plan that features meals like cashew-lime glazed chicken with bok choy and orange salsa, black bean tostadas with sweet peppers and mango slaw, and pappardelle with wilted spinach, sweet peas, and fresh ricotta, I was ready to sign up immediately.
Before pulling the trigger, however, I decided to to a little research. After all, I’ve heard about meal delivery plans for a long time, and never been tempted before. A friend once gave me a couple of her Blue Apron meals when she was away on vacation, and I wasn’t particularly knocked out by them. There was so much chopping and prep involved, and the packaging seemed wasteful, with plastic bottles for small amounts of each ingredient.
Sun Basket is different, though. For one thing, they’re focused on providing healthy meals, following the “Mediterranean diet” that’s rich in good fats and protein and uses seasonal produce, fresh herbs, and whole grains. For another, they offer an abundance of diet options to suit your family, including vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, pescatarian, diabetes-friendly, low-carb, and more.
When I found out that our managing editor, Megan, has used Sun Basket, I was eager to hear her experience.
“Blue Apron was the first food service I tried, and although the meals were usually delicious, they took forever to cook and never felt particularly healthy — two things I think should be prerequisites for meal services,” she said. “When I started Sun Basket I was pleasantly surprised to find that everything was already chopped and the sauces were already made. It still felt like I made the meal, just without anything tedious or time-consuming — and in a third of the time of Blue Apron.”
“The weekly menus were all protein and veggie heavy, with the option of carbs if you were in the mood. Even with the lighter fare, they never sacrificed flavor and always offered unique recipes that I would never think of making myself. Hello, gingered turkey meatballs in lemongrass broth with cauliflower ‘rice’!”
That’s enough for me to be ready to try it! But still, I wanted to know if it would be affordable for my family. The price for a Sun Basket subscription varies, depending on how many meal you want per week, and how many people you need to feed. Pricing starts at $7.99 per serving (currently discounted from $12.99 per serving), so depending on which options you choose, the monthly price can vary quite a bit. The best way to find out how much it will cost for you is to go to their website and put in the options you’d like.
You’re not limited to dinner, either. Sun Basket offers healthy breakfast and lunch choices, and even snacks. They are still delivering through the pandemic, so if you’re also finding yourself in a meal-prep rut — and want to cut down on your grocery trips — sign up today!
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