Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sun Basket Healthy Meal Delivery and $30 Coupon

Sun Basket is a meal delivery service that sends hand selected, fresh seasonal ingredients the West Coast has to offer. You'll receive non-GMO produce, responsibly raised, hormone free meats and sustainably sourced seafood.

Sun Basket does an excellent job of putting together healthy meals that are packed with flavor, easy to put together and make glad there was a little leftover to save for later.

Each week, you can choose your own recipes or you can select the perfect meal plan based on your dietary needs. If you need to skip a week or two, you can do it right from your account.

If you like to be surprised, you can choose one of the options below and appropriate meals will be sent.

Chef's Basket: Three of Chef Justine's favorite recipes and fresh seasonal ingredients. Enjoy an endless variety of delicious, satisfying meals featuring the season's best produce and sustainably sourced meats and seafood.

Paleo: Quick, low carb Paleo recipes, fresh seasonal produce, and sustainably sourced meats and seafood.

Gluten-Free: Three gluten-free recipes and fresh ingredients, like seasonal produce, sustainably sourced meats and seafood, plus healthy gluten-free grains.

Vegetarian: Three delicious meatless recipes and fresh ingredients, with an emphasis on seasonal produce and nutritious plant-based proteins.

Sun Basket is currently shipping to CA, OR, WA, CO, UT, AZ, NV and ID. I am so glad I live within shipping distance because getting all the ingredients for unique, healthy meals  is something I love.

The Cost: Meals cost $11.49 per person.
2–person plan: $68.94/week
4–person plan: $137.88/week
6–person plan: $206.82/week

What You Get: Everything you need to prepare three healthy, tasty meals in about 30 minutes!

Each meal had everything packed in a paper bag. All ingredients were labeled just in case you might not be familiar with some of the veggies used. This photo shows all the things needed to make the Steak with Chimichurri and Satsuma Winter Greens salad. The
The meat arrived on the bottom, carefully packed all around with ice packs and insulated packaging. All three were still quite cold to the touch when I received them.
Each meal has a recipe card giving you the estimated prep time, cook time and calories in the meal. The back side has the ingredients list and very clear instructions.
I started with the Thai Turkey Salad because it's prep and cook time was only 25 minutes.
Chicken and Roasted Beets with Chard-Parsley Pesto had a little longer prep and used the oven.
The Steak Chimichurri with a Satsuma and Winter Greens Salad probably didn't even take the amount of time it says, that's how quick I whipped it up.


The meals arrived on a Wednesday, too late to make anything that night. Everything looked fresh and wonderful. I've received food boxes in the past and been unhappy with the quality of some of the vegetables but every single thing included in this box was in the peak of health. I just popped everything in the fridge.

I try to make the meal with the most sensitive fresh veggies first. I made the first meal on a Thursday and my last meal the next Tuesday. Everything turned out fine for each meal and normally I wouldn't have made them so spread apart but we went out to dinner with friends on Friday and Sunday we had a birthday party so making them one after another just didn't work out.

The first meal I made was the Thai Turkey Salad. It was SO good!! With the basil and the mint, the lemongrass paste that was mixed in with the turkey and the toasted coconut, it was a smorgasbord of delight! It was definitely enough for two people although the extra didn't last long when my husband found the container in the fridge later on that night.
The second meal was the Beef with Chimichurri and the Satsuma Salad. I put the meat on top of the salad for this photo but it really should be on the side. This salad had walnuts in it which I learned my husband does not like. Or apparently any nuts in salads! I *love* nuts in my salads so now I know for later that I can just put the all on mine.
Lastly is the Roast Chicken and Beets with Chard. I chose this recipe because it's all my husbands favorite things. Beets, chard and chicken. He likes things that taste like dirt and will eat beets in pretty much any form. Blech. I am not a fan of beets. Or chard. I like chicken and pesto, though!

VERDICT: Sun Basket makes it so easy to make truly delicious, quick dinners. I really enjoyed choosing my meals and getting out of my food rut. The produce was beautiful and was of a quality I would choose myself. That's one of the biggest things I look for in these boxes. If the food I need to use isn't good, it's not worth it. The other thing I really liked was how fast these meals came together. No slaving away for hours over a hot stove. Not having to measure anything also saves time. Sun Basket really excells in all the ways I appreciate most.

Even better, all the packaging is recyclable and they provide a label for you to send back the box with it's packaging so it doesn't go to waste! I don't know of another meal box that does it but it's worth it to me! I hate feeling like I'm wasting perfectly good ice packs just because I don't need them.

If you would like to try Sun Basket for yourself, you can sign up here! That link will give you $30 off your first box. That means your first box will be only $38.94. Even at full price, Sun Basket is one of the best quality, lowest cost meal delivery service I've tried. Cheaper than heading to a restaurant, more fun than a TV dinner and far more healthy than both.

Have you tried Sun Basket or another meal delivery service like it? What do you think? I was seriously hooked on one for awhile until they started charging $25 shipping. SunBasket is a much better option.

*This box was sent complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are mine and based on my own personal experiences.


  1. I'm not within shipping distance... not even close, but I would love this! I've been considering Hello Fresh (or Plated or Blue Apron) but those don't promise: "non-GMO produce, responsibly raised, hormone free meats and sustainably sourced seafood." (Sigh)

    1. I think Peachdish comes the closest but I'm not sure of their shipping area. I really liked them because everything was locally sourced but shipping from Georgia to WA got insane so I stopped.
      I absolutely love this kind of meal service, though. If it's substituting for going out, it's totally worth it.