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SunBasket Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2016

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SunBasket delivers fresh, seasonal ingredients to your door each week to create three unique and delicious meals.  

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The Subscription Box: SunBasket

The Cost: $11.49 per meal with free shipping = $68.94/week for 2 people, or $137.88 for 4 people, plus a $5.99 delivery fee

COUPON: Get three meals free with your first box. No coupon required, just link here!

The Products: High quality, non-GMO, organic ingredients for delicious meals!

Ships to: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VA, WV, VT, & parts of AK, AL, MI, MS

Good to know: There are 5 options you can choose from for your SunBasket plan: Chef’s Choice (3 seasonal dinner recipes), Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten Free, and Rise and Shine (2 breakfasts and 2 dinners).

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This is a review of the Vegetarian plan. This week I chose: Roasted fall vegetables with pearl couscous and lemon-yogurt sauce, Cauliflower and goat cheese gratin with arugula-almond salad, and Pappardelle with cremini mushrooms, ricotta, and rosemary.

SunBasket also encourages recycling and provided stickers this month to keep the insulation rolled when throwing into your recycling bin. 

Meal #1: Pappardelle with Cremini Mushrooms, Ricotta and Rosemary

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The first meal I made was the Pappardelle  with cremini mushrooms, ricotta, and rosemary. It took me about 30 minutes from beginning to end, with the longest part waiting for the water to boil and chopping veggies.

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This meal required a bit of chopping – it was all easy though and went quickly. 

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Here’s the finished product. This pappardelle pasta was decent but it wasn’t something to write home about. The flavors lacked a bit of oomph for me. I would probably try to make this again but add a drizzle of white lemon balsamic vinegar on top!

Meal #2: Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Gratin with Arugula Almond Salad

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Next, I made the Cauliflower and goat cheese gratin with arugula-almond salad. The longest part of this meal was waiting for the cauliflower to roast.  

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Honestly, the most labor intensive part of this meal was segmenting the cauliflower – which, let’s be honest, wasn’t very labor intensive at all!

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I really loved the flavors in this gratin. The spice blend of cardamom and cinnamon worked really well with the roasted cauliflower and goat cheese. The arugula in the gratin probably could have been skipped but it did add a bit of added nutrition. The salad was a bit of a different story – it was a little pathetic and seemed like a last minute addition. It was only arugula and almonds, with a bit of balsamic and oil. I think it would have felt more like a salad with a few other items thrown in.

Meal #3: Roasted Fall Vegetables with Pearl Couscous and Lemon Yogurt Sauce

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The last meal I made was the roasted fall vegetables with pearl couscous and lemon-yogurt sauce. Here’s my eggplant and delicata squash ready for the oven.

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All the vegetable chopping for this meal was pretty intensive – trying to cut a delicata squash with a not-so-amazing knife is not recommended. All-in-all it probably took me 45 minutes to finish this meal, with the longest part being the veggies roasting.

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The couscous with the chickpeas was a nice base for the roasted veggies but overall, the flavors lacked here. Also, the inclusion of eggplant and delicata squash was a weird texture combination. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I don’t usually love eggplant, though.) This was more of a meal that I would throw together with pantry staples and whatever veggies I had left after a week with no grocery shopping. 

Verdict: The gratin really won the week for me here. I loved the creamy goat cheese mixed with the cauliflower and the aromatic spices. The other two meals lacked a little something but with some experimenting they might be winners. The roasted veggies would have been great with some roasted beets and parsnips thrown in with the delicata squash and goat cheese as a topper instead of the lemon yogurt. That’s just my opinion though and overall I felt this box was very seasonally appropriate! 

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Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!
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7 Comments

  1. I really love Sun Basket. Sometimes if I don’t love the receipe but love the ingredients I just use them to create my own meal. I feel like the portions are large and meals are easy to prep and cook. I don’t eat a lot of meat but have enjoyed the chicken, shrimp, and pork meals. They just had a really good one this week with Italian sausage. I’ve also only had one problem with some greens that started turning the day I got the box and they gave me a credit.

  2. Thank you for your review. I think I will stick with Green Chef. Very pleased with flavorful recipes, shipping and contents have been great. High quality meats and the produce has been fresh. I appreciate they are not afraid of spices and different flavor profiles. Easy to skip when needed or to change menus around a bit.

  3. I wish you had another reviewer for this site who could review sunbasket’s meat options. I enjoy reading the vegetarian reviews but I’d really like to know how their meals with meat stack up to other meal delivery subs.

    • Wow, I had no idea they even offered meat options! From the reviews I just assumed it was all vegetarian. :O Definitely going to check out the full menu now!

    • I’ve had some really awesome meals from Sunbasket with meat in them, including beef and salmon. We rank Sunbasket probably at the top of our meal subscription list right now – they do a terrific job with flavors and healthy ingredients. We did have an issue once with some greens that had gone bad, and the company credited us $15. That’s the only problem we’ve had, and I was really happy with the customer service experience.

  4. Wow, the menus for this box look perfect for our household. After nothing but delivery problems that Hello Fresh won’t seem to fix for our address; I’ve been looking for an alternative to them. I love that Hello Fresh does more healthful meals, and this Sun Basket box looks right in line with that. I’m so glad to see that they deliver to my state. Thank you so much for this great review!

  5. These recipes look really yummy, I’m sad they don’t deliver to Texas 🙁

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