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SunBasket Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2016

Bekki Menzies
ByBekki MenziesJul 25, 2016 | 6 comments


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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

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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).

This is a review of the Vegetarian plan.

This week I chose: Coconut rice with okra and paneer, Pho with five-spice braised tofu, and Tuscan bread and vegetable soup. 

Coconut Rice with Okra and Paneer


I made the coconut rice with okra and paneer first. I've never cooked with okra before, so I didn't know what to expect. After I boiled it for a while, it got a slimy substance on the outside of it! I started my coconut rice while boiling the water for the okra. I will say that they tell you rather late in the recipe to start boiling a large amount of water, so these are recipes where you want to read through the whole thing first - don't just start on what they say to do first.  


After boiling the okra, I added it to my enameled cast iron pot to brown it a bit, and then added the tofu. From there, I added ingredients to the pan to make the 'sauce.' The sauce was very, very light.


This dish could have had a lot more flavor for my tastes. After adding some seasoning after trying it the first time, it did get better. I generally make my lunch and then take it upstairs to eat it. I brought this one upstairs and it was actually so flavorless that I make the trek downstairs to season it - I couldn't stomach the thought of eating it as is. The rice was really plain, and there wasn't enough sauce. I definitely liked the okra though!

Pho with Five-Spice Braised Tofu


I made the pho with five-spice braised tofu next. I started my broth and made sure to infuse it as long as I possibly could. They state in the recipe that this isn't authentic pho, because the broth is less intense. 


After sautéing the bok choy and making the broth, I added the noodles to the broth. The noodles did need a bit longer cook time than SunBasket recommended - they probably could have cooked for 7-8 minutes vs. 4-5 minutes. I added the tofu and edamame to the broth at the end of the process as recommended.  


To call this five-spice braised tofu is not accurate - the tofu is only in the broth for about 2-3 minutes, until warmed through. Thus, the tofu did not have the time to soak in the flavors.  This dish was just ok for me. Trying to eat the bok choy as they recommend, just cut in half, was practically impossible in soup. The broth was delicious though.

Tuscan Bread and Vegetable Soup


Last I made the Tuscan bread and vegetable soup. I prepped all of my vegetables at the start of this and preheated my oven for the croutons. After that, I started cooking the vegetables and the broth. 


Once the veggies and broth were ready, I added in my beans and the cabbage and let that cook for a bit - probably 4-5 minutes.  


To serve this dish, I put the croutons in the bottom of the bowl, ladled the soup on top, and then topped with the parmesan shavings. This was my favorite meal this week - it was very flavorful and I really liked the textural difference in the softened veggies, the slightly snappy cabbage, and the croutons.

Verdict: I enjoyed my SunBasket this week, each of the meals were new to me and I enjoyed the process of making each of them. It is a bit odd to me that SunBasket had two soups on the menu during a Summer month. This week, we are supposed to get up to 111 - I don't know about you, but I do not crave soup when it's that hot outside! Either way, I did enjoy these three meals. 

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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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Wow. Surprised at the okra dish feedback. Mine came out great! I also reviewed a salmon and shrimp taco meal and both were really good! I thought $5.99 was reasonable considering another more expensive frozen meal delivery sub just charged me over $20 and the food was nowhere near as good and arrived thawed without a single hint of dry ice left. ll admit I’ve only had one sun basket so far tho.

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Okra is one of my favorite vegetables both stewed and fried. I grew up on okra so the sliminess doesn’t bother me. If you are stewing okra a little bacon grease, salt, pepper and touch of sugar does the trick.

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I had the okra and the pho dish. The okra dish was so awful I threw it out and immediately emailed them about it. The textures were horrible and the taste just as bad. They credited me for that meal, so that’s cool.

I love pho so I was disappointed with this one. Definitely too light tasting for the broth. I guess authentic pho flavor is hard for vegetarians though.

Oh one thing you might want to add. Did you see how they will now charge $5.99 for shipping on the boxes? I’m not thrilled with that considering how many other plans offer free shipping and Sun Basket is already on the high end of pricing…

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Yeah, I’m not thrilled with the 5.99 shipping charge. It’s kind of surprising that they are going that way. I’ve actually canceled my upcoming Sun Basket meals to check out some other boxes because of the charge.

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Julie B

I also made the Tuscan soup from my Sunbasket, making it gluten free by omitting the bread. It was the best vegetable soup I ever made, even though it didn’t really have special spices added. And it made enough for another night!

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I can’t eat okra because of the sliminess. (It is pretty much always like that unless it is deep fried.) It’s a texture thing for me.

The half bok choy thing is a little weird.

I do eat a lot of soups in summer but I eat them all the time. They are usually super low in calories (at least the ones we come up with at home), so it is nice if you are trying to lose weight.

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