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This week I chose from the Vegetarian plan: shakshuka with feta and toasted pita, sweet potato-scallion fritters with apple brussels sprouts slaw, and pappardelle with collard greens, and almond-olive relish.
SunBasket also encourages recycling and provided stickers this month to keep the insulation rolled when throwing into your recycling bin.
Meal #1: Shakshuka with Feta and Toasted Pita
The first meal I prepared was the Shakshuka. Shakshuka is one of my favorite dishes to make and eat - so it was a given that I would enjoy it.
Here are my poaching eggs. This dish was very simple - the most work was dicing the onion, pepper, and garlic. Everything else was just dumped into the pot and simmered. In total, this dish probably took me 20 minutes, with some of that time inactive because the eggs were poaching.
I loved this dish. The addition of the roasted red peppers was really good and different from my usual recipe. I will definitely use this recipe again.
Meal #2: Sweet Potato-Scallion Fritters with Apple Brussels Sprouts Slaw
Next up, I made the fritters. This took a bit longer to make, with quite a bit more prep work. I had to shred the sweet potatoes, slice the apple, and slice the brussels sprouts.
Next, I had to make the fritter mixture, which didn't take a very long time. All in all, this dish probably took me 30 minutes. I find that the estimate that Sunbasket gives is usually a generous estimate and it takes less time for me.
I have to be honest; I didn't really enjoy this meal. The fritters didn't come together as I would have hoped and the apple slaw was tasteless and odd.
Meal #3: Pappardelle with Collard Greens, and Almond-olive Relish
I had high hopes for the Pappardelle dish - I made this one last. This dish took a little longer - I would estimate about 40 minutes. I had to caramelize onions, boil pasta, and make the relish.
Here are my caramelizing onions. While the heat worked its magic on the onions, I worked on the relish.
The relish had some kalamata olives, almonds, herbs, and lemon zest.
This dish, for as much time was involved, was really a let down as well. The collard greens were a really odd addition and the flavors didn't all meld together well. I think I took one bite and threw the rest away.
Verdict: This month the only dish I really enjoyed was the shakshuka. The other two dishes were a bit of a let down for me. Overall, I have liked most of the meals I receive from SunBasket and they are always quite creative. Many times they include mixtures of ingredients that I would have never considered before. I like that this subscription makes me get out of my cooking rut and to try new things. As far as value goes, I find that this is right on par with some of the other meal subscriptions out there like Plated, Blue Apron, etc.
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