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SunBasket Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2017

Bekki Menzies
ByBekki MenziesFeb 15, 2017 | 3 comments

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Sunbasket
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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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This review is of the SunBasket Vegetarian for two people, $68.94 a week, box. 

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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 $90 off and 4 free gifts on first-time order of $65 or more. No coupon needed - just use this link.

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 week I chose: soft cooked polenta with red marinara sauce and eggs, Provencal vegetable-bean soup with pistou, and spinach risotto with fresh ricotta, and hazelnuts. SunBasket also encourages recycling and provided stickers this month to keep the insulation rolled when throwing into your recycling bin.

Meal #1: Polenta with Red-Pepper Marinara and Eggs

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The first meal I made this week was the soft cooked polenta with red marinara sauce and eggs. First, I started the polenta cooking. Then I started the marinara by chopping all of the vegetables: leeks, peppers, carrots, and garlic. I sauteed the veggies for about 5-7 minutes to soften. 

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After sauteeing, I added in the tomatoes, water, and chili flakes. At this point, the recipe said you could either fry your eggs or poach them in the sauce. I knew at this point that the sauce was too chunky for my liking, so I went in with an immersion blender.

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You can see that I left some of the chunks, but I did blend it a bit for a smoother consistency. Then I poached my eggs in the sauce.

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Here’s my finished product. I ended up topping this with a bit of Romano cheese for an extra creamy kick, but it was excellent on its own. I enjoyed the flavors and the texture of the sauce after I pureed a bit of it. The meal took me about 30 minutes from start to finish and I found it pretty easy to prepare. 

Meal #2: Provencal Vegetable Bean Soup with Pistou

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Next up, I made the Provencal vegetable-bean soup with pistou. The first step was to dice some veggies and saute them to soften. Then it was on to adding the seasoning, tomato paste, vegetable broth, and water.

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The green beans and cabbage went in last and I cooked these until just softened. 

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Here’s the finished dish. I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I will say that I think it had way too much cabbage – but the flavor was excellent. I really loved the flavor of the pistou and wish SunBasket would have included the recipe for it – I would definitely make it again! This meal probably took 20 minutes – it was very simple to prepare!

Meal #3: Spinach Risotto with Fresh Ricotta and Hazelnuts

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The last meal I made was the spinach risotto with fresh ricotta, and hazelnuts. This ended up being our Valentine’s Day meal since I was traveling for work on the actual holiday. I make risotto quite often, so I realized pretty quickly that this risotto was made a little different than my regular recipe. It did start off the same, though: sauteeing shallots and garlic in a bit of butter and oil and then adding in the rice. The rice cooks in the butter and oil until it’s translucent around the edges. 

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Next, the recipe had me add in all of the cold water/broth at once. This is a departure from my usual recipe. First, I usually deglaze my pan with white wine and secondly, I always add warm vegetable broth in slowly until it’s completely absorbed. This method was a little easier but I do think that the final product suffered for it. 

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The last step was to add the parmesan cheese, spinach, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and finish it off with the ricotta cheese and chopped hazelnuts. Since my husband is not a fan of spinach and this was our ‘celebratory’ meal this week, I had pity on him and steamed the spinach on the side and then added it to my risotto. I have to be honest – I wasn’t a huge fan of this. The risotto wasn’t as creamy as usual and the hazelnuts seemed like a random addition at the end. It didn’t blend well. In total, this meal took me around 25 minutes from start to finish.

Verdict: 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 PlatedBlue Apron, etc. 

Have you tried SunBasket yet?

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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!

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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3 comments

Christianne

I’ve tried several diy meal delivery services (hello fresh, blue apron, hungryroot) and sun basket is definitely my fave! They’re one of the only services that has a paleo/low-carb option, which is important to me. I’ve been getting their paleo meals delivered weekly for the past three months. The paleo recipes are amazing for the most part. I think there have only been two meals that I wasn’t crazy about. Sun basket’s recipes seem more inventive and closer to restaurant quality than hello fresh or blue apron, imho. Of course, my experience with sun basket has been limited to their paleo menu. I haven’t tried their other options. FWIW, I canceled my other meal subs once I started using sun basket. My husband also loves sun basket’s paleo meals even though he’s a carb freak 🙂

anna

Love the review!
Went to their website to see if there is a waitlist for when they will deliver to Texas – apparently they already do as I was able to place an order!

Really like they have a Paleo option. I’m not *always* paleo, but definitely feel better if I eat that way.

Zo

I love this box but it’s so much more expensive than Marley Spoon and Home Chef that I’ve only been ordering from the latter two.

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