Sun Basket Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2019


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Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - UNOPENED BOX

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

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - OPEN BOX

This review is of Sun Basket’s recipe offerings for two people, from the March 25 menu.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - BIG REVEAL

About Sun Basket

The Subscription Box: Sun Basket

The Cost: $11.99 per meal = $71.94/week for 2 people, or $143.88 for 4 people, plus a $6.99 delivery fee.


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

Ships to: most zip codes in the U.S., excluding AK, HI, MT, and parts of ND and NM.

Good to know: There are 9 options you can choose from for your Sun Basket plan: Gluten Free, Paleo, Lean & Clean, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Vegan, Pescetarian, Diabetes-Friendly, and Quick & Easy.

Sun Basket March 2019 Review

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - WELCOME

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - INFO BOOK 1 Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - INFO BOOK 2

There’s an info book at the top of the box to greet you, which contains some quick advice for unpacking the box and prioritizing dishes, account management info, plus a handy guide for recycling the packaging and materials. Sun Basket encourages recycling, so all of its contents (food packaging, shipping materials, insulation and freezer packs, etc.) are recyclable.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - MENU BOOKLET 1

The menu booklet included all of the recipes for every dish offered during this particular week, some interesting cultural tidbits about Persian new year to bolster the theme of the dishes, and an infographic of cooking basics (which I referenced quite a few times!).

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - BOX DIVIDER Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - MEATS

As you saw above, the meals were packaged in a trio of labeled paper bags, which were separated from the meats and an ice pack by a cardboard divider. Everything arrived well-chilled and very organized.

Let’s get this culinary adventure started!

Meal #1: Chicken Gundi Dumpling Soup with Fresh Fusilli and Mint

Calories: 700 per serving

Time to table, according to Sun Basket: 35-50 minutes

Actual time to table: 1 hour

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP BAG Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP INGREDIENTS Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP RECIPE

I’ll preface this recipe by saying, it would not have taken me an entire hour to get this meal together, had I not sliced my finger while trying to open the mirepoix container. That tacked on some extra minutes, as did spilling water all over my kitchen. But hey, these things happen.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP LEEKS

To begin, I removed the root end of the leek, sliced it into ¼” half-moon shapes, then transferred the slices into a bowl of cold water. This was to remove any additional dirt from the leeks. I gave them an occasional stir to encourage whatever dirt was left to sink to the bottom of the bowl.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP PREP

As the leeks were soaking, I patted the ground chicken dry with a paper towel and coarsely chopped both shallots. The recipe said to only chop 1/4 cup’s worth, but extra shallots never hurt anybody, right?

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP MIX

In a separate bowl, I whisked the egg until lightly beaten, then combined it with the gundhi spice blend, chickpea flour, and shallots. To this, I added the chicken and worked everything together until entirely incorporated. The ground chicken was like a thick paste and stuck to the bowl and my hands, but not really to itself.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP DUMPLING PREP

With wet hands, I did my best to roll the ground chicken mixture into balls, but it was a terrible mess and the dumplings did not want to neatly roll together. I also skimmed the leeks from the top of the water bowl and patted them dry.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP VEGGIE SAUTE

In a medium-sized pot, I sauteed the leeks and mirepoix over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Some salt and pepper were added to the vegetables as well.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP BROTH

I then poured in the chicken broth and 2.5 cups of water before bringing everything to a boil, then down to a bubbling simmer.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP DUMPLING BOIL

At this stage, I tossed the chicken dumplings into the pot to cook until firm and nearly cooked through. After 7 minutes or so, I stirred in the fresh fusilli to cook for another 5 minutes. Off to the side, I removed the mint leaves from their stems and gave them a coarse chop.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP FINISHED

It’s a pretty good looking dish with those mint leaves on top! The portions were incredibly generous, and the meal itself was indeed filling between the dense chicken dumplings and the fresh fusilli. My boyfriend said the flavor was on the “beige” side, and I agreed. More gundhi seasoning for the chicken dumplings (and maybe some for the broth) would have been an improvement. It wasn’t my favorite dish of the month due to the blandness, but I did enjoy how hearty and obviously healthy it was.

Meal #2: Lamb Meatballs with Estamboli Polow Tomato Rice

Calories: 670 per serving

Time to table, according to Sun Basket: 30-45 minutes

Actual time to table: 53 minutes

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL BAG Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL INGREDIENTS Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL RECIPE

I’ve never cooked with lamb before, and this recipe made it seem far less daunting than going into the experience completely unprepared.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL RICE COOKER

Rather than cook the rice on my stove and risk messing it up, I made it in my rice cooker! After combining the rice and the tomato-turmeric sauce base with two cups of water plus two tablespoons of water, I gave everything a good mix, closed the lid, and let it do its thing off to the side.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL PREP

Because my electric stove is moody and difficult to control, I let a large skillet take its time heating up while doing the prep work for this recipe. I chopped half the spinach, setting aside the other half for the sauce, coarsely chopped half the cilantro, reserving the other half for garnish, and patted the ground lamb dry with paper towels.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL SPINACH MIX

In a large mixing bowl, I whisked together the egg, meatball spice blend, almond meal, chopped spinach, and half the cilantro.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL FULL MIX

Then went in the lamb. I seasoned the mixture generously with salt and pepper, then formed it into 1-inch meatballs using wet hands and a little bit of patience. The spinach didn’t want to stick to the lamb, so there was a lot of strategic pressing to get everything to stay together.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL ROLLED

Here are my meatballs, all set to brown. I started out with an uneven number (13 total) but one meatball fell apart in the pan, so divvying everything up was easy in the end.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL BROWNING

By the time the meatballs were rolled, my large skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil was hot and ready to go. I cooked all of the meatballs for 3 minutes on one side, then 3 more minutes on the other side. They were then transferred to a plate, not entirely cooked through, but browned enough to hold their shape.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL MIREPOIX

Using the same skillet without cleaning it, I added the mirepoix, then seasoned it with salt and pepper. This cooked for about 4 minutes until it started to soften.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL RICE DONE

The rice cooked up in no time at all, with zero room for error in my rice cooker! Just how I like it. Here it is, looking beautiful after a quick fluff.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL SAUCE

Once the mirepoix had begun to soften, I added the meatballs back in, followed by the chicken broth. After bringing everything to a boil, I reduced the heat to a simmer, and let everything cook through for 7 minutes. The sauce had started to thicken at around 5 minutes, but I wanted to be sure the meatballs were totally done, so everything got an additional 2 minutes to heat and hang out. At the end, I stirred in the other half of the spinach and removed the skillet from the heat.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - LAMB MEATBALL FINISHED

To serve, I transferred the rice into two bowls, topped it with the sauce, veggies, and meatballs, and finished it all off with the cilantro garnish. This dish was so flavorful and came together pretty easily. The portions were perfect—just enough to keep my boyfriend and I satisfied for an entire evening, which is no easy feat. It wasn’t too heavy, and we both felt great afterward. Color me impressed!

Meal #3: Braised Tofu Mee Goreng with Fresh Ramen and Sugar Snap Peas

Calories: 580 per serving

Time to table, according to Sun Basket: 25-40 minutes

Actual time to table: 40 minutes

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN BAG Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN INGREDIENTS Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN RECIPE

I’m not a huge fan of tofu, but this dish looked too delicious to pass up. Also, I haven’t seen mee goreng offered anywhere since I visited Indonesia back in 2013. Who am I to deny nostalgia?

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN CRUMBLES

I began boiling a covered pot of water and heating a large skillet before getting into any of the ingredient prep. Letting my terrible stove work ahead of the recipe saves me quite a bit of time. With those two items heating, I crumbled the tofu into small pieces. It had a wonderful aroma from the light caramel broth in which it was braised. I could really smell the Asian five-spice powder. Really took me back to a different time in my life!

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN VEGGIE PREP

The recipe called for chopping up 3/4 cup of the onion provided, but I went ahead and chopped the whole thing because I didn’t feel like having any ingredients leftover. Plus, onions are good for you—why not use all of it, you know? I also trimmed the root ends from the scallions, then chopped them on a diagonal, separating the white and green parts.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN SKILLET CRUMBLES

I cooked the braised tofu crumbles in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over what was supposed to be medium-high heat but wound up just being medium heat for 5 minutes. It didn’t get as crisped and browned as I would have liked, but to keep the operation moving, I transferred the tofu to a paper-towel-lined plate and forged ahead.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN NOODLE BOIL

As the braised tofu was cooking, I tossed the ramen noodles into the pot of boiling water to cook for 3 and a half minutes. Once finished, I drained the noodles into a colander, rinsed them with cold water, and returned them to their pot away from the heat.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN VEGGIES COOK

In the same skillet used for the tofu, I dropped in the onion and scallions with a little bit of olive oil, plus some salt and pepper. They cooked for about 5 minutes before I added the sugar snap peas. The veggie trio hung out in the pan together, continuing to cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN GARNISH

In the meantime, I sliced the lime into quarters, cut the serrano chile in half, removed the stem, ribs, and seeds, and cut it into thin strips.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN CABBAGE NOODLES

After the sugar snap peas achieved crisp tenderness, I added in the cabbage and ramen noodles with half of the serrano chile slices. This all cooked together until the cabbage began to wilt and the ramen heated through.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN TWO PANS

Because I wasn’t entirely satisfied with how the tofu cooked the first time, I grabbed a smaller skillet, warmed it up to high heat, then continued to let the tofu cook while the vegetables sauteed. This didn’t add any additional cook time but did allow me to better crisp the tofu to my liking.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN SAUCE

At the end, I stirred in the mee goreng blend (a sauce comprised of tamari, maple syrup, sambal oelek, ketchup, rice vinegar, and sesame oil) and the tofu from the other pan. Everything was seasoned with salt and pepper one last time.

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - TOFU RAMEN FINISHED

What a beautiful meal! I really loved the spicy, sweet, and savory qualities of the mee goreng blend. The tofu had a lot of flavor from its braising broth, and was a nice, soft contrast to the crunchiness of the snap peas. The serrano chile was no joke—usually with meal subscription kits, dishes tend to skew on the less spicy side to appeal to a wider range of palates, with room to customize. I like to use up all the ingredients provided, but made an exception with the chile, because the few slices I did toss into the skillet and on top of my bowl were very hot. The lime wedges were a nice, bright touch, and the portions were once again spot-on. Another winner!

Verdict: My experience with Sun Basket was really great! It was a marked improvement since the last time I tried it, when my two major complaints were the small portions and bland flavors. This time around, the flavors were interesting and complex (with the exception of the chicken soup), and every meal was perfectly filling. I also loved how all aspects of Sun Basket’s packaging are recyclable/compostable. The ingredients were unique and the instructions were super easy to follow. It was great to have the meals on-hand after a busy day. Overall, I won’t substitute a weekly grocery trip for Sun Basket, but I do recommend it for chaotic weeks when reaching for a healthy meal is needed above all else.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Since Sun Basket menus change weekly and you must choose from them ahead of time, you won’t be able to order these dishes unless they are offered again in the future.

Coupon – Use this link to save $35 on your first Sun Basket box!

Value Breakdown: At $71.94 for this box, you’re paying $11.99 per meal.

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Written by Savannah Sprowls

Savannah Sprowls

Savannah spends her days testing the creative limits of an all-black wardrobe, rattling about years spent overseas, and whipping up carb-heavy meals at home. Degustabox was her first foray into the world of monthly subscription boxes, and she still gets wildly excited every time a package arrives.

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10 Comments

  1. I tried Sun Basket for awhile about a year ago. Everything we tried was pretty good but the “cooking” is more involved than I prefer. I want a meal kit for the convenience and ease of cooking not necessarily to learn new recipes or techniques. Also, I had some problems with the items not arriving super cold. I’m sure it had something to do with the 100 degree summer heat where I live.

  2. I love Sun Basket!! But I also subscribe to Blue Apron and Gobble. I choose a different box (or none) every week, depending on which recipes look good. I work full-time and have a one-hour commute so really love having a prepped recipe ready when I get home.

    This week Sun Basket had so many recipes I wanted I actually ordered 4! And I always choose recipes that take 35 min or less to prepare, so I love they have a good number of options for that. (Gobble does win on easy recipes though; they’re just a bit less healthy I think).

    My recipes this week are: steak panang curry with jasmine rice, steak fajitas with cucumber salsa, shrimp pad thai with rice noodles and sugar snap peas, and chorizo chili with tomatillos and black beans. Can’t wait!! They also do usually have good veggie options too if that’s what I’m feeling.

    • Your recipes sound amazing, Jen! I haven’t heard of Gobble, but I’m definitely going to look into it. My schedule has been wild recently, so anything that meets at the cross section of easy and mostly healthy is welcome in my home.

  3. I cancelled by Sunbasket. They used to be my favorite but their recipes are totally lacking lately 🙁

    • I can understand that, ks. With a lot of reflection, the first Sun Basket experience I had wasn’t that great, especially compared to some other meal subscription delivery kits I’ve tried. This recent delivery was overwhelmingly positive though, so maybe it’s worth giving it another go? It was for me!

  4. I see how the 2nd dish has a bit Persian food inspiration, but I’m not aware as to how the other two dishes are relative to Persian food/Persian new year?

    • Hi, Shiva! The majority of the recipes offered for this particular week had Persian inspiration—I just happened to choose only one of them.

  5. The mee gorang looked really good! I tried sunbasket late last year and found that it was often sparsely sourced when it came to flavorings like spice packets, etc. I liked the variety of vegetarian meals I could get though.

    I have noticed that MSA really isn’t reviewing many meal subscriptions lately and it’s too bad because those are some of my favorite reviews. I would love to see some of the newer kits like hungry root and gobbles lunch plan reviewed, if MSA is looking for new things to review.

    • Definitely second this!

    • Thanks for your suggestion, Drminniecooper! I review Home Chef and Blue Apron every month if those are of interest to you. They’re definitely my favorite reviews to write. 🙂
      I’ll look into Hungry Root and Gobble—who knows, maybe you’ll see those services reviewed here soon!

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