I've been on a renewed kick to try out several meal delivery services. I just canceled my Blue Apron account, even though I loved it so much in the beginning. I also started Hello Fresh but feel like it's very similar to Blue Apron. What turned me off? Too many carbs. I don't want to pay $60 a week on meals that seem to always have pasta, rice or potatoes. That sh*t is dirt cheap at the grocery store and I like to eat those items sparingly.
So, now we're trying Sun Basket.
(Note: If you want to try it and want a referral link, here ya go: sunbasket.com/3free/Michelle641235 I get some a credit, too, but I think you might get some money off)
I liked the options - paleo and gluten-free piqued my interest. I mean, if I'm going to pay $40 to $60 a week on something like this, I want it to be somewhat healthy otherwise I'd spend that money on damn good takeout.
Side note, I've recently tried to cut out a lot of gluten simply because my acupuncturist believes gluten may play a role in fertility issues. For now she says cut it. Anyway, I'll share that story some other time.
For now, I kind of dig Sun Basket. And not just for the food. I really dig the packaging. It's easy to unpack, and they've made it easy to recycle.
Note that the lining is recyclable and Sun Basket provides stickers to help you roll it up and put it in the recycling bin.
I also really like the ice packs. The ones that come in Blue Apron and Hello Fresh are ginormous and annoy the crap out of me because they're a pain to tear down or re-use. I like these from Sun Basket because I could easily re-use them in my picnic cooler!
I also liked how everything I needed for one recipe was in one bag. Hello Fresh does this, too. Blue Apron does a minimal version of this with knick knack bags but I recall moments of fishing for my ingredients.
And another plus for Sun Basket -- the food was something I'd never make on my own. Blue Apron was like that for me at first, but then it all started to look the same. I could have this problem with Sun Basket, too, since this is only my first order.
The first meal I made from Sun Basket was gluten-free, vegetarian and soy free. And amazingly filling and delicious! Plus, it was a quick dish - I literally put in the tomatoes, eggs and pistou and walked away.
In the end, I didn't make a pretty dish but it was pretty good and a nice way to change up the work week. I won't try to speak in favor of it too soon but so far, so good.
And one quick note - we liked the dish so much that I adapted a version of this for our breakfast. I didn't have any leftover pistou so I just used fresh spinach, tomatoes and eggs. It was pretty good!