Meal Kit Delivery Review – Sunbasket

Today is round three of our meal kit delivery review series! Today’s review is of Sunbasket. Sunbasket’s boast is that they’re a healthy meal delivery service using organic produce and high-quality ingredients. As you look through the menu, you can find meals that are paleo, vegetarian, “lean and clean,” gluten-free, carb-conscious, diabetes-friendly, and fresh and ready (which means all the prep work has been done for you and you just have to throw it in the oven).

If you missed my reviews of Home Chef and Hello Fresh, you can find them here and here!

For our Sunbasket delivery, we picked Mu Shu Pork Bowls with Hoison Sauce, Yucatecan Salmon with Tomatillo Verde Sauce and Zucchini, and Shrimp Diablo Tacos with Roasted Peppers and Queso Fresco, which was one of the fresh and ready, pre-prepped meals.

Overall, neither one of us were big fans of this one. Sorry, Sunbasket. I can’t really pinpoint what it was that I wasn’t a fan of, but the flavors just weren’t there. And to be totally transparent, a lot of things kept popping up during the week, so we ended up throwing away the salmon because we felt uncomfortable with how long it sat in our refrigerator.

The above photo shows how everything is packaged – all the ingredients, minus the meat, were packaged in the brown bags so that everything stays together, and the meat is all at the bottom, closest to the freezer packs. The zucchini arrived looking pretty rough.

The first meal we tried out was the shrimp diablo tacos. This was one of the easy prep meals – as you can see below, everything was already prepared, all we had to do was remove the plastic wrap and throw the shrimp in the oven, then pile it on the shells and add the toppings.

These were ok. There was something about the texture of the tortillas that I wasn’t fond of, but overall it was a decent meal and was super easy to throw together after a long day.

We each got three tacos, so it was also filling.

The second meal we tried was the Mu Shu Pork Bowls with Hoison Sauce. This one was also pretty good, even though I don’t think my husband was a big fan. The serving size didn’t leave us hungry, and the flavors were interesting and different than what I would usually gravitate towards cooking.

One additional positive for Sunbasket is that they send the sauces in the little containers, so again, I’m not buying sauce that I end up using for one recipe and then throwing away after it sits for months in the refrigerator. They also don’t send everything in excessive packaging, so there’s not as much waste.

And like I said earlier, the week got busy, and we didn’t get to cook the salmon. One thing I’d like for some of these meal delivery services to include is how long the meat is ok to sit in your refrigerator. Unless I’m just not seeing it, none of the services provide any information on how long the meat will last, which would be really helpful for those of us who tend to be on the nervous side with meat and expiration dates.

And that’s Sunbasket! We ended up canceling our subscription after this first delivery. It’s not that the meals were bad, but I’m a decent cook and knew I could make meals that were more flavorful and enjoyable.

Have you ever tried Sunbasket? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments!

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