If you know me, you know I am the Queen of the Whole Foods salad bar. The master of healthy(ish) take-out orders. The boss of pre-made organic meals. I find myself so busy that it just makes sense to grab something and go rather than scour the internet for a recipe, shop for ingredients, take them home, measure everything out, cook for 45 minutes and then finally sit down to eat at 9pm. Granted, I could meal prep on Sundays like all the other bloggers and instagrammers out there but my Sundays are sacred and I’d like to keep them that way, mmkay?
I truly do want to learn how to cook but I become completely overwhelmed with the insane amount of recipes on Pinterest and food blogs and I end up wanting to crawl in a hole and order a pizza instead. There are too many options! So when I started seeing all of these meal delivery services popping up, I was intrigued. They deliver a box of fresh produce and ingredients in just the right portion for you to cook a meal yourself. They send the recipe and the goods and you just have to put it together. It’s brilliant!
I have tried a couple of these services out and so far my favorite is Sun Basket because you actually get to choose which meals you’d like to make. No surprises here. The box comes with each recipe worth of ingredients bagged separately so just throw the ingredients in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
I chose mostly veggie recipes for Brittany and one with salmon because I love it and since B won’t eat it, more for me! None of the recipes took more then 45 minutes or required any special tools or equipment. Hallelujah because when it comes to my kitchen, I am as basic as they come.
The first night with Sun Basket, Brittany made roasted salmon with spinach couscous and date-apple salad. The salmon was all mine but there was still plenty of couscous and apple salad for her to be satisfied and full.
The next night, I whipped up the Indian red lentil and chard stew with naan. Soooo good! This was one was a super easy, one-pot meal and right up my alley.
The third meal was all Brittany and she nailed it. I’ve always struggled with cooking tofu but this recipe and these ingredients resulted in the perfect texture and flavor. The final dish was a honey-ginger tofu with roasted bok choy and forbidden rice. Tres magnifique! (I feel like saying things in french just makes me more legit.)
One of my concerns was that they wouldn’t send enough food. I have this strange fear of being hungry, you guys (I should probably see someone about it) and a huge appetite. The delivery supposedly provides enough ingredients for 2 people to have 3 meals each. Turns out, I was able to get dinner out of a meal and also have leftovers for the next day. The portions are more than adequate; they’re pretty generous even for this hungry girl.
Here’s some info straight from the Sun Basket website (which is a BEAUTIFUL site, by the way):
Thank you to the fine folks at Sun Basket for letting me try out their insanely cool (and delicious) service. Here’s the best part though, they’re letting me GIVE AWAY a box to one of my lucky readers! Woo woo! I will be choosing a winner next week. There are a bunch of ways to enter and you can do as many or as few as you’d like. Get on it. Best of luck! This a really good one.
**Heads up: This giveaway is only open to residents of CA, WA, CO, UT, OR, AZ, NV, & ID