In a Nutshell
- Produce is organic and fresh
- Subscription can be canceled at any time
- Added delivery costs
- Doesn’t deliver to some states
- Gluten-free meals prepared in facility that handles wheat
Sun Basket is a healthy cooking service that delivers organic ingredients and simple-to-make recipes right to your door. It has 2 meal plans – “classic” and “family” – with varying amounts of recipes per week and servings per recipe. Sun Basket’s award-winning chef creates international recipes, from curried vegetables to mu shu pork, with all recipes using seasonal ingredients. It believes in delivering wholesome food to its customers, while strongly emphasizing environmentally conscious company values.
- Paleo, gluten-free, or vegetarian diets
- Adults of all ages who have little time to grocery shop and cook
- Parents who want menu variety for their families
What’s Unique About Sun Basket?
Sun Basket is an environmentally-conscious company. It takes steps to ensure that all of the ingredients that go into your meal delivery kit are ethically and sustainably sourced. It also ships all meals in insulated and fully recyclable boxes - including the insulation, ice packs, and containers - so you don’t need to worry about environmental damage. Sun Basket has lots of recipe options to fit your desired tastes and food preferences. Its award-winning chef develops the recipes - whether paleo, gluten-free or vegetarian - and ensures that all recipes are nutritionist-approved. Every recipe is developed by award-winning chef, Justine Kelly, who was the former head chef of a James Beard award–winning restaurant, The Slanted Door.
Sun Basket places strong emphasis on its 3 core values — clean eating, flavorful meals, and sustainability. It always sources ingredients from organic and sustainable inputs from over 135 farms, ranches and fishermen. All of the produce is organic & non-GMO. Meats are antibiotic and hormone free, and the seafood follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium sustainability standards. The company also offers meals and menu ideas that are suitable for people with different dietary restrictions and allergies, so there’s really something for everyone.
Sun Basket places a strong emphasis on the customer, giving you the ability to choose a plan, change it at any time, or completely cancel a subscription at any point. The company also gives back to communities in need through local food banks and various employee programs.
How it Works
Using Sun Basket is simple. First, select the plan of your choice — classic or family — depending on your needs. You can either go with the recipes that the chef chooses for you or select your own. Choose a plan that you’re happy with and let Sun Basket deliver the basket weekly without getting involved in the process, or build your own basket every week.
After selecting your recipes for the following week, or letting SunBasket do it for you, your work is pretty much done. The kit will be delivered to your door the next week, along with everything needed for the recipes. This includes meat, poultry and/or seafood, fruits, vegetables, and spices. The recipe arrives along with the exact amount of every ingredient needed. Once you’ve received your kit, you’ll need to unpack and store the ingredients. When you’re ready to prepare a meal, just take out the ingredients, which are listed on the recipe card, and follow the instructions. Note that you will need to provide a few things yourself, such as salt and pepper, oil, basic utensils and pots and pans for cooking.
Variety of Food Offered
The classic plan gives you 3 menus per week for 2 to 4 people, while the family plan gives you 2,3, or 4 menus per week for a family of 4. While each plan offers paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian options, it’s important to note that the recipes in the family plan may be more kid-friendly.
From Vietnamese chicken salad bowls to spaghetti with chicken and collard greens, Sun Basket offers a wide variety of recipes for all taste preferences and dietary needs. Its recipes, which can be previewed on its website, are flavorful, different, and creative, utilizing interesting ingredients and delicious flavor combinations.
Paleo options include mu shu pork and salmon burgers. Gluten-free options include tzatziki-topped turkey and shrimp risotto with lemon. The vegetarian meals include curried red lentil soup and quinoa white bean burgers.
There are also recipes listed under the category of “lean & clean,” such as black lentil eggplant bowls and cooked trout. The chef’s choice usually suggests international recipes that take advantage of seasonal foods, so as to use only the best and freshest ingredients.
*Updated December 2017
The classic menu costs $11.49 per serving and gives you 3 recipes per week, enough to serve 2 or 4 people, depending on your selection. It is more suited for singles or couples. Available meal plans include chef's choice, paleo, lean & clean, gluten-free, and vegetarian.
The family menu costs $9.99 per serving, is suitable for kids, and gives you 2, 3, or 4 recipes per week to feed a family of 4. There is a $6.99 shipping fee per order for either menu, though the first week includes free delivery.
Help & Support
Sun Basket has a few available channels that offer extra support and assistance. The first option is its in-depth blog section, titled “The Sun Times,” where you can find information such as how to customize your recipe selection, update your profile information and choose a meal plan. You can also use the blog to learn more about cooking in order to make the most of your Sun Basket subscription.
If you still need extra support, you can visit the online help center, which features an FAQ section. You can contact customer support by filling out an online form or calling the support number — 855-204-7597. The support center is open from Monday-Friday from 5am-9am, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-7pm (PT).
Sun Basket is good for singles, couples, roommates, or families who are looking for ways to save time by avoiding long grocery store lines, choosing dinner recipes, and sourcing the necessary ingredients. Though many of its chef-developed recipes are high-end, it also has many meals that appeal to kids. It also offers good customer support options and delivers to almost the whole country, excluding a few states, such as New Mexico and Alaska. Sun Basket gives you an easy and interesting dinner-time solution.
About Sun Basket
Founded in 2014 by chef Justine Kelly and her tech entrepreneur co-founder, Sun Basket is one of the few meal kit services that uses only organic and sustainably sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood. The company is quickly growing as the leading healthy food meal-service in the industry.
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