Review- Sun Basket, Fresh Organic Meals, Straight to Your Door

Review- Sun Basket- Fresh Organic Meals, Straight to Your Door

Untitled design (37)These meals were provided by Sun Basket free of charge. This had no influence in my opinions of their products. This post contains affiliate links.

The End of Fast Food

I am so over fast food. Given, there isn’t much I can eat from Fast Food Joints, but the few things I can generally are so expensive. For myself, my husband, and my toddler I easily spend $20.00-$30.00. For the same amount I can get a real meal, with fresh organic ingredients delivered to my door.

Sun Basket 3 Meals Free

Sun Basket offers a wide variety of choices (8-12)  each week of gluten free, paleo, and vegetarian meals, with allergens clearly listed. All ingredients are organic, with wild caught fish, and grass fed meats. All meals take under 30 minutes to prepare and are nutritionist approved with an average of 500-800 calories per meal. .

The Sun Basket Experience

Packaging:

Sun Basket cares about their impact on the environment. Boxes came with clear instructions on recycling and ingredients such as beans, crushed tomatoes and spices came in these great reusable plastic containers with lids. I saved all of them because they are perfect for using for lunches or making dressings in.

All the ingredients came in a bag labeled for each meal, with meat and fish packaged separately at the bottom of the box, securely placed between ice packs.

Recipes:

The recipes were simple, but the flavors are outstanding. Sun Basket also offers “Customer Favorites” that you can reorder if you love a recipe and want to try it again.  There were so many choices, including a breakfast dish.

We chose 3 dishes to try- Salmon with Roasted New Potatoes and Green Beans, Chipotle Chilaquiles with Black Beans, and Pork with Fennel Plum Salad.

Untitled design (38)Salmon with Roasted New Potatoes and Green Beans

This dish was my favorite. The combination of flavors are amazing, with mint, lemon and a drizzle of greek yogurt, I would have no issues eating this meal once a week. I have been craving it ever since I made it. I will be ordering this again.

Chipotle Chilaquiles with Black Beans

Untitled design (39)My husband chose this dish, and honestly wasn’t even sure I wanted to try it. I am glad I did, it was so good. Tons of flavor, with just the right amount of spicy and so easy. It took about 15 minutes to prepare. For my toddler I just gave her some of the chips, black beans and queso fresco separate because it was a bit too much spice for her.

Pork with Fennel Plum Salad

TUntitled design (40)his dish was toddler and parent approved, without any adjustments. Lots of flavor with a pan sauce, roasted sweet potatoes and plum salad. We all devoured it. I had no idea my child would eat plums, but she loved them. So simple and so much flavor.

 

Clean Up:

Clean up was very simple. Just a few dishes and it was done. Because everything is proportioned, there was not any waste.

Is it Enough Food:

Yes. It is enough food for 2 adults to have decent sized portions and my 20 month old toddler. My husband sometimes would have liked seconds, but next time I will probably have some rice or a big salad available.

Allergies:

Sun Basket uses best practices when preparing ingredients. All allergens are clearly listed. They are not a completely gluten free facility, but are very careful in ingredient preparation and I had no issues or reason to think I would.

Cost:

Meals cost 11.50 each which is enough for 2 adults and a toddler. I actually tried buying the ingredients to make one of the recipes myself, and it cost me almost the same amount, so I was fairly impressed with the pricing, especially since all the ingredients are organic. For 21.00 a dinner, it is definitely cheaper and healthier than eating out and ready in less time.

I love choosing my meals online and having them sent to my door. It may just be the stage of life I am in (work at home mom, with a toddler, who also is involved in a ton of community activities), but it is great. I also feel confident that my family is eating healthy meals when I use a service such as Sun Basket.

Try it Yourself:

You can use this link to get 3 free meals, which brings the cost of 3 meals for 2 people to about 35.00. Cheaper than going out, so I think it is definitely worth a try!
Sun Basket 3 Meals Free

My Hello Fresh Gluten Free Experience

Hello Fresh Gluten Free- The ExperienceHello Fresh Gluten FreeHello Fresh provided meals free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated monetarily.

Hello Fresh, Hello Easy

Lately I have been inundated with ads for Boxed Meal Services- you know, those services where a company basically plans out your menu, does the grocery shopping and mails it to you. Sounds like a pretty good idea if you are a really busy, but just don’t want to eat fast food or take out.

However, if you have celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity or other food allergies, it may not be that easy (of course take out really isn’t an option either if you have any of these). My curiosity got the best of me so I started looking at several. What I found was most couldn’t be adjusted for gluten free easily or I couldn’t find out much about their position on allergies.

When I was looking I noticed that Hello Fresh clearly lists allergens right under each meal so I decided to write Hello Fresh and see if they would send me some meals to check out. Much to my delight they said yes and 4 meals for 2 were on their way. If you follow me on Instagram (hint, hint) than you have already seen what we had to eat this week and let me tell you, it was really good. I mean, just look at these meals. They look like something from a restaurant. I had a very happy husband this week. My week of Hello Fresh Gluten Free went really well!

(Just in case ou don’t want to read the whole post and you want to try Hello Fresh- click here for $40.00 off your first box!)

Hello Fresh Gluten Free

The Hello Fresh Gluten Free Experience

Hello Fresh Gluten FreePackaging:

I was a bit concerned about waste, but there really was not any more than if I had bought everything myself at the store. Obviously there was a box, and 3 huge ice packs, but I reused the box and threw the ice packs in the freezer to use next time we go to the beach. Plus, they sent me a really cool apron. I love aprons. Ingredients for each meal were packed in their own little recyclable cardboard box. This was AWESOME, I just cleared a small space in the fridge and stacked them in, super simple.

Recipes:

Hello Fresh Gluten Free Clear, easy and concise. No fancy tools required. Nice picture on the front, simple and to the point instructions on the back. I really don’t think it could get any easier. Especially since everything was packed in its own little box. A teenager could follow this to make dinner, no problem.

Clean Up:

I gotta tell you. This was my favorite part. The recipes are engineered to require minimal dishes. Most nights was a pan, a knife and a cutting board. They even tell you what order to cut things in so you don’t have to have multiple cutting boards. It was great to have dinner done AND hardly any dishes to do.Hello Fresh Gluten Free

Is it Enough Food:

Yes. It is enough food for 2 adults to have decent sized portions. It was also enough for my toddler to eat as well. I made a few adjustments each meal for her. For example, with the Jerked Chicken, I just kept aside a few pieces that just had salt and pepper. For the Steak with Chipotle Pan Sauce, I didn’t put any sauce on her steak and I kept out some corn for her. It was really simple.

Allergies:

I know this was the part you were all waiting for. I was very impressed with the way Hello Fresh handles allergens. They clearly list on each recipe (and on the website) if there are any the Top 8 allergens in a dish. They also provide an ingredient list that tells you which ingredient has which allergen.

Three of the meals this week were naturally gluten free, which was really easy. One that I had was not. It used panko, which I easily replaced with gluten free breadcrumbs that I had. I wasn’t worried about cross contamination because everything is packed and sealed separately. I took a look at a bunch of other meals and the gluten tends to be in simple to replace items, like soy sauce.

Cost:

It is about 20.00 a night for enough to make two adult meals and feed a toddler. While it may be cheaper to buy ingredients yourself, it is definitely cheaper than ordering take out or eating fast food. Personally, I thought the quality of the meat and produce was good. It is not something I would do every week, but if I know I’m going to have a busy week, I would consider it, just to have some easy healthy meals on hand.

Final Thoughts

I loved it. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom and work at home, but by the time it hits 5:00 I can’t even think. All of the meals took under thirty minutes or about the same time as one Doc Mcstuffins episode. Plus, all the meals tasted great and we ate healthy, quality food. It was plenty for my husband, plus my 19 month old.

I love to cook, but some nights I need quick and easy and this worked. I’m planning to keep ordering it occasionally.  It’s nice to eat something a bit different and helpful when I’m just to busy.

Try it Yourself:

Want to try the Hello Fresh Gluten Free experience? I got a 40.00 off for you. That’s pretty awesome. Just click here:

Hello Fresh

That’s pretty cheap for dinner! If you want to save even more you could also always use Ebates (affliate link)- they give you 15% cash back on Hello Fresh orders…between the code and Ebates, you should definitely check it out!

If you try it (or have already tried it) let me know what you think!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

 

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