Sun Basket Review

Kerstin KuhnByKerstin KuhnSep. 19, 2019

In a Nutshell

Sun Basket is a healthy cooking service that delivers organic ingredients and simple-to-make recipes right to your door. Sun Basket’s award-winning chef creates international recipes, from curried vegetables to mu shu pork, with all recipes using seasonal ingredients. Sun Basket gives you wholesome food, while strongly emphasizing environmentally-conscious company values.

pros

  • Organic and fresh produce
  • All recipes are developed by a chef and are nutritionist-approved
  • Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and diabetes-friendly meals

cons

  • Added delivery costs
  • Doesn’t deliver to some states

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Sun Basket meal options

Ideal For 

  • People with dietary restrictions
  • Anyone who wants to save time
  • Parents who want menu variety for their families 

Customers Are Raving

“Sun Basket has given me confidence and I don’t have to think too much about what’s going to be healthy for her and her diabetes. That’s one meal that I don’t have to worry about.”
Zoe & Laura

“Sun Basket has given me healthier options and more time. Because I have control over what I’m putting in my body I feel so much more healthy, I have a lot of energy and I just feel happier.”
Akka Bradford

“When you cook, you know more about food. And when you know more about food, you can be healthier. And Sun Basket makes me feel like cooking better food.”
Amelia

Favorite Sun Basket Meals

1. Southwestern simmered sole with cilantro-lime slaw over brown rice

600 calories/serving
Prep & cook time: 25-40 minutes

Sun Basket Review - Southwestern simmered sole


2. Hearty white bean minestrone with chicken meatballs

400 calories/serving
Prep & cook time: 25-40 minutes
Gluten-free, dairy-free, heart-healthy

Sun Basket Review - Hearty white bean minestrone

3. Savory sweet pea pancakes with lemon ricotta and blueberry slaw

440 calories/serving
Prep & cook time: 30-45 minutes

Sun Basket Review - Savory sweet pea pancakes

What’s Unique About Sun Basket?

Sun Basket has lots of recipe options to fit your tastes and food preferences. 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, and showcase recipes, ingredients and flavors from around the world. You may be eating Okinawa flaked tuna and egg stir-fry with arugula-mango salad one night and Tex-Mex chicken fajitas with sweet-pepper tomato salsa the next. But the meals are neither gimmicky nor overly complex and indeed the recipes are simple to follow and the dishes are easy to prepare. 

All recipes - whether paleo, gluten-free or vegetarian - are nutritionist-approved. 

It prides itself on 3 core values: clean eating, flavorful meals, and sustainability. What this means in practice is that 99% of the produce is organic, meats are antibiotic and hormone free, and the seafood follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium sustainability standards. Additionally, all of the packaging is fully recyclable. 

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. You have the ability to choose a plan, change it at any time, or completely cancel a subscription at any point. 

Sun Basket 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. 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. 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 Sun Basket do it for you, your work is pretty much done. 

The kit will be delivered to your door the next week. In your meal kit you’ll find the recipe as well as the exact amount of every ingredient needed for the dish. This includes meat, poultry and/or seafood, fruits, vegetables, and spices. 

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.

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Meal Options

Choose between the classic plan and family plan. The classic plan gives you 3 menus per week for 2-4 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.

Sun Basket offers specialty meal plans created to suit a variety of different lifestyles. Meal plans include:

  • Chef's Choice
  • Paleo
  • Lean & Clean
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Mediterranean
  • Vegan
  • Pescatarian
  • Diabetes-Friendly
  • Quick & Easy
Sun Basket meal choices

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. The recipes, which can be previewed online, are flavorful 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.

Pricing 

Plan
Cost
Shipping

Classic menu

$11.99 per serving

$6.99

Family menu 

$10.99 per serving

$6.99

*Last updated: May 2019

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.

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Help & Support

Sun Basket has a few available channels that offer customer 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 need additional 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 Monday-Friday from 5am-9am, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-7pm (PT).

Sun Basket - It's What's for Dinner

Sun Basket offers meal plans 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. There’s a higher price tag for this premium service but if you’re looking for interesting, easy to make meals and clean, organic ingredients, Sun Basket won’t let you down. 

 *The information on this site is based on research, but should not be treated as medical advice. Before beginning any new diet plan, we recommend consulting with a physician or other professional healthcare provider. Results may vary based on various health factors, individual weight loss plans and adherence to the meal plan. 

Kerstin KuhnByKerstin KuhnSep. 19, 2019
Kerstin Kuhn is an award-winning journalist and food writer, who has traveled and eaten her way around the world and written about it. She is also the founder and CEO of Little Foodie Club, the California baby food delivery company that is revolutionizing the way babies eat and learn about healthy food.
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