Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Product Review: Organic, Easy, and Delicious Meal Kits from Sun Basket #sponsor #giveaway

This sponsored post is written by me on behalf of Sun Basket. All opinions are my own. 

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When I was approached by Sun Basket to do a product review of their meal kits, I will admit that I was skeptical. I have tried an ingredient delivery service once before and was completely underwhelmed. 

However, Sun Basket's message intrigued me. Their meal kits include organic, non-GMO produce from West Coast farms; the meats and seafood are sustainably sourced and hormone-free. 

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Based in San Francisco, the promise of healthy meals with organic ingredients appealed to me. Even better: the recipes are created by Executive Chef Justine Kelly, formerly head chef at The Slanted Door in San Francisco. I love that restaurant! 

Chef Justine founded Sun Basket in 2014 to combine seasonal produce with globally inspired flavors into 30-minute recipes that you make in your own kitchen. You select your recipes - three recipes per week for two, four, or six people - and can opt for Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and vegetarian options as well. 

I agreed to do a product review, selecting three recipe kits from the eleven or so that were offered for the week. It was tough to choose as they all sounded tasty. I opted for: Spicy Chorizo Chili with Poblano Peppers, Salmon alla Puttanesca with Sautéed Chard, and Eggplant Parmesan with Sautéed Greens.

When I received the box, my first impression was favorable. I appreciated that right on the box flaps were instructions about how to return all of the packaging so they can reuse it. Anything I didn't want to return was recyclable. 

And it just so happened that their Featured Farmer of the Week was located right here in our neck of the woods. The Precise Kitchen Elf read the insert about Monterey Mushrooms aloud as I unpacked the box and put things into the fridge. It was nice to learn about a family-owned farm in our area.

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One evening, we made the Spicy Chorizo Chili with Poblano Peppers. After our other experience with an ingredient delivery service, the boys were surprised that it had come from a meal kit. My husband commented on how much flavor it had. The boys devoured their bowls and all three of them asked "Do you have enough for us to take this in our lunch tomorrow?" Sadly, I didn't.


Another evening, we tackled the Salmon alla Puttanesca with Sautéed Chard. "This looks like something you would make normally." True. I showed them the labels that the salmon was wild caught and they grinned from ear to ear. Whenever they come with me buy groceries, we talk about the sustainability of my selections.


And yet another evening had us licking our plates clean from the Eggplant Parmesan with Sautéed Greens. I am not joking about the plate-licking. Though I have told the boys time and time again that it is uncouth, they promised to only do it in the privacy of our own home. And, truth be told, I wanted to lick my plate after this. Instead, I grabbed pieces of bread and sopped up the sauce instead. 

"Mom," objected the Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf, "our plates look exactly the same. It doesn't matter that you used bread and I used my tongue." 

It actually does make a difference. And you only do that in OUR dining room, right? You don't do that at school...or at Nonna's house?! 

"No! I know the rules." 

Okay.


'Organic, easy, and delicious' are not just a marketing gimmick. It's the truth. 

The ingredients in my Sun Basket delivery were sourced from local, organic farms...just like I would choose at the store. The meats and seafood were wild-caught and organic...just like I would choose at the store.

The recipes were easy to follow and were on the table in less than an hour. These were tasty, filling meals that I could get onto plates in a reasonable amount of time. Perfect for a busy school night. My only complaint: I didn't have leftovers. If I were to make these dishes, buying the ingredients at the store, I always pick up enough to have dinner plus lunches the next day. However, I do see that you can opt to double or triple an ingredient delivery from Sun Basket. That's a nice feature.

The meals were delicious. Truly delectable. After each of the meals, Jake asked me, dubiously, "This is really from a kit?!" 

Yes

"Impressive," he commented. 

Agreed.

If it's not apparent, I'll be crystal clear: I am wildly impressed with Sun Basket. From the quality of the ingredients to their sourcing and packaging philosophies, this is a product I can definitely endorse. 

And I'm thrilled to offer one of my readers the chance to try it out for a week. Enter the raflecopter below. Currently, they only ship to California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho. Apologies to readers from other states. Giveaway runs through Tuesday, November 24th.

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*Disclosure: I received complimentary meal kits, of my choosing, from Sun Basket for the creation of this post. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.*


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